Villa Holidays in Cyprus
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Introduction to Cyprus

With over 400 miles of scenic coastline and gloriously golden sands, Cyprus is a truly beautiful holiday destination for those seeking a stunning stay. From serene beaches to dramatic rocky stretches, the shores of the third-largest island in the Mediterranean are filled with contrasting seascapes.

Here you’ll find family-friendly resorts and pretty fishing villages, ancient monuments and breath-taking mountain vistas, making this a captivating destination for tourists looking for sun-filled Cyprus villa holidays. During your getaway, you can indulge in dishes at traditional tavernas, browse the wares at local markets and explore everything this country has to offer.

So, whether you’re planning a party break, or you’re planning a holiday hidden away in your own countryside bolthole, you’ll find your dream villa break in this classic holiday hotspot.

Sunny Climates

If you want your holiday to be filled with warm weather, July and August are the key months to book your villa in Cyprus. Temperatures range between anything from 27°C right up to 38°C at this time of year, and you can soak up around 13 hours of sunshine, too! When you feel you’re ready to retreat from the heat, you can return to your villa and either enjoy the cooling air conditioning that comes with most of our properties or take a refreshing dip in your private pool. 

The spring and autumn are a great time to visit Cyprus if you don't enjoy too much heat. From March the temperatures are an average of 19°C and you can expect similar in October and November, perfect for exploring.

Your Self-Catering Holidays in Cyprus

By choosing a self-catering villa stay, you are the master of your holiday. Therefore, opting to book a villa in Cyprus means you can enjoy the wonderfully warm weather and explore everything the country has to offer before returning to your holiday accommodation at your leisure.

Villa Plus has a diverse selection of properties available, with over 140 villas offering everything from countryside hideaways in the country to centrally-located villas. So, you can select your villas in Cyprus featuring all your favourite things using our ‘villa type’ filter.

If you’re hoping for a lively town where you can explore white sands and azure waters by day and sip cocktails by night, you can book your stay in one of our villas in Coral Bay. Thanks to its famed lively nightlife, this is the ideal spot for your holiday villa as it allows you to enjoy what the surrounding bars and eateries. You can easily make the trip from Coral Bay to Paphos.

There’s much to see and do in Paphos. Highlights include the impressive Paphos Castle and 2,000 years’ worth of history at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.

While Coral Bay is lively, the village of Chloraka, three kilometres from Paphos, provides a quieter getaway. Here, you can use your own luxury villa in Cyprus as a base and discover the beautiful beach side views and sweeping rocky slopes on offer.

For a family-friendly Cyprus stay, book your villa in the traditional town of Latchi. The uncrowded beach, picturesque harbour and gentle nature walks make this a lovely spot for large groups and families wanting to explore the region.

Protaras is located on the southeast coast of Cyprus and is a lively,family-focused resort. Its coastline is lined with sheltered sandy bay including the famous Fig Tree Bay while the main street has lively nightlife with bar, clubs and restaurants.

Your Cyprus Villa Holiday

As well as being able to search by the location you’re seeking, you can also look for the perfect number of bedrooms to suit your group. We cater for small groups looking for two-bedroom properties as well as larger groups that require seven bedrooms. Whatever the reason for your villa stay, you’re sure to find the accommodation to suit your requirements when you look at what we have to offer.

Each of our villas in Cyprus features a private pool, BBQ and outdoor dining space, creating the perfect accommodation for the sunny weather. Even in the slightly cooler winter months, you’ll find there are plenty of properties that offer heated pools, so you can still enjoy a swim, even in spring and autumn.

Holidays for Families

Whether you’re travelling with teens or little ones, there are a lot of activities and events for families planning their Cyprus villa holidays. A large selection of our properties in Coral Bay are ideally placed for diving fans. The striking coral in the bay, as well as the underwater caves and sunken ships make this a prime spot for those who want to take the plunge.

