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Cyprus Family Holidays

Coral Bay, Paphos
Sailing
Architectural site
Ruins, Limassol
Harbour

It was good enough for Aphrodite, so chances are you and your family will fall in love with Cyprus during family holidays or breaks on this island of myths and legends, where artefacts and ruins – Cyprus was the Spaghetti Junction of Crusader times and all those passing through left a lot of history behind – rub shoulders with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean and other stunning scenery and to-die-for food.

A bit of an enigma – westernised but with heavy African influences, and, of course, a line down the middle of it, with the Turks on one side and the Greeks on the other – Cyprus can also be reassuringly familiar, with lots of family-friendly accommodation for all budgets and driving on the left-hand side!

 
Capital City Nicosia
Flying Time 4.5 hours
Carbon Footprint 2.8 tonnes CO2
Timezone GMT +2
Local Currency Euro
Current weather
Few clouds
27°C
 

Things to do with kids in Cyprus

Though parts of Cyprus heave with tourists, it’s in these heavily built up resorts that you’ll find all the obviously touristy things without which family holidays here aren't complete – snorkelling, diving, swimming, paddling, paragliding, whizzing around in a banana boat, and boat-trips that include the chance to snorkel.

With a zillion beaches to choose from, it’s easy to do nothing but laze, although if packed sands are your family’s idea of hell and you head off the beaten track, make sure you know what the tides and currents are doing as often there are no flag systems or lifeguards. Coral Bay in Paphos is calm and child friendly, with a lovely harbour with cute coloured fishing boats and boat-trips and a fun covered market. Bribe the kids with ice creams to walk up to Paphos Castle, with brilliant views. A short walk from the harbour you’ll also see ancient mosaics (the site at Kato) from Roman times.

Soak up the atmosphere at the mysterious Tombs of the Kings and the catacombs at Agia Solomoni – fun if somewhat gloomy. This is where persecuted Christians hid.

Head for Phinikoudes Beach, one of Cyprus’s most famous, with plenty of cafés and bars. In June it hosts the two-week (Larnaca) Kataklysmos Fair.

Add the Pafos Bird Park to your itinerary, with bird shows, a children’s farm and face-painting, and the Aphrodite Waterpark, with plenty of rides and pleasant landscaped gardens to walk around.

Take a trip up to the Troodos Mountains, where you’ll find surprisingly green and forested land and Kykkos, Cyprus’s main monastery.

Explore Lefkosia, the largest town on Cyprus, with enough historical sites and museums to fill a day, plus good shopping. If you take your passports, you can cross the border into the Turkish part of town in North Cyprus.

In the east of the island, visit Curium, with the best amphitheatre on the island – the Magic Dancing Show will amaze younger kids.

Head for the camel park at Mazdos, just outside Larnaca, or the donkey sanctuary in Viouni Village just outside Limassol.

Go roaming in search of beautiful and interesting inland villages that will show you a bit of the real Cyprus – once there, have a wander then sit in the shade of a veranda to watch the world, and your children, go by.

And make sure you visit the Baths of Aphrodite, a pretty spot where the goddess used to take to the waters.

Eat

No matter how picky your kids are, you’ll find something for everyone on family holidays in Cyprus, whether it's familiar fast-food names or Greek classics such as houmous and taramasalata. Barbecues are very popular here, with souvla (skewered lamb or chicken) and shiftalies (small sausages) a highlight. Meze is a way of life and means your kids get to try a little bit of everything, although this isn’t the meal to have if you’re in a rush. There’s plenty of fresh fish but it isn't always listed on the menu so ask the waiter what the catch of the day is.

For treats, try the sticky little pastries called dhaktyla. Bottled water is recommended, but there’s a wide choice of fruit juices and fizzy drinks.

By Rachelle Keyes

When to go to Cyprus

Cyprus is in the southern Mediterrean so schedule family holidays here for quite early or late in the year and you can still enjoy decent weather. Indeed, the heat of summer may be too much for young children.

How to get to Cyprus

Cyprus has two international airports, Larnaca in the south-east and Paphos in the south-west, both served by scheduled and charter airlines from numerous British airports. Flights take about 4hr 30mins, with Cyprus 2hrs ahead of GMT. British Airways flies regularly to both Larnaca and Paphos.

Cost

Cyprus offers family holidays for all budgets, with package deals starting at less than £200pp and rising beyond £1000 each. The competition means you should be able to secure great deals, particularly if you can travel outside school holidays.

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Family friendly places to stay in Cyprus

Cyprus is an extremely popular destination for family holidays, especially with Brits and Germans, and the south coast is highly developed. Paphos and the west coast are not developed to quite to the same extent. 

