Where to go in 2017: Up-and-coming destinations in Europe

Amy Hopkins
7th November 2016

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Paphos, Cyprus

2017 Travel Trend – cultural tourism with an all-inclusive angle

Paphos is reputed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite. The Ancient Greeks pilgrimaged here in droves and today the entire old town’s a World Heritage site. So you could safely visit this gorgeous south west corner of Cyprus any time and tick the cultured box. But next year, Paphos takes it to a whole new level as European Capital of Culture 2017. Fittingly, for somewhere that’s known more than a few divisions, the overall theme is ‘Linking Continents and Bridging Cultures’.

When it comes to putting on a 12-month show, it helps to have 9000 years of history to fall back on. But Paphos isn’t relying on the past to make its mark. The year-long programme of art, music, theatre, cinema and performance is vast and innovative. There’s exciting new architecture to balance the famous monuments. And it’s Cyprus, so no one will be going hungry or off to bed early and kids will be welcome everywhere in this child-loving country of food and festivities.

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A charming street leading to Ayia Napa Cathedral in nearby Limassol

If you’re still undecided, Paphos also comes good on beautiful beaches and the entire south-west coast is the heartland of all-inclusive family holidays. Colourful Limassol is less than an hour’s drive from Paphos and, in between, there are resorts like Coral Bay, Aphrodite Hills and Amathus Bay to tempt you. On-trend culturally and cost-wise, Cyprus is definitely worth a look in 2017.

 

Where to stay

Almost every UK operator offers all-inclusive family holidays in Cyprus. But Thomson break the mould a bit by mixing up beach resorts and cute country villages (close to the sea). Thomson holidays in Cyprus 2017

How to get to Paphos

EasyJet flies direct from London to Paphos. Flight time three hours and 35 minutes. Prices from £193.

Find direct flights from UK to Paphos here

Find out more about cultured and all-inclusive Paphos holidays and discover more fabulous family-friendly Cyprus holidays

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