Staying in Coral Bay, you can all while away the days at Ithaki Amusement Park, which features a mini golf course, trampolines and games arcade. If animals are your thing, Paphos Zoo is a short journey from Coral Bay and home to tigers and giraffes, plus the daily bird show is a must-see.   While you’re in Paphos, you can all take a trip to Aphrodite Water Park. This is filled with rides, slides and wave pools for adults and children alike.

Another popular water park in Cyprus can be found in Protaras. Aquamania Waterpark is a one of the main attractions in this popular family resort. You’ll also find Protaras Ocean Aquarium and Star Leisure Mini Golf here, both ideal for a fun family day.


Best for...
  • Archaeology and history
  • Golden Mediterranean beaches
  • Diving in Coral Bay
  • Akamas National Park's wilderness walks
  • Turtle spotting in Lara Bay
  • Delicious seafood meze

Your Cyprus Guide
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Cyprus

Where is Cyprus? 

Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey and southeast of Greece, Cyprus is an island country comprising over 400 miles of dramatic coastline, complete with sandy beaches and tranquil towns and villages.

What's the Weather In Cyprus Like?

The country has a balmy Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers lasting from May to October, and mild winters from December to February, separated by shorter autumn and spring seasons. It’s gifted with plenty of sunshine, too, and over the summer months, there’s an average of 11.5 hours of bright sunlight per day! Summer is generally a season of high temperatures and cloudless skies. You can cool of during the night, with air conditioning in all bedrooms.

Nightlife in Cyprus

In Cyprus, you can lap up the local culture in traditional restaurants and bars, many of which offer live music and entertainment. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in all major Cypriot cities and resorts, particularly the renowned Coral Bay area. The main clubbing spot in Cyprus is Ayia Napa, near Protaras, which is known internationally for its nightlife, festive atmosphere and countless bars, pubs and nightclubs.

What is there to do in Cyprus?

Once ruled by Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, British and Persian regimes and empires, amongst others, Cyprus officially gained independence in 1959. The country is rich in history, with many archaeological finds left over from previous civilisations. Now, these lost worlds have been uncovered and are here for you to visit – start with a trip to either the House of Dionysos, the Temple of Aphrodite or the Tomb of the Kings.

Throughout Cyprus, the typically Mediterranean landscape is blessed with the timeless beauty of antiquity. There are crusader fortresses situated next to tall cypress trees, Greco-Roman theatres carved out of cliffs and Byzantine monasteries perched on mountaintops. Being an island with such a varied and interesting history, there are many places to explore. The wealth of archaeological sites, museums, castles, monasteries and old Cypriot churches are all well worth visiting if you’re wanting to delve into the country’s past.

Places of interest

Cyprus is a land of contrasts – just take the untamed wilderness of Akamas National Park, the tourist mecca that is Paphos or the beautiful beaches of Coral Bay and Protaras, for instance. Experience solitary walks in the Troodos Mountains with just wild sheep for company, or revel in the buzzing nightlife of the Coral Bay Strip. Whatever you do here, you’ll leave the country with a thirst to return as soon as possible.

What to Eat in Cyprus

Perhaps best of all, for some people anyway, Cyprus is also foodie heaven! The food here is mainly fresh, organic and local. If you want to eat in true Cypriot style, order a selection of meze (the Greek-Cypriot equivalent of tapas) – a big selection of little dishes such as souvlaki, tzatziki, calamari, halloumi, taramasalata, hummus and tahini.

Family Activities in Cyprus

Coral Bay is a popular diving site, and as you would expect from the name, there are coral colonies to explore, complete with ancient shipwrecks, underwater cliffs, caves and valleys. Night dives here can be particularly exciting, too. There are many PADI Diving Centres offering diving courses for beginners, so you can enter the water at a pace which suits you.

Alternatively, Ithaki Amusement Park is situated in Coral Bay. It’s complete with a mini golf course, a video game arcade and a café-bar, making it ideal for a family day out. Paphos Zoo is also suited to families and is a great place for all animal lovers. There are tigers, giraffes, tortoises and many other beautiful animals to see, along with a bird show which occurs several times a day.

