Let Larnaca be your next big family adventure
All this excitement is just four hours and 30 minutes’ direct flight away, which is just enough time for the kids to take a nap between home and their new playground.
As a must-visit stop Nissi Beach is one of the most upbeat stretches of shore in Cyprus, full of watersports and the nearby WaterWorld theme park. Nearby Ayia Napa is packed with family activities by day, including watersports, boat tours and trips to the seaside. In Protaras you’ll find a slower pace of life, although not without excitement. Museums, guided tours around historic sites and live music by night add a splash of culture to your family trip.
Best family friendly beaches
Almost every beach in the Larnaca region has the coveted Blue Flag status, meaning they’re among the best in the world for climate, safety and cleanliness. For bustle and activity, the sublime shores of Ayia Napa and Nissi Beach are hard to beat, but right beside them you’ll find Sirena Bay, a quieter cove where shy or laid-back kids can play happily. In Protaras, Fig Tree Bay comes recommended for the myths surrounding its namesake plant.
Best family activities in Larnaca
Larnaca packs plenty into a reasonably small space. One of the most notable family attractions is the WaterWorld park, full of slides, chutes and good, splashing fun. Bounce over the Protaras waves on a banana boat from Fig Tree Bay, or seek some history at Ayia Thekla, whose church is one of the finest on the island.
Other popular holidays in Cyprus
Cyprus is popular with families thanks to its diversity. For the quieter side of the island, look west to the Paphos region. Interesting bits of history and several myths shroud the area in mystery, best seen in Aphrodite Hills, named for the Goddess of Love. For a town steeped in adventure, head to Limassol, where you can rent a 4×4 to explore your surroundings or chance upon a festival rich in music and costume.
There’s still lots to love about a family break to Larnaca though, as you’ll see in our Larnaca travel guide. What’s more, we’ve picked the top family hotels in the region for you below.
The vibrancy of Nissi Beach is just two minutes' walk from this hotel. Kids get a playground and teens have their own space, while a total of six swimming pools means there's plenty of room for everybody to paddle. Shops are just outside the hotel for your essentials, although this place knows how to keep you topped up on fantastic food from around the world, often prepared in show-cooking style.
You're right on the beach of Ayia Napa here, in a newly redecorated, modern hotel. Though outwardly sleek, things stay local thanks to the weekly folklore music nights. If the kids seek a little more action, they can head to a play area, a disco or their own swimming pool. The main swimming pool has plenty of sunbeds, and you can stroll the gardens for a spot of nature if you choose.
The newest waterpark in Ayia Napa is on this hotel's grounds, so you can expect plenty of fun for the little ones, who also get their own pool. Parents won't be left wanting for relaxation either, thanks to the pool bar and spa. For a more active experience, hit the gym or the tennis court, or stroll just five minutes to the beach.
This complex in Protaras lives up to its bold name by offering you the chance to enjoy its immense central lagoon pool or relax in your own little corner of serenity. You've also got a free bus service to Ayia Napa if you seek a livelier way to spend time. That said, the daily activities programme factors in an abundance of sports, creativity and play, so nobody's going to get bored here.