Thursday, 31 May 2012

The best of Paphos for Families

The Cypriot destination of Paphos has long been a popular destination for British holidaymakers and ex-pats. It is easy to see why it is a favoured destination with its mixture of home comforts and also rich history.

For those wishing to enjoy a relaxing holiday, the area around Paphos is home to 27 beaches which are open to the public with 12 beaches being awarded blue flag status. It is also a hugely popular area for snorkelling and scuba diving with Cydive in the centre of the town offering a wide variety of scuba diving options.

Paphos is also home to four excellent golf courses with Aphrodite Hills being the most well-known. Aphrodite Hills features an 18 hole championship quality course, a large clubhouse and restaurant as well as substantial practice facilities. Other well know courses in the area include The Elea Golf Club, The Secret Valley Golf Club and Minthis Hills Golf Club which all offer a day’s golf of good quality at reasonable prices.

Whether you are staying on an all-inclusive holiday or self-catering, a true highlight of your holiday will be to sample the local cuisine. The style of food is a melting pot of Greek, Turkish Armenian, Lebanese, Syrian, Italian styles with popular dishes often involving meze’s fresh seafood, halloumi, olives and lamb cooked over an open flame. You need to make sure you leave plenty of room as Cypriot dinners are known for their legendary portions!

For families, a popular activity is a trip to the Paphos Aphrodite Water Park which is the largest facility of its type in Cyprus. It is set over 35,000sq metres and features a wide variety of slides, pools, sun loungers and catering facilities to make it a full day out. Adult prices are €29 per person with under 11 tickets costing €26 per person. Another popular daytime activity is a trip to Paphos Karting Centre. Located just to the north of the town, the facility is one of the finest on the island and has karts for all ages from the beginners to ultra-competitive dads!

One thing to consider before travelling to Cyprus is the heat. For families it may be wise to go in the relatively cooler months of May and June compared with July and August as it can be extremely hot during these months!