Cyprus holidays

Cyprus holidays

Deals from £162 per person

Luring you in with Blue Flag awarded beaches made for lazy sunbathing stints, ancient ruins dating back as far as the 3rd century and an electric nightlife attracting world-renowned DJs, Cyprus holidays are one-of-a-kind. And that’s just the beginning, think waterfront restaurants combining the flavours of Greece and Turkey, splash-filled waterparks perfect for families and most importantly, a sizzling summer climate. 

Things to do

Whether you’re a history buff seeking out UNESCO-listed hotspots or a hardcore reveller looking for the best cocktail venues in Ayia Napa, holidays to Cyprus are action-packed. And if you’re just wanting to lounge around on one of its 160 beaches, relaxing getaways are aplenty too.

For starters, Coral Bay oozes tranquility with a swathe of golden sand calling you to top up your tan. Meanwhile, Nissi Beach is known as the beach that never sleeps thanks to its live music and thrilling watersports. As for Lara Bay, well that’s an isolated sand spot dedicated to protecting loggerhead turtles. 

For those with kids, the Mediterranean coastline is best explored via horseback (especially at sunset). And when the ocean doesn’t cut it, WaterWorld is a must! It’s the largest themed waterpark in Cyprus, daring you to slide down its freefall kamikaze and float along its lazy river. Not to mention the splash zones for tinier tots, inflatable obstacle courses and bubbling hot tubs. 

When you want to get wet and wild among nature's finest, Adonis Baths promises cascading waterfalls. Or,  you can always check out the largest rock formation Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Legend has it that if you swim around the rock three times, you’ll be granted eternal beauty.

No trip is complete without visiting the archaeological marvel, Tomb of the Kings. Around 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats are estimated to have been buried there, along with a substantial trove of jewels and personal effects! Trek up the Troodos Mountains and you’ll be greeted by another phenomenon, Kykkos Monastery founded in the 11th century. Here alongside timeless manuscripts and antiques lies the silver-gilded icon of the Virgin Mary. 

Places to stay

Cyprus is an island of contrast! Head to the rustic fishing village of Latchi for quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome. Or, check out our Ayia Napa holidays if you want to party until sunrise. When it comes to sands that resemble the Caribbean, Nissi Bay holidays and Protaras are firm family favourites.

And when you want to be next door to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, Paphos should be your go-to. There’s no shortage of luxury either thanks to the superyachts decorating the coastline of Limassol. This cosmopolitan resort has a fantastic mix of award-winning beaches, designer stores and historical relics; the ruined city Kourion, in particular, will lure you in with its cocktail of cultures. 

More Travel Guides

We also have travel guides available for destinations, including Ayia Napa | Larnarca | Limassol | Nissi Bay | Paphos | Protaras

 

Map of Cyprus

world_map
13-26 ℃

Enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round with averages 13-26 °C and an average of 14 hours sunshine a day in the summer months.

View live forecast

4-5 hours

There are two main airports to choose from. Paphos International Airport (PFO) is in western Cyprus, about 145km from the capital, Nicosia. Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is 50km south east of Nicosia.

Cyprus is best for...

Families: From gently shelving beaches to some of the largest waterparks in Europe, Cyprus is a longstanding favourite among families. Combine its reliable climate with a rich history and all-singing, all-dancing all inclusive hotels and you’ve got yourself a winning destination that’s perfect for the kids. 

Nature lovers: With natural marvels such as Limassol Sand Dunes, the salt lakes based in Larnaca and Millomeri waterfalls, you better pack your hiking boots! Discover the island’s glory with a jeep safari through its rugged terrain, stopping off to admire the Troodos Mountains that dominate the backdrop. 

History fans: You won’t have to go far before stumbling across an ancient relic. Paphos holidays will place you amidst the 2nd century Nea Pafos and, of course, Paphos Castle. Head further afield to one of the oldest towns in Cyprus, Amathus, where Greek, Persians and Romans have occupied its ruins.

Fast facts for Cyprus

Language: Thanks to Cyprus' mix of cultures, you will find three main languages spoken here including Greek, Turkish and English. 

Currency: The currency used in Cyprus is the Euro (€).

Local time: Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Paphos International Airport or Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa, Limassol and Protaras. From Paphos Airport, it's 30 minutes to Paphos resort.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Cyprus is 4–5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.

