Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Matt0
Cyprus Holidays – Everything from coastal walks to thiriving resorts
Cyprus is an excellent choice for families who like to a warm welcome. With options ranging from thriving resorts such as Ayia Napa, the party capital of Greece, to the more tranquil historic town of Paphos, a UNESCO cultural centre and one of the national treasures of the worlds heritage. There really is a little bit of everything.
The island of Cyprus has been an instrumental part of European culture for a very long time, famously split between the Turkish north and the Greek south. Also, with it’s ancient roots as the mythical birthplace or Aphrodite, it became home to the wealthy with many palaces and centres of religious significance having been built. If you like sight seeing, the remnants of past civilisations give the island plenty of historical sights.
The coastal walks are a draw for those coming to Cyprus for a nice holiday and who like to escape the touristy areas and see more of the island, with the sandy beaches at Avmidou providing a favourite spot. Inland are the Troodos Mountains, known as the heart of Cyprus and look spectacular as you make your way along the footpaths just to the north of Limassol. All of these offer a wide range of marked trails for those who like to get some fresh air and soak in a bit of nature.
Most holidaymakers take advantage of the islands well developed towns along the south coast. It really is a magnificent stretch, and the holiday brochures really don’t do it justice. There are miles of coast with shimmering waters, with hidden grottoes and secret coves. It is also great explored from the waters, why not try some sea kayaking with an instructor who can show you all of the best spots.
If you like fish, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Fish restaurants line the sea front, selling the catch of the day. Speak to the locals for insider tips on the hottest restaurants. The Filiotis Fish Tavern gets very good reviews, and it comes without the fishing nets, plastic lobsters, or other tourist faff you often get as the decor.
If you’re travelling as a family like us, take a look at Protaras. This resort has beautiful beaches, plenty of water sports, and lots of other things to see and do. It’s a bit quieter here, and not so developed as the likes of Ayia Napa. It retains its charm, whilst offering everything you’d expect from a holiday resort. Plus, if you hire a car it’s an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the coastline. Visit the official Cyprus Tourism website here.