Cheap days out in Cyprus
The resort of Paphos boasts the beautiful Aphrodite’s Rock at the beach, where the goddess herself was rumoured to have been born. Other activities that won’t break the bank include browsing through the marketplace and wandering through the ruins of the Tomb of the Kings.
Alongside Limassol’s Pissouri Bay and the windswept Lady’s Mile Beach, historic sites like Limassol Castle and museums will vie for your attention. And then there’s Protaras, a purpose-built resort equipped with a whopping six beaches, which is incredible, considering its relatively small size. Here, you’ll find everything from the popular Fig Tree Bay to more secluded coves hidden away past tree groves.
Cyprus' sunny shores and a historic landscape rope in holidaymakers
Just a little over four and a half hours in the air and you’ll be right in the thick of Cyprus’ uber-affordable shores.
The best thing about holidays to Cyprus is that the country’s top draw is totally and completely free to use – we’re talking about the beaches, of course, with glassy water and gold sand as far as the eye can see. There are 59 Blue Flag award-winning beaches here in all. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday to Cyprus then come here during off-season between October and April, and your wallet will be in even better shape.
At its core Cyprus is a cultural hotspot, so much so that even the beaches are historic by nature. The Paphos region and its eponymous resort offer a beach of mythic proportions, while Limassol‘s shores are top notch for kite-surfing. Nearby Omodhos forgoes the beach atmosphere for a quaint, stone-laden village. Then there’s the Larnaca region, which is renowned for its party destinations. That said, it’s at the quiet villages like Kalavassos where the real relaxation on the cheap starts, with coffees on the village square and hidden back avenues.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If you’re sold on a cheap holiday but aren’t entirely sure where on the map to head, have a look at similar island destinations like Croatia and the Canaries, or back to the mainland with Italy and Bulgaria. But if your heart is good and set on Cyprus, have a look at our travel guide for more information on this sunny holiday spot. In the meantime, here are our top hotel picks for a cheap holiday to Cyprus.
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Pagona is family-run and family orientated, equipped with apartments that are gathered around a good-sized pool scene. The accommodation is back to basics, but you’ll have a kitchenette to whip up your own meals on your own terms. Bars and restaurants in the Paphos resort centre are about a minute away, while the beach is just over five and the harbour only a little beyond that.
At Pantelis House you feel right at home, simply because this place is, quite literally, a traditional Cypriot house, complete with vine-covered courtyard. On offer here are two bedrooms and a kitchenette with a dining place, a balcony or terrace and a sitting room with its very own fireplace. Better yet, WiFi is available here free of charge in rooms and public spaces.
If you want to live like the locals and on a budget, too, you’ve come to the right place. Marios House is just that – a charming stone house that’s been converted into quaint accommodation. Here, you’ve got two bedrooms and a kitchen, plus a sitting room with a fireplace. There’s also a terrace for al fresco dining and free Wi-Fi in the rooms and public areas.
All your holiday bases are covered at this family-forward hotel with a sizeable pool lined with sunbeds and the beach just 10 minutes away by foot. There’s a daytime activities menu on offer here, which includes basketball and water polo, plus a gym. The centre of Protaras is just a few minutes away, so you’ll never have to foot the bill for a cab to get into the thick of the action, either.