Larnaca is where the Cyprus sun shines brightest
With Cyprus only four hours direct from UK airports, it’s exciting to imagine how close you really are to a spontaneous, well-deserved sunshine escape.
Larnaca is one part of Cyprus that’s especially good for last minute holidays. Very little around here needs advanced booking, and of course those sublime beaches are always open for your enjoyment.
Definitely check out Nissi Beach, which is not only a Blue Flag wonder but also commonly hailed as one of the finest beaches in the world. If watersports are more your style, there are chances everywhere to give them a go in Larnaca. Of course, bars and restaurants across the region are also a stimulating way to spend your days and nights, especially in the party town of Ayia Napa.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Bear in mind that a last minute holiday is classified as anywhere up to eight weeks prior to the departure date, so you might have more leeway to scope the best deals than you thought. Plan your break just right, and your savings could be extraordinary.
It’s a smart idea to keep the time of year in mind when you’re considering your next big last minute break. As with any holiday destination, Cyprus and Larnaca experience high and low seasons, which affects holiday prices, as well as how busy it’ll be when you get there. High season takes place in summer, as you might expect, while winter sun sees prices fall while the thermometer in Cyprus stays nice and high.
Other popular holidays in Cyprus
You may be surprised at just how varied a last minute Cyprus holiday can be. The island’s western delights fall in the Paphos region, where beautiful beaches and walled medieval towns are par for the course. Local festivals are in full swing pretty much all year round in Limassol, or you could visit the ancient temples of the Goddess of Love at Aphrodite Hills. Every part of the island has a way of life well suited to last minute holidays, where each day is taken as it comes. A holiday to the Larnaca region is still a superb idea for that reason, and to help you out, below we’ve listed some of the top Larnaca hotels for a last minute stay.
Despite its mysterious name, the blue and white theme of this bright and breezy Ayia Napa hotel is excellent relaxation material. The fact it's 10 minutes' walk from Nissi Beach and also across the road from a stretch of shore all its own backs up that statement. Buffet meals follow different themes across the week, so make sure you show up hungry, and make some time for the evening entertainment schedule. There's live music, tribute acts, karaoke and a spot of bingo all to tickle your fancy. You could also try your hand at the pool table, or take to the more conventional pool option to lounge by the water under the hot Cyprus sun.
Surrounded by the town of Protaras, this hotel has a supermarket, a chemist and a bank machine all five minutes' walk out the gate. Of course, you're also nicely tucked away from the bustle in light and spacious rooms, while meals at the restaurant range from good old English classics to traditional Cypriot favourites. The beach is 10 minutes' walk away, and the pool here features enough loungers for even the latest of arrivals. There's a swim up bar there too, so a cheeky tipple is never hard to come by. The more traditional dry-land bar also features a good range of cocktails and bottled beers.
This hotel is right beside Nissi Beach, letting you stroll out to the sunny shore in seconds, with the party capital of Ayia Napa 20 minutes' walk away. The hotel itself has modern style all over, with a hot tub in the centre of its lounger-packed sun terrace, as well as a broad swimming pool. It's a great place to rejuvenate, with massage treatments and a sauna ready and waiting for those of you looking to leave your stresses behind. On the entertainment side, the tennis court and pool table let you perfect your game between trips to the gym.