Cyprus is an island with distinct qualities. In the southwest, archaeological parks and an atmospheric necropolis rival serene beaches with turquoise waters. Towards the southeast, castles and monasteries tower over bays with golden sand. With famous mountains and thick forests, a luxury holiday in Cyprus offers you the chance to relax, explore and travel back in time.
The third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is a colourful place filled with myths and magical beaches. In Paphos, you'll find amazing stretches of beach wherever you look and clear, warm waters. Ancient history sits on the doorstep of the city too, explore the Tombs of the Kings built thousands of years ago and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park with its amphitheatre and Roman mosaics.
Further east in Limassol, you’ll get to walk along beaches that unfold along translucent waters, then unearth the extraordinary history of Cyprus by discovering medieval fortresses, like Kolossi Castle and the ancient city of Kourion.
Between Paphos and Limassol, you'll find Pissouri which draws visitors to its celebrated beaches. Don't forget to visit Petra tou Romiou, rumoured to be the birthplace of Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Known as Aphrodite's Rock, this pebble beach is as divine as the goddess herself.
The largest mountain range in Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains, soar over Byzantine monasteries and churches which nestle in sweeping valleys. Luxury resorts here are great for walks, bike rides, panoramic views, wine tastings and theouxa spa treatments that use natural sulphur spring water. The mountain range is also home to the famous Mount Olympus peak, where you can sail down four exciting ski slopes.
With its Mediterranean climate, Cyprus has long, warm summers and mild winters. August is the hottest month of the year with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees celsius. From April to October, you'll find great weather throughout the island, June to September being the most popular months to visit.
In winter, the weather is mild during the day with cool nights. The milder climate makes it a wonderful time for people who like to sightsee and for those who enjoy hiking and long walks.
Carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa. If travelling to the north, it's advised your passport be valid for 6 months from date of entry. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
With Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African and Asian influences, Cyprus is home to some of the finest cuisine in the world. Enjoy Cypriot mezes, Italian pasta, Asian restaurants, fusion cuisine and traditional dishes. You'll also find lots of restaurants perch by the sea, allowing you stunning views of the beach while you dine.
Try delicious cheeses like halloumi, stuffed vine leaves and oven-baked macaroni, a speciality of the island. Commandaria is another island speciality to try too, this sweet dessert wine has a rich history and a richer taste.