Cyprus holidays

Warm sunshine, stunning sandy coves, and friendly tavernas await on your Cyprus holiday, making this island a classic beach holiday destination. Whether you want to let your hair down and party 24/7, simply want to chill out and relax in a luxurious resort to enjoy some me-time, or are looking forward to splashing in a warm sea with the children, you’ll find something for everyone on this sunshine island in the Med. 

Things to do

Located where east meets west at the furthest reach of the Mediterranean, there are abundant ancient Greek and Roman ruins to discover during your holiday in Cyprus, especially around Paphos. A rich tradition of delicious food and wine across the island whets the appetite of foodies. And the tempting blue sea is the perfect place to enjoy water sports from sailing to banana boat rides. The large rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou is thought to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Swim around the rock three times, and according to local legend, you’ll be granted eternal beauty!

Places to stay

Cyprus is an island of contrasts. You’ll find quaint tavernas and a relaxed welcome in the rustic fishing village of Latchi. Or you can party all night in bustling Ayia Napa. Enjoy the family-friendly, soft sand beaches around Nissi Bay, or explore some of the world’s most important archaeological sites in Paphos on the south-west coast. Admire the superyachts lined up in Limassol, or enjoy a laid-back stroll along the palm-lined promenade in Larnaca.

What should I pack?

Cyprus has everything from coast to mountains. What you need to pack will depend on where you’re going and the weather forecast.

Hitting the beach? Be sure to bring your bathing suit and pack your sun cream. You’ll need a high factor (factor 30 and above) if you’re fair-skinned or have the kids with you. If you’re travelling in spring or summer, wear light, cotton clothes to help keep you cool. Flip-flops are handy for walking along the beaches. Just keep in mind that there are rocky paths down to some of them, so you’ll need to bring proper shoes too.

If you’re heading inland to the mountains, they tend to be cooler than the coast all year round. It’s best to pack layers to make sure you’re warm enough. Don’t forget your hiking boots.

You’ll find historic churches dotted all over the island. If you’re planning on visiting them, make sure you’re dressed properly before going inside. You’ll need to cover up your arms and legs. The same goes for monasteries in the mountains. It’s worth packing something to cover up your head too; for example, a scarf or sun hat.

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We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Ayia Napa | Larnaca | Limassol | Nissi Bay | Paphos | Protaras

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13-26 ℃

Enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round with averages 13-26 °C and an average of 14 hours sunshine a day in the summer months.

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4-5 hours

There are two main airports to choose from. Paphos International Airport (PFO) is in western Cyprus, about 145km from the capital, Nicosia. Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is 50km south east of Nicosia.

Cyprus is best for...

Families: From gently shelving beaches to some of the largest water parks in Europe, it’s ideal for beach-based family fun. 

Nature lovers: Join a Cyprus Jeep Safari to catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle, or marvel at the stunning scenery in the Troodos Mountains. 

History fans: Discover the ancient ruins in and around Paphos and the Kourion Amphitheatre.

Fast facts for Cyprus

Language: The languages spoken are Greek, Turkish and English.

Currency: The currency used in Cyprus is the Euro (€).

Local time: Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Paphos International Airport or Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa, Limassol and Protaras. From Paphos Airport, it's 30 minutes to Paphos.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Cyprus is 4–5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.


Getting around Cyprus

By bus: You can explore most of the island’s main attractions by bus. They’re cheap and relatively comfortable, although they rarely run to a set schedule.

By hire car: There are plenty of options for hiring a car, which will give you more freedom to explore at your own pace. Take a leisurely drive to the Troodos Mountains, stopping off at the picturesque villages of Omodos and Lania along the way. It’s also an easy way to visit Cyprus’ wine villages and popular archaeological sites, such as the Kourion in Limassol and Mosaics in Paphos.

Events in Cyprus

European Capital of Culture: As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Paphos will be hosting a range of cultural events throughout the year. Find out how you can get involved online.

Flower power: In May, fresh flowers fill the town of Paphos for the Anthestiria Festival. Floats decorated with brightly coloured blooms travel through the streets in a celebration of spring and nature’s rebirth.

For opera lovers: Each year an international theatre troupe performs an opera outside Paphos’ medieval castle. Part of the famous Aphrodite Festival, it’s a popular spectacle for culture-vultures that’s not to be missed.

Wine tasting: Taking place around the same time is the Limassol Wine Festival. Have a glass or two with the locals as you enjoy live theatre and traditional Cypriot music. 