Visa and Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Holiday destinations related to Cyprus:

Getting around Cyprus

By bus: You can explore most of the island’s main attractions by bus. They’re cheap, convenient and usually on time. If you’re holidaying in the north, be aware that the bus service here doesn’t run on a timetable. 

By hire car: There are plenty of options for hiring a car, which will give you the flexibility to discover the island’s delights at your own pace. Take a leisurely drive to the Troodos Mountains, stopping off at the picturesque villages of Omodos and Lania along the way. It’s also an easy way to visit Cyprus’ wine villages and popular archaeological sites, such as the Kourion in Limassol and Mosaics in Paphos.

By taxi: One of the quickest ways to see Cyprus is by taxi, which can be hailed from the streets or picked up at the ranks. Meters and fares are controlled by the government in all urban locations. However, taxis in rural areas don’t have meters, so it's best to agree on a fare before you set off. Travelling in the evening? Be aware that there may be additional night charges and prices are typically hiked during public holidays.

Events in Cyprus

Anthestiria Festival: In May, Limassol holidays are a must with fresh flowers filling the town in honour of the god of theatre, Dionysus. Floats decorated with brightly coloured blooms travel through the streets in a celebration of spring and nature’s rebirth.

Aphrodite Festival: Each year an international theatre troupe performs opera outside Paphos’ medieval castle. Part of the famous Aphrodite Festival, it’s a popular spectacle for culture vultures that’s not to be missed.

Limassol Wine Festival: From full-bodied reds to crisp whites and fruity rose, this two-week event held in August celebrates Cypriot wines. While you enjoy a glass (or two), they’ll be comedy shows, magicians and dancing. Not to mention the opportunity to sample some free food and drink!

Cyprus safety and security

Do I need a passport?

You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Cyprus. It must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in the country, but unlike other destinations, Cyprus passport requirements mean it doesn’t necessarily need to be valid beyond your departure date.

That said, if you’re going to the north of Cyprus, it’s advisable that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive. For more Cyprus passport information, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements

Do I need a visa?

If you’re a British citizen with a UK passport, you don’t need a Cyprus visa. However, if you’re planning on staying in Cyprus for more than 90 days, you’ll need to obtain a registration certificate.

For more Cyprus visa information, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements

Can I travel from North Cyprus to South Cyprus?

Yes, you can travel to the north of Cyprus from the south and back again. This includes crossing checkpoints in central Nicosia, where it’s possible to walk over the border.

Should I get travel health insurance?

Buying comprehensive travel and health insurance before you go on holiday is always advisable, no matter where you’re travelling to or when. This covers overseas medical costs, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Be sure to check what’s included and what isn’t before you decide which insurance to buy and that your policy covers any activities you’ll be doing while you’re away.

Any other tips?

  • Crime rates are generally low in Cyprus, but it’s important to stay alert and be aware of pickpockets in tourist areas. You should also avoid keeping your important items in the same bag, such as your money and your passport; try to keep them separate at all times.
  • Tap water is safe to drink in Cyprus.
  • If you’re hiring a car, motorways and main roads are maintained to a high standard, and inner-city and smaller town roads tend to be in good condition too.

For more information and Cyprus travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus

 

Cyprus weather

Temperature: 13-26 (°C) 

When’s the best time to go?

If you’ve never been to Cyprus then put this Mediterranean paradise right at the top of your must-visit list. Cyprus is located in the far south of the Mediterranean, so it boasts one of the best climates in Europe. Blue skies are virtually guaranteed all year round, and the island enjoys a whopping 340 days of sunshine per year.

Even in April, temperatures rise into the low 20s. It’s a great time of year to visit if you like it warm but not too hot. When summer rolls around, the heat rises into the 30s and beyond; on some days, it can even reach 40°C. Things cool off in autumn, making it the ideal time to go sightseeing or explore the Troodos mountains. As for the rain, Cyprus sees most of its downpours between December to March, but it doesn’t tend to be heavy and the climate is still pretty mild.

What should I pack?

Cyprus has everything from coast to mountains. So what you need to pack will depend on where you’re going and the weather forecast.

Hitting the beach? Be sure to bring your bathing suit and pack your sun cream. You’ll need a high factor (factor 30 and above), especially if you’re travelling with younger ones. Spring or summer getaways require light, cotton clothes to help keep you cool. Flip-flops are handy for walking along the coast. Just keep in mind that there are rocky paths down to some of them, so you’ll need to bring firmer shoes too.

