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Villas in Cyprus – in a Nutshell

Welcome to 5 Star Villa Holidays, the No.1 website for renting luxury Villas in Cyprus. With over 400 personally selected 5 Star Villas in Cyprus, you, your family or friends can enjoy the perfect Holiday in Cyprus.

Cypriot legends claim it's the original 'Island of Love', the birthplace of the Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love.

Cyprus is the third largest and one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean. This beautiful sun drenched island is famous for its weather, beautiful beaches and delicious food. Not to mention, Cyprus has intriguing history, culture and breathtaking landscapes.

5 Star Villa Holidays' Top 3 Things to do in Cyprus

  • 1. Explore different destinations in Cyprus
  • 2. Immerse yourself in the culture and history
  • 3. Relax or enjoy water sport on some of the best Mediterranean beaches

Cyprus – Beaches

5 Star Villa Holidays took the liberty of visiting and researching the best beaches in Cyprus. The majority of our villas in Cyprus are located a short distance from beautiful white sandy beaches and serene secluded beaches. Your beach experience will vary from coast to coast, with unique colour sands and water, marine life and things to do. Cyprus has over 40 Blue Flag beaches.

1. The famous Coral Bay Beach, Paphos - The perfect choice for a family and friends' beach day. Many of our 5 Star Cyprus villas are located close to this beautiful beach. The children will love playing in the shallow and often wavy waters, adults can enjoy some respite, while those with a penchant for water sports can spend hours out at sea! 500m stretch of golden sand and turquoise waters, this really is must see while staying in your villa in Cyprus.

2. White Rocks, Governor's Beach, Limassol - If your perfect beach day is working on your tan on a quiet secluded beach then the coves of the rocky stretch that makes up Governor's Beach should be top of your list. Plan a day out and explore Cyprus as you make your way from your Cyprus villa to this beach haven in Limassol. It's located between 1 and 2 hours from many of the popular tourist resorts, thus many 5 star villas.

3. Paramali Beach, Limassol - If you are the beach goer that prefers the adrenaline buzz while enjoying the sun, this beach is a must. Paramali's golden sand beach stretches for 2km and is hailed as being one of the best kitesurfing beaches on the island. If you and your family prefer to stay close to the shore, you will love watching the kite surfers take into the air while out at sea!

4. Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca - Mackenzie Beach is the order of the day if you and your friends want to simply sunbathe, sip your favourite cocktails and listen to music. As the rhythms of just about every type of music imaginable resonate throughout the area, your only decisions is to choose your beach bar and what cocktail to have! 5 Star Villa Holidays has a number of Cyprus villas in Larnaca.

5. Serena Bay, Protaras - First timers in Protaras will be forgiven for not knowing this place exists. You've been warned! This charming secluded beach is off the main road with it's tiny stretch of golden sand and undeniably scenic views. Serena Bay beach bar is irresistibly quirky with wooden tables strategically placed under the shade of leafy trees. Relax for the day, under the Mediterranean sun before returning home to your Cyprus villa for a mouth watering BBQ.

6. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa - This notorious beach is absolutely breathtaking, with soft white sand that swoops its way across the bay and beautiful clear waters. In peak season this popular beach is crowded with youngsters topping up their tan and taking part in various water sport activities. However there is no denying it's beauty no matter how packed it is.

7. Porto Pomos, Pomos - For the holiday makers looking for more than just the typical beach day, driving from your Cyprus villa to the rugged coastline on the western coast of the island might just be the one for you. Along the way, visit the idyllic fishing village of Latchi and the picturesque town of Poli. And when you're ready for a swim and a sunbathe, head to Porto Pomos, dotted with but a few colourful parasols and tiny huts offering refreshments. The water is crystal clear, the scenery is unforgettable, and the feel of the place is simply magical.

8. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras - Once you visit this beach, you will understand why this beach is so busy in peak Season. It's the perfect beach ideally located to many of our villas in Cyprus. Fig Tree Bay has a fantastic boardwalk, allowing you and your family to stroll along and appreciate the crystal blue water and majestic scenery.

Cyprus – Water Sport Activities

Cyprus is the perfect holiday destination for taking part in some water sport activities. There is something for all your family; from gentle activities in shallower waters, to pursuits that offer an exhilarating thrill.

Where ever your villa in Cyprus is located, you won't be far from all the action. Here are some activities to get you in that holiday mood!

Wakeboarding & Water Skiing – Wakeboarding is an exciting water sport both children and adults can enjoy. And what better way to spend a morning away from your Cyprus villa, than learning the tricks to wakeboarding in the Mediterranean!

Parasailing – an exhilarating activity that will soar you high above the Mediterranean sea. Parasailing is a fun activity to do with some family or friends, allowing 2-3 of you to fly together! It's a fantastic way to see the shore line from a height.

Flying fish & Banana Boating – the children and children at heart will love this. This fun activity is the one that will have your sides splitting and cheeks aching from the screaming and laughing!

