Searching for a family-friendly vacay spot? Turn your attention to Cyprus. This sizzling Mediterranean island is geared up for those holidaying with little ones in tow. Among the olive tree-strewn hills, you’ll find historic gems, fun-filled attractions and dazzling beaches. And there are pockets of the island tailor-made for families, if you know where to look.
Read on for the best places to stay and go in Cyprus for families.
The bustling seaside resort of Paphos has got plenty to keep everyone happy. Down at the palm-lined seafront, restaurants and shops draw in the crowds. Venture deeper to find historic nuggets – a 4th century basilica and ancient archaeological treasures included. Not to mention oodles of attractions for the kids to get stuck into.
Don’t miss: Paphos Waterpark
Enjoy a day out at incredible Paphos Waterpark! This huge complex has plenty of slides, rides and pools for all the family to splash around in. Float around the Lazy River, jump on the Wet Bubble and hop in one of the Family Rafts.
Nestled on the island’s south-east coast, Nissi Bay’s a peaceful patch for beach fans. The shore here dazzles with white sand and twinkling turquoise waters – but that’s not the only draw. There’s a water park here as well, plus plenty of family-friendly tavernas.
Don’t miss: Cape Greco
Budding explorers will love this spectacular slice of the island. Cape Greco is one of Cyprus’ national parks, spread out across a wildly beautiful peninsula. Spot birds and flowers as you wind along the hiking trails, before cooling off at one of the swimming spots in the sea caves.
You’ll find this beautiful spot on the eastern tip of Cyprus. Pretty churches and stunning beaches make Protaras a lovely place to set up camp for a sunshine break with all the fam. There’s mini-golf, water sports and a Magic Dancing Waters Show too when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained.
Don’t miss: Fig Tree Bay
This beautiful beach is popular for a reason – arrive here and you’ll be greeted by 500m of glistening white sand. Come to Fig Tree Bay early in the morning to claim your spot as it can get busy and settle in for a lazy day. There’s water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing available too.
Centred around a sweeping sandy bay, this Cypriot resort is all about lazy beach days and bustling nights. Take your bucket and spades down to the shore for sandcastle building, before heading to the main strip of the resort to dine at traditional tavernas. Beyond its heart, you’ll find banana plantations, vineyards and beautiful limestone cliffs.
Don’t miss: Paphos Zoo
Just down the road from Coral Bay, you’ll find Paphos Zoo. If you’re after a day out with all the gang, this is the perfect place to go. Potter around the enclosures to see elephants, zebra and lions, among many other animals. Make sure you pop by the daily parrot show and have a go at feeding the giraffes too.
A quaint historic centre, flash marina and buzzy waterfront make Limassol a winner with families. Not to mention Blue Flag Dassoudi Beach! When you’re not playing in the hotel pool, take the kids history hunting at the Amathus Ruins, before seeing hippos, flamingos and monkeys up close at the zoo.
Don’t miss: Limassol Castle
Meander down to the old harbour for a glimpse of Limassol Castle. Enjoy a history lesson as you wander the Ottoman stronghold and learn about its links to Richard the Lionheart. If you climb up to the rooftop, there are sweeping views of the city to drink in!