The sunniest spot in Europe has a great beach scene but head to the interior to find the island’s soul
Summer is loading so dive into the Cyprus dream! Famous for the great hospitality, the sun-kissed beaches, and of course the turquoise water this Mediterranean island is a fabulous break for a well-needed getaway! Celebrate summer by heading on a brilliant adventure – to the shores of Larnaka, the beach clubs of Ayia Napa, or the sun-drenched sands of Pafos.
Timeless villages, ancient churches, stunning scenery, and mountain trails are just waiting to be discovered in Cyprus.
Located in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is an island covered in olive trees, figs, and carob trees; miles of beaches; and unspoiled views around every corner. The island has long been a honeypot for holidaymakers lured by the irresistible promise of sea, sand, and sun all year round. The mythological birthplace of Aphrodite is rich with history and Roman ruins, has lots of UNESCO World Heritage monuments, and has vibrant nightlife. Only a few miles away from the coastline, the Cyprus countryside is a diverse pattern of traditional villages, rustic vineyards and wineries, fresco-painted churches, and lush forests teeming with native flora and fauna. This is the Cyprus of imagination, engendered by the warmth and welcome of a people.
Looking for urban hideaways, hip clubs, or luxe hotels? Done, done, and done. Cyprus ticks all the boxes.
There are sensational dive spots in and around Larnaca, particularly MS Zenobia, a ferry that sank on her 1980 maiden voyage, often ranked in the world’s top 10 wreck dives. Travellers can also disappear into the Troodos Mountains in search of its incredible frescoed Byzantine churches, best reached from capital Nicosia, then head to the Limassol foothills for vineyards and micro-wineries, grape terraces spreading prettily across the slopes.
A new perspective
The most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus, Limassol, is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, spontaneous hospitality and its 17km promenade which runs along the coastline. The region around offers a wide variety of activities, therefore you will never be short of things to do.
Eat under the shade of pine trees
All the swimming and lounging and napping will make you hungry, and Cyprus shines with its mix of rustic, simple, and hearty cuisine. Many tavernas are set in restored traditional stone houses and serve up seafood caught that very day and hip lively restaurants with an urban touch serve inspired Mediterranean dishes and recipes from all around the world.
The blissful climate makes Cyprus the perfect summer destination
With its picture-perfect golden sand and crystalline blue sea, this is the island you're dreaming of visiting this summer. Cyprus has some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, with tree-lined beaches, and turquoise waters. Yes, is like stepping into a little slice of paradise.
Paphos' most popular and most impressive site
The Tomb of the Kings is a World Heritage Site that is 2km north of Kato Paphos. It contains a set of well-preserved underground tombs and chambers used as a necropolis by residents of Nea Paphos during the Hellenistic and Roman periods from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. The name 'Tombs of the Kings' reflects the majestic appearance of the tombs rather than any royal pedigree of the people buried there.
Sun-soaked wine regions, absorbing Cyprus's rich history and culture
The island’s longstanding tradition of winemaking needs no further proof than its claim to the world’s oldest named wine still in production – check Commandaria, proclaimed by Richard the Lionheart as the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines.” And whilst the same ancient grape varieties are still cultivated; and the same villages produce wine in the old, traditional ways, the island’s wine industry has also vastly modernised, progressed, and expanded.
The Best Tourism Village by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation
The mountainous village of Lefkara is split into Pano Lefkara and Kato Lefkara (higher and lower Lefkara), and is world-renowned for its traditional handicrafts of lace embroidery and filigree silver. The crafts of lace and silver have been practiced in the village since Venetian times, and visitors can learn all about them, and watch the lace and silver being made at the Lefkara Handicraft Centre, the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing, and various workshops. Legend has it that the famous painter, Leonardo da Vinci himself visited the village in 1481 and bought a lace altar cloth, which he donated to Milan cathedral. The character of the village is very picturesque with its narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture of old, terracotta-roofed houses.
Paphos' second most popular attraction is an impressive collection of colourful mosaics
The Agora, or forum, and Asklepieion date back to the 2nd century AD and constitute the heart of the original Nea Paphos city complex. Paphos' second most popular attraction is an impressive collection of intricate and colourful mosaics in the southern sector of the archaeological park immediately to the south of the Agora. Discovered by accident in 1962, excavations carried out by the Department of Antiquities brought to light the remains of a large and wealthy residence from the Roman period with exquisite coloured mosaics decorating its extensive floor area.
The green heart of Cyprus
The largest mountain range in Cyprus stretching cross a third of the island is the Troodos mountains. Located on the western side of Cyprus, its highest peak also known as Chionistra, is 1,952 meters high. A cool escape during the summer months at the green heart of the island and a snow-filled winter destination with four ski slopes.
A seaside escape
Endless blue-sky days and a coastline riddled with sandy pockets with hundreds of clubs and bars set up the perfect scenery for young Europeans from all over Europe.