Irrevocably linked with the goddess of love, Cyprus is much more than mythology. This year-round island is the gateway to three continents, an intoxicating fusion of east and west, offering a plethora of activities to keep everyone occupied.
Situated in the sparkling Mediterranean, Cyprus is easily accessible from the UK, offering deals for any budget. Gatwick parking is a useful add-on, cutting out the need for expensive taxis. Sun is the name of the game on this historical island, with May to September offering a long, hot stretch of temperatures reaching an average of 29 degrees in August.
Several cities on the island offer historical sights to explore. The capital, Nicosia has a captivating blend of old and new, with winding streets hosting small, interesting shops, and Strassicratous Street where shopping is the name of the game. Larnaca is home to a beautiful palm-lined promenade and sparkling marina, with monuments harping back to days of booming copper trading. The imposing mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke dominates the skyline, and a definite must for culture fans.
For laid back, visit Limassol with its fishing harbour, narrow streets, and ancient medieval castle. If you have a taste for vino, definitely visit September’s wine festival! The archaeological wonder of Paphos stands on the south coast, and is listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Tombs of the Kings are a definite must, with huge monuments carved from solid rock. Paphos also has a varied nightlife to suit all. Of course, Ayia Napa in the south-east is famous for clubbing and 18-30s, yet the beach is simply stunning with white sand and turquoise waters, and a 16th century monastery to explore.
Prices on Cyprus are reasonable and you can enjoy a hearty breakfast for 6€, setting you up for the day. A glass of beer will set you back around 5€. With the sun, comes the beach, and there are many beautiful beaches on which to lounge, walk, jog (if you must!). Phinikoudes beach in Larnaca is one of the most famous on the island. A palm-lined promenade runs along the long, sandy beach with plentiful bars, restaurants and cafes. If the beach isn’t for you, then a spot of golf could be the ticket, or cool off by hitting the water. With a wide range of water sports on offer, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Visit the water park too, and if you’re feeling the need for adrenaline, try bungee jumping!If nature’s where it’s at, head a little inland to the cooler Troodos Mountains for a spot of hiking. The highest peak reaches almost 2000 metres, guaranteeing stunning panoramic views and taking you past serene waterfalls and inspiring pine forests.
Just off the south-west coast is the famous rock of Aphrodite. Legend has it this was the spot where the goddess of love rose from the surf, and is part of the Aphrodite cultural route, including the baths of Aphrodite. With so much to see, it’s useful that Cyprus is so easy to get around. Buses are plentiful and relatively cheap, with different routes for urban and rural areas. Taxis are particularly useful at night.
Cyprus offers a huge range of accommodation for everyone, and thanks to budget airlines, it’s cheaper than ever to reach this sunshine island. Add-ons to your holiday make the whole affair even cheaper, with airport parking taking away the stress of travelling to the terminal. Airparks offer fantastic rates for this holiday extra, saving you valuable Euros.
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