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Cyprus is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, and it certainly has found its way into the hearts of the many sunseekers who arrive on its shores every year. Whether it’s the untouched tranquillity of its northern coast or the hedonistic parties of its southern resorts, Cyprus has much to love.
The weather remains pleasant and warm throughout the year, with its winter lasting just two months in December and January. Even then, though, the temperature still averages 17 degrees, and with no great demand for flights there are many bargains to be had if you are not solely visiting for the sun.
Its near year-round good weather makes Cyprus a popular destination at all times, so your best bet to find a cheap flight is to arrange your travel well in advance of your departure date.
Whenever you are booking your flights to Cyprus you can take advantage of the search options available from Expedia to find the best price for your travel.
Flexibility is key here. Once you’ve made a search for flights try clicking on ‘Show flexible dates’ to see if there are significantly cheaper flights close to your proposed dates. You’ll be amazed at the difference flying on a different day can make to the cost of your Cyprus airfare.
Another way you can search flexibly is by clicking on ‘Nearby airports’ under your preferred departure and arrival location. Sometimes landing at a different airport or flying from one can greatly reduce your fare. If you are flying from London it’s a good idea to choose to search for ‘All London airports’ rather than just one – it brings more deals under your search radar.
There are many direct flights available from the UK to Cyprus.
Here are some sample flight times:
The two main international airports in Cyprus are Paphos and Larnaca.
Larnaca is the biggest airport in Cyprus. Located less than three miles from the coastal city that shares its name, Larnaca is close to the tourist destinations of Ayia Napa and Limassol, as well as a good option for the capital city of Nicosia.
There are bus services into Larnaca, but most people opt for either a taxi or hire a car at the terminal to explore Cyprus under their own steam.
Paphos is on the western coast of Cyprus. It is significantly smaller than the airport in Larnaca. There are shuttle buses available to take you to the centre of Paphos, or to head for Limassol, Nicosia or Larnaca. Taxis are reasonably priced and car hire is also available in the arrival hall.
Of the many carriers offering direct flights to Cyprus, some of the main airlines include:
Car hire is available at s and in the cities. the airports – and with a limited option of services on public transport around Cyprus offers the best way to get out there exploring. Taxis are also widely available at the resorts and in the towns and cities.
Of course, to travel in style there are plenty of boat trips to get further out into those crystal-clear waters.
Cyprus is far from a resort destination offering sun and sand to package tourists. Scrape a little deeper under its skin and you’ll be surprised what you can find.
Its blend of Greek, Assyrian, Persian, Roman, and Turkish influences has left a countryside littered with ancient villages, archaic ruins and medieval castles.
Here’s just some of the historic delights.
Kalavasos-Tenta, an ancient Neolithic settlement, dates back to the 8th century BC. The circular village huts form an impressive centrepiece to this evocative destination.
There’s more ruins at Amathus, where the archaeological remains of Cyprus’ most ancient settlement can be discovered. Several well-preserved tombs, an acropolis, a temple for Aphrodite, an agora, public baths and the remains of a palace await you.
Just a stone’s throw from Limassol, Kourion has ancient Roman and Byzantine roots. It contains many ancient monuments and structures, including an ancient theatre, that once sat 3,500 spectators, a gladiatorial stadium and the House of Achilles with its intricate mosaic floors.
No visa is required for UK tourists staying for up to 90 days. Do ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in Cyprus.
If you are entering Cyprus through the north you will need to get a visa on arrival. Cyprus is a divided island with the northern portion under Turkish control. There are no direct flights to the north – so it is highly unlikely this will affect you.