What is the best location to stay in Cyprus? This really depends on what you are seeking. Most tourists like to stay close to the major attractions or activities. Or they want to stay away from them all, especially if they are seeking a quiet and relaxing vacation away from the crowds. Cyprus is one of the largest islands on the Mediterranean. You will find it all here.
There are big cities, popular beaches, lonely coves, hills, forests, medieval villages, ancient history, and UNESCO Heritage-listed sites. You will find hotels, resorts, B&Bs, guest houses, and villas for rent in Cyprus. They are located throughout the island.
However, each part of the island is unique. The west has the historic town of Paphos and Peyia. The south has Limassol, the island’s second biggest city, and Larnaca. Protaras and Ayia Napa are in the east. Ayia Napa is compared with Ibiza. It has one of the most happening nightlife scenes in Europe. Everywhere you go, you will find awesome beaches. The center of the island is hilly.
Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is not the most popular tourist place. But you will still find many good museums here. Cyprus is a unique island. Its northern part is Turkish, officially called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Most tourists visit the island’s southern areas.
- Best Beaches in West Cyprus – Coral Bay, Blue Lagoon Akamas, Lara
- Best Beaches in South Cyprus – Finikoudes Beach, Mackenzie Beach, Dassoudi, Kourion Beach
- Best Beaches in East Cyprus – Fig Tree Bay, Nissi Beach, Konnos Bay
6 Best Places to Stay in Cyprus
- The second largest city of Cyprus is located in the south of the island. It is a business, administrative center, and also a top destination for tourists. The city has many beaches and an interesting history. A promenade runs through the coast.
- Visit the Limassol Castle and the Old Town. See narrow cobbled streets, traditional workshops, old shops, modern boutiques, monuments, and quaint buildings. The city also has a large marina. You will see many private yachts and charter boats here.
- For kids, there is the Zoo, Municipal Gardens, and the Fasouri Watermania Waterpark.
- The most popular areas are Potamos Germasogeia, Mutayaka, Agios Tychonas, Agios Athanasios, Mount Amathus. Columbia in Potamos Germasogeia is the most elite residential neighborhood.
- Limassol is popular with families, couples, beach lovers, and business travelers.
- The oldest city of Cyprus, Larnaca goes back more than 6,000 years. There are many ruins, old castles, mosques, and churches. Modern-day Larnaca is a bustling port city with an international airport as well. The city has several beaches and the Salt Lake, which is the home of many flamingoes.
- Finikoudes and Mackenzie are two popular Blue Flag beaches. A palm tree lined promenade runs along the coast. You will see both couples and families in the bars and restaurants.
- Just off the coast, there is the shipwreck of MS Zenobia. The 12th century Larnaca Medieval Castle is located in the town center.
- Stay at Larnaca for history, archeology, beaches. It is also popular with divers.
- The entire city of Paphos is UNESCO Heritage listed. There is the international airport so you can reach Paphos easily. Old Paphos or Kouklia has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. The new city has a beautiful palm-fringed seafront with many waterside bars and seafood taverns.
- The city also has the longest stretch of coastline on the island. Many beaches are Blue Flag listed.
- Visit the Paphos Archaeological Park for ancient history, archeology, culture, and mythology. You will see many Roman villas with mosaic flooring, temples, amphitheater, and ancient tombs. The 13th century Paphos Castle is in the harbor area where you will find many cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops.
- Most tourists stay close to the sea. Those renting a villa for the long-term also prefer the villages of Tala and Tsada.
- Popular with European tourists, beach, and history lovers.
4. Coral Bay
- Many visit this crescent-shaped beach on a daytrip from Paphos but you can also stay at Coral Bay as there are good villas for rent close to the Blue Flag beach. The beach is sandy. It is safe for swimming. There are lifeguards during the high season, when the beach gets very busy. There are a few tavernas, bars, and cafes. There are water sports too.
- The smaller Laourou beach is just beyond a rocky headland. The main street has many shops, car hire agents, clinics, and roadside stalls. Many international restaurants that sell Greek, Italian, and Chinese food. There is an archeological site as well and a museum.
- Popular with young families, 18-30s, beach lovers
- Another top place for tourists to stay in Cyprus. There are a number of beaches along the stretch. The shoreline is craggy with many coves and small bays. Fig Tree beach is the most famous. It has sunbeds and parasols. There is a small islet just off the coast.
- A promenade runs at the backside of the beach. The pathway goes all the way to the scenic Konnos Bay, Ayii Anargyri Chapel, and the Cape Greco National Park. Stop for refreshments at the many bars. There is an Ocean Aquarium at the northern end.
- Protaras is popular with families, couples, and singles. There are luxury villas and apartments along the seafront, overlooking the Fig Tree Beach.
6. Ayia Napa
- Popular throughout the Mediterranean, Ayia Napa is the party and nightlife capital of Cyprus. It has become child-friendly too in the recent years with the opening of many restaurants and recreational activities. Ayia Napa is close to the Larnaca Airport. You can be at the city center in 45 minutes.
- The coastline has dramatic cliffs. There are some beautiful beaches too like the Nissi beach. The city’s main square is lined with clubs and bars. There is a small fishing village where you will also find Neolithic tombs. Also visit the Venetian-era Ayia Napa Monastery.
- Popular with younger people and party lovers. There are pool parties, beach parties, foam parties, and boat parties. Ayia Napa is very busy in the summer months.
My First Visit to Cyprus
Question: Where should I stay in Cyprus for a first-time visit?
Answer: This depends on what you are looking for.
Best Places To Stay In West Cyprus
Paphos and Peyia are the top towns in the west. You will find many very good luxury villas for rent in both these places. Easy access to some of the best beaches on the island, places of historical and archeological importance, and UNESCO Heritage sites.
See the amazing rock formations at the Avakas Gorge and the iconic Aphrodite Rock. You can also stay at a villa in the Aphrodite Hills golf resort.
Located in Aphrodite’s exclusive community, Villa Weston is the perfect vacation paradise for you, your family and friends. With fantastic ocean views, this 4 bedroom, 4 and a half bath, luxury villa has everything you would need for the ideal Cyprus getaway, including an expansive terrace, heated pool, and hot tub.
Best Places To Stay In South Cyprus
Choose from villas in Limassol or Larnaca vacation rentals. Larnaca is very laid back, but Larnaca offers more history. You can visit the UNESCO listed ancient Kourion. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and tavernas at both Larnaca and Limassol. Sunshine, Villa Estancia, and Casa Blanca are some of the best villas in Limassol.
Perfect getaway at 20,000 square-foot luxury villa. Located beachfront in the gated community of Limassol, Villa Estancia features 10 immaculate bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and an endless stream of amenities for you and your guests.
Best Places to Stay in East Cyprus
Ayia Napa and Protaras are both very popular in the east. The Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay, both top beaches, are located here. Protaras is good for diving, while Ayia Napa is famous for its nightlife. There are 80 bars, 12 nightclubs, and many restaurants.
Villa Morning Star, Ocean Villa, Beach Vibes, Paradiso, and Sunrise villa are some of the best places to stay in the east coast of Cyprus.
Ricardo Villa will surpass your expectation in every way. This is a 5-bedroom exclusive property for rent in the south-eastern end of Cyprus. The huge garden with palm trees goes all the way to a small, private beach. Outdoor/indoor living and dining spaces. The 5 bedrooms are all airy and offers more room than hotels.
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