Blessed with year-round sunshine, 66 stunning Blue Flag beaches, turquoise waters and the friendliest people, Cyprus has long been a favourite holiday destination.
We’re BIG fans here at HolidayPirates HQ and we have teamed up with loveholidays and Visit Cyprus to bring you this guide and show you the best that this gem of the Mediterranean has to offer.
With a mild climate during autumn and winter, and lots of sunshine during spring and summer, Cyprus may well be the perfect destination for your 2023 holiday.
Starting at the east coast of the island, the resort of Protaras is packed full of restaurants and activities.
It's the perfect choice for those who love picturesque sandy beaches. Plus, there's a wide range of hotels (from luxurious spa resorts to quiet and family-friendly hotels) and much more. Exploring this coastline with its sparkling waters and the glittering cove of Capo Greco National Park is a must.
Most people have heard of Ayia Napa because of its lively nightlife, but if you scratch beneath the surface, there is so much more to see and do in this part of the island. This area is home to 14 golden-sand Blue Flag beaches, and the harbour area hosts a multitude of traditional tavernas serving delicious fresh seafood cuisine.
The beautiful 15th-century Venetian monastery in the centre of Ayia Napa is definitely worth a visit followed by a splurge along Nissi Avenue, the premier shopping street.
This stunning stretch of coastline leads to Larnaca, Cyprus’ oldest city, where you'll find a bustling promenade and marina as well as the tavernas, cafés and restaurants that Cyprus is famous for.
For something a little different, visit the Salt Lake, home to thousands of flamingos and other birds. During the dry summer months the lake dries up leaving a moon-like thick crust of salt.
Cosmopolitan Limassol is Cyprus’ second-largest city.
The rejuvenated seafront area has undergone something of a transformation over the last few years. The new marina and promenade area has brought the jet set to Limassol - spend an hour sipping a frappe in one of the many cafés imagining yourself aboard one of the glitzy yachts before treating yourself in the designer boutiques of Makarios Avenue.
It’s not all about the new though – Limassol’s medieval Old Town with narrow streets and 19th century buildings is full of atmosphere and well worth a visit.
Moving west, the resort of Paphos is a firm favourite and of course home to Petra Tou Romiou, the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.
As well as a huge range of hotels and amenities, Paphos is full of Greco-Roman history including the old town of Ktima, the UNESCO archaeological park on the harbour, the Tombs of the Kings and many more.
For those looking for something a bit different, Cyprus delivers in spades. Explore hidden coves, secret beaches, traditional villages, and lush forests on the hundreds of kilometres of cycling routes and hiking trails all over the island.
A trip to the Troodos Mountains is something special where you can take an off-road guided tour or even try some skiing in the winter!
And finally, no guide about Cyprus would be complete without mentioning the delicious food.
Halloumi cheese, delicious fresh fish and seafood, koupepia (stuffed vine leaves), gemista (stuffed vegetables), souvlakia, mouth-watering pastries and many many more.
We’ll let you make up your own mind but if it’s good enough for Paul Hollywood it’s good enough for us!