Villa Plus in Cyprus

Here at Villa Plus, our customers are always at the forefront of our minds. We have a selection of handpicked, self-catering villas which you’ll instantly fall in love with. Whether you fancy a spot of pure relaxation in a peaceful countryside retreat, spectacular patio views at sunset or a property in a central location within walking distance of restaurants and the beach, we’ve got everything covered. As locals to the destination, we’re on hand 24-7 to ensure you have the perfect getaway you’ve been dreaming of. We live and breathe Cyprus and want to make sure that you leave the country loving it just as much as we do.

We are members of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct and we provide financial protection for non-flight packages, by way of a bond held with ABTA. Plus, we strive to make the booking process as quick and easy as possible. You can book flights, car hire, transfers and insurance right here. This means you can spend less time organising your holiday and more time dreaming about time spent by your private pool.

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Cyprus Resorts

Cyprus is a delightful mixture of where old meets new, full of history, culture and endless warm sunny days. Alluring beaches and tempting waters await you on this scenic coastline, whilst inland you’ll find rolling hills scattered with olive, citrus and banana groves. Make sure you sample plenty of the local wines and mouth-watering cuisine; the seafood is fresh, and the salty baked halloumi is definitely one to try. Coral Bay is lively with rustic tavernas, friendly bars and a fantastic sandy beach. Protaras is on the South East coast of Cyprus and has plenty to keep you and the family entertained. You can choose any one of our many villas in Cyprus and enjoy a holiday you will dream about for many years to come.

Coral Bay
54 Villas

Located off a coastal road west of Paphos, Coral Bay is a popular seaside resort. The main attraction here is the 660 yards of sandy Coral Bay Beach, which carries Blue Flag certification. The warm shallow waters are perfect for paddling, while the surrounding bay is a water sports hotspot. You'll find lively nightlife and a good choice of restaurants.

Latchi
17 Villas

Latchi is ideal for a relaxing holiday, with its own laid-back rural charm and culture. There's no sign of noisy bars or high-rise resort-style developments here, with life centring around the authentic Latchi Harbour – a particular highlight for seafood fans. In the early hours of the morning, while you are fast asleep, the fishermen are out catching the fish you’ll eat for dinner.

Polis
22 Villas

Polis is a small town with a lovable sleepy ambience. In short, it provides the perfect environment to forget about everyday life. Although it is less than an hours’ drive from the crowds and bustle of Paphos, it is a world away in terms of atmosphere. When it comes to restful and rejuvenating holidays, Polis is hard to beat.

Peyia
14 Villas

Peyia is a quiet resort with plenty of authentic Cypriot charm, just 10 minutes drive from Coral Bay. Villa Plus rentals are located near this village, which sits on the hillside with magnificent views across the bay. It has supermarkets, shops, a town hall and a choice of restaurants, bars and cafes. Peyia village is well known for its local tavernas where you can try delicious Cypriot meze.

St. Georges
8 Villas

St Georges is situated by a rugged, unspoilt stretch of coast, right at the edge of the Akamas peninsular. It has undergone development but has still managed to maintain its natural beauty. There is also a small fishing harbour, which has a small, sheltered bay of sand and small pebbles gently sloping into the clear waters, as well as a handful of charming tavernas serving mezes. If you want to visit the region’s spiritual attractions, St Georges is home to a couple of churches dating back to the 6th century.

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Things to do in Cyprus

Cyprus is a great destination for a carefree holiday. On this beautiful island, there are fantastic beaches, traditional local villages and archaeological sites to be explored. Nature lovers will appreciate the Troodos Mountains and Akamas National Park.

Paphos Archaeological site

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, while most remains date back to the Roman period. The marvellous mosaic floors of four Roman villas form the impressive epicentre of the finds. This complex includes other important monuments, such as the Asklepieion, the Odeon, the Agora, the Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns) Fortress, the Limeniotissa Ruins of early Christian Basilica and the Tombs of the Kings.

