Quiet beach in Cyprus

The Best Resorts in Cyprus this Summer

If you’re looking to take your family away on a summer holiday this year, but not sure about the destination, it’s time to get familiar with the spectacular island of Cyprus. Millions of families flock here every year, with the kids in tow and young adults leading the way to the great selection of bars and clubs.

There’s so much to do in Cyprus that it’s hard to know where to start your vacation adventure, however one is for sure, and that is vast array of luxury resorts. No matter what your budget, we’re sure you’ll be able to find a resort that matches your family’s needs, so let’s take a look at the best of them.

Quiet beach in Cyprus

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is one of the most iconic and talked about holiday resorts in Mediterranean Europe, and for good reason! Not only is the resort well-kept, with it’s crystal clear waters and perfect beaches, but it also offers a nightlife unmatched by any other resort on the island.

In such a naturally beautiful setting, you wouldn’t expect the party atmosphere to combine so well with families looking to relax, however they both come together seamlessly. Furthermore, there’s a amazing selection of apartments, hotels and shops located on the beach too, so everything you’ll even need on your holiday is literally minutes away.

Paphos

Paphos is another great resort in Cyprus, and located on the southwestern side of the island, it’s a little more traditional than the commercialised Ayia Napa. Not only is Paphos the birthplace of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, but it offers a fantastic selection of old and new. The hotels and apartments here blend easily into the resort’s ancient and historic background, but offer sleek, modern accommodation on the inside.

When it comes to keeping yourself entertained in Paphos, how about some 18 hole golf courses, ancient castles, Roman theatres and luxury restaurants? Paphos is for the young couple looking to embrace the romance of their surroundings, while also taking in the vibrant, but not overwhelming nightlife.

Larnaca

Home to lazy palm trees, traditional cafés, food festivals and locals who love tourists, Larnaca is a wonderful place to bring the kids this summer. Although it is the third largest town in Cyprus, it’s reputation as a family paradise has brought it to the forefront of consumer choice, and has remained a popular vacation destination for many years.

Hiking in the countryside in Cyprus

From the Municipal Gallery to the Hala Sultan Tekke, Larnaca is rife with historical monuments, and has no less than 6 museums for tourists to choose from. Furthermore, there are some great sight-seeing tours available from the local hotels, and there are even some free ones given by seasoned locals looking to educate people about the history of the area. All in all, Larnaca is a must-see resort in Cyprus, even if you’re not planning on staying there. There are very good transport links from the other resorts to Larnaca, and a taxicab won’t cost you much either.

Lovely sandy beach in Cyprus

Back to Cyprus – A Journey To Discover The Meaning Of Life?

Lovely sandy beach in Cyprus

My Cypriot husband and I are going back to the country of his birth to discover true meaning of life. Research on this beautiful country has become my obsession and in the process of pouring over my husband’s childhood photographs, history books and travel guides I’ve completely fallen in love with Cyprus and I’m convinced it holds the meaning of life – my meaning of life at least, and our trip has become a kind of quest.

My husband talks longingly of his fond memories of the beautiful blue sea and warm air of the Mediterranean, the arid country and the rich architectural history of Cyprus. He draws a lot of inspiration from the buildings in his home city of Nicosia, the nation’s capital. I can’t wait to see them, touch them and breath in their long, fascinating history.

I’m quite a romantic and probably the place I look forward to visiting the most is the exquisite Petra tou Romiou beach near Paphos where, it is said, the goddess Aphrodite emerged from the sea. She is the mythological goddess of love and beauty who raised and then fell in love with the beautiful Adonis. There are stunning, romantic places to stay around this area and I’m sure my own Greek Adonis and I will grow from visiting this place and I feel sure it will open my eyes and heart to more of the person he is.

Being a Greek Cypriot my husband was raised a Greek Orthodox Catholic and although he doesn’t practice the religion we were married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. This quest in me to understand the meaning of life and understand the religion is strong and I feel a desire to explore the faith and rituals on our journey.

One of my greatest loves is food and Cypriot cuisine is fresh and aromatic and the Turkish presence in Cyprus provides delectable sweet treats. My mother in law makes an amazing Soutzoukos, a sweet fruit and nut log dipped in thickened grape juice and I’m desperate to try other traditional cuisine.

I really can’t think of a place in the world I want to be more than Cyprus and I am secretly hoping that our trip might become more than just a three month holiday. I pray to the gods that nothing comes between us and our search for the meaning of life in Cyprus.

Guest post by Melanie D.