Exploring Cyprus with a young family
If you can find the time and make the necessary arrangements, autumn is the ideal time of year for a trip to Cyprus with your family. Not only is the weather in the Mediterranean island still deliciously warm, but you can also get great value off-peak prices on accommodation too.
With all the great food and beautiful open spaces on offer, Cyprus is also a great place to take young children to help them get used to going abroad, discovering new cultures and trying new dishes.
Tourists have been flocking to Cyprus to soak up the laid-back atmosphere for generations. This sun-drenched Mediterranean island also offers fantastic restaurants and evening entertainment too, so you and your family will find plenty to do once the sun has gone down. Families will also find some of Europe’s most beautiful and least crowded beaches in Cyprus.
For adults, older children and teenagers, Fig Tree Bay in Protaras has amazing parasailing, water skiing and jet skiing as well as many varieties of inflatable rides. During the day the beach is served by a lifeguard so you can swim with little ones in confidence. Coral Bay has warm crystal clear waters, clean golden sands and plenty of facilities for everything you need. If you head away in September, Lara Bay is a wonderful place to take children. Loggerhead turtles come here to lay their eggs between June and September. As a result, the beach is protected, so you can’t stay all day, but it’s definitely worth a visit in the hope of seeing a nesting mother or a group of hatching young making their way toward the shoreline. Nissi Beach is the perfect seaside spots for young families, with clear, warm water, soft sands and family friendly restaurants.
Like almost everywhere in the Med, Cyprus has some interesting archaeological sites to explore. The amphitheater at Kourin has been lovingly restored and is bound to get imaginations racing among gladiator-mad youngsters, while Salamis is an ancient Roman city complete with original walls, baths and houses.
The countryside is lush and vibrant, so if your family is old enough, a day out just wandering and exploring will reap rewards in the form of spectacular views, delicious food and drink and plenty of encounters with friendly locals. The Cypriots love youngsters so you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
Towns in Cyprus tend to have excellent facilities for children, with parks boasting play areas, bike routes and even animals to meet.