A charming Mediterranean holiday destination, Cyprus welcomes over 2 million visitors every year despite its diminutive size. Regardless of its lesser land mass, Cyprus still offers a diverse range of tourist activities to rival any other popular holiday hotspot. From beautiful beaches and impressive ancient ruins to bustling cities and outstanding natural beauty, all complete with a distinct traditional flavour.
The island of Cyprus is divided between Greece (60%) and Turkey (40%). Although both regions are open to tourism it is the southern, you will find that the Greek-occupied part of the island offers you the most. Cypriot cities are popular amongst visitors. The seaside resort of Paphos is amongst the favourites and if you stay here make sure you take the 40 minute journey to neighbouring Polis and Latchi to find pure, Cypriot bliss. Cyprus also boasts hotbeds like Larnaca - with its 400-berth marina, Limassol in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the intriguing capital Nicosia and, of course, the infamous party resort of Ayia Napa.
On this sun-soaked island, your holiday itinerary could take many forms. There are traditional markets to explore for hidden gems in Paphos. You’ll love the cute and intimate harbour in Latchi and the square in Polis filled with traditional eateries creating that world-renowned Greek atmosphere. The locals could not be more hospitable and you are bound to be offered a free ouzo at the end of every meal enjoyed at top-class restaurants – both modern and long-established. The Akamas Peninsula is an area of natural beauty, which provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the built up areas with beautiful walks to be walked and views to be viewed.
There are fantastic waterparks and mini-golf courses to keep families with youngsters entertained, whilst the party-goers will revel in Ayia Napa’s clubs and on Paphos’ Bar Street. Couples will find comfort in a number of romantic locations of the island that houses the Baths of Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure). Cyprus is commonly referred to as the 'playground of the gods', but mere mortals will find plenty to keep themselves entertained with on this glorious sun-soaked island.
Where can be more romantic than the island that is home to the chosen bathing spot of the Greek goddess of love? Take a romantic swim at the Baths of Aphrodite near Paphos, before taking a lovely stroll through the neighbouring Akamas peninsula.
Cyprus not only has the Akamas peninsula - a fanastic place to explore, but also a rich history encapsulated in the world's only divided city - Nicosia. Take a unique walk along the Green Line that divides the Turkish controlled north from the southern Republic of Cyprus. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with authentic Cypriot tradition.
Cyprus has many popular resorts for sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach holiday. Each resort has its own character, varying from lively nightlife to laidback and secluded, from single's heaven to family-friendly holiday.