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Prepare to be enraptured by Cyprus

A jewel of the Mediterranean, Cyprus has long magnetized visitors. You, too, are likely to be dazzled by the backcountry – think carved peaks and cedar-sprouting ridges, valleys of pistachio forests and bucolic farms untouched by the centuries. The coast has other powers to enchant. Shimmering sands line all shores, spilling into resplendent blue seas by lively Ayia Napa and tumbling down from pinewoods across the wild Akamas Peninsula. Cyprus vacation rentals are also a ticket to some seriously enthralling history. Tales of ancient kings and Turkic sultans waft between the hammams and castles, punctuated by halloumi grills and hummus-touting tavernas.

Things to do

Cyprus – an island of ancients

Cyprus vacation rentals in Paphos are a pick for history buffs. Tucked into its south-western corner, there are plenty of reasons why the town is one of the top draws on the island. Nightlife and cheese-sizzling tavernas aside, you'll be able to wander a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site. It brims with millennia-old mosaics and sprouts mystical Greek temples. Nearby are the eerie Tombs of the Kings, carved into the rock more than 2,400 years ago. The Paphos Archaeological Museum is the place to go to get to grips with it all. Vases, amphorae and Neolithic trinkets await there.


An active adventure in Cyprus

Packing the swimming costume? Great idea – Cyprus has Blue Flag beaches and hidden bays that glimmer in aquamarine hues. Every water-based activity under the sun is on the menu here, whether diving to long-lost shipwrecks or tacking on yachts to secluded coves. If there's room to fit in the hiking boots, the Troodos Mountains await. Up there, cedar woods and rural hamlets offer country cooking classes and long treks to mystical Orthodox monasteries. Turtle-spotting, snorkeling through reefs and biking on muscle-stretching mountain paths are also all possibilities.


The varying climates of Cyprus island

If you're heading to Cyprus for a bout of Mediterranean sand, sea and sun, there's no time better than the summer. This far south, that starts as early as May and lasts into September – expect temperatures in the 80s and maybe not even a drop of rain for the whole time. If you prefer hiking and exploring the history sights, spring or fall could be better picks. Months like April and October are cooler and have far fewer crowds. Up in the mountains, winter can bring snow. A short season between December and March even heralds a ski resort.

Natural features

From cedars to brilliant bays in Cyprus

Cyprus vacation rentals are a ticket to one of the Med's most beautiful islands. A few reserves stand out. There's the Akamas Peninsula in the north-west, home to pine forests that crash down to glowing horseshoe bays. You'll find the so-called Baths of Aphrodite within – mythical waterfalls where the goddess is said to have washed. And you'll sometimes catch turtles crawling up the beaches. Inland are the Troodos Mountains, topping out at soaring Mount Olympus. The mountain region contains Paphos Forest, with its old-growth cedar woods and babbling creeks.

Where to stay around Cyprus?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,561 vacation rentals near Cyprus. From 2,892 Villas to 752 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cyprus for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cyprus?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cyprus. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Paphos: 1,498 vacation rentals
  • Protaras: 1,756 vacation rentals
  • Ayia Napa: 1,748 vacation rentals
  • Larnaca: 445 vacation rentals
  • Limassol District: 381 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cyprus! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cyprus?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cyprus:

  • Paphos: 1,498 rentals
  • Protaras: 1,756 rentals
  • Ayia Napa: 1,748 rentals
  • Larnaca: 445 rentals
  • Peyia: 1,747 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Cyprus?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Cyprus are:

  • Pafos International Airport (PFO): 1,918 vacation rentals
  • Limassol (QLI): 352 vacation rentals
  • Larnaca Airport (LCA): 673 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cyprus?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cyprus. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Paphos Harbour: 2,003 rentals
  • Nissi Beach: 1,895 rentals
  • Finikoudes Beach: 674 rentals
  • Larnaca Salt Lake: 685 rentals
  • Larnaca Fort: 672 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cyprus listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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