Since the invasion of 1974, the north of the island remains under Turkish control, so when we talk about holidaying in Cyprus, we are referring to our stays in the southern, Greek, side of the country. We have mostly stayed in what is referred to as the Larnaca region, encompassing the popular tourist destinations of Protaras and Ayia Napa. The latter is legendary for its wild nightlife, and it certainly lives up to expectations with plenty of bars and clubs. However, the town is very safe and friendly and we found it perfect for a couple’s fun night out. The same can be said of Protaras, a smaller strip of bars, a couple of clubs plus restaurants and shops. The Protaras strip backs onto the most beautiful stretch of beaches, including the famous Fig Tree Bay with its crystal clear waters, so is a perfect place to do some sunbathing.
There is plenty to do in Cyprus, including waterparks, funfairs (Parko Paliatso in Ayia Napa is great in the evening) plus archaeological sites. The most well know of these is probably the ‘Tombs of the Kings’, located in Paphos and a great place to go for those looking for some ancient history. The roads are relatively quiet in Cyprus, so we recommend renting a car during your stay in order to get you around the island and see all it has to offer. That being said, there are plenty of buses running day and night, allowing you to reach all the main cities at a very low cost. Another must while in Cyprus is a boat trip; there are plenty of companies running daily trips but we recommend tours which include a visit to the beautiful Cape Greco coastline, allowing you to see the awesome cliffs from below.
Cyprus is a very popular family summer holiday destination so we recommend visiting in late June, missing the influx of school age children but still getting the fantastic weather and busy nightlife. In fact, the weather is still gorgeous throughout September, so visit any time during that month for a distinctly quieter break. Whatever time of year you visit, you are sure to enjoy this picturesque, vibrant island just as much as we do.
For all our recommendation for what to do, where to eat and where to stay, head to our ‘Directory’.