Cyprus is a beautiful island suitable for different types of vacationers, from the most comfortable to those who love adventure. Those who go on holiday to Cyprus must expect the simplicity of an arid place full of natural beauty, mixed with the desire to adapt to the type of tourism that frequents it. You will therefore encounter several things that are not compatible with your tastes or habits, but you have to be able to understand the path of this island over the years. Cyprus is also a tax haven for retirees and a holiday in Cyprus often turns into a permanent and stable relocation for mature couples. Many activities and attractions are designed for an “advanced” age target but still have a great and nostalgic charm.Cyprus remains, in fact, thanks to the beautiful climate and the beauty of its beaches, one of the favorite tourist destinations for lovers of the sea and outdoor activities. A country (strategically located between three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa) that is increasingly eco-friendly, as Marios Hannides, general director of the Cyprus Tourism Organization (Cyprus National Tourism Organization) explains.
Cyprus is relatively small. A holiday in Cyprus does not require you to travel far: the maximum driving distance is two and a half hours. This allows you a complete tour, a visit without the exclusion of stages. Renting a car has an affordable cost: with a good budget you can afford a good car, especially with good shock absorbers, while if your budget is low you can easily use the local buses, which strategically connect the points of the island. The most important cities, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaka, Protaras and Paphos, are connected by a private, comfortable and cheap minivan service.
How and when to go
Obviously you fly to Cyprus! There are four airports, one in the Turkish zone, in Lefkoniko, one in the “intermediate” zone in Nicosia and two in the Greek zone in Larnaca and Paphos, where most of the flights arrive. Numerous companies arrive from all over Europe and the cost depends a lot on the advance with which you buy tickets. The earlier you book, the more you save, as always. For your holiday in Cyprus it is best to choose the months between spring and summer, the hottest days are from March to October.
The climate of Cyprus is Mediterranean, with hot summers with little rain on the coasts and very hot and dry inland. Winters are not very rainy and mild on the coast, quite rainy in the interior with average values of about 8-10 cm of rain per month, therefore completely acceptable, but with lower temperatures, approaching zero in the central mountainous areas. Rainfall is concentrated in the months of December and January, sometimes it lasts until mid-February, during the rest of the year the values remain low and even with drought values in the months from June to September. In the hottest months of July and August during the day the temperatures average around 36 ° C in the interior, in the Nicosia area, and around 32 ° C on the coast, in the evening they drop to 20 ° C and the breezes blow light. along the coast all summer make the heat more bearable. The coldest months are those of December and January with around 17 ° C during the day, temperatures drop a lot on the hills. Summers in Cyprus are long and last from May to October, with a sea water temperature that reaches 23 ° C in May, in June it rises to 27 ° C allowing swimming in the sea until October.
Where to sleep
For less affluent holidaymakers the problem is that Cyprus has very few hostels. To save money, you can rent small self-catering apartments in cities for around 50 euros for two people per night. If you have a few more options, you can choose from a wide variety of hotels of different prices and categories. You can choose the best hotel, but remember that Cyprus has so many things to see that you will stay in the hotel for a short time, just to sleep. One thing I recommend is to book a cheap property in Cyprus, it is one of the most viable options as it will save you considering that you will not spend much time inside as Cyprus is full of things to do and see.
Where to eat?
If you go on holiday to Cyprus you will have a great variety of food to taste: Cyprus is the paradise of Mediterranean and international cuisine. You can eat almost anything at affordable prices. If you are on a budget you have a world of street food ready for you. Almost everywhere you can buy souvlaki, skewers of meat marinated in lemon and herbs, or gyros, kebab-like sandwiches for a few euros. In the bakeries you can buy local cheese cakes, olives or other homemade food for a few euros. If your budget is a bit higher, you can try the beach restaurants or the typical taverns, tasting typical dishes for up to 20 euros each