Where to go in Cyprus? That’s the key question when it comes to booking a getaway to this illustrious, year-round island destination. With its east and west coasts, Blue Flag beaches, unique resorts, exceptional hotels and a huge roll call of things to see, do and eat, it can be hard to pick where you use as a base. You might even be looking for somewhere either adults-only or suitable to take the little ones, too.
Regardless, we’ve rounded up what we consider to be a super seven Cyprus resorts to stay in. Come on – let us give you the low-down on Cyprus holidays.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS
You’ll find that Paphos is a place with bags going on, but history and culture stand at the fore. From sites harbouring the remains of fascinating Roman mosaics to the eerie ancient ruins at the Tombs of the Kings, you’ll have plenty to unearth if you stay there.
Take a stroll down the dreamy marina and you’ll be rewarded with far-reaching sea views and the box-like Paphos Castle at the end. It’s more of a fort than anything glamorous, but still another historic site to tick off. Prefer retail therapy? There’s the extensive Kings Avenue Mall, with its set list of both high-street and swanky stores, plus a cluster of well-known restaurants. You won’t be hard pushed to settle on a traditional dining spot for dinner – there are loads of charming Cypriot tavernas dotted around.
FOR PARTY PEOPLE
Revellers, ravers and clubbers can shake things up in Ayia Napa, one of Cyprus’ more popular destinations. All about the after-dark scene? You’ll be well placed here.
Sure, there are a few outdoorsy things to see by day. Why not explore the nearby 14th-century monastery, Roman aqueduct or Cape Greco National Park on a day trip? Make a reservation for a seafood restaurant before going out on the town for international DJ sets. Anyone up for an end-of-the-night cheesy karaoke stop before heading back to the hotel?
FOR SEAFRONT SIGHTS
Clinging to the shore and easily accessed from Paphos or Larnaca, you’ll find Limassol. This sun-kissed, lively marina is embellished with cafés, dining spots and rows of gleaming yachts that are magnets for sunlight. It’s pretty glitzy but has some industrial parts too, which keeps it humble.
If you’re keen to be close to the action, other Cyprus resorts and also have space to kick back and relax, this place has your name on it. What’s more, you can even hire bikes to cycle up the coastal promenade. It’s the ideal way to see the area at pace. There’s even an older quarter to Limassol and some glossy beaches nearby.
FOR A BLAST FROM THE PAST
Of all the Cyprus resorts to pick from, Nicosia is one that’s famed for well-preserved history. If you’re keen to dig up the past, this time-treasured town is armed and ready to show off its standout features.
It’s the largest city and the Cypriot capital, which means it’s a place of cultural importance on the island. But its divided border has influenced its history, so your agenda should span the Cyprus Museum, old Venetian walls and many beguiling churches and monasteries. For something lighter, there’s the Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum.
FOR A SMALL-TOWN VIBE
Pretty Polis sits at the north-western end of Cyprus, not far from the staggering Akamas Peninsula and other patches of natural beauty. You’ll be able to get out and about on day trips with ease here – think hikes, picnics by the shore and water sports at close-by Latchi Harbour. The list is endless if you’re after an outdoor experience! With the low-key character of the resort, you can maximise on R&R, too.
FOR BEACHES GALORE
Welcome to one of the more traditional choices in Cyprus. Pissouri is laid-back, unassuming and a complete classic. Although its cobbled streets provide well-trodden pathways to exploring the central town, it’s the sandy seafront that makes it such a winner. Here, you’ll be all set to savour some peace and quiet away from the bustling bigger resorts, with beautiful beach views to keep you company. Talk about bliss.
FOR A CYPRIOT SNAPSHOT
If you’re not sure where to go in Cyprus because you don’t fully know what you’re looking for, we’d recommend choosing an all-rounder. Coral Bay throws its doors open to visitors of all kinds, whether you’re into lazy beach days ahead of clear waters, luxury mega-mall shopping, spa treatments or a dash of archaeological sites.
Among the highlights are the golden sands of the bay, easy-to-book catamaran trips and checking out the birthplace of Aphrodite. After all that, how does a candlelit seafood supper sound?