Basking in the sun-kissed azure of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is an island of treasures. Its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife mask a tumultuous history of invaders, occupiers and competing civilisations. Abundant culinary delights, long sunny days and a febrile cultural mix explain Cyprus's attractively high quality of life. Whether you're in the mood for relaxing on a beach or a stimulating exposure to Cyprus's enthralling history, there's something for everyone on this lively island bristling with energy.
Flights to Cyprus from London take you into Ercan International Airport, which is close to the capital city of Nicosia. An attractive city of medieval passages, Venetian walls and exotic colonial-style buildings, you'll find fascinating historical insights in the Cyprus Museum. Elsewhere, the Selimiye Mosque is an evocative blend of Gothic style with Islamic flourishes.
Take a daytrip out to the Pafos Archeological Site, a sprawling ruin containing a mesmerising display of Greek mosaics depicting mythological beasts, gods and heroes. Aside from the Hellenistic glories, there's fun to be had on the white sandy beaches adjoining the site. The cliffs overlooking Pafos boast fine views of the coastal scenery.
Food and drink
Islands - especially those lying in the Mediterranean - are always exciting melting-pots of culinary traditions, with Cyprus being no exception. Fine seafood can be enjoyed in the Kanali Fish restaurant. From the beautiful terrace, you can order dishes of fresh fish including delicious sea bass, bream and red snapper.
Meanwhile, expertly prepared Mediterranean food can be savoured in a setting of lush greenery at Kiniras Garden. Homemade food is a speciality with traditional dishes served in a welcoming atmosphere.
Cyprus has a well-earned reputation for nightlife, with the coastal resort of Ayia Napa legendary for its fun-filled nights of revelry. Also famous for Europe's largest waterpark, Ayia Napa features fabulous beaches, rollicking party boats and buzzing nightclubs enlivening the resort's raucous atmosphere.
Cyprus travel tips
When is the best time to go to Cyprus?
Cyprus benefits from good weather throughout the year even during winter months, making it an ideal vacation spot.
How long is a flight from England to Cyprus?
It takes around 4 hours and 50 minutes to fly from England to Cyprus
What is the distance between the UK and Cyprus?
The air travel distance between the UK and Cyprus is around 3,184 kilometers or 1,979 miles.
Find flights to Cyprus
- Cheap flights to Ercan
Departing from London on Saturday, 9 February 2019 and returning on Sunday, 17 February 2019from £15030d ago
- Cheap flights to Larnaca
Departing from Bristol on Sunday, 9 December 2018 and returning on Wednesday, 12 December 2018from £544d ago
- Cheap flights to Paphos
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Cost of living in Cyprus
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£5.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£1.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£4.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£31.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£56.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£1,010.00|