2014 Family Holidays in Cyprus - Child friendly Cyprus Holiday Accommodation

Get some Cypriot sunshine with a family holiday home in Cyprus


Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert


A sensational view from a Latchi rentalFor 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 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 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 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 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 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

Award-winning 3-bed and 2-bed apartments near beach and all facilities

2 exceptional and exclusive apartments to rent in sunny Paphos -- for blue seas, beaches, history, culture, golf, mountains, forests and wildlife. Fully equipped/furnished, with a large swimming pool and AC/heating units in all rooms. Set in beaut...

E33 Villa Calypso

This Latchi villa is complete with a private pool and garden, from every part of the villa you can enjoy postcard sea views. Furnishings are guaranteed to please anyone as they have been carefully hand picked with the help of Celebrity Linda Bar...

Popular accommodation for 4 people with pool in Paphos

The apartment Sinope is located on the ground floor of a new residential complex in the center of Peyia. Provides comfortable accommodation for 4 people and is ausgesatttet with all the necessary amenities for a pleasant holiday. Large kitchen wit...

A luxury detached seafront villa with swimming pool

La Sabana is a luxury 260m² villa on an elevated plot (1200m²) with fantastic uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean. Its landscaped gardens directly lead down to the sea front. The beach is only a short walkway and a few steps from the end of t...

Spacious villa with private pool and stunning views

Canna Villa is one of 7 bungalows in a cul-de-sac, each with its own private garden and pool, and is fully air-conditioned (also warm and cosy with central heating and a log fire for winter months). It has a master bedroom with 6' double/twin with...

15% OFF Aug-Sep 2014 Luxury apartments, pool, great views, by the sea, central

Thekla Court provide Luxury self-catering apartments (3) for holiday rental, situated in the outskirts of unspoiled Polis. The spacious apartments are designed for enjoyable living with private pool, great views to the sea & the mountains, parking...

Large luxury 3/4 bed holiday villa, Hot Spa Tub & private HEATED pool

This holiday villa new in 2009 makes the perfect year round holiday rental Fully furnished for up to 8 with two ground floor bedrooms one large double with large patio doors, one large twin, fitted wardrobes and ground floor bathroom. A large brig...

Luxury apartment in Kato Paphos, sleeps 5!

The apartment consists of a lounge with LCD TV and is tastefully decorated in neutral tones. There are 2 brown leather sofas (one is a sofa bed) to enable 4 people to share the apartment. The fully fitted kitchen has a fridge freezer, washer, micr...

Fabulous Peyia townhouse with sea views on luxury development - Peyia Gardens

CONTACT US FOR LAST MINUTE DISCOUNTS - Many of our bookings are recommendations and returning clients. Peyia Gardens is a luxury development of beautiful townhouses close to the quiet village of Peyia. This fully air conditioned 2 double bedroom...

Villa with private pool. Internet & AC included in rental.

Villa Panorama is a pretty, recently built, part stone-clad, detached villa, set high up on a hill with panoramic views of the sea and coastline. Situated on the well-known golf course development, it is well positioned within the development of S...

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