Why Cyprus is the perfect October half-term destination
We think Cyprus is a fabulous place to take a holiday at any time of the year, and that certainly applies in October – and this is why:
1. It’s not far and it’s easy to get to
There are direct flights from all over the UK to Cyprus, which has 3 international airports. The flight time from the UK is only around 4.5 hours; short enough to make the most of your week away.
2. The warmth
The weather is lovely in October – average highs of 26° – and the sea will still be warm enough to swim in. The evenings usually start to get cooler towards the end of October; you’ll still be able to sit outside to eat but take a cardigan.
3. The cost of accommodation is low
4. The food is suitable for both adventurous and fussy-eaters
Whether you want to experience delicious Cypriot foods – similar to, but distinct from Greek and Turkish food – or you need more familiar cuisine, then Cyprus is ideal. You’ll find plenty of choice available between traditional, British or international cuisine.
5. There’s plenty to keep the children entertained
Beautiful, safe beaches; camel safaris; glass-bottomed boat cruises; the immense, Grecian-themed Ayia Napa water park; Paphos Zoo; snorkelling and scuba diving and much more.
We recommend the following destinations in Cyprus for families:
Fantastic, safe beaches with shallow, clear water and golden sand, where you can indulge in water sports and boat trips if you have the energy. Plenty of family-orientated restaurants and bars, and if you are going with older children they can easily catch a bus from here into Ayia Napa.
A picturesque port with fishing boats dotting the harbour, Paphos is a traditional holiday town with all the expected tourist amenities. It’s close to the mountains and various archaeological sites such as the Tomb of the Kings and the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. A major benefit of this resort is that it is only 10 miles from Paphos Airport.
Although it may have a reputation for a wild nightlife scene, this is limited to a small area and can easily be avoided, if you wish. In fact, going here will guarantee you fabulous beaches, the brilliant water park, and the incredible historic monastery. In addition, the teenagers in your group will not be bored in the evening!
A town within the Paphos district, this area offers you Coral Bay, a popular beach with shallow waters and seaside town. The rocky slopes along the coast in this area mean you can find sea caves and private coves here too. Paphos Zoo is near here, and kids and grown-ups will also enjoying seeing the Edro III Shipwreck.
A charming and characterful harbour town with a castle, ancient walls and plenty of sites of archaeological and historic interest. Mountain walks, wild donkeys, and relatively quiet beaches, this destination is perfect for a history- and nature-loving family.