Check out the regions of Larnaca or Paphos for your family holiday in Cyprus
Flights from the UK to Cyprus are just over four and a half hours long, so your family will be lounging on glistening shores in no time.
The Larnaca region in Cyprus has a host of activities for families. Nissi Beach – one of the most family friendly places in the area – is home to a stunning shoreline with the same name. Its white sands boast tons of options for watersports as well as places to eat and drink with a sea view. Families can spend days on this coastline and never hear the dreaded words ‘I’m bored’ .
In Paphos, you’ll find Blue Flag beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and unmatched natural beauty that include sea turtle nesting grounds. Family friendly hotels dot the coastline, as do fun options for days out like the Paphos waterpark or zoo.
Best family friendly beaches
From quiet, secluded coves to action-packed shores, Cyprus abounds with excellent beach facilities. The Larnaca area is known for its gorgeous seaside venues, including the ever-popular Nissi and Mackenzie Beach, with their endless stretches of white sand. Fig Tree Bay also makes the must-see list, with a Blue Flag award under its belt and great watersports available like windsurfing, parasailing and water skiing.
The Paphos region also has its fair share of family-friendly shores. Coral Bay, another Blue Flag winning beach, is encircled by a pair of limestone headlands. You can rent parasols and sunbeds and find plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat along the shore.
Best family activities in Cyprus
With so many family attractions in Cyprus you’ll have plenty of choice. Protaras in Larnaca is known for its Magic Dancing Water performance – this beautifully-crafted show includes streams of water and smoke making mesmerising images, all set to music.
Larnaca itself is home to the Camel Park of Mazotos, a kids’ amusement park with bumper car rides, a large swimming pool, a zoo with ostriches and wallabies and its main attraction, camel rides. Meanwhile in Paphos, kids will have no end to exciting places to check out, like the adrenaline-fuelled Super Aphrodite Waterpark or the Paphos Zoo’s tigers, elephants and giraffes.
Other family holiday destinations
Cyprus isn’t the only family friendly hotspot – check out the likes of Croatia, Costa Rica or everyone’s Caribbean favourite, the Dominican Republic. But if you’re still dreaming of a Cyprus sea breeze, have a look at our travel guide for more information. In the meantime here’s a list of some of the top family hotels in Cyprus.
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This family-friendly resort will welcome you with a splash. Boasting six fantastic pools, your holiday will definitely be all about the water. Kids will love the activity pool complete with slides and water spraying obstacles, as well as the provided baby lounge, teen hangout, and kids' club for ages three to 11. For a different water experience, you can head down to Nissi Beach, which is only a two-minute walk away.
Holiday Village Aliathon takes family holidays to a whole new level. This massive, village-style complex has everything you need to keep kids happy, including a splash park and aerial adventure course as well as character-themed club rooms and water-based antics. After all those wild activities, families can refuel at one of the three restaurants including a Pantheon buffet, Aegean Greek Taverna and Mexican restaurant. In the evening, sit back and relax over a range of entertainment from pop shows and karaoke to cabaret.
Located on a hilltop with stunning views over the Mediterranean, this family friendly hotel has it all, with an array of outdoor pools – including a children's only splash zone – and four restaurants all covered in their All Inclusive packages. Kids will love the Play House children's club with a Silly Science Lab, Crazy Kitchen and parties and movies in the evening. There's also a multi-sensory nursery for any newborn to four-year-olds. If you're travelling as a big group, the family-sized suites sleep up to five people at one time. This hotel also has a knockout location near Zias Beach Club, and a free shuttle bus to drive you there daily.
The Laura Beach and Splash Resort is the stuff of any kid's dreams. Besides its own massive waterpark with slides and chutes, multi-lane racers and a Boomerango, it also has two separate kids' pools and a wave pool for those over the age of six. Once the little ones have dried off, they can also enjoy the hotel's kids' club for ages four to 12 and a teens' room that's decked out with a range of electronics and video games.