Whether you are looking for sun soaked beaches, culture or exciting nightlife, Cyprus has it all! There are many great resorts in Cyprus but two particular favourites are Paphos and Coral Bay.
Paphos is located on the south west coast of Cyprus, getting there is relatively easy and because many major airlines fly there it means that Paphos flights tend to be numerous as well as reasonably priced. It has been a popular holiday destination for many years, and has something to offer everyone. You can find ancient ruins and archaeological sites in the south, or spend time in the bustling centre of Paphos in the north. If you prefer a quieter holiday, venture further north, you’ll find gorgeous secluded beaches and pine forests. The old town of Paphos is traditional with cobbled streets and cafes, while further downhill near the harbour there are more modern bars and restaurants. For those in search of lively night-life, just off the harbour is Bar Street, great for karaoke, cocktails or dancing into the early hours in the clubs.
Paphos is steeped in history and a must see is the UNESCO site, Tomb of the Kings, where you’ll find amazing Egyptian catacombs carved out of solid rock. Other historic sites in Paphos include The House of Dionysos which houses stunning Greek mosaics, and the Temple of Aphrodite where you can admire the sea views from up on the hill.
Cyprus is famous for its beautiful beaches, and one of the best is Coral Bay, located only fifteen minutes from Paphos. Its beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag and you’ll find white sand and clear blue waters to take a dip in. Visit the watersports centre where you can head out in a speedboat to try your hand on the banana boat or parasailing. Scuba diving is also an option, and the wreck of Zenobia is worth checking out. At night time the main street, which runs along Coral Bay Avenue, fills up with revellers taking in the evening entertainment; everything from top name DJs to tribute acts. If you’re a fan of cocktails you won’t be disappointed, there are plenty of bars happy to create your favourite drink, while you take in the evening shows. Like Paphos, there are nightclubs which open later in the evening, and continue on throughout the night.
When to go
July and August are the hottest, driest months in Cyprus, with temperatures soaring into the high 20s and low 30s. If you’d prefer a more comfortable temperature, spring and autumn are great times to go, as it will still be warm enough to swim in the sea, but not as sweltering as the summer months.