Cyprus in May
May is a perfect time to visit the island of Cyprus: it is lovely and warm, everything is opening for the main season, the maddening crowds haven't yet arrived and the party central parts of the island are still nice and sleepy.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families looking to enjoy sun-filled breaks without having to travel long-haul
- Flying time: around 4 hours
- Time difference: GMT+2
- Average temperature: 22.5°C
- Tourist information: Cyprus Tourism Organisation
How to get there
- The island is well-catered for by all the big travel companies and package holidays are available from companies including Thomson Holidays and First Choice
- Book your own flights and make your own plans. Return flights with Cyprus Airways from London Heathrow to Larnaca, from £240 (inclusive VAT) per person and hotels via laterooms.com
Where to stay
- Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort. Overlooking Paphos Bay and close to the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, this hotel comes highly recommended for families.
What to do
- Aphrodite Water Park, Paphos. Set within acres of natural landscaped grounds on the outskirts of Paphos, the water park offers 26 different rides as well as a range of attractions to keep children occupied until dark. Open from 1 May to 31 October; adults €29 and children €16.
- WaterWorld Water Park, Ayia Napa. The award-winning Waterworld features a fantastic range of custom-built, unique rides. Suitable for ages 3 and over. Open from 1 April to 31 October (November weather permitting); children 3-12 years old €20, adults and children over 13 €35.
- Discover North Cyprus - for 33 years it was impossible to go over into northern Cyprus, but you can now cross the 'green line' UN buffer zone in Nicosia into the Turkish-occupied side.
- Head inland and explore the Troodos Mountains where you can walk or cycle and take in the countryside. There are also some 50 boutique wineries are dotted across the mountains and a day sampling their products is thoroughly recommended.
- Don your comfy shoes and head out to Cyprus' archaeological sites. Kourion is a Greco-Roman amphitheatre perched on the cliff top, constructed in the second century and having undergone extensive renovation in recent years. Also worth a visit is the site of Ancient Salamis, where you can easily spend half a day exploring the surrounding city walls, gymnasium, theatre, Roman baths and villa, forum and agora, as well as the Basilica of St Epiphanius and the temple of Zeus Salaminios.
- Cypriots drive on the left and the whole island can be traversed in under a day, so hire a car to get the most out of your holiday.
- Many hotels provide baby paraphernalia, so enquire what you actually need to bring before you travel.
- Cypriot mezze, with many different dishes and with much of it eaten with fingers, is huge fun for children, so eat local.
- The mountainous interior is cooler than the coast – head off for a day trip into the rural interior for a break from the beach, and to discover the traditional Cypriot way of life.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Cyprus
- We hired a car and to be honest that made the holiday - lots of driving around up into the mountains, the Troodos mountains are lovely. Pootles2010
- There's lots to see and do in Cyprus. There's the Bird Park in Paphos where you can hand-feed giraffes. Kourion in Episkopi, Troodos mountains. The possibilities are pretty endless. LtEveDallas
- Cyprus on the whole is very good for families (the Greek Cypriots love children). Nissi Beach is the best beach I have ever been to, so if you decide on the South East, a visit is a must. WinterWinds