Southern Cyprus, largely Greek Cypriot since a 1974 war divided the island, is popular with visitors from the UK who make up the largest number of tourists. Beach life, top-class archaeological sites, and ever-improving food and wine are major attractions, as is wildflower spotting – the spring flora is prodigious – and specialist activities such as scuba, hiking and mountain-biking. Sacred to the goddess Aphrodite in ancient times, southern Cyprus has successfully banked on this association to become a major wedding and honeymoon venue.
Southern Cyprus is at its best in late spring (mid–April to early June) or autumn (which extends well into November). Summer is generally too hot to be tolerable anywhere except in the sea, or well up in the Troödos mountains above the coastal resorts. Late winter is also enjoyable, with the countryside at its greenest (wildflower displays peak in March) and swimming just about feasible at noon, but many beachside resort hotels close from about New Year's to early April. Cultural events, especially concerts and music festivals, occur across the year, with a concentration in late spring or autumn.
Southern Cyprus has a markedly eastern Mediterranean climate, where daytime summer temperatures can approach 40° and rarely fall much below 25°C by night. The far west is usually a bit cooler, thanks to sea breezes at Latchi and Paphos. Recent years have seen freakishly rainy winters, with the first storms arriving in October, and the last ones as late as May. It can snow at higher elevations in the Troödos Mountains, though it rarely lingers. www.cyprus-weather.org gives current reports from seven stations across the island.
Southern Cyprus has two airports: Larnaca (Lárnaka in officialese; LCA) and Paphos (Páfos; PFO). Both are relatively new (completed 2009) and adequate to demand, though Paphos doesn’t have quite as many luggage belts as it should.
From Larnaca airport, taxis to the city centre cost about €12; city bus No 22 is much cheaper but only runs Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm, with early stoppage Wednesday and Saturday. To reach Limassol or Nicosia, use those towns’ dedicated, long-hours shuttle-bus services (www.airportshuttlebus.eu; €8, to Limassol; www.kapnosairportshuttle.com; €7, to Nicosia).
From Paphos airport, inexpensive (€1) urban bus number 612 heads through the resort area as far as the main waterside terminal in Káto Páfos almost hourly from 7am to midnight (much less Nov–April).
Returning home, be at the airport at least 75 minutes before your scheduled departure. There are a dozen or so eating and dining options at Larnaca (all pricey), rather fewer at Paphos. Car-hire parking areas lie a reasonable distance from the entrances.
All properties can be booked, or requested, online. Payments are secure using Paypal (NB: You do not have to be registered to use Paypal) or by telephone. We accept most major credit and debit cards – there is a small fee of 2.9% to cover the cost of processing bank fees. The deposit to make a definite booking is 20% or full payment if the arrival date is within 8 weeks. If the availability status of a property shows as 'On Request' you may process your online booking without a payment and we will verify availability prior to your payment being made
Who are Deal-A-Trip Holiday Rentals ?
Deal-A-Trip Holiday Rentals is operated by Destination America who have offered Holiday Rental Accommodation in Florida for over 25 years – with Orlando the main destination. See our website at www.destinationamerica.co.uk
Are the properties vetted and checked ?
All properties are thoroughly checked over by us direct or through the local property management agents to establish that all information is accurate. All properties are Owner Verified
Can I rely on the availability of a property ?
Yes. Most property calendars are 'live' and maintained bang up to date. Each property shows as one of these: Up to date (Live), On Request or the date of the last update
What is included in the Rental Rate ?
The rental of the property, taxes and local fees. Optional Extras may be offered during the booking process. The property is checked and prepared prior to your arrival and cleaned after the departure of each guest by the management company with linens and towels changed - this is included in the rates. There is nothing else to pay with regard to the property rental unless otherwise stated
What is in each property as standard ?
Properties are air-conditioned throughout, fully equipped and furnished for 'home-away-from-home' living up to the maximum number of persons allowed for; main TV with cable in the lounge, usually one in the Master Bedroom and often in each bedroom. The kitchen with come complete with utensils and crockery, fridge, freezer, electric stove, microwave oven, toaster, coffee-maker and most will have a dishwasher. There will be a change of linen and towels. The laundry area will have washer, dryer, iron and ironing board, hoover. Some properties will have infant/baby equipment included. Many properties will have many additional features and amenities available. Exceptions will be clearly stated
What should we take with us that may not be in the property ?
All properties are fully equipped for 'home-away-from-home' living with everything – including the kitchen sink! The one item we do recommend taking is 'beach or pool' towels – they will not be in the property. Also take into account that as for all self-catering rentals only the most basic of personal or kitchen items will be in the property – so an early trip to the supermarket is called for. Each Bathroom should have a hair dryer
Is smoking permitted in the property ?
The majority of rental properties now have a non-smoking policy, there are few exceptions
What are the Check-in and Check-Out Times ?
Check-in is from 4pm on / Check-out is by 10am
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