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Holidays in Cyprus

An enchanting island, steeped in myth and romance. Cyprus has been welcoming visitors for thousands of years – Romans and Greeks have all added to the island's culture. And now, holidays in Cyprus offer superb beaches, secluded villages and cosmopolitan resorts, alongside unique historic attractions.

13-26 °C

Cyprus has one of the best climates in Europe, with pleasant temperatures year-round. 

4-5 hours

Paphos International Airport (PFO) is in western Cyprus, about 145km from the capital, Nicosia. Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is 50km south east of Nicosia.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Cyprus for captivating ancient ruins, pristine sandy beaches and mouth-watering meze in traditional tavernas.

Recommended Offers in Cyprus

Andreotis Apartments

Protaras, Larnaca Area

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Within 500m of the beach and main nightlife
  • Open-air restaurant and bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool and kids' pool

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Based on 562 reviews

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Based on 35 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 226

Kefalonitis Apartments

Paphos, Paphos Area

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Outdoor pool
  • 500m from the sandy beach
  • 100m to nearest shops, bars and restaurants

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Based on 652 reviews

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Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 245

Apartments Cosmelenia

Nissi Bay, Cyprus

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Only 600m away from Waterworld waterpark
  • Restaurant for evening meals with half-price kids' meals
  • One outdoor swimming pool and splash pool for kids

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 301 reviews

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Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 255

smartline Protaras

Pernera, Cyprus

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • 650m from the beach
  • Outdoor swimming pool and kids' pool
  • Pool bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 377 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 265

Paphos Gardens Hotel & Apartments

Paphos, Paphos Area

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Only 300m from the beach
  • Two outdoor swimming pools and one kids' pool
  • Choice of two restaurants

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1078 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 10 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 276

From lively resorts like Ayia Napa, where you can dance the night away, to traditional Cypriot villages high up in the Troodos Mountains, you’ll find cobbled streets sharply contrasted with modern beachfront hotels. If you want to simply unwind and relax in the idyllic climate, then experience the friendly tavernas and traditional Cypriot welcome in the village of Latchi or stroll the palm-lined promenade in Larnaca, the oldest town on the island. On the south-west coast, Paphos is the place to explore the island’s ancient history. For immaculate soft sand beaches, head east to Nissi Bay.

Standing at the far eastern limits of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a rich blend of European and Eastern influences. Its history has been shaped by the Roman, Greek and Turkish empires, resulting in a unique culture, cuisine and atmosphere. As you’d expect from a country with a history as rich as this, ancient Roman and Greek sites are plentiful, particularly around the old capital of Paphos.  The large rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou is thought to be the birthplace of the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. Swim around the rock three times, and according to local legend, you’ll be granted eternal beauty.

For an all-day party atmosphere, it’s hard to beat Nissi Beach. Located on the east coast, its white sands and turquoise waters make this one of the best places in Cyprus. Sip a cocktail at one of the lively beach bars or try one of the many watersports on offer. Nearby Fig Tree Bay Beach is a great spot for families. The beach’s shallow waters make it ideal for paddling with the little ones. Looking for a place to unwind? Then head to tranquil Lara Bay Beach in the north-west. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle emerging from the sea.   

One of the most popular places to visit in Cyprus is Paphos’ House of Dionysius. A restored Roman villa, its collection of intricate mosaics attracts visitors from around the world. North of Paphos, you’ll find the ancient burial site known as the Tombs of the Kings. Here, 100 Greek aristocrats were laid to rest. You can wander around their great stone tombs, some of which are recreations of their grand homes. One of the best Cyprus attractions is the ancient settlement of Kourion with its restored amphitheatre overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Come here in the summertime for live performances of classic plays. 

For a real taste of Cyprus, visit a taverna and try a collection of small dishes known as meze. Tuck into freshly grilled halloumi cheese, crispy fried calamari drizzled with lemon juice and juicy Cypriot sausages known as sheftalia. Another classic Cypriot dish is afelia, succulent chunks of pork, slow-cooked in red wine with spicy coriander seeds. Traditional coffee shops are a great place to stop and watch the world go by. Try a cup of strong Cypriot coffee and delicate fruit sweets known as glyko. The most famous sweets are the soft and sugary Cyprus Delights, known locally as loukoumi. 

CYPRUS IS BEST FOR...

  • Families: Cyprus' waterparks are some of the largest in Europe.
  • Nature lovers: Discover the scenic Troodos Mountains and visit the home of the island's loggerhead turtles on a Cyprus Jeep Safari.
  • History fans: The ancient ruins of Paphos and the Kourion amphitheatre.

FAST FACTS

Language: The languages spoken in Cyprus are Greek, Turkish and English.

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

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

Fly to: Paphos International Airport (PFO) is in western Cyprus and Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is in the south east of Cyprus

Flight time from UK: 4-5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Cyprus tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cyprus.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 13-26 (°C) 

Boasting glorious highs of 30 (°C) and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day, summer is the best time to hit the beach in Cyprus. The weather is a little more comfortable in the spring and autumn, with average temperatures in the mid-teens to high 20s offering the perfect conditions for exploring the historic attractions. Winter is the wettest time of the year, but the average temperature rarely drops below 13 throughout the season. 


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Buses in Cyprus don’t run to a set schedule, but they are cheap and comfortable. They make a great option if you’re on a budget and just want to visit the island’s main attractions.

By hire car: If you fancy exploring rural Cyprus then it’s worth hiring a car. Take a leisurely drive to the Troodos Mountains, stopping off at the picturesque villages of Omodos and Lania along the way. Driving is also the best way to explore some of Cyprus’ wine villages and popular archaeological sites, such as the Kourion in Limassol and Mosaics in Paphos. 


EVENTS

European Capital of Culture: As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Paphos will be hosting a range of cultural events throughout the year. Find out how you can get involved online.

Flower power: In May, fresh flowers fill the town of Paphos for the Anthestiria Festival. Floats decorated with brightly coloured blooms travel through the streets in a celebration of spring and nature’s rebirth.

For opera lovers: At the end of summer, an international theatre troupe performs a world famous opera for the Aphrodite Festival. The opera is performed outside Paphos’ medieval castle and is one of the most popular annual events on the island.

Wine tasting: Taking place around the same time is the Limassol Wine Festival. Have a glass or two with the locals as you enjoy live theatre and traditional Cypriot music. 


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