Those golden strips of sand along the coast are what beckon most travellers here, but Cyprus’ east coast has more to offer than sunbathing and sandcastles. Hike Cape Greco’s coastal path for glorious scenery and weird rock formations, then follow the winding roads inland to wander snoozy villages that hug hillsides speckled with wild fennel. Delve into the very beginning of this island’s human habitation at the neolithic site of Choirokoitia or whizz through more recent history with a fresco-infused church-hop of the region’s Byzantine relics. Larnaka is an easygoing seaside town, with a handful of excellent historic sites. It’s an ideal base for further exploration.
Hedonist-fuelled Agia Napa and family-friendly Protaras may be as different as chalk and cheese but both resorts owe their success to the region’s beach-sloth reputation. Pick a beach. Any beach. You’re pretty much guaranteed to come up trumps.