Akamas National Park

The western tip of Cyprus is an area of breathtaking rugged beauty. Only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles and on foot, you can explore the many trails and discover the Fontana Amoroza pool and Avakas Gorge. The area comes alive in springtime with over 530 species of plants including orchids providing a blaze of colour. Pack water, sunscreen and a hat and prepare for a mini-adventure.

Turtle Spotting in Lara Bay

Green turtles and loggerhead turtles nest only in a handful of select locations around the world – Cyprus just happens to be one of those locations. The pollution-free sands of the Akamas Peninsula (particularly Lara Bay) and the beaches near Polis are great for turtles to lay their eggs. Seeing some of these magnificent animals in the wild is an experience you’ll always cherish.

Fantastic Beaches

Cyprus is well known for its beautiful beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Coral Bay resort is famous for its Blue Flag beach, while the beaches of Polis and Latchi are where the locals like to frequent. In Protaras area, there are many fantastic beaches with Fig Tree Bay being one of the most beautiful on the island.

Beaches in Cyprus

The best place to soak up the Cyprus sunshine is at the beach, and with more than four hundred miles of coastline, there are plenty to choose from. Cyprus has a diverse geological terrain resulting in sandy and pebbly beaches. You'll find plenty with restaurants, beach bars and sunbed hire as well as undeveloped bays. In the larger resorts of Coral Bay and Protaras, you can enjoy a choice of watersports and boat trips.

Moving from the North West of the island and following the coastline to the East you can visit a beach of your choice. The "Blue Flag" is awarded to beaches meeting strict criteria relating to environmental education and information, beach area management and quality of bathing water.

Coral Bay Beach

The horseshoe shaped bay of Coral Bay with a Blue Flag status has everything you need for a long day on the beach, with soft golden sand and calm waters great for families with young children. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as traditional Cypriot tavernas meaning you can enjoy a light lunch or chilled cocktail. With clear waters the beach is popular for snorkelling and there are a range of watersports on offer including water skiing and parasailing.

Fig Tree Bay 

Fig Tree Bay is the most popular and beautiful beach in Protaras and it has been declared by TripAdvisor as the third best beach in Europe. It has fine, golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making it ideal for families. There are numerous amenities on the beach, including toilets, changing rooms, sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities, as well as a few restaurants.

Green Bay Beach

Green Bay Beach is located in Protaras resort and features shallow waters suitable for beginner divers. It is also a great place to avoid the summer crowds. This beach has a few facilities, such as sun loungers and parasols which are available to hire here. The small sandstone platforms to the south of the beach also provide a nice setting for a picnic.  

Cavo Maris Beach 

The stunning beach of Cavo Maris is a small bay at the western end of Protaras which is perfect for those sport enthusiasts with a range of watersports available. With sunbeds and parasols for hire, why not relax soak up that Cypriot sunshine and go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters. In respite of the sun there are beach bars and restaurants offering chilled beers, cocktails, cooling ice creams and tasty lunch options.

Kapparis Beach 

Fireman's Beach or Kapparis Beach is located a little north of the Protaras resort town. It features an amazingly beautiful bay which is decorated by a steep, white limestone cliff, protecting the beach from the winds. The beach is perfect for families as it is compact and secluded with shallow waters. You can also rent sun loungers and umbrellas here.

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Food & Drink in Cyprus

Cypriot cuisine takes influence from Europe, Africa and Asia, catering for a range of different tastes. Fruits and vegetables are freshly picked, while Cypriots often pride themselves on their tasty homemade breads. Towns and villages tend to have traditional souvlaki shops, serving up chicken or pork kebabs, either in pita bread or on a platter. They also serve delicious gyros with beef. Fresh fish is caught and served by the attractive harbourside tavernas, the perfect spot for a lazy lunch or to watch the sun set. There are vineyards dotted throughout the countryside and many local villages produce their own liquors if you're feeling brave!


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Markets

The Old Town of Paphos has a partially covered farmer and retailer market, where you can purchase all kinds of good such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, lace, leather and therapeutic olive oil products. It's worth a visit on a Saturday morning, as this is when the knowledgeable locals tend to go.

