The Eastern Mediterranean Sea island of Cyprus has long been a family-friendly destination, with the city of Paphos and its many resorts standing out as an ideal base from which to explore, sightsee and enjoy the beaches.
Year round blissfully hot weather, fun theme parks, historic attractions and a choice of natural parks makes this island a winner for family holidays.
Blue Flag beaches
If your family is among the millions of people taking flights to Paphos this year, then prepare for some outdoor adventure when visiting this Mediterranean island. The beaches will no doubt be the first port of call, and in this area of Cyprus alone you have 27 beaches stretching over 50Km to explore, meaning you could easily enjoy a new stretch of sand each day. There are 12 Blue Flag awarded beaches and the popular Alkyes, as well as the outstanding Faros are among the best for families. But don’t forget to take a trip to Coral Bay in Pegeia, which is well regarded as one of the best family beaches in the area.
Attractions for all
If it’s time to do a little exploring then the kids will definitely love scrambling around the ancient ruins around Paphos. The Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is located just next to the harbour, and this Unesco World Heritage Site contains monuments and relics dating back to prehistoric times; check out the 2nd century Ancient Odeon and the 4th century BC Tomb of the Kings. After exploring the past it’s time for some present fun by cooling off on the water rides at the Aphrodite Water Park, or speeding around the track at Paphos Go Karts. You can also take the option of a family day exploring the coastline by hiring a motor-boat, or visiting the zoo to get up close to the wallabies, lemurs, white lions and monkeys.
A day in the country
Cyprus is an island begging to be explored,and one of the most scenic spots is the Akamas National Park; the western tip of which is located only 18 miles from Paphos. The tranquil Blue Lagoon is a stunning beauty spot, while children can view the turtles on the golden sands at Lara Beach, or take a trip through the ancient Avakas Gorge. The crystal clear cavern, and natural spring-water pool of the Baths of Aphrodite is another popular attraction on this part of the island. Visitors do have 10 accredited National Forest Parks to choose from and Petra tou Romiou; only six miles from Paphos, is another scenic spot where cycling is available, as well as nature trails and a children’s playground.
Adults will get just as much enjoyment out of the attractions available on Paphos as the children. This is definitely a destination for those who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, and you’ll have great weather, no matter when you choose to visit.