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Get ready to tick a bonafide holiday treasure off the family bucket list with a trip to stunning Cyprus! Whether you're after laid-back beachside leisure, nature-packed adventures or history hunting among fairytale castles – this amazing all-rounder is guaranteed to hit the spot. The birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, it's only fitting you fall head over heels in love with this Mediterranean marvel.
The epitome of easy-going, life on this idyllic island is as carefree as it gets! Welcome to a culture that puts families at the forefront, valuing special moments with loved ones above all else. Whether you're opting for some quality time with your brood of little ones, or heading off on a multi-generational getaway, the welcome-anywhere atmosphere pumps through Cyprus' veins. Locals are as warm as the weather, so don't be surprised if you feel like a real-life resident before you've even reached your holiday home from home.
The island itself is a compact treasure chest of family-friendly itinerary pleasers. From sun-soaked sandy stretches to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there's countless ways to entertain the kids. Natural splendours are in strong supply too, which comes as no surprise as Cyprus is renowned for being one of Europe's top destinations for outdoor antics and action-packed days out. Use your holiday villa as a base for exploration, and set out on exciting expeditions with your happy little campers – with so much to discover, you just need to figure out how you'll pack everything in…
There's no set rules when it comes to holidays. We all have our own wanderlust wish lists and planning preferences to make sure the whole gang is happy. With villas in heart-of-the-action hotspots, off-the-beaten-track sanctuaries and everything in between, you're sure to find a slice of paradise that suits you and your brood down to a T.
Coral Bay serves up sandy seaside getaways, boasting Blue Flag beaches and wonderful watersports for a quintessential summer holiday. Here you'll find traditional eateries alongside international restaurants, so even the fussiest family members are well and truly catered for. Pick up quintessential keepsakes from the local shops, or indulge in a cheeky cocktail at the blissful bars that line the promenade. As if that wasn't enough, Paphos' ancient sites are a stone's throw from the lively coastal town – making Coral Bay a go-to for family fun in the sun.
If you're after something a little more secluded, set your sights on the heavenly hideaways at Argaka. Experience authentic Cypriot culture first hand at traditional tavernas and swoon over showstopping sunsets night after night. Nature lovers will find their feet in this rural retreat, with a whole host of walking trails that wind through luscious landscapes. Akamas Peninsula National Park lies nearby, with jaw-dropping coastal views and wild pathways just waiting to be hiked! Cyprus' north western tip is where time stands still, immerse yourself in holiday freedom and recharge your batteries away from the world.
Not to state the obvious, but travelling with kids isn't always easy, and finding the perfect balance for a fun-filled family break can seem like a daunting task. Between keeping everyone entertained and squeezing in some time to relax yourself – a week or two can fly by in the blink of an eye. As luck would have it, Aphrodite Hills is here to answer all of your holiday prayers! Set just outside of Paphos, this luxurious resort combines all the best bits of a secluded villa stay with amazing hotel amenities – ideal for little ones who can't stand still and parents longing to chill. You can expect first-class facilities at your fingertips, with communal pools, kids clubs, restaurants, private beaches, a spa and a golf course all within walking distance of your front door. Ignore the naysayers, you can have your cake and eat it (especially when you're on holiday).
Basking in balmy climes year-round, Cyprus is the gift that keeps on giving. July and August enjoy the toastiest temperatures, with things heating up to a whopping 40°C! Life's a beach in the summer months, when sun-seekers grace the golden beaches and the Mediterranean Sea acts like one big bath. Thanks to the countless coves dotted along the coastline, you can take your pick between secluded shores or busier bays. Whether you're yearning for peace and quiet or a livelier atmosphere, you're shore to tick all your beach boxes.
Spring and Autumn are the best times to get hands on with the great outdoors! Average temperatures in the mid 20°Cs are a match made in heaven for days out exploring nature. The island is blanketed in beautiful blooms for most of April, when wildflowers start bursting into life and accessorizing the luscious landscape. Along with sweet-smelling blossom trees – it's a treat for the eyes and the nose! September climes stay sizzling at 30°C, and slowly decline by the end of the month. October gets cooler still, making it awesome for all kinds of activities beyond the beaches…
When you're away with little ones, there's lots of exciting new experiences and adventures to be had. First time at the beach, first ride on a waterslide, first visit to the zoo… the list is endless! Thanks to Cyrpus' countless charms, you can go from conquering mountains in the morning to wandering through ruins by the afternoon.
Teeming with family-friendly attractions, hop aboard a catamaran and set sail to the Akamas Peninsula, or cool down in lazy rivers and let the kids go wild at Aphrodite waterpark. History hunters can step back in time at Paphos Archaeological Park and admire relics 9,000 years in the making, while beach bums can bask on gently sloping sands and paddle in wonderfully warm waters.
If beaches are the name of your holiday game, then Cyprus is a certified crowd pleaser! Blue Flags fly with pride over 61 sun-drenched bays, calling all addicts to satisfy their coastal cravings with soft, golden sands and sparkling seas. Roll out your towel and find the perfect spot to top up your tan while the kids make a splash in the big blue! Shallow, calm waters mean you'll have peace of mind that your little ones can paddle safely, while older offspring can brave wild watersports and adrenaline pumping escapades!
There's no one size fits all when it comes to beach days, so step away from the norm and discover Cyprus' delightfully diverse shores. Pebbly inlets and craggy coves all being part of the island's rugged repertoire, as well as untouched treasures that have been left just as Mother Nature intended. Petra tou Romiou is home to 'Aphrodite's Rock', the alleged spot that the mythical goddess of love rose from the sea. Whether you're a believer or not, there's no denying that this magical spot will capture your heart – especially as the sun begins to set in golden tones…
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