Summer holidays in CyprusWhy not try somewhere different this summer?
What do you look for in a summer holiday? For many, the answer to this question will be relaxation – perhaps achieved by laying supine on a sun-kissed beach with aquamarine waters lapping at your feet. Some may opt for something slightly more adventure-orientated. For the younger reader, it’ll most likely be a place to party with their friends until the wee hours, with afternoons spent topping up their tans. If you fall into any of these categories – or perhaps even if your mind is set on other ventures – Cyprus holds the key to your heart's desire.
Scenic and quaint, yet daring and lively, blessed with tropical climates throughout the summer months, Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean’s finest holiday destinations. In recent years it has garnered a reputation as a raucous party isle, but this is only the case if you purposefully go searching for chaos. Whether you’re looking to dance until you drop, or enjoy something more peaceful, HomeAway is here to provide you with a range of rental accommodation. And if you’re still unsure that this is the place for you, our guide to the best of the island will help you make your mind up.
Must-see destinations on Cyprus summer holidays
Summer holidays in Ayia Napa
There is no escaping it. You’ve heard the stories, you’ve watched the documentaries, and you’re well aware of the carnage that ensues within its confines. Based on these experiences, you will have either decided to give it a wide berth, or developed a longing to witness it with your own eyes. If the latter applies to you, you’ll find the biggest party outside of Ibiza in Ayia Napa. Students – as well as people old enough to know better! – turn the resort into one colossal, ongoing fiesta throughout the peak season, with more clubs, beaches and promotional drink offers than you can shake a stick at. Just don’t expect to get much in the way of sleep!
Summer holidays in Lefkara
In stark contrast to the chaos of Ayia Napa, Lefkara is a charming little village in the very heart of the island. Referred to by locals as “Lekfara the Beautiful”, the village takes pride in its traditional and largely rural heritage. You will, for example, find no traffic lights within the vicinity. Instead, you’re encouraged to make your way around the museums, churches and pleasant unspoiled countryside by foot. Be sure to spend some time in the wax museum, and also in the stunning Machairas Monastery: the 11th-century chapels aren’t half bad, either. You won’t find grand thrills and spills here, but you can certainly relax and get away from it all.
Summer holidays in Protaras
Situated in the southeast of the island, Protaras is the more traditional of the tourist resorts on Cyprus. Fig Tree Bay is the most popular haunt for visitors, the fine sands of the tantalisingly sublime beach providing the main draw. The sedate Mediterranean shores are the ideal place to cool off, and if you’re a confident enough swimmer, the rocky islet just offshore offers an excellent chance for some seclusion. Alternatively, you can indulge in all the usual water activities, with jet skiing, wind surfing and banana boats all present and correct. As you’d expect, the nightlife is plentiful and, for the most part, family friendly.
Summer holidays in Paphos
If you prefer to intersperse your time on the beach with something a little more cultural, you may want to consider booking up for a week in Paphos. The beach, and the surrounding waters that enclose it, are fantastic, but stray further into town and you’ll find some unrelentingly fascinating historical sites. The Tomb of the Kings is one such shining example, a sprawling necropolis dating back to the 4th century BC. The Odeon is an ancient Greek amphitheatre that’s interesting enough in itself, but with a bit of good fortune, your trip will coincide with one of the musical performances occasionally held there. If you’re travelling with children, though, the Aphrodite Water Park should keep them happy for a few hours!
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Summer holidays in Limassol
The second-largest city in Cyprus behind capital Nicosia, Limassol is the country’s undisputed tourism hub. Nestled on the south coast, the city is perfect for those on holiday with the entire brood. Sayious Adventure Park allows visitors to experience enthralling off-road tours, with paintballing, archery and go-karting amongst the roster of pursuits. Elsewhere, the Fasouri Watermania Water Park offers facilities to cater for guests of all ages, including a gamut of slides and wave pools. Of course, you could also head to one of the many beaches that line the shores for an au naturale ambience.