2014 Family Holidays in Cyprus - Child friendly Cyprus Holiday Accommodation
Get some Cypriot sunshine with a family holiday home in Cyprus
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For an exceptional Mediterranean experience, the ancient island of Cyprus is a superb holiday destination: offering families pristine beaches and outstanding cuisine, it also caters for proactive family members seeking high-adrenaline pursuits. Holidaymakers may choose to embrace the tranquil atmosphere characteristic of the country on an idyllic beach, or seek relaxation at a local spa. Alternatively, you may choose to take to the waves by jet ski, circle the waters on a boat excursion, or explore the underworld with a diving group.
Cyprus is home to some of Europe's most remarkable prehistoric sites, enabling holidaymakers to learn about the staggering history of the country. Stunning mosques and churches, as well as Neolithic and Byzantine sites, offer visitors insightful reflections into the diverse country. The incredible history of Cyprus has been recognised by UNESCO, and the ogranisation has granted the country three World Heritage Sites; the prehistoric site of Choirokoitia, the ancient town of Paphos in the Painted Churches and the Troodos Mountains. Whether you choose to explore these incredible sites, retreat into the mountains, or surf the waves, retire to HomeAway accommodation, and recreate your home environment in a Cypriot villa. HomeAway has a varied selection of villas in Cyprus, allowing holidaymakers to consider both the practicalities of close access to beaches, as well as minor details like having a veranda on which to sip Zivania!
Top five destinations for family holidays in Cyprus
Family holidays in Kyrenia
Holidaymakers travelling to Kyrenia, on the northern coast of Cyprus, will be welcomed by warm locals eager for you to relax during the day on exceptional beaches. In the afternoon, you can visit the majestic castles situated in Kyrenia, and the surrounding areas, or if you're travelling with keen hill walkers, venture into the mountain range which gulfs the coastal town. Immerse yourself in the historical significance of the area, and visit the shipwreck museum, or in the heat of the day, cool down at one of the bars lining the harbour, looking out to the serene beaches of the area. In the evening, you'll be invited to sample the delicious local seafood and rich Mavro wine.
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Family holidays in Larnaca
Situated on the southern coast, the city of Larnaca is a superb location for a family holiday in Cyprus. The abundance of activities for the family are as diverse as camel riding and scuba diving. For a nautical excursion, a boat trip off the Marina is an exciting alternative to exploring the bay. Other watersports include jet skiing and canoeing, and on foot, families can choose one of the hiking trails to explore the monastries or natural beauty spots. Notable landmarks and stunning historical and religious buildings include the sixteenth century Djámi Kebír Mosque, and a renowned Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, considered to be one of the best examples of preserved prehistoric sites. Natural attractions include the Salt Lake, where you'll be greeted by a flounce of flamingos, as well as dozens of other species of birds. There is also the opportunity to visit the tomb of Umm Haram, the Hala Sultan Tekke shrine.
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Family holidays in Paphos
Paphos, or Pafos, is located on the southwest coast of the country. With an idyllic port and numerous ornate buildings and landmarks, the city is an ideal place to explore. As well as the city's cultural significance, families can enjoy an array of exhilirating attractions from the water park, the local zoo and donkey and ostirch farms, to amusement parks. Furthermore, the rich culture of the city is celebrated by numerous festivals, such as Kallepeia Arkadia Festival in August, a celebration of Cypriot food, music and dance, which unites visitors and locals. The city is also home to two Christian basilicas, built in the Byzantine period: the Panagia Chrysopolitissa is the larger of the two, dating back to the 4th century, and the second is located close to the harbour, with some of its unique architectural feautres, such as the mosaic patterns, still intact.
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Family holidays in Pernera
The picturesque harbour town of Pernera is situated on the east coast of the country. Families can trawl along the coastal path, or embrace the tranquil atmosphere on one of the many beaches surrounding the town. An afternoon at Pernera Bay Beach can provide both exhilarating and stimulating activities for proactive family members, including diving excursions with a qualified group of divers, as well as a serene location to relax in the sunshine. Notable beaches include the beautiful Louma Bay Beach and Polyxenia Beach. In the evenings, families can dine at some of the area’s finest restaurants, sampling Cypriot delicacies such as Lountza and gyro dishes.
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Family holidays in Pissouri
Located between Paphos and Limassol, Pissouri is a beautiful village with a tranquil ambience characteristic of Cyrpiot culture. Families can enjoy the prisitine beach, offering a quieter alternative to the array of water sports activities that proactive family members can choose to pursue. The area also offers keen golfers the chance to practice their swing and perfect their handicap. For holidaymakers interested in religious buildings, the beautiful Church of Apostle Andrea, built in 1883, is perhaps the most significant religious building in the village. Holidaymakers keen to explore the surrounding areas can visit the Botanical Garden, venture into the Troodos mountains to visit the UNESCO Site, or learn about the wine industry in the area by enrolling on a wine tour, and of course, testing the products!
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Cyprus Family Homes
The Villa Hanna is situated in a small holiday complex, right on the edge with a beautiful view of the sea and Pissouri Beach. Villa Hanna is the ideal location as it both provides a peaceful surrounding and all major institutions of Pissouri are...
Spacious 2nd floor apartment sleeping maximum 6 people, consisting of open plan lounge/dining room with leather chairs, large sofa, dining table for 6. Plasma TV with satellite connection plus DVD. Fully equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, washi...
Set in secluded landscaped gardens just 300m from the beach with stunning sea views and only a 5 minute drive to local shops and restaurants, this luxury villa is fully air-conditioned, with free Wifi and accomodates up to 6 people. The property i...
There are few villas, within the Coral Bay area, that can offer such a private setting as Villa Athina. The villa has a secluded and private pool - with no one overlooking. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying total privacy. However tavernas and the ...
Set within a private oasis, Villa Eleni is a 2 bedroomed villa with private pool, sea views and within walking distance to tavernas, shops and sandy beaches.
The property has a Bungalow layout including: 2 bedrooms, family bathroom, lounge, dini...
Villa Nansoula is situated in a secluded setting and sleeps 4-7 people with its own swimming pool. The pretty fishing village of Latchi, with its sandy beaches and delightful harbor, is just a short walk (500m). The location is perfect for a famil...
Totally private villa with 3 bedrooms and secluded private pool. The pretty fishing village of Latchi, with its sandy beaches and delightful harbour, is just a short walk (500m) however Villa Alexandros offers complete seclusion. The location is p...
Simply stunning property located opposite the sandy Latchi beach. In our opinion, this is one of the very best locations in Cyprus for those looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday. The sandy beach is at the end of the garden; nearby tavernas/bar...
Delightfully private Villa Maria offers a secluded setting with private pool, however is still within walking distance of Latchi; with its excellent sandy beach, tavernas and shops. Villa Maria is the perfect choice for a family holiday where the ...
Villa Sotiris is the perfect choice for those who wish to enjoy Cyprus within a traditional and quiet setting. It is a delightfully private villa with secluded pool, sea views and just a very short distance to nearby sandy beaches and tavernas. Th...