If you are staying in the Protaras area, head to the Farmers' Market which is held early on a Saturday and Sunday morning in the nearby village of Deryneia. It starts at 7am and finishes up at 1pm, giving you the chance to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, take a visit to the market on the outskirts of Larnaca, held every Sunday between 9am and 1pm.


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Speciality Dishes

In Cyprus, you can discover an impressive variety of local cuisine. The meze dishes are popular and typically comprise of Greek salads, olives, kleftiko (slow cooked lamb), afelia (pork with coriander seeds), stifado (beef stew) and potatoes, along with dips like hummus, tzatziki, taramasalata and tahini on the side. 

Halloumi - Halloumi is probably the most popular Cypriot food because it possesses the rare ability to be easily fried or grilled, completely redefining the expectations of ‘grilled cheese’. It is produced by combining a mixture of goat and sheep milk and can also be served up cold alongside freshly sliced watermelon. This is commonly eaten as either an appetizer or a dessert in Cyprus. 

Stuffed Vine Leaves - Stuffed Vine Leaves (koupepia) are made of minced meat, rice, onions, tomatoes and a mixture of herbs. This filling is then wrapped carefully in fresh vine leaves. It is usually made in large batches and can be frozen, so it can be enjoyed later. 

Souvlaki - Souvlaki is a popular dish, consisting of small chunks of charcoal-grilled meat on a skewer and a large amount of fresh salad filling. It is often served with a pita bread on the side

Sheftalia - Sheftalia is Cypriot style sausage dish which is made using lamb and pork meat. It is wrapped in sheets of caul fat, which is rendered over a live fire. As the fat drips, little towers of flame lick the meat, creating a super crusty exterior that's still moist and juicy inside.

Kleftico - Kleftiko is a lamb cooked for around 2-4 hours in a clay oven with lemon juice and cinnamon. Join the locals at a taverna and take your time over this flavour filled speciality.







local recipes


Keftedes (Greek meatballs with a lemon sauce) 

<p>Keftedes (Greek meatballs with a lemon sauce) </p> -  Cyprus

This is an easy Greek recipe for flavour-packed, tender meatballs with a crispy crust and a lemony sauce. It can be eaten as an appetizer, but it also can be served as a Greek-style dinner bowl when combined with Greek-style salad, tzatziki sauce and pita bread.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 grated brown onion  
  • 3 minced garlic cloves 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 slice, day-old bread or pita bread, cubed and soaked in milk
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb or pork 
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, divided 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 tbsp. organic ground coriander  
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Greek oregano 
  • 1 tsp organic ground cumin  
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg  
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 3 lemons, zested and juiced 
  • Flour for dredging 
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock

Take a large frying pan and heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until golden and translucent, stirring regularly. Transfer the onions and garlic mixture to a large mixing bowl to cool. Set aside in a frying pan for later. 

Wring the excess milk out of the soaked bread. Add the bread to the mixing bowl. 

Add the ground beef and lamb (or pork) to the mixing bowl, along with 1 egg, fresh mint, spices, salt and pepper and 1 tbsp. lemon zest. Mix by hand until mixture is fully incorporated. 

Form the meat mixture into balls (each the size of a heaped tablespoon.) Roll the meatballs into the flour to lightly coat and place them on a large tray for now. 

Add 1/4 cup olive oil to a large skillet and heat over a medium-to-high heat. Turn heat to medium and add the meatballs. Fry them for 10 minutes or so, turning occasionally until they’re cooked and well-crusted on all sides. 

With a slotted spoon, remove the meatballs from the frying pan. Place them onto paper towels to drain any excess fat. Meanwhile, carefully discard most of the cooking fat from the frying pan – it’s best to dump it into a tin can until cooled. Put the skillet back onto the stovetop over a medium heat. 

Whisk 1 egg yolk with the chicken broth and lemon juice. Add to the cooking skillet with the remaining lemon zest, then put the meatballs back in. Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes until the lemon sauce thickens.

 
 
 


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