Family holidays in Cyprus

Get some Cypriot sunshine

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

Stunning luxury private beach villa

Larnaca Bay is the most prestigious private gated complex on the famous Dhekelia Road. The villa sits on one of the largest plots and is designed for outdoor living but with modern indoor comfort. 2 double and 1 twin beds. 3 baths (1 en-suite)....

Turtle beach a short walk stunning sea and mountain views private pool and Wi-Fi

Sea Breeze at the Stone House is your home from home. The lounge is light and airy with a beamed vaulted ceiling, stylishly furnished with TV DVD and satellite. There are 3 bedrooms all air-conditioned and the master bedroom is king-size with ensu...

High quality Villa With Pool Located Within Walking Distance To Coral Bay Beach

A gorgeous 3 bedroom Cyprus holiday villa with private pool and large enclosed tended garden. Well designed and furnished to the high standards. Located with walking distance of the famous Sandy Coral Bay along with a selection of excellent tavern...

Cheerful and comfortable villa with 3 bedrooms, private pool, special price

A delightful 3 bedroom Cyprus holiday bungalow with private pool and pretty garden. Well designed and traditionally furnished. Located with walking distance from the seafront hamlet of Saint Marina with its beach and tavernas. Layout: Ground Floo...

Special villa with 3 bedrooms located on the waterfront and close to tavernas

A gorgeous 3 bedroom Cyprus holiday villa overlooking the sea with private pool and sandy beach on your doorstep. Perfectly designed and furnished so you can enjoy a pool and beach holiday in the sun to the full. Layout: Ground Floor: Air conditi...

Delightfully private villa with 3 bedrooms and swimming pool in Latchi

Down a long secluded driveway of oleander is the secluded Villa Christia Maris, with a large private swimming pool and private garden this really is the spot to get away from it all. With an out of the way location, you will also find Latchi Beach...

Lovely Villa With 3 Bedrooms And Private Swimming Pool Set In Latchi

Down a long secluded driveway of oleander is the secluded villa chrystalla, with a large private swimming pool and private garden this really is the spot to get away from it all. With an out of the way location, you will also find latchi beach its...

Modern Villa With 4 Bedrooms And Private Pool Located Close To The Beach

Villa rose is a light and airy holiday home with lots of space and a fantastic private pool with sun terrace. From the balcony you can relax while taking in the stunning views of the nearby sea to the front, and clementine fields to the rear. Taki...

Spacious Villa With 4 Bedrooms And Pool Located Just Steps From The Beach

Villa clementina is a light and airy holiday home with lots of space and a fantastic private pool with sun terrace. From the balcony you can relax while taking in the stunning views of the nearby sea to the front, and clementine fields to the rear...


This beautiful detached villa offers all you need for a wonderful relaxing holiday. Located in a quiet residential area . Comfortably furnished and well equipped with Bosch and Neff quality appliances including dishwasher. 3 bedrooms, 2 having twi...

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