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With stellar beaches, ancient ruins and party hotspot Ayia Napa on its shores, the east coast of Cyprus serves up holidays to suit everyone.

Resorts for all sorts

The east coast of Cyprus is best-known for its clubbing capital, Ayia Napa. But there’s plenty here for families and couples too, from beautiful beaches to archaeological sites and unspoiled countryside.

A bevy of beaches

The beaches along this stretch of the coast are golden-sanded beauties, many of them boasting Blue Flag status. The seas are warm, clear and calm, making them super safe for swimming.

After-hours fun

If you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it in Ayia Napa’s buzzing main square. There are hundreds of bars and clubs laying on everything from karaoke nights to world-famous DJs.

Best beaches

Protaras Beach is a popular spot with families and watersports fans, and Nissi Beach is a picture-perfect curve of sand with plenty of peace and quiet. If you’re looking for the biggest beach parties in Europe, though, head to Ayia Napa’s Makronissos Beach.

Top sights

The modern-day city of Larnaca is built on top of the ancient city of Kition. You can see what remains of its temples and shrines at the archaeological site a block or so back from the main harbour. The capital, Nicosia, is within easy daytripping distance, and has a beautiful old town bound by sandstone walls.

Out and about

The local seas are perfect for scuba diving, with many reefs, caves and shipwrecks to explore. A dive down to the Zenobia is a must – this Swedish ferry sunk in 1980 and still has lorries chained to its rusting deck.

Eating and drinking

For a true taste of Cyprus, order a meze. It’s a selection of light bites that can include houmous, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs, grilled halloumi cheese and lots more. Make sure you tuck into a kebab while you’re here, too – it’ll be one of the most succulent you’ve ever tasted.

Shopping

There’s no shortage of souvenir shops in the coastal resorts, selling everything from postcards to handmade tablecloths and leather goods. The hillside village of Lefkara is the best place to buy locally crafted silver jewellery and lace. Ayia Napa does a strong line in designer brands.

Nightlife

Ayia Napa is the undisputed centre of clubbing on the island. The 24-hour party crew will not be disappointed by its pumping nightlife, complete with laser shows, foam parties and big-name DJs. But families won’t go bored either – the live shows along the main strip cater for audiences of all ages.

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Where is it?

The east coast of Greek Cyprus is known as the Larnaca region. It runs from the city of Limassol in the south-west to the border with Turkish Cyprus in the south-east. Cyprus itself is in the Mediterranean Sea, 75km off the south coast of Turkey.

At A Glance

  • Language

    Greek Cypriot
  • Currency

    Euro
  • Time difference

    GMT +2 hours
  • Beer

    from €2.50 a bottle
  • 3 course meal

    from around €20
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