Cyprus serves up the perfect combination of fun, sun and culture. It has a record-breaking number of Blue Flag-awarded beaches, oodles of ancient ruins and a party town to rival Ibiza in Ayia Napa. It’s also said to be the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Cyprus has more Blue Flag status beaches per stretch of shore than anywhere else in the world. West Coast Cyprus is home to some of the most stunning swathes of sand in the Med, while East Coast Cyprus offers both family-friendly bays and pumping beach parties.
History buffs will be in heaven. The island is peppered with ancient ruins, from the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos to the remains of the ancient cities of Amathus and Kition. And then there’s the island’s capital, Nicosia, with its cobbled old town and 16th-century city walls.
Party-lovers flock to Ayia Napa every year for its legendary foam parties and international DJ sets. But besides the mega clubs you’ll also find plenty of family-friendly bars with karaoke, live music and shows.
The third-largest island in the Mediterranean, sunny Cyprus lies to the far east of Crete and just south of the Turkish Riviera.