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As a holiday destination, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus truly ticks every box. With its appealing cultural mishmash of Turkish and Greek influences, ancient historic sites, and gorgeous beaches, it’s a place that appeals to travellers of all types. Cyprus is also home to two large international airports, and a smaller one at Ercan that receives flights from Turkish destinations. This makes travel to and from the island incredibly easy and straightforward, particularly during the peak months.
The largest and busiest airport on Cyprus is located in the city of Larnaca, on the island’s southern coast. A number of airlines operate out of LCA, offering year-round scheduled flights to European and Middle Eastern destinations. Budget flights are available through low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Niki, Ryanair and Wizz Air, although luxury options are also available.
From the airport, the centre of Larnaca is just a 15-minute drive away. Other nearby towns include Ayia Napa and the island capital of Nicosia. Though situated in the southerly Greek region of the island, Larnaca International Airport is also located relatively close to the Turkish border, which is probably best crossed in Nicosia.
The second-largest airport on Cyprus is Paphos International. This airport can be found eight miles southeast of the centre of Paphos. It’s a popular travel hub for tourists visiting Paphos and Limassol, which is 36 miles east of the airport. The nearby attractions of Paphos Forest and Mount Olympus are also a big draw for travellers.
Most flights coming in and out of PFO are seasonal, but you can easily browse connecting flights using the Expedia search tool. You’ll find plenty of low-cost options available through carriers such as easyJet and Niki. However, business-class and first-class tickets may be harder to obtain.
Once you’ve arrived in Cyprus, you’ll find several different options for getting around the island. You can easily hire a car from either Larnaca Airport or Paphos Airport. If you are planning on spending your holiday in one city or resort town, however, you may be better served using public transport. Buses run from both airports into the city centres – alternatively, you could arrange transport with your accommodation provider or take an airport taxi. Be aware that there is no railway network on the island. If you do want to travel between locations without a rental car, you will have to use public buses.
There’s plenty to do and see on Cyprus, but for the best sightseeing you’ll want to head to the main cities. In Paphos, you can tour the ancient Paphos Archaeological Park and the Tombs of the Kings. In Larnaca, you can visit the 9th-century Agios Lazaros church or brush up on your history at the Byzantine Museum. The capital city of Nicosia, meanwhile, is the perfect place to experience modern Cypriot life and sample the excellent meze cuisine – you can also cross the border into the northerly Turkish region.