Water bicycles – looking for a relaxing water sport activity? Try water cycling! Just sit back, pedal and enjoy the majestic views.

Jet skis – You and your friends will definitely get a thrill from jet skiing.

Canoeing / Kayaking – Cyprus has the most majestic coast line. A kayaking adventure can lead you to find secret beaches, admire breathtaking views and explore further than most other water sports.

SUP – no need for balance, it's all for fun! Stand up, fall down or paddle while you sit. Stand up paddle boarding is a fun activity that requires concentration or you'll spend most of the activity time getting on the board!

Scuba diving – Cyprus has some amazing diving sites. Such as; Amphorae Caves, the Chapel, and the Zenobia. The Chapel can be reached from the shore, therefore it's very popular for night diving.

Snorkelling – there's a whole underwater world waiting to be explored! Grab your snorkel, fins and mask and discover another world close to Cyprus shores. Cape Greco National Park is a renowned snorkelling haven.

Cyprus – Traditional Tavern

No matter where your villa in Cyprus is located you will not be far from a traditional Cypriot tavern. Try some mouth watering Cypriot delicacies, such as halloumi, Souvlakia and sheftalia, Souvla & Stifado and Koupepia (stuffed vine leaves) but to mention a few. Here are some renowned taverns you, your family and friends will love.

Patrikon Tavern, Larnaca – creative Cypriot Cuisine, friendly and hospitable restaurant
Tsipouraki Mezedaki, Nicosia – relaxed taverna with live music
Platea Mezedopolio, Polis – traditional Cypriot cuisine with a touch of innovation
Areti Tavern, Limassol – the best traditional mezze in town!
To Ploumin, Famagusta – traditional vibes and food with special touches.
Traditional Cyprus Tavern, Protaras – great views and great food
Andama Tavern, Protaras – fun atmosphere with delicious food

Cyprus – Restaurants

If dining at local taverns or cooking a mouth watering BBQ at your Cyprus villa isn't enough, then why not add these restaurants to your dining experiences while on holidays in Cyprus;

Yianna Marie Restaurant, Protaras – Offering amazing gastronomical delights served with breathtaking sea views

Sage Restaurant, Protaras – luxury and delicious cuisine combining the ultimate dining experience Kalamies, Protaras – delicious sea food menu and sea view

Mojito Bar & Grill, Protaras – excellent food and great cocktails
Marzano Restaurant, Larnaca – Italian food and delightful atmosphere
Laona Restaurant, Paphos – friendly staff and delicious food
Namaste Indian Restaurant, Paphos – lots of Vegan options and wonderful atmosphere
Los Bandidos Restaurant, Ayia Napa – Delicious food and even better margaritas!
Hokkaido Restaurant, Ayia Napa – great food and great entertainment
Cookshop, Nicosia – delicious food with interesting combination of flavours and ingredients.

Cyprus – History

As one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, this 10,000 year old Mediterranean island is steeped in history.

For the holiday makers that love to submerge themselves in history as oppose to turquoise water and sunscreen, you won't be short of places to visit on this intriguing island.

5 Star Villa Holidays' explored this wonderful island and have compiled a list of the top 7 historical sites to see while on holiday in Cyprus.

1. Tombs of the King – a world heritage site located 2km from Paphos harbour. It's an ancient burial ground carved out of solid rocks. Today tourists travel from all over the world to admire the meticulously carved tombs.

2. Kykkos Monastery – pack your hiking boots because this historic landmark is set up in the Troodos mountains. This museum will give you an account of pre-Christian history with antique exhibits made from precious metals, manuscripts and other ancient documents.

3. Paphos Castle – built as a fort to protect the harbour, Paphos castle was built with its base in the sea. This building has stood the test of time and is a true representation on the powers that controlled Cyprus. Today Paphos castle is the perfect backdrop and grounds for cultural events and festivals. Such as Aphrodite festival.

4. Kolossi Castle & Commandaria wine – The ruins of Kolossi castle is located in Limassol. The castle played an important role in years past because it's surrounding land was a sugarcane plantation. Today the surrounding land are vineyards for one of the oldest wines in the world, Commandaria wine. After a walk through the historic site why not visit the villages and winerys around Kolossi and learn the traditional art of making Commandaria wine.

5. Cyprus Museum – If you and your family or friends want to learn about the history of Cyprus civilization then Cyprus museum is a must. The incredible ancient artefacts that can be found here will introduce you to the fascinating history of the island, but importantly the role Cyprus played in the quest for civilisation.

6. The Shipwreck Museum – Star Ship is the only preserved ship from Greece's Classical Age. Rediscovered in 1967, Star Ship and it's cargo is housed in this museum. The museum also offers other historic sites, such as 12th century chapel, a tomb of an Ottoman conqueror and ancient archaeological artefacts.

7. Kourion Archaeological Site – This ancient city is located 20km from Limassol. Here you can wander around 4 Greco-Roman villas, a Roman market, an early Christian basilica, public baths and an early Christian house. You can also visit the theatre which was modified by the Romans for spectators to watch gladiatorial shows.

