Having family in both France and Cyprus we like to try and visit them as regularly as my health and our budget will allow. Vince’s parents live in France and my aunt, uncle and cousins live in Cyprus. Admittedly we travel to France more regularly as it’s easy to pack up the car and drive all the way there (plus we stay with family for free) but I do love Cyprus.
Cyprus is fab for price, you can get some great holiday deals, especially outside of school holidays and you are almost guaranteed fantastic weather. The flight isn’t too horrendous at around 4 to 5 hours from London. I’ve personally been in May and October and both are plenty warm enough during the day although it can get a little nippy in the evening. The locals are of the opinion you should visit later in the year because the sea will have warmed up – how true this is I couldn’t say but certainly the pools warm up as the year goes on.
I’ve been to Cyprus many times over the last 10 or so years, mainly staying in Paphos. When I first went I was young(ish) free and single. There are loads of bars and clubs, certainly plenty to keep me entertained in the evening and there is the fabulous weather for sunbathing round the pool during the day, not to mention the beaches. A lot of people head over to Coral Bay for not only the beautiful, sandy beach but also the night life. There are even more bars and clubs there!
Don’t rule out Paphos if you have children though. Since my first visit to Cyprus I have settled down (mostly) and had children. We took Big L to Paphos before his second birthday. We flew out with my mum for her 70th birthday so the whole family could celebrate together, this included my other, England based, uncle and aunt. Nearly two-year-old Big L was well and truly spoilt on that flight with all the doting adults.
There is plenty to keep little ones entertained too, the restaurants are very child friendly and welcoming, they have children’s menus and the Greeks are well renowned for their love of families and children. Paphos harbour is one of our favourite haunts but beware! There are a lot of stalls and shops selling absolute tat that your kids will love but your pocket will hate! From the harbour you can also take a trip on one of the many tourist boats. There are glass bottomed boats (don’t believe them when they tell you about the ship wreck – it was carrying timber when it went down and there was me expecting to see treasure!), speed boats and yachts to be chartered. Along with the usual water sports.
Paphos town is ever-changing and now has a large mall with a lot of the shops you would expect to find on your local high street – I’ve never really understood why people would go to the same shops that they have at home but whatever floats your boat. I always enjoy a trip to the market there are lots of stalls selling local goods such as lace and handmade soaps and so on.
Lastly, the fresh fruit and veg is to die for, I could happily live on Greek salad when in Cyprus! If you go self catering you won’t be disappointed, the local Lidl is large and great value for money and you can stock up on everything you need for your stay there and at the local market.
So what are you waiting for?! Give Cyprus a go, there really is something for everyone.