Situated in the eastern area of the Mediterranean, Cyprus brings something unique to the table that its western Mediterranean neighbours don’t.
Though distinctively European in some respects, the island also shows signs of influence from the surrounding eastern countries, making it an eclectic and exciting country to explore. From the ancient ruins in the coastal city of Paphos to the multicultural beaches of Limassol and Larnaca this holiday hotspot is perfect for history buffs and beach lovers alike. So whether you’re looking for a sun-soaked getaway or an action-packed trip, join us and we take a deeper look into mysterious and magical Cyprus.
Where to stay
One of the great things about Cyprus is that there really is something to suit everybody across the island, and with it being fairly easy to travel around, you’ll never be restricted to just one area. The reasonably predictable Mediterranean climate also means you can count on dry hot summers for topping up your tan, and milder winters for those who plan on being more active.
If you’re searching for a location perfect for lazing around, talking languid strolls along the beach and generally doing much of nothing then Larnaca is the spot for you. Stay at the Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows in Larnaca between the 1st and 25th of April and save 10 per cent when you book with us today!
For a beach destination that’s a tad livelier, Limassol has it all. Although it tends to get crowed during the peak seasons there is still plenty to distract you from the tourists in Limassol if you venture a little further into the town. Enjoy seven nights for the price of five at the Le Meridien, Limassol on holidays booked with us from now until the 26th of March.
Paphos encapsulates all that Cyprus is about and is an equally fantastic area of the island to stay. It’s also the most popular part of the island to visit, which has its benefits, such as a wonderful selection of hotels and excellent entertainment and amusements on offer.
What to do
From the quaint markets and idyllic tavernas to bars bursting with character and even medieval castles, you’ll find more than just pristine beaches and warm waters in Cyprus. Often called the island of Aphrodite, this enchanting island steeped in history has more to offer than meets the eye.
If you fancy exploring the parts of Cyprus less touched by tourism and more back to basics then a visit to Kyrenia is a must. Whether you decide to spend your whole holiday here or just rent a car and drive to this northern part of Cyprus for the day, you won’t be disappointed and will certainly get more than your fix of traditional Cyrpus.
Steer clear of the harbour if you want to avoid the crowds and instead head to Bellapais along the Kyrenia Range where you’ll find castles, charming villages and the beautiful ruins of Bellapais Abbey. Continue along the north coast to Kaplica an area of Cyprus which is rapidly becoming popular, but for now it still hasn’t lost its Cypriot charm.
Back in Southern Cyprus you’ll find Pafos, a large and diverse area which attracts both party goers and culture vultures. Avoid Kato Pafos, also known as lower Pafos, and instead head for the fascinating archaeological sites found in Ktima. About two kilometres north of Kato Pafos you’ll find the Tombs of the Kings, the show-stopper of Pafos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admission is cheap and tours are educational, but make sure to take water with you, as they can last up to two hours.
Finally, if there’s only one beach you visit while in Cyprus make sure it’s Golden Beach, sometimes called Nangomi Bay, found in the Karpas Peninsula. The sands of Larnaca and Limassol are great but they simply don’t compare to the perfect dunes and white coastlines of this part of Cyprus.
What makes Golden Beach extra special is that it is actually a nature reserve, meaning the beaches are likely to stay untouched and pristine in the long run. The curves of this fine stretch of sand also mean the sea is much calmer than other parts of Cyprus and just right for taking a dip in!
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