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Luxury Cyprus Holidays

Aphrodite's Island

Cyprus

It might be a cliché, but Cyprus is definitely one of those places with something to keep everyone happy. Beach lover? You've got some of the best stretches of sand in the Med here, as well as some lovely shingle beaches. History buff? The island's archaeological sites date back to the Bronze Age. Be sure to visit the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, and the 16th-century walls and cathedral-turned-mosque in Nicosia. Explorer? You'll find walking trails, cycling routes and off-the-map hamlets in the Troodos Mountains, and wildlife trails around the Akamas Peninsula.

Cyprus is spot on for romantics, too  Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was supposedly born in Paphos, Richard the Lionheart married Queen Berengaria here, and Mark Anthony presented Cleopatra with the island as a token of his affection.

The weather is another tick in the island's book. Thanks to its south-east Med location, it basks in more than 300 days of sunshine every year, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

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What I love about Cyprus is that there's so much culture and history to discover, from the Byzantine monasteries in the Troodos Mountains, to the 15th-century Kolossi Castle near Limassol and the UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings in Paphos.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Cyprus
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Annabelle Hotel

Cyprus, Paphos

Hotel Elysium

Cyprus, Paphos

Olympic Lagoon Resort

Cyprus, Paphos

Hotel Almyra

Cyprus, Paphos

Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel

Cyprus, Paphos

Anassa

Cyprus, Latchi
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Destinations in Cyprus
Latchi
Latchi village sits next to a panoramic peninsula that legend says was Aphrodite’s stomping ground. Base yourself in this village for days shared between the harbour, beach and hiking trails.
Limassol
A polished, palm-lined promenade and marina seems to mark the southerly Limassol as a modern city – but delve deeper, and you’ll also find a medieval old town with a castle.
Paphos
South-westerly Paphos hordes archaeological finds along its coastline – from early Roman tombs to Byzantine churches. The town sprawls out behind, serving up beachfront hotels and a port.
Pissouri
The little village of Pissouri is secreted away among the hills, orchards and vineyards between Paphos and Limassol – and just up the road from Aphrodite’s Rock.
Troodos Mountains
The Troodos Mountains are the longest mountain range in Cyprus, scrolling out along the Limassol-Nicosia border. A national park of forests, waterfalls and trails swoops out from its peaks.

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Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€2-4.50
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Bus
€1.50 one way
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Cup of coffee
€2.50-5
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Glass of wine
€3-7.50
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Main course
€12-20
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Small souvenir
€2
When to go

Cyprus has Greek island-style summers that warm up quickly, with temperatures sticking in the low 20s around April and May. In the middle of summer, highs are well into the 30s, and you can still get away with great beach weather (in the slightly more comfortable 20s) around September and October. Cyprus doesn’t get particularly cold; things hover in the late teens throughout winter, with the odd rain shower.

Visa Information

Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Cyprus.

Tipping

Most restaurants and hotel bills will include a 10% tip, so you don’t have to tip wait staff or bar staff. Even still, extra tips are always appreciated, especially if you received good service. Taxi drivers appreciate a tip; aim for about 10% of the fare.

Introduction to languages

The official languages of Cyprus are Turkish and Greek. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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