5 things to do in Cyprus away from the beach

Lazing by the water is a tempting way to spend a holiday, but the rewards are worth it if you venture further afield

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1. Explore the Troodos mountains

Troodos mountains

A jeep safari is the easiest way to enjoy the stunning views from these mountains. But for older children who might fancy some activity in cooler climes, you can hike the ancient donkey trails or hire bikes for the day - though you'll need a good set of lungs to get up some of the inclines. For art and history buffs, the tiny 11th century Byzantine chapel nestled in the hills is well worth a visit - it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and most of the murals date back to the 14th century.

"If it's hot, the Troodos Mountains are blissfully cool. We visited all sorts of monasteries etc and had loads of delicious meals." 

2. Sample some Cypriot wine


One for the grown-ups, the Ktima Yerolemos vineyard is the perfect stop-off after a day in the mountains. While you're unlikely to find Cypriot wine stocking your local supermarket, the stuff here really is excellent - and complimentary tours and tastings are on offer daily. Plus, there's a lovely outside area with plenty of picnic benches and spectacular views over the vineyards.

3. Learn how to make halloumi and traditional bread with Mrs Sofia

Mrs Sofia

You can't get much more Cypriot than making your own halloumi, and the affable Mrs Sofia is the ideal teacher. Stir the bubbling vat of sheeps' milk in her courtyard for long enough and you'll be rewarded with a deliciously chewy, salty cheese that will ruin the squeaky, shop-bought stuff for you forever. Little hands will enjoy kneading and rolling the traditional bread, too - and eating it straight from the clay oven is another treat. 

Ask about cooking excursions at your hotel or the nearest tourist office.

4. Cruise the Akamas Peninsula

akamas peninsula

The coastline of the Akamas region is stunning, and best appreciated from the water. Glass-bottomed boat trips leave from Latchi morning and afternoon and last for around three hours, anchoring in the crystal waters of the Blue Lagoon so you can go for a swim.

"The other place I would recommend for somewhere quieter is the Akamas Peninsular. Latchi is the small town we stayed in. There is some development but the area is protected so it is limited. It is probably the prettiest area Cyprus has to offer."

5. Soak up some history at Paphos Archaeological Park and Castle

Paphos castle

There's plenty of room for kids to run around and explore at  the Archaeological Park which boasts a number of impressive ruins and beautifully restored mosaics. The imposing castle sits on the harbour, where you'll find a cluster of restaurants and bars. A number of cultural events take place in and around the castle throughout the year, so it's worth finding out what's on while you're there. 

Mumsnet visited Cyprus with On the Beach 0871 474 3000 which offers a seven night holiday staying at the 5* Almyra Hotel from £395 (£1581 for a family of four). Price includes return flights from airports across the UK and seven nights’ accommodation on a half board basis. 

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