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Pernera

Pernera holidays

There's so much to see, do and discover on Cyprus holidays – from the history of Larnaca to parties in Ayia Napa. But if you're one of those travellers who seek seclusion instead, you'll enjoy the serenity of Pernera.

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Sunrise in Cyprus' southeast

Many assume that Cyprus is a bustling island where tourism has made the coastal towns manic year in, year out. The truth is that there's more to Cyprus than beach parties and bar crawls – there's also an abundance of history and myth to be found at its ruins and ancient sites.

But the island offers something, too, for those who just want to switch off and get away from the world and Pernera – a 20-minute stroll from the busier resort of Protaras – might just be it. Although you've got strong public-transport connections to the major cities of the island, Pernera will be your home from home in more ways than one – from the welcoming smiles of the locals, through to homecooked meals and coastal retreats.

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Getting back to nature

Cyprus is a country full of rolling green hills and secret trails as much as it's a seaside haven of soft sand and eternal sunshine.

If you and the family are up for an adventure, there are tours and guided walks through many of the southeast side of Cyprus' most beautiful places – and there are aquariums if the little ones want to make some new fishy friends. History buffs will love the legends of Aphrodite that are abundant in this region, while even the most stressed-out parents will find peace in watching a magical seaside sunset.

Excitement at sea

There's a colourful world of secrets and wildlife to discover under the waves off the shores of Cyprus. Beginners and experienced scuba-divers are welcomed and catered for – meaning you can either strap on an oxygen tank for the first time, or get reacquainted with your undersea expertise.

If you prefer your aquatic activities above the surface, even a quiet resort like Pernera has a wide range of watersports to choose from, including parasailing, jet-skiing and windsurfing. The town's also within easy reach of WaterWorld Perfect – the largest themed waterpark in Europe. There are chutes, slides and pools aplenty here, so make sure you've got towels galore waiting for when you're ready to leave.

A relaxed evening out

Whether you're trying traditional Cypriot dishes or savouring the taste of home, the restaurants and bars of Pernera are well suited to low-key and laid-back dining.

Bars here are mainly traditional tavernas and cosy retreats where you can while the night away to local music, reminisce about your adventures over wine, and meet other holidaymakers who've joined you in discovering the tranquillity that Pernera offers.

It's a calm lifestyle they have here, and the locals are more than willing to share it with you, making for a restful holiday free from stresses and strains – and washed down with a glass or two of red.

Beaches and bays with endless sun

Nobody goes to Cyprus without planning on spending a good day or more soaking up some beach sunshine, and Pernera's location on the southeast coast of Cyprus makes it perfect – whether you're looking for a busy or more-secluded coastline experience.

The most well-known beaches in the area include stunning Cape Greco and tranquil Fig Tree Bay. They do tend to draw crowds in the height of the heat, however – so if you're seeking a shoreline hidden from the world, Pernera has secretive little strips of sand to discover. There you'll find the relaxation and quiet you're after, complete with all-day sun and breathtaking blue sea.

When to visit Pernera

Pernera's position towards the south of Cyprus makes it hotter than the northern areas of the island. In the summer months, from June to September, you can expect temperatures to often hit, or even surpass, 30°C. In the milder months, like January or November, the bare minimum is often 15°C, although most days will see 20°C, meaning it's still worth keeping an eye on available Cyprus holiday deals.