Cyprus is one of the largest Mediterranean islands in Europe. It’s also one of the warmest, with an average of 3200 hours of sunshine every year – most of the UK only manages 1200 hours.
Origins dating back to the 10th millennium BC, give a hint to the history here. But, if it’s a first visit, prepare yourself for entire towns designated as World Heritage sites and many an ancient monument.
The coastline is trimmed from end-to-end with big, sandy beaches. Spectacular mountain ranges and unspoiled countryside make for excellent eco-tourism credentials. When all you want is waterparks, theme parks, and fun, Cyprus has plenty of those too.
The island is a great choice for warm, sunny weather – even in autumn and winter. All you need is somewhere to stay; have a look at these four great family villas to start with.
Sleeps up to seven. Entire villa from £679 per week.
Minutes away from the harbourside resort of Latchi, this pretty, three bedroom, three bathroom villa has sea views, and a private pool. The garden terrace and roof terrace take full advantage of long hours of sunshine, and it’s just a short stroll to the beach.
Latchi is known for its traditional harbour, and lovely beaches. A little further east, the village of Polis is good for shops and restaurants. The lively family resort of Coral Bay, home to one of the island’s loveliest Blue Flag beaches, is nearby too. The villa is also less than an hour’s drive from the UNESCO World Heritage town of Paphos.