If you’re heading inland to the mountains, it’s best to pack layers to make sure you’re warm enough such as a light cardigan or hoodie. And don’t forget your hiking boots. You’ll find historic churches dotted all over the island. If you’re planning on stopping by, make sure you’re dressed appropriately before going inside. You’ll need to cover up your arms and legs. The same goes for monasteries in the mountains.

Best hotels in Cyprus

Popular Cyprus holiday resorts

Places similar to Cyprus to visit

FAQs
FAQs
Which part of Cyprus is best for a holiday?

Cyprus is a fantastic holiday destination no matter which area you visit! From Ayia Napa’s vibrant nightlife to the archaeological wonders of Paphos. But if you’re looking for something specific, we’ve narrowed down its most beloved resorts. 

Best for history and culture: Paphos takes the crown for must-visit landmarks. After all, it’s home to the ancient Tomb of the Kings, Aphrodite Waterfalls and House of Dionysus. But those with kids won’t be disappointed either with thrilling-seeking Aphrodite Waterpark at your fingertips. 

Best for party-goers: Looking to dance from dusk till dawn? Ayia Napa is the answer. Sip cocktails along the famous stretch of Nissi in one of its most iconic venues - Ocean Beach Club. That’s when you’re not hitting the rides at Parko Palliatso or discovering the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon.  

Best for sun-soaked beaches: Blankets of white sand fronted by azure waters, we can only be talking about Protaras. Here Blue Flag-awarded coves dominate the coastline and Fig Tree Bay is one of our faves. With a little island you can swim out to and an abundance of watersports at your disposal, you’ll easily be captivated by its beachy charm.

Best for families: The perfect blend of history, nightlife and idyllic beaches, Limassol is a great all-rounder to please the whole clan! From its indoor Bubble Park to its swanky marina overflowing with tasty eateries. There’s even a zoo and medieval castle to explore too! 

Is it worth going All Inclusive in Cyprus?

If you rarely want to put your hand in your pocket, then an All Inclusive holiday to Cyprus might be the key! Going all-in can be extremely budget-friendly with your three main meals, drinks and most entertainment as part of your package. It’s also extremely convenient. Fancy a burger poolside? Easy peasy. Got fussy kids? Go back to the buffet as many times as you want. And there’s so much variety! Especially if you pick a stay with a la carte eateries included. 

If you’re a foodie wanting to indulge in the local cuisine and want more flexibility, then check out these Self Catering stays. Or revel in the best of both worlds with a Half Board escape. 

Is Cyprus a cheap holiday?

Cyprus can totally be affordable! Time your getaway right and you could snap up some huge savings on last minute jaunts. And if you head here during the off-season (March - May, September - November) you’ll tend to get more bang for your buck with it being considered a quieter time to travel. 

Food and drinks can also be extremely budget-friendly if you stick to local tavernas and hit up the less touristy spots. Typically a pint of beer is €3 and a meal for two (three courses) at a mid-range restaurant can be around €30 - €40. As for activities, there are plenty of free things to do including checking out its awe-inspiring beaches, many museum visits and walking its jaw-dropping nature trails.  

*Prices are correct at the time of posting

What is the best month to go to Cyprus?

Cyprus is beautiful no matter what month you visit, but it does depend on the type of holiday you’re seeking to determine the best time to travel. 

Spring (March to May): For blooming flowers, clear skies and cultural festivals, spring in Cyprus will win you over. The temperature is mild, but not too hot (around 23°C), making it perfect for adventures to its biggest historical sites.

Summer (June to August): This is peak season in Cyprus, but also the best time to catch some rays! Beaches are sun-soaked, the clubs are in full swing and there are endless watersports enticing your inner adrenaline junkie.

Autumn (September to November): Still reaping the benefits of the summer’s sizzling temperatures, you can expect highs of 27°C towards the end of the year. There’s also fewer crowds making it excellent for hiking, cycling and exploring local wineries.

How many days are enough in Cyprus?

For a relaxing beach break, plan to spend around seven to 10 days in Cyprus. This leaves you plenty of time to top up your tan along the toe-sinking sands of Coral Bay and immerse yourself in its mouthwatering food scene. Add an extra few days and you could hike the Troodos Mountains and explore the Akamas Peninsula National Park while you’re at it! However, don’t be fooled by its never-ending to-do list! It’s very easy to flit off on a weekend getaway to Cyprus to soak up some sun too.