If you’re one of the growing demographic of travellers who likes to go their own way, then Cyprus should definitely be on your list of places to visit – the island is in the top three destinations for lone travellers.
A recent study put Cyprus second in the list of most popular solo sojourns, just behind Malta and ahead of Madeira.
So why are more people than ever holidaying alone?
The solo travel boom
The recent research polled 13,603 travellers aged 18 and above and from 25 different countries and found bookings for solo holidays rose by 18% between 2013 and 2015, with 20% going it alone on their last holiday.
Although most travellers have preferred destinations, they tend to keep their itineraries free to see what’s happening when they get there and will usually take up the option of personal guided tours.
And while it would be natural to assume lone travellers are young and single, the study found they’re more likely to be in a long-term relationship or married, with women more likely to travel abroad alone than men.
But it must surely be something more than Shirley Valentine-syndrome that makes Cyprus such as popular destination?
Single and in Cyprus
One of the main reasons Cyprus is proving popular among solo travellers is that the island’s tourist board, the Paphos regional tourist board in particular, sees this group as an important demographic and a top priority and many hotels are now doing away with the single person supplement.
So what is there to do for the single tourist in Cyprus? Hire a car (they drive on the left in Cyprus, so no issues there) and the island is yours to do as you please, whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, an active hiking and diving holiday, or a cultural city retreat.
(A good starting point is to plan your single Cypriot adventure by gaining a basic overview of possible destinations and stop-offs on a specialist website like OlympicHolidays.com)
Cyprus has a range of topographies, landscapes and of course the Mediterranean Sea, offering endless exciting experiences and opportunities to explore.
On the beach
Cyprus is packed full of beautiful beaches. If it’s a quiet break you want away from the crowds and clubbers try Serena Bay in Protaras, or Governor’s Bay near Limassol. If watersports are your thing, then Paramali Beach near Limassol has excellent kiteboarding and windsurfing while Nissi beach is a lively stretch in Ayia Napa, great for watersports and beach parties.
Over land and sea
Head to the Troodos mountains for some beautiful walking trails, charming, picturesque villages and vineyards, and traditional architecture. There’s also some great diving spots off the coastline as Cyprus has some of the best wreck diving in Europe, notably the Zenobia and Alexandra off Larnaca.
If wreck diving isn’t for you, there are some beautiful cave dives to the east of the island between Protaras and Ayia Napa.
Culture and cities
If you want to take in some sightseeing, Cyprus is littered with ancient ruins dating back thousands of years, notably the Sanctuary of Aphrodite – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 12th century BC and the Ancient Odeon at Paphos, which is still in use as a theatre today. And if you fancy a city break you can take the weight off your feet and see the sights of Nicosia, Limassol or Paphos by Segway.
Whatever it is you want from your holiday – whether it’s a soul-searching retreat or a trip to get away from it all – Cyprus is the perfect destination when travelling alone.