Cyprus combines classic beach holiday activities with fascinating cultural ruins and museums, so you'll definitely find there's plenty to keep everyone entertained.
At Kourion, in the south, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, you’ll find extensive Ancient Roman ruins. The most impressive building is the Kourion Theatre, which dates back 1,800 years. Still in use, it is able to accommodate thousands of spectators. If you rent a Cyprus holiday villa during the summer, you’ll be able to see a show at the venue as part of the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.
Another popular attraction is St. Hilarion Castle, a well-preserved castle that dates back around 1,000 years. As well as exploring the site, which was used to keep lookout for pirates and other invaders, you can also enjoy the view from the top - the castle is perched on top of the beautiful Kyrenia Mountains.
There are some excellent hiking trails to be found, which range from short afternoon strolls to multi-day treks. If you really want a challenge, try the Kyrenia Mountain Trek, on which you’ll cover 230 kilometers of rocky terrain. Not for the faint hearted!
It’s not all about ruins and strenuous activity, however. People come to Cyprus to relax and you will find plenty of opportunities to do just that. Larnaca combines the old and the new to create a great beach resort. The laid-back atmosphere and many bars mean it’s a great place to unwind, especially on one of the many beaches that line the shore. Faros and Kastella are both Blue Flag beaches, while at CTO and Mackenzie beaches you can try your hand at water sports.