Cyprus is a stunning island situated in the Eastern Mediterranean and sits just South of Turkey and North of Egypt. Cyprus has some of the most beautiful beaches the Mediterranean has to offer and its rugged interior and interesting history its the perfect place to explore.
The island is divided in to 2 parts, with Turkey occupying the North of the island and being outside of the EU. The capital Nicosia is located on the North/South border and boasts a rugged interior and mountainous region with plenty of wine regions. Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-tiled villas.
Protaras – is located on the south easternmost coast of Cyprus, Protaras is a popular holiday destination that boasts a fabulous selection of beaches and splendid year round weather. Protaras is a family orientated resort that is popular with couples and offers a variety of hotels, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities to please all manner of holidaymakers.
Ayia Napa – is a popular resort well known for its amazing nightlife. With loads going on day and night throughout the summer the resort boasts amazing beaches, lively nightlife, and there are plenty of shops with everything from souvenirs and beach wear to jewellery and designer labels.
Limassol – is a busy port on the south coast and is the second largest town in Cyprus. As the most southern town in Europe, Limassol is known for its rich history, great nightlife, and is home to the largest port in the Middle East. In the old town you will find plenty of 19th century buildings which house cafés and local restaurants. To the north is Makarios Avenue which boasts some of the most exclusive shops on the island. The seafront is a 7-kilometre promenade where you’ll find sophisticated bars and nightclubs.
Paphos – is split into two parts and is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty. . This historic city has been declared as a world heritage site and although it is split into two parts Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) and the Nea or Kato Paphos (New Paphos) it has still retained its old-world charm. There is plenty to do in Paphos and the resort is full of beaches, parks, museums, bars, restaurants, shops, and nightlife which all define the city of Paphos.
Cyprus has a some beautiful blue flag sandy beaches all along its coastline and a number of these beaches are popular with the gay community. Pissouri, on the west of the island, is situated halfway between Paphos and Limassol. Easily reached by car, you can park up near the Columbia Pissouri Hotel carpark and then walk down on the path to the left.
Governor’s Beach is probably the best known gay beach and is situated in the south of the island between Limassol and Larnaca. The beach is easily accessed by car and is located to the right of the carpark. This is where the gay section is situated.
Kermia is a small and almost exclusively gay beach located near Ayia Napa, in the east of the island. Located near the Hotel Kermia Beach.
Ayia Napa has 14 Blue Flag beaches with most having lifeguards on duty from April until October. The 14 popular beaches in Asia Napa are: Konnos Bay, Kermia, Ammos tou Kambouri, Glyki Nero, Pantachou, Loukkos tou Manti, Katsarka, Pernera, Vathia Gonia (Sandy Bay), Nissi, Nissi Bay, Lanta, Macronissos and Agia Thekla.
Fig Tree Bay is one of Cyprus’s best known and most popular beaches, taking its name from the tree that provided shade to locals before the area’s popularity with tourists. There is a long stretch of fine, white sand and clean and shallow water – all contribute to the idyllic setting.
As you would expect, Cyprus has a fantastic choice of hotels to stay at. Whatever your budget, there is a hotel for you and we have mentioned a few of these below:
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