Cyprus is a rather large island, the third largest in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, so it is important to choose the area where to stay according to the type of vacation you want to do and the things to see that interest you.
Some places are perfect for those who dream of a relaxing vacation on the beach, others allow you to combine afternoons on the beach with cultural visits, others are suitable for young people who live their vacations mainly at night.
Many tourists choose as a base for their vacation the cities of Pafos and Larnaka because they have an international airport connected by low cost flights. They are both excellent choices, but do not feel obliged to book your hotel in one of them: there are other wonderful destinations, and perhaps among them the one that best suits your dream vacation.
Our mini-guide to best cities and seaside resorts to stay in Cyprus will help you choose the area in which to look for your hotel, b&b or apartment.
Legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, Pafos is today the main city along the southeast coast of Cyprus. It is the ideal destination for those who want to combine sea and culture: in the area you will find beautiful beaches, important archaeological sites and a large number of other historical attractions.
The hotel offer of the area is very good, with solutions for all budgets ranging from luxury resorts on the beach to small family-run guesthouses.
The city center is developed around the port, and this is the best area to stay in Pafos: it is full of services, bars, restaurants, clubs where to spend the evening and things to see, plus it is convenient to the city beaches.
If you prefer only sea and culture to sea, go to the south of the center for luxury hotels and to the north for those of economic range.
Larnaka owes its fame to the magnificent waterfront promenade known as Finikoude: a long succession of bars perfect for a coffee as soon as you wake up as well as a couple of drinks after dinner. In this area is concentrated most of the hotels; the inner area alternates modern neighborhoods to other more popular and is generally snubbed by tourists.
Easy to reach thanks to its international airport, Larnaka offers a wide range of hotel facilities, is an excellent base for exploring the island and is suitable for different types of vacation. For these reasons it is the recommended location for those looking for comfort and services.
The best area to sleep in Cyprus for those who are young and love nightlife is Ayia Napia, along the southeast coast of the Greek side.
It was once a quiet village kissed by the sun all year round, whose only attraction was the area’s very long sandy beaches. In the 1990s, this Cinderella of tourism turned into a nightlife capital and today attracts droves of tourists from all over Europe with its clubs and parties.
If you do not like discos and confusion do not discard the area of Ayia Napia a priori: you can enjoy its enchanting beaches without the hordes of young people looking for drinks and spicy encounters by moving to the nearby Protaras, much quieter.
Located along the southern coast of Cyprus, Limassol was until a few years ago a decadent city with drab buildings while today it is the most important business center of the island.
Despite the recent modernization, the old town retains its charm and still looks like a characteristic maze of narrow streets around a castle of Byzantine origin.
It is a destination much loved by tourists from various European nations who appreciate the mix of modern and ancient, the typical restaurants always very lively and the coastline of over 20 km that extends from the center. It is a destination suitable for those who travel with children for the good quantity of services and for the presence of family-friendly attractions in the area.
Also in Limassol, the best area to look for accommodation is around the port.
It is, however, an interesting city because of its cultural vibrancy, the beautiful colonial or Byzantine-era buildings and the surprising amount of lounge bars and modern cafes. It is also, unfortunately, a singular capital: divided in two, as Berlin used to be.
Nicosia is recommended for those who love city life and those who want to fill their vacation plans with things to do and see. Another good reason to sleep in Nicosia is that generally the prices of accommodation is lower than those of the more touristy places.