Holidays in Cyprus

By: J Tillotson

What do you look for in a holiday? Are you a sun-worshipper, preferring to spend your days on the beach with a book, soaking up the rays and showing your friends back home a tan to envy? Or are you the more adventurous type who just can't sit still, and needs to be out doing energetic things every day? Or perhaps you have a young family and find your days filled with soggy socks, sandy nappies and sunburnt noses?

Whatever type of holiday you enjoy, the chances are you'll find it in Cyprus. The third largest Mediterranean island attracts millions of tourists every year from all over the world. It's a particular favourite for the British due to its historic ties with the United Kingdom.

Family holidays in Cyprus invariably involve a lot of splashing. The water parks in Ayia Napa are a firm favourite with old and young alike, while those who prefer to stay dry and different can take a trip on a camel at the Camel Park in Larnaca. The views in Cyprus are guaranteed to bring a look of awe to anyone's face, and your children will be mesmerised by the views the likes of which are rarely, if ever, seen in Britain.

For those of you out for sun holidays, Cyprus has numerous beaches, varying in activity. The more peaceful of these are located to the west of the island, and the more lively resorts are towards the east, surrounded by bars and restaurants. Many activities take place in the water, with scuba-diving, banana boats and 'doughnuts' being among the most popular. The shipwreck Zenobia rests off the coast of Cyprus, and is world-famous as one of the easiest to reach.

The nightlife in Cyprus is famous. Ayia Napa is well known among the younger generation as a good clubbing destination, while the more sedate Limassol is popular with those who prefer a slightly more refined atmosphere. But for a real Cypriot experience, head inland to the local towns and fishing villages, where those on their holidays are welcomed with open arms and hearts by the residents.

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