My tour around Cyprus

Emma Savage on 11 March 2013
I was lucky enough to spend a week exploring Cyprus during March and what a beautiful island it is! The Cyprus Tourist Board showed me around and I visited Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras, Limassol, Paphos and the Troodos Mountains. Here is a summary of my adventure.

Cyprus is just under five hours flying time from London and I flew with Aegean from Heathrow, although there are lots of regional airports which fly there if you aren't London based. When I landed in Larnaca, it was a lovely 22 degrees - perfect for winter sun!

I stayed at Nissi Beach for two nights, not far from Ayia Napa. This is a really nice property for families, and features a lovely stretch of beach which is gently shelving. The hotel caters very well for families and there is plenty to do on site.

Ayia Napa itself was a pleasant surprise. It seems a lot of money has been spent here to improve the visitor experience, and there are lots of shops and restaurants as well as some fascinating historical areas to discover. The resort was closed for winter when I visited, however I can imagine it is really lively and fun in the summer months!

The Amathus Beach in Limassol was where I spent the next two nights and - wow - it is a beautiful hotel with modern facilities and very family friendly. If you are looking for a modern, well equipped hotel which offers something for all the family without being 'full on family' then this is the place.

My final stop was in the Almyra - the only design hotel on the island. It really is a spectacular place as you enter the lobby - very modern and ultra-trendy. The food here was really special and I can recommend it to young couples. The rooms were extremely minimalist though and it is not your typical 5* hotel in terms of being plush...so be aware of that.

Paphos was definitely my favourite resort. It is village-like in atmosphere, well-kept and with plenty to see including the Tombs of the Kings and a lovely market area. A holiday here would be a relaxed and enjoyable one for sure. I'm an expert on Cyprus now - so if you are thinking about a holiday there, don't book anything without checking with me first. I've seen lots of hotels and all the main resorts so I have the insider knowledge to help you make the most of your holiday.

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