Holiday Accommodation in Cyprus

Information on finding places to stay, including hotels, campsites, self-catering apartments and rural Agrotourism homes...

Tourism and overseas visitors play a major role in the Cyprus economy. Holiday makers are well catered for with a variety of accommodation options to choose from. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) provides further information.

Cyprus has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960s and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. The Cyprus government's aim is to improve Cyprus as a holiday destination and keep up with the ever changing tourism industry. The Strategic Plan for Tourism was set up in 2003 and will run until 2010 focusing on improving tourism for:

  • conferences
  • cultural tourism
  • athletic tourism
  • walking and cycling tourism
  • cruises
  • marine sports and yachting
  • nature
  • weddings and honeymoons

Rates and Seasons

July and August are seen as the peak season for holiday-makers with prices for accommodation at peak rate from June to September, at Easter (both Greek Orthodox and non-Orthodox Easter) and the two weeks around Christmas and New Year.

Hotels

The coastal resorts of Cyprus have numerous hotels, many high-rise, which are often available as part of package deals to overseas tourists. Many of these hotels are holiday complexes with a choice of swimming pools and restaurants.

All of the modern hotels have air conditioning and are well-equipped. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation classifies hotels with a star system. The most basic hotels are awarded one or two stars with the luxury high-end hotels being awarded four or five stars.

Some of the larger hotel complexes have hotel apartments which are self-catered properties with access to the hotel facilities.

Self-catering Accommodation

In addition to hotels, there are numerous self-catering accommodation options in Cyprus.

Agrotourism

Another accommodation option includes rural, traditional countryside properties which have been restored to enable tourists to experience traditional village life and to explore nature away from the busy coastal resorts. Agrotourism houses and villas are classified as hotel class or hotel apartment class. The village houses usually have modern kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms (although the rural locations mean they may be subject to occasional water and electricity supply cuts). The Cyprus Agrotourism Company was created by the Cyprus Tourism Organization to cater specifically to tourists desiring a stay in one of these rural properties.

  • For the Cyprus Agrotourism Company website: Click here

Hostels

Budget hostel accommodation in Cyprus is available in the main resorts and in the Troodos Mountains.

The Cyprus Youth Hostel Association runs the basic hostel accommodation on the island.

  • For more information on youth travel in Cyprus see the European Youth Portal website: Click here

Camping

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation operates several licensed campsites in Cyprus, all catering mostly to local holiday makers. The sites are classified as either Class A or Class B. Class A sites have a restaurant and bar. "Free camping" is allowed although lighting fires in forest areas is illegal.

Related Information

  • Information on tourism from the Cyprus Government: Click here
  • For the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) website: Click here