Cyprus has always been a popular destination for family holidays due to its broad range of attractions, a wide variety of food, amazing beaches, and practically guaranteed sunshine all-year-round. However, with so many amazing destinations on offer within this country, it can be a challenge to decide exactly where to go. Thankfully, there is a destination for everyone on this Mediterranean island, whether you are a beach buff, a cultural connoisseur or a foodie fanatic.
Keep reading to discover your ideal family Cyprus location today.
How To Choose Your Accommodation In Cyprus
Before looking at the different destinations on offer in Cyprus, it can be a good idea to work out what type of accommodation you want to stay in. From hotels to apartments to Villas in Cyprus, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay on this idyllic island. According to Jamesvillas, villas are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness, and luxurious atmosphere. Plus, they can often feel like a home from home, making them ideal for families with young children or for large groups.
Where to Visit in Cyprus?
1. Coral Bay
A very popular tourist destination in Cyprus, Coral Bay boasts a 600m crescent of soft white sand that is enclosed by a pair of limestone headlands. The beaches are about as perfect for families as you can get, with stunning shallow waters that are great for kids. A lively resort, you can expect to find a wide selection of restaurants, cocktail bars and local shops that will keep all the family happy.
This resort town in eastern Cyprus is famous for its beautiful beaches and a wide variety of sports, both water and land-based. From jet skiing to kayaking, snorkeling to paragliding, Protaras offers them all, so if you are a family of adventurers, then this is the destination for you.
Fancy a day away from the beach? Why not check out the Ocean Aquarium or hop on a boat and take a tour of the unrivaled Protaras coastline.
One of the most popular destinations in Cyprus, and for good reason, Paphos has it all; with a selection of stunning sandy beaches plus more historic sites than you will have time to visit. Not to mention the mouth-watering cuisine and numerous wine-growing villages that are just ideal for vino enthusiasts.
And for the kids? Paphos is famous for its sea turtles, which can be seen during the summer months when they come to shore to lay their eggs. For an almost guaranteed sighting, book a boat trip with Atlantis Turtle Watching Cruise.
For those who prefer a village vibe, you can’t go wrong with the beautiful Latchi, which was once just a tiny fishing harbor. Still keeping its rustic charm, Latchi now offers a good variety of days out coupled with amazing local cuisine, including arguably the best fresh fish in Cyprus. You can either relax on the beach, try out some water sports or hire a boat to explore the coastline further. Latchi is the ideal family destination for those wanting a quiet and soothing break.
5. Ayia Napa
Once known as the party destination of Cyprus, Ayia Napa has worked hard in recent years to dispel this rowdy image and make itself more appealing to families and couples alike.
Yes, it does still have a lot of nightclubs, but with the majority of these not opening until after midnight, there is no reason why you and your family cannot enjoy the plethora of attractions that Ayia Napa has to offer. The kids will love Parko Paliatso Fun Fair, situated in the heart of Ayia Napa, not to mention the three different go-karting tracks that this destination boasts. And if the bustling atmosphere gets a bit much, all you need to do is hire a car and head for a more secluded beach such as Louma Beach or Ayia Thekla Beach.
Another quiet offering, Polis is a small town in the north-west of the island that is known for its lush green surroundings. Ideal for nature lovers, this destination is both traditional and tranquil, with amazing beaches, clear waters and many areas of natural beauty. The central square in Polis has an excellent selection of local restaurants and bars which are ideal for sitting back and watching the locals go by. For a bit of culture, head to the Archaeological Museum or check out the charming Byzantine churches.
7. Aphrodite Hills
Aptly named after the goddess Aphrodite, this coastal resort offers stunning scenery coupled with a wide variety of leisure facilities and days out, making it the perfect destination for families wanting a combination of leisure and adventure. Arguably its most infamous feature is the incredible 18-hole golf course that bears the famous signature of golf course designer Cabell Robinson. Although, The Retreat Spa by Atlantica is not too shabby either! Head here if indulgence and respite are top of your family’s holiday priorities.
Situated on the north coast of Cyprus, Argaka is the ideal destination for families who want a bit of peace and quiet but also want to be close enough to busier, more touristy towns within the island. The beach on the north coast is tranquil and offers shallow waters that are great for young families. The majority of the accommodation on offer is holiday villas, which offer isolation, flexibility and total relaxation. If you fancy exploring, try and head off the beaten track and discover your own Argaka. Look out for beautiful local wildlife, including the resident reptiles that can be spotted scurrying around the landscape.