Which Cyprus Holiday Resort is Right for You?

Hot and sunny weather? Check. Beautiful beaches? Check. Fascinating history? Check. Plenty of things to do? Double check. When it comes to having an unforgettable holiday, Cyprus has got it all.

But sometimes it can be difficult to decide which of the Cyprus resorts is going to be best for you to base yourself in while you’re there. So here’s a guide to the top resorts in Cyprus for you, broken down into what your favourite hobbies and interests are.

For family fun – Protaras

A sundrenched beach in Protaras Cyprus

Tranquil, beautiful and perfect for families, holidays to Protaras with your little ones will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Paddle among the gentle waves at the incredible Fig Tree Bay or make a splash at the action-packed Anastasia Aquamania Waterpark before trying some new and exciting Cypriot food together at one of the many seafront restaurants.

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For night owls – Ayia Napa

A sunset view over Ayia Napa's rocky coastline

If you’re a family travelling with older kids or you’re a group of friends looking for the ultimate fun-filled clubbing holiday together, then be sure to head to Ayia Napa. By day, you can soak up the warm Cyprus sun on the beach; relaxing, sailing or trying out one of the many water sports together. Then at night the town comes alive with partygoers flocking to the main square and the legendary clubs.

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For history buffs – Paphos

Paphos Castle in Cyprus

There’s so much history to delve into in Cyprus and there’s no better place to do so than in the fascinating resort of Paphos. Take a walk along the scenic coastal path, stopping off first at the impressive Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, just behind the Medieval Castle of Paphos at the harbour. Then carry on along the path to the mind-blowing Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can explore inside ancient tombs dating back to the 4th century BC.

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For the culture vultures – Larnaca

Larnaca Castle from the water

The perfect blend of historical treasures, golden beaches and traditional charm; Larnaca is a great place to experience real Cypriot culture. Enjoy a cultural morning visiting the famous Saint Lazarus Church or the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque on the bank of the Larnaca Salt Lake, before spending the afternoon recharging your batteries on Finikoudes Beach or McKenzie Beach.

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For the city slickers – Limassol

An aerial view over Limassol

Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus and is home to an array of fascinating museums and archaeological sites, as well as a bustling seafront and a lively nightlife. Similar to Larnaca, but on a bigger scale, Limassol has a real cosmopolitan vibe and suits people wanting to spend time exploring on their holiday, whether that be learning more about the city’s history and culture or sampling all the delicious cuisine and refreshing cocktails at the huge selection of bars and cafés.

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For the beach lovers – Nissi Bay

A view of the beautiful Nissi Beach in Cyprus

If you want nothing more than to unwind and recuperate on your much-needed holiday, making sure you head home with a beautiful sun-kissed glow, then Nissi Bay holidays could be just your thing. Located in a quiet corner, just a stone’s throw from Ayia Napa, the beach here is one of the best in Cyprus. If you can drag yourself away from your sun lounger, you can scuba dive, snorkel, take a boat ride or even go on a submarine. But hey, you could just do nothing too…

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First published 2018. Reviewed and republished 2021

Sadie Geoghegan

About the author

Sadie Geoghegan is a freelance travel writer who, when she’s not exploring the world, can be found writing at home with her dog in Cambridge.