Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and is sandwiched between Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon. Boasting some of the warmest weather in Europe, Cyprus is a popular destination all year round – enjoy secluded swimming spots in the sun, all night parties and an unforgettable history trip through ancient archaeological sites.
From Larnaca, the oldest city in Cyprus, to the modern luxuries of Protaras and Fig Tree Bay, a holiday to this Mediterranean paradise is a unique break, filled with culture, history and postcard-perfect days at the beach.
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Close to the airport is the busy town of Larnaca. If sitting on a beach all day isn’t your kind of thing, then Larnaca is the perfect spot for you. Come here for diving, deep-sea fishing, kayaking and windsurfing, or go off-road into the Troodos Mountains for a day. To the south is Limassol, a huge seaside port town with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Then there’s Ayia Napa, known as the clubbing capital of Cyprus, for those looking for more of a party atmosphere.
Wander through the ancient sites and then stop for a break in the recently renovated Old Town. For peace and quiet, Polis in the North West is a small bay town famous for its traditional fish taverns and nature reserve area, home to the legendary Baths of Aphrodite. Families and couples looking for beaches should head to Protaras and Fig Tree Bay – there are six pristine beaches offering sun, sand and watersports.
Attractions & Things to Do
Cyprus is famous for its beaches and one of the best is Coral Bay, situated on the western tip of the island. Awarded the EU Blue Flag, you’ll find clean white sand, gentle turquoise water and plenty of family-friendly fun. Another must-see is the wreck of Zenobia, a ferry that sunk just off the Larnaca Harbour in 1980. You can now go diving amongst the wreck and spot the colourful sea creatures darting in and around the ship.
For the ultimate in relaxation, stop by the Omeriye Hamam, the Turkish baths in Nicosi, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back to the 14th century as you sweat it out in the ancient stone church. If it’s history you’re after, add sites such as the Tomb of the Kings, the Kykkos Monastery, Khirokitia and the Rock of Aphrodite to your list. Or, if you like a spot of shopping, head to My Mall in Limassol, the largest mall in Cyprus!
Annual Temperature & Rainfall
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with plenty of sun and hot weather. Summer is from mid-May to mid-October with temperatures reaching up to 33°C. Cyprus also has the warmest winters in Europe, with 20°C days not unusual in January. Basically, there’s never a bad time to visit!