Long a favourite destination for winter sun, Cyprus is anticipating a significant influx of visitors this winter following booking increases of almost 30 per cent on last year’s figures.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation revealed that bookings for holidays over the winter 2011-12 season were up by 29 per cent, despite stiff competition from other destinations offering winter sun. Cyprus offers its winter visitors average temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade, seas warm enough to swim in as late as November, and six hours of sunshine on average each day.
While Canary Island holidays offer slightly higher average temperatures over the winter, Cyprus provides visitors with a unique combination of high quality accommodation, great weather and a variety of luxurious attractions. Golfers and their families are particularly well catered for on the island, and a course designed by golf superstar Nick Faldo was opened in 2010 near the resort town of Paphos. The challenging 71-par course at Elea Golf Club has been commended as the island’s best, and is also close to the famed Aphrodite Hills golf and tennis resort for a selection of other courses and sporting challenges.
The resort also offers outstanding spa facilities for non-golfers and those for whom the sea is less than inviting regardless of the temperature!
Budget carrier Monarch has been operating flights to Paphos from Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick airports. Flights to Larnaca are available from the same airports, with the addition of Luton Airport. While prices for Cyprus holidays may be slightly higher than for comparable trips to Egypt, Turkey or Greece, the quality of the experience ensures its growing popularity for a winter getaway.