A nation divided between two historical greats Cyprus can boast of dual cultures. Far from just the endless beach haven it’s famed to be this island holds a huge number of relics but also remains the fun packed holiday get-away we all know and love.
The warm waters and year-round sunshine of Paphos means it’s popular year-round with sunseekers. Beyond the beach, Paphos is also home to a lively nightlife scene and attractions including Paphos Forest, fascinating Greek relics, Roman mosaics and the nearby Troodos Mountains.
Limassol is one of Cyprus’s most popular destinations and dynamic cities. It’s home to a well-preserved old town, long stretches of sandy beaches and a maze of characterful streets filled with boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Ayia Napa needs little introduction. Famed as one of the Mediterranean’s most tireless party resorts thanks to its year-round sun, chic beaches and abundance of nightclubs. During high summer the streets are filled with late-night revellers, while families and couples can enjoy a quieter time during autumn.
Larnaca is a bustling cruise ship stop-off located on the eastern Mediterranean. It’s contemporary and cosmopolitan bay is lined with swaying palm trees, while the old Turkish quarter is good for historical sites including several worth-a-visit churches and museums.
The capital Nicosia is geographically split between the Greek and Turkish side of the island. Each has its own charms. The city is full of traditional restaurants and culture, with a growing modern scene as demonstrated by numerous cafes. With 24 hour border crossings, the divided city is by no means awkward, and to simply skip into a different political nation and sample of its delights (specifically food) is a wonderful thing. Another inland point of interest is the ancient Tomb of Kings, a true archaeological marvel; it’s the perfect change of pace from the coast.
Cyprus is famous for its beaches and rightly so. A huge variety of beaches are on offer, for the traditional hugely crowed, bucket and spade, English people being burnt to crisp, beach turn to Glyki Nero – the legendary rowdy Anya Napa strip is also walking distance . For a quieter more quaint experience Kamara Tou Sungarden displays the best of Cyprus golden sand and blue waters. Outside of traditional sunbathing Cyprus is world leading in the diving scene, endless coastline and a sprawling history means there are plenty of treasures lurking in the depths.
Cyprus enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with sunshine for most of the year. The hottest months are June, July and August, when temperatures can soar up to the high 30s. Winter tends to be fairly mild, with light snowfall creating good skiing conditions in the Troodos Mountains.
Cyprus was practically invented for tourism, endless beaches, beautiful warm water and one of the best party towns in the world; however dig a little deeper and Cyprus has plenty of subtle hints of its ancient roots. Hiring a car is one of the best ways to tour the island, but be sure to book in advance during peak season. A Green Motion Ford Fiesta is big enough for your bucket and spade, but speedy and stylish enough to cruise around the city or the strip.