Book last minute to enjoy Cyprus' beaches, history and culture
With flight times of just over four and a half hours there’s just enough time to watch a movie and have a nap before arriving on the island’s enticing shores, ready to start a last minute holiday to remember.
Whether lazing on a beach is your thing, hiking in the mountains or strolling around ruins and historic sites, Cyprus has all this on offer plus an array of modern resorts and hotels. The Paphos region has a diverse selection of resorts, an array of Blue Flag beaches and numerous cultural possibilities. Paphos Town itself is centred by a castle and has a selection of fun activities including a zoo and Aphrodite Water Park.
The shallow waters of Coral Bay are popular with families, while Limassol, the largest city in the region, is packed with shopping, nightlife and restaurants. Limassol Castle provides a point of interest for history buffs and there are also many fine museums to enjoy.
Over in the Larnaca region resorts vary from the party town of Ayia Napa to family-friendly spots like Nissi Beach. Inland there’s stunning countryside to explore on hikes and walks. For a dash of authentic Cypriot charm, the town of Protaras is hard to beat with a great beach and numerous international restaurants alongside traditional Greek tavernas. Nightlife is low key and revolves about a selection of bars and pubs.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
With temperatures around 17°C in February rising to 27°C in August, holidays to Cyprus are possible throughout the year depending on how hot you like it. Summer is the time for beach holidays but with a mild climate through much of October, and even in the winter months, sightseeing, hiking and cycling is on the agenda throughout the seasons.
Book up to eight weeks in advance to ensure the best selection of last minute deals to Cyprus choose from, or take a chance and book a day or two before, if you like to be spontaneous.
Other last minute holiday destinations
If you’re not decided on where to go last minute, there are many more holidays options. The Canary Islands are ideal for a beach-based late escape with sunshine almost guaranteed. Spain’s Costa del Sol may also appeal offering a mix of beach days and sightseeing. Or, for something a little bit different, the ancient Croatian city of Dubrovnik is worth considering. But, if Cyprus has already won you over check out our handy travel guide to find out about your chosen resort, excursions and much more. And read on for some excellent last minute hotel choices.
Set right on the beach, the Sunrise Pearl Hotel and Spa is ideal for a convenient last minute getaway. With an indulgent spa, where treatments are available at an additional cost, and four outdoor pools there's plenty of room to stretch out and work on that tan. Each guest is allocated a sunbed on arrival and the daytime activities programme, including aqua aerobics, will keep active types happy. Main meals are served in the Waterfall buffet restaurant with a selection of other dining options available for an additional fee.
Stay at the Crown Resorts Horizon and enjoy an excellent location just a five-minute walk from the beach. The large pool has a swim-up bar during summer and meals are served in the buffet restaurant. Guests can expect occasional themed nights too including Greek and Mexican. Activities are varied and include archery four times a week, volleyball, beach volleyball and table tennis, plus families can make use of the children's pool and playground. In the evenings, enjoy live music and dancing.
With unlimited access the neighbouring waterpark, guests at the Panthea Holiday Village can expect a fun-packed break. There's also a large pool, kids' splash area and their own pool. The beach is a mere five-minute walk away so there are plenty of options for relaxation and water-based activities. The buffet restaurant and open-air taverna offer a selection of dishes and three bars keep you refreshed. Daytime activities include tennis and table tennis, with a playroom for the little ones.
The Atlantic Oasis Hotel is ideal for those looking for a peaceful base for their last minute holiday. There are a number of shops and restaurants within a five-minute walk away and Limassol's old town reachable by bus. The inviting lagoon pool is the highlight of the complex and there's also a pirate-themed pool for the kids and an adults-only pool, so everyone is catered for. The entertainment on offer includes sporting activities, such as aqua aerobics, karaoke and discos. Agora buffet restaurant is open throughout the day, as well as a la carte dining, a cafe serving pastries, sandwiches and cakes, and two bars.
The centrally located and family-run Nereus Hotel is a popular spot, with many guests returning year after year. The beach is around a five-minute walk away but the pool provides a pleasant alternative for those who like to sunbathe sand-free. With airport transfers of just under an hour, the resort centre within easy reach and a daily happy hour at the bar Nereus Hotel represents a great value last minute break. For entertaining evenings expect live music, karaoke and quiz nights in the bar two times a week and discos in high season.