Self-catering options include family-friendly villas with pools from partners Meon Villas, or see also Villa Select.

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Self-catering
Hotel
Editors favourite
Kids Club
  • Almyra Hotel, Paphos

    A contemporary beach resort with a key focus on children and what matters most on family holidays and breaks in Cyprus.

  • Anassa, Polis

    5-star hotel in Cyprus overlooking a beautiful beach with a selection of watersports and a yacht for guests.

  • Tasia Maris Gardens, Ayia Napa

    Family-friendly apartments in Cyprus with kids club, outdoor pool and the beach just a short walk away.

  • Kefalos Beach Village, Paphos

    With a fantastic pool scene just footsteps from the sand, the Kefalos Beach Village gets top marks on the swimming and sunbathing front .

  • Electra Village, Nissi Beach

    A big hit with young families, this all-inclusive resort in Cyprus includes a waterpark and kids club for 3-15 year olds.

  • Brilliant Apartments, Protaras

    With one of the island’s finest beaches on their doorstep and the centre of Protaras just minutes away, these apartments really live up to their name.

  • Club Atlantica Sungarden Beach, Cyprus, Ayia Napa

    Atlantica Club is chic, cheerful and chilled-out at the same time.

  • Hotel St. George, Paphos

    A relaxing location providing a selection of energetic activities.

  • Hotel Athena Beach, Paphos

    A beachfront hotel with spa, sporting and kids facilities.

  • Hotel Louis Imperial Beach, Paphos

    Set by a beach cove with a kids club, massage and BBQ.

  • Louis Phaethon Beach Club , Paphos

    Beautiful resort, picturesque views, perfect for action-packed family holiday.

  • Atlantica Aeneas Resort, Ayia Napa

    Across the road from the beach set in extensive landscaped gardens with a large pool.

  • Louis King Jason Apartments, Paphos

    A small village like selection of apartments surrounding a pool and a short distance from the beach.

  • Olympic Lagoon Resort, Ayia Napa

    Set near the beach with 3 large lagoon pools and a kids club.

  • Hotel Amathus Limassol, Paphos

    A modern spacious and elegant 5* hotel with magnificent gardens, panoramic views and a secluded sandy beach.

  • Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa, Coral Bay

    Fantastic option for pregnant mums, but no children under 12.

  • Coral Beach Hotel and Resort, Paphos

    Good service, live entertainment and loads of family-friendly facilities.

  • Le Meridien Limassol Resort, Limassol

    A popular and luxurious choice amongst families, this hotel caters for all ages in Cyprus.

  • Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel , Paphos

    Outstanding all-inclusive facilities for all the family, with superb restaurants, impeccable service and unrivalled entertainment for the children in Cyprus.

  • St. George Gardens Family Club, Paphos

    Overlooking a small rocky beach this is a small peaceful family hotel with kids pool, playground and children's buffet.

  • Holiday Village Aliathon, Paphos

    A bustling spot for all-inclusive family holidays and breaks in Cyprus, with highly rated childcare, activities and facilities.

  • Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri Bay , Pissouri Bay

    An exclusive resort in a quiet spot in Cyprus, with endless organised activities and sports for all the family.

  • Aphrodite Hills Superior 382, Pissouri Bay

    Luxury villa within a luxury village resort in Cyprus, sleeping up to 6 people with a private garden and pool.

  • Villa Marianne, Coral Bay

    Sleeps 2-10 and is ideal for two families to share. Large grounds and ideally located close to Coral Bay

  • Elysium, Paphos

    Full-service grand family resort in an outstanding beachfront location with spa.

  • Sentido Pafian Sun Village, Cyprus

    A large village-style complex with plenty of family activities, Kids' Club and All Inclusive option.

  • The Dome Beach Hotel, Cyprus

    Impressive hotel set right on the beach with a huge range of activities for the family.

  • Makronissos, Ayia Napa

    Ideal for families and just 5 minutes from the beach.

  • Elia Latchi Holiday Village, Latchi

    Elia Latchi Holiday Village, Latchi, Polis

    Offers the choice of either a relaxing or active holiday in a superb setting.

  • Villa Demetra, Cyprus

    Close to the beach and shops, this villa sleeps 8 people, making it ideal for family holidays and breaks in Cyprus.

  • Aphrodite Hills Villas, Paphos

    Luxury villas on a luxury and extensive resort in Cyprus with great kids clubs, plenty of restaurants and the beach not too far away.

  • Koshinas House, Polis , Polis

    Surrounded by pine forest, Koshinas House covers the entire hillside with a 360 degree view of the bay of Polis.

  • Akti Beach, Coral Bay

    Good facilities and peaceful location with lovely pool area.

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