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Cyprus Holidays

A small island placed perfectly in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is versatile enough to offer everything from rich cultural experiences to exciting party getaways. Hundreds of beaches, modern resorts and historical ruins are just some of the highlights on Cyprus holidays.

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Charming and cultural

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite the goddess of love rose from the sea in Cyprus. She must've put a charm over the island because ever since, holidaymakers have been seduced by its sweeping beaches, mountain peaks and olive groves that crisscross stone villages and ancient ruins.

The third largest Mediterranean island, Cyprus caters for all of its visitors whether you're after wild parties or a romantic honeymoon retreat. Families are well catered for in the majority of resorts where hotel complexes and family-run tavernas are suitable for visitors of all ages.

Where to stay in Cyprus

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From beautiful beaches to big beats

The Larnaca and Protaras region of Cyprus is home to excellent golden beaches that cover the south east coast. With smooth sands and shallow shores, your little ones can splash around safely and build sandcastles to their heart's content. Be sure to flip flop your way over to Fig Tree Bay, arguably the most stunning beach in Cyprus.

To stretch your legs, take a wander around Cape Greco's hiking trails and rocky coastline. Watch out for the legendary six headed Ayia Napa sea monster which is rumoured to hide in the ocean caves. The majority of the other resorts back on to the huge Troodos Mountains. A lush, green highland range dotted with churches, monasteries as well as forests and wildlife.

World famous parties

In the midst of all of the natural beauty and stunning shoreline is Cyprus's party capital. Up there with the likes of Ibiza and Malia, Ayia Napa knows how to party, hard. Wild, loud and a little bit naughty, Napa attracts over 250,000 clubbers to its laser-lit dance floors each summer. Ayia Napa also boasts some of the island's most beautiful beaches. Let the soothing rhythms that float from Nissi Beach's waterfront bars lull you to sleep after a long night of partying.

Of course there is more entertainment and nightlife on Cyprus holidays; Larnaca can get a little crazy come nightfall while Paphos is the island's king of cool with plenty of laidback bars to settle in.

In the day time you'll find water parks in Ayia Napa, Larnaca and a smaller one in Paphos while many of the cities are home to family friendly zoos. The majority of the resorts feature opportunities to utilise the wonderful ocean via diving, boat trips and water sports too.

A mouth-watering mix of Greek and Turkish

When it comes to food, Cypriot cuisine bares much similarity to Greek. You'll find all of your Greek favourites, including moussaka and tzatziki dips, but for a true taste of Cyprus, try the Cypriot Meze. A Middle Eastern take on Tapas, it's a great chance for you to try all sorts of local dishes.

Since the Turkish invasion of 1974, the likes of McDonalds and Starbucks have been replaced by their Turkish equivalents. Don't worry though, you'll find plenty of places selling burgers, and even fish and chips, especially in the tourist resorts.

City shopping

Opportunities to shop will vary depending on which resort you choose to stay in. The cities are home to larger streets full of souvenir shops, malls and more markets than the smaller towns and villages. Even if you are staying in a quieter location, there is likely to be a convenient way to get into the city for a retail fix.

Popular items to purchase while enjoying holidays to Cyprus include Cypriot wines, a bottle of Zivania (a strong spirit drink) and leather goods or jewellery.

Getting there

Flight times from the UK to Cyprus will usually take between four and five hours but the transfers to your hotel are usually short once you land.

With attractions spread right across the island, the best way to explore Cyprus is definitely by hire car. Don't fret about driving abroad, traffic in Cyprus drives on the left hand side.

Public bus services conveniently run around the major cities with travel being very cheap. Taxis are often a lot more expensive but sometimes unavoidable.