POCKET GUIDE TO CYPRUS
Cyprus is a dream island destination floating happily in the Mediterranean Sea, just below Turkey. With a mix of Greek and Turkish influences, it’s an island full of charm and character, dotted with historic sites and ancient ruins to discover. The expansive coastline is as gorgeous as any Greek island, with stunning Blue Flag beaches lining even the most popular party resorts - perfect for romantic couples escapes and fun-loving family holidays in the sun.
You'll find a resort for everyone between the two main holiday regions of Paphos and Larnaca: families, history buffs, adventure seekers, party animals and couples who just want to chill out on a relaxed island escape. From loud and lively Ayia Napa to historic Paphos and good all-rounder Limassol, it’s easy to find a perfect place to stay. You’re also pretty much guaranteed sunshine all year round, with temps typically between a gentle 20°C in winter and scorching 40°C in summer. If you're still not sure where to stay, we've highlighted the different resorts around the island - simply take your pick and start to pack!
THINGS TO DO IN CYPRUS
The legend of Aphrodite is a huge part of Cypriot history, and this handily located beauty spot between Paphos and Limassol is a must-see. The legend goes that if you swim around the rock three times you’re guaranteed to find true love, although the sea can be rough so you might want to leave that to Cupid or Tinder instead!
Nissi beach is a magnet for those who love soft, white sands and loads of watersports. It's location nearby popular party resort Ayia Napa means that it has a lively vibe, although you’ll find some pretty little side streets hiding authentic Greek restaurants and bars just behind the beach, too. Whether you want to relax and soak up the rays or revel in the turqouise waters, this beach is the best on the island. For more Mediterranean delights, take a look at our favourite beach holiday destinations worth sinking your bucket and spade into.
This award-winning waterpark in Limassol doesn’t do things by halves. It’s the biggest on the island and boasts the largest wave pool in Europe, with 22 attractions including Extreme Black Hole Slides, a Kamikaze Slide, Paddle Boats and pools for pocket-sized paddlers too. There’s something for waterbabies of all ages here, whether you want gentle splashes or soaking wet thrills.
Tomb of the Kings
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous attractions in Cyprus, sitting just beyond Paphos harbour. This series of tombs and burial caves is guaranteed to bring out your inner Indiana Jones!
The Troodos mountains are a paradise for active holidaymakers, with loads of excursions available to hike into the pine forest, maybe stopping at tiny mountainside villages and the island’s famous Kykkos Monastery on the way.
ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING TO CYPRUS
Cyprus is generally a safe destination, but you should still take common sense safety measures, especially if you want to enjoy the lively resort nightlife. Keep to well-lit tourist areas, never leave drinks unattended and always stay in groups of two or more.
Driving standards can be poor, so take care if you’re planning on hiring a car.
If you want to have a go at the many watersports offered on the coast, make sure that you have the right travel insurance cover.
Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance policy on drugs. Hefty fines and prison sentences can be given if you’re found with any type of drug.
There are no visa or extra passport validity requirement for Cyprus.
The EHIC is valid for use in Cyprus (not North Cyprus), but you should also make sure that you have a travel insurance policy in place.
112 is the number to call for an ambulance.