Cyprus – Famous Attractions

For a small island, there is no shortage of things to do and attractions to see. While staying in your Cyprus villa, why not plan some day trips and explore famous attractions this beautiful island has to offer.

1. Mount Olympus - For the adventurous family, visit the famous Mount Olympus. It's the highest point in Cyprus, standing at 1,952 metres in the Troodos mountains. This is the perfect location for getting the oh so perfect landscape camera shots!

2. Fasouri Watermania - Something for all the family in the heat of the day. Fasouri Watermania offers a range of water activities to cool you down when it all gets too much. This super adventure water park is the largest water park of its kind on the island.

3. Oleastro Olive Park and Museum - The story goes if you eat 51 olives you'll start to love them! If you are already an olive lover then why not visit the olive park. This great experience will give you an insight into the rural life of Cypriots and the olive industry. There is also a museum which will take you on a journey with everything relating to olives and the role they play in the Cyriot's household.

4. Cape Greco Costal National Park - From your Cyprus villa, make your way to one of the walking trails that will lead you to the most easterly point in the south of Cyprus. Along the way admire the variety of local flora, the majestic coastal views and the azure blue waters beyond before arriving at the exciting sea caves.

5. Troodos Massif - Explore the mountainous region in the south west. Rent a car for the day and set off from your Cyprus villa early in the morning. This region is packed with impossibly beautiful quaint villages with stone-cut traditional houses and cobblestone streets. Many of them home to beautiful churches and monasteries.

6. Paphos Zoo - Paphos zoo is is home to more than 1,200 animals belonging to 210 different species. This is a wonderful day out for all the family. The parrot and owl shows held in the amphitheater is definitely worth seeing. The shows are scheduled 3 times a day.

7. Kyrenia - The old Ottoman character of this harbour town is uncanny. Kyrenia castle overlooks the quaint harbour. If you climb on top you will experience the most beautiful views of the town. Wander through the cobble lanes or sit and relax and have a coffee in one of the cafes that border the harbour.

8. Protaras Ocean Aquarium - Home to more than 1,000 aquatic species, a trip to Protaras Ocean Aquarium is as exciting as staying in a villa Cyprus! There is something here for all the family. Strolling through the water systems of the world you will encounter species like eels, turtles and piranhas. Other attractions include crocodiles, penguin houses and the local 'hang out' for exotic birds.

Cyprus – Boat Tours & Jeep Safaris

Have you ever dreamt of the perfect boat trip? Make this a reality for you and your family no matter where your Cyprus villa is located. Do some research on the best boat trips located near your villa. Boat trips on the island include private hire, exploration boat tours, sunset cruises, half day boat trips and full day boat trips. Many of them offer water activities while out at sea. There are also party boat trips available for the party animals in your group!

One of the most popular family days out while on holiday in Cyprus is a jeep safari. It's fun for all the family! The safari adventure trips are a fantastic way to see the famous sights of Cyprus while hanging on for dear life!

Cyprus – Home is where the Wine is!

Ever considered wine tasting while on holiday in Cyprus? Well it turns out Cyprus is home to one of the oldest wines in the world. Don't worry it's no all vintage! Cyprus has some of the most beautiful and scenic wineries in the Mediterranean.

Vouni Panayia Winery, Paphos is one of the most modern wineries in Cyprus. If tasting the wine isn't educational enough, you can enjoy a short movie showing the entire process! This special winery also has a restaurant serving delicious seasonal and traditional cuisine.

Ktima Dafermou Winery – This renowned winery is located on the rolling hills of Cyprus. It's the first winery in Cyprus designed and built according to the innovative bioclimatic standards. It's the ideal venue for special events of group gatherings.

Ktima Christoudia Winery – a superb winery located in Larnaca. Explore the vineyard and it's Agricultural Museum. Before retiring to the reception area to indulge in some wine tasting with majestic views of the valley.

Kolios Winery, Paphos – A fantastic wine tasting experience you and your friends will love. From ancient times this region has been famous for its agricultural products and especially for its grapes and magnificent wine. Today makes no exception for this family winery.

Luxury Wedding Villas

Cyprus has become one of the most popular wedding destinations in recent years. our 5 Star Cyprus villas are the perfect venue for best day of your lives. our 5 Star Villa Holidays' luxury villas can cater for intimate weddings and large wedding party up to 250 people. Your magical Cypriot wedding can be made perfect from high up in the Troodos mountains, to romantic locations with majestic sea views, to tying the knot with the sand between your toes.

Beachfront Villas

What could be more perfect than a villa in Cyprus? A beachfront villa in Cyprus?! And 5 Star Villa Holidays have no shortage of these. Ask our friendly travel experts to guide you to the coastal properties with fantastic outdoor living space for all the family, Balconies perfect for a morning coffee at sunrise or a tasty cocktail at sunset. A short hop, skip and a jump to dip in your toes or plunge into the crystal blue waters that surround Cyprus.

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