The best places to stay in Cyprus
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Cyprus is a much-loved holiday destination and an island full of contrasts. From mountains to the sea and ancient ruins to chic resorts, there is something for everyone here.
With stunning sandy beaches, tasty traditional cuisine and a sunny Mediterranean climate (Cyprus has over 3000 sunny hours per year!), it’s a great place for a villa holiday.
It can sometimes be tricky to pick which resort will suit you best, as there are so many to choose from, so here is my run down of the best places to stay in Cyprus to help you choose.
Larnaca is the third largest town in Cyprus and was built of the ruins of the ancient city of Citium. It has long golden beaches and an abundance of cocktail bars and boutique hotels to choose from.
There is a palm tree-lined promenade which is perfect for an afternoon stroll and for the adventure-lovers, there is the opportunity to scuba dive amongst shipwrecks just off the coast.
Best for: Families
Paphos is perfect for a sun-filled break. It has wonderful white sand beaches, clear blue waters and a mountainous backdrop plus a working harbour. There is a touristy side to the resort with Blue Flag beaches, waterparks, restaurants and high street shops but there’s also lots to explore.
It’s one of the most archaeologically-rich areas of the Eastern Mediterranean with ancient ruins of tombs, fortresses, theatres and villas to look round. Tombs of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with underground tombs carved from solid rock and is well worth a visit.
Paphos is one of the most popular resorts and you can find some of the best hotels in Cyprus here.
Head north from Paphos and you’ll find Coral Bay, a lively seaside town nestled between banana plantations and vineyards. There’s a lovely family friendly beach here with shallow waters which are perfect for paddling. One of the best beaches in Cyprus.
Best for: Couples who like a mixture of sightseeing and relaxing whilst on holiday.
This famous lively resort is the island’s clubbing capital, perfect for an adults only holiday. Aiya Napa used to be a quiet fishing village but it’s now the best place on the island to dance until dawn. If it’s beach hotels and beach clubs you’re looking for then Aiya Napa is the one for you.
It’s also a great spot for diving with unspoilt landscapes, friendly marine life and crystal-clear warm waters. It’s suitable for all, no matter how much diving experience you have and there are several companies based near the beach who can take you out for the day.
If diving isn’t your thing, Aiya Napa is also a great place for water sports. Try parasailing, jet skis or hop on a banana boat at Nissi Beach.
For more nature, try the nearby Cape Greco National Forest Park. It’s an unspoilt area of natural beauty which is full of wildlife like lizards, foxes and hares. Perfect for walking off your hangover!
Best for: Party animals
The second-largest city in Cyprus is full of romance. There is a picturesque Old Town packed full of historic buildings which you can quite easily lose a few hours wandering around on a day trip.
If sun-worshipping is more your thing then there is a beautiful sandy coastline which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Cyprus. Head east from here for a cliff top walk with stunning sea views.
There are stylish bars and restaurants in Limassol plus some up-market boutiques but there is also several museums and several Roman sites for culture lovers.
Best for: Both couples and families