Parents have it so easy these days. Family holidays used to be tricky, but now there are places that have got it down to a fine art. Cyprus is one such a place: with a great climate (more than 300 days of sunshine a year) and tons to do on land and water, it is ideal for a family beach holiday.
Cyprus is home to some of Europe's best hotels, a couple of
which even seem to have cracked that most difficult of conundrums -
how to create a properly family-friendly hotel that is also
sophisticated enough to remind parents of a time before toddlers.
Indeed, the family angle is one that works particularly well on
Cyprus, with its relatively short flight times and good weather,
even in Spring and Autumn when the UK is, at best, a bit
What makes it a particularly hassle-free destination are superb
beach resorts which are 'child-friendly' without being
As well as the many activities on hand at our featured hotels,
there's plenty more to see and do nearby. A good option is to hire
a boat, take a pack lunch and spend the day exploring the bays and
beaches of the Akamas peninsula, stopping off to swim or snorkel
whenever you feel like it. For divers, there's also the underwater
world of the Akamas marine reserve. Alternatively, the peninsula
offers great terrain for mountain biking.
And if a little cultural activity wouldn't disrupt the familial
harmony, the classical mosaics in old Paphos are well worth seeing.
Near Polis are the 'Baths of Aphrodite'. Legend has it that
splashing some water onto your face from the waterfall here will
make you look ten years younger (good for mum & dad perhaps,
but not advisable for teenagers).
Should parents want a little time out, kids can be left in the
capable hands of the
Almyra to have waterskiing lessons or go horse riding while dad
enjoys a round of golf and mum indulges herself at the Anassa's
In the unlikely event the weather is bad, head to the Paphos
Aquarium which houses several hundred species (including
crocodiles) and overlooks the harbour and castle.