Cyprus is an idyllic holiday destination, with miles of golden sands, crystal-clear, azure waters and sunshine for almost every day of the year.
Aside from the beaches, there are also lush waterfalls and ancient ruins waiting to be discovered, hidden amidst the majestic landscape of mountains, forests and valleys.
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In contrast to the rural villages and vineyards further inland, some parts of the coast are purpose-built for tourists, with every attraction and convenience you could imagine on your doorstep. Whilst this setup makes Cyprus a great destination for families, it also makes for an exciting, adult-only group holiday, as it’s so easy to find something to please everyone.
Here are our top tips for planning a successful holiday to Cyprus with your friends:
Set the tone
Remember that just because these people are your friends, doesn’t mean they will all have the same ideas about how to best enjoy themselves on holiday. It’s a good idea to gather everyone together and discuss the type of holiday you’re planning. If you are travelling for a specific event, for example a friend’s birthday or hen/stag holiday, it makes sense that your plans should be tailored more towards their tastes. Some important questions to ask may include:
- Who wants to spend all day lazing on the beach, and who couldn’t stand not being active?
- Who wants to party until the sun comes up, and who would rather go to bed at a reasonable hour and make the most of the daytime?
- Does anyone have dietary restrictions, health concerns or fears that restrict your group activity options?
It’s also well worth discussing the sometimes awkward subject of finances, as people may have different budgets and preferences as to where they’d rather spend their money, be it at a classy restaurant, hiring a jet-ski, or at a market buying souvenirs.
Establishing where you can compromise and getting everybody on the same page in advance is a sure way to save any unnecessary disappointments, arguments or wasted time once you land on the island.
Consider private accommodation
When travelling as a group it’s well worth considering the benefits of hiring a private villa or apartment just for you and your friends. Cyprus has many options available to suit various budgets, all equally stunning, and many are complete with their own private pool.
By having your own space, you don’t need to worry about disturbing families with children or other holiday-makers, especially if you are likely to get a little loud as the night goes on.
Having your own pool also means no closing time, so you can enjoy poolside BBQ’s as late as you like. Private accommodation can also make mealtimes easier to negotiate and cheaper too, as you can all whizz around a supermarket and stock the cupboard with your personal favourites.
Book a variety of experiences
When it comes to the daily agenda, you guessed it, it should be a joint decision. Luckily, with a little give and take, you are sure to find something for everyone on the vibrant island of Cyprus. Why not mix up the itinerary to include one thing from everyone’s wish list?
For nature lovers, be sure to visit the blissful Adonis Baths, or take a hike through one of the island’s many lush woodland nature trails. For history buffs, there are many Bronze Age ruins and ancient tombs to explore. And for those who enjoy raising their heart rates, why not have some fun at one of Cyprus’ many waterparks.
If you’re in search of raucous nightlife, head to Ayia Napa. Named the party capital of Cyprus, this boozy labyrinth of over 80 clubs and bars is sure to hit the spot. Ayia Napa is also the island’s hotspot for intense music festivals, where you can enjoy spectacular visual effects, tropical cocktails and a variety of music throughout the year.
However you choose to spend your time in Cyprus, be sure to take lots of photographs and have lots of fun whatever you end up deciding to do as a group.
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