With its long summers, beautiful scenery, fascinating history and warm welcome, this Mediterranean island has been luring British tourists for generations. It blends familiar touches – such as red pillar boxes and driving on the left – with Cypriot traditions and appeal. Expect village restaurants plying platters of delicious meze and local wine, shimmering blue seas, quaint mountain villages and Venetian castles.
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Where to Go in Cyprus
Most visitors in search of sun, sea and sand, base themselves along the south coast, around the main towns of Larnaka, Lemesos and Paphos. Each has a historic old town, promenade and popular beaches. Our favourite spot along this stretch is lovely Pissouri, which offers a Blue Flag beach, plenty of activities, a family-friendly appeal and an attractive hilltop village with the archetypal village square.
North of this stretch, the Troodos Mountains are dotted with villages offering fantastic views – perfect for a day trip. The starkly beautiful Akamas Peninsula sits in the far north-west, just along from quieter Latchi and Polis. It’s a great base for chartering a boat to explore the inlets of the north coast that are perfect for snorkelling.
Of course, this is a divided island; tourists can visit the north with its very different Turkish character. The capital Nicosia offers a fascinating insight into living history with its buffer zone. Head further north for the dramatic mountains of Kyrenia, home to St Hilarion Castle. The charming coastal town of Kyrenia features a fascinating harbour and quayside tavernas, where you can fully appreciate all that this island has to offer.
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When to go
The summer months of July and August are high season in Cyprus, so whilst all the restaurants and attractions are open, it can get busy and prices for everything, including accommodation, are at their highest. You should expect potentially very high temperatures, especially inland around Nicosia. Pack accordingly with plenty of sun protection and cover-up clothing for younger children. Plan to stay in accommodation with A/C and plenty of shade, especially around the pool.
Spring and Autumn see lower temperatures, but it is still a pleasant time of year to visit and can be preferable for those who want to avoid the heat of high summer. It can be a fantastic time of year for younger families with preschool-aged children to visit as accommodation is usually discounted. However, airlines may operate reduced schedules.
Winter in Cyprus is usually very quiet, with many hotels, sights and restaurants closed, especially in some coastal areas where tourism is seasonal. Between November-February the weather can be unpredictable, but it is generally mild compared to Northern Europe. If you do visit over winter, you should be able to grab a bargain with hotel rooms up to 50% cheaper than in high season.
British Airways and Easyjet fly direct from London to Paphos and also Larnaca which both take approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 210 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus
Time Zone: GMT+2
Capital City: Nicosia