Cyprus safety and security

Do I need a passport?

You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Cyprus. It must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in the country, but unlike other destinations, Cyprus passport requirements mean it doesn’t necessarily need to be valid beyond your departure date.

That said, if you’re going to the north of Cyprus, it’s advisable that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive. For more Cyprus passport information, head to

Do I need a visa?

If you’re a British citizen with a UK passport, you don’t need a Cyprus visa. However, if you’re planning on staying in Cyprus for more than 90 days, you’ll need to obtain a registration certificate.

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Can I travel from North Cyprus to South Cyprus?

Yes, you can travel to the north of Cyprus from the south and back again. This includes crossing checkpoints in central Nicosia, where it’s possible to walk over the border.

Should I get travel health insurance?

Buying comprehensive travel and health insurance before you go on holiday is always advisable, no matter where you’re travelling to or when. This covers overseas medical costs, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Be sure to check what’s included and what isn’t before you decide which insurance to buy and that your policy covers any activities you’ll be doing while you’re away.

Any other tips?

  • Crime rates are generally low in Cyprus, but it’s important to stay alert and be aware of pickpockets in tourist areas. You should also avoid keeping your important items in the same bag, such as your money and your passport; try to keep them separate at all times.
  • Tap water is safe to drink in Cyprus.
  • If you’re hiring a car, motorways and main roads are maintained to a high standard, and inner-city and smaller town roads tend to be in good condition too.

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Cyprus weather

Temperature: 13-26 (°C) 

When’s the best time to go?

We love Cyprus and regularly offer all our customers Cyprus travel advice. Our big tip? If you’ve never been to Cyprus then put this Mediterranean paradise right at the top of your must-visit list. Cyprus is located in the far south of the Mediterranean, so it boasts one of the best climates anywhere in Europe. Blue skies are virtually guaranteed all year round, and the island enjoys a whopping 340 days of sunshine per year.

Even in April, temperatures rise into the low-20s°C. It’s a great time of year to visit if you like it warm but not too hot. When summer rolls around, the temperature rises into the 30s and beyond; on some days, it can even reach 40°C. Things cool off in autumn, making it the ideal time to go sightseeing or explore the Troodos mountains.

Cyprus sees most of its rain from December to March, but it doesn’t tend to be heavy and the climate is still pretty mild.

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Is Cyprus cheap?

While there are certainly cheaper destinations to visit in Europe, Cyprus can be fairly affordable if you know where to save. Generally speaking, you’d be paying about as much as you would in Spain or Croatia. Cities such as Paphos and Limassol are likely to be more expensive than resort towns such as Protaras and Ayia Napa. 

It’s likely that accommodation will set you back the most. Eating out is generally reasonably priced: you’d be looking to pay around €20-30 for a 2-person meal and €2-3 for half a litre of a local beer. And depending on what you buy, groceries are on par with other European countries, though you can save a healthy penny by going for locally grown fruits and veg, and Cypriot foods from the deli counter. 

As for transport, you’ll likely need to rent a car if you want to explore what’s beyond your hotel or resort - it’s one of the few European destinations that drives on the left side of the road. Activities are generally quite cheap. Ruins, castles and historical sites are usually about €5. 

What are some good souvenirs to buy in Cyprus?

Shopping in Cyprus for souvenirs? The two most traditional Cypriot souvenirs are jewellery and silverware. Jewellery has been produced on the island since the Bronze Age and silver spoons and forks are a token of local hospitality. Cyprus is also known for Lefkara lace, the history of which dates back to to the 14th century and has been recognised by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. 

As for drinkable souvenirs, Commandaria is a famous local brand produced in the region north of Limassol and one of the oldest wines in the world. For a higher percentage, Zivania, which is made from grape pomace, makes a unique gift from Cyprus.

What are some typical foods to eat in Cyprus?

There are a few things that no self-respecting Cypriot restaurant will be without. And those things are: halloumi and mezze. Go for either one, or both, and you can’t go too far wrong with your meal. 

Then there are the restaurants in Cyprus that will specialise in just a few things - kebab, souvlakia (charcoal-grilled skewer meats). These fast food spots are usually fairly cheap, decent quality and great for fussy eaters. 

Then there are the tavernas, which generally specialise in the kind of food grandma makes such as kolokouthkia me ta afka (courgettes with eggs), koupepia (stuffed vegetables) and stifado (rabbit stew). If you’re after a slice of traditional life, dinner in a taverna is a must do.