Combine the past and present with Cyprus holiday villas in Coral Bay

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:00 AM

Tourists who select holiday villas in Coral Bay can benefit from state-of-the-art facilities provided with their modern resort, while still enjoying the more traditional settings Cyprus has to offer.

Anyone taking self catering villa holidays can rest assured that their accommodation will have all the amenities they typically expect when going away.

These can include Wi-Fi internet connections, a spacious open-plan kitchen, air conditioning and swimming pools. There is even a weekly maid who will keep the place tidy if you are staying in Cyprus for an extended period.

One of the great things about holiday villas in Cyprus is that you are never far away from local sightseeing attractions or the beach. Whether you want to just walk in the countryside or visit some of the best-known tourism hotspots, Coral Bay has everything you could hope for.

The region enjoys hot weather for much of the year, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine during its warmest months of June to September.

Coral Bay's Blue Flag beach is probably the most popular stretch of sand in the region. The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which shows the beach has met stringent quality standards.

If you want to just relax in the sun and soak up the rays, you can, but there are also a range of water sports activities to try out if you are feeling a little more adventurous. These include windsurfing, jet skiing and banana boat rides.

Once you've had your fun on the beach, there are still lots of other things to see and do, particularly if you are hoping to brush up on your local knowledge.

The coastal city of Paphos is steeped in history, with the entire area being designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Sightseeing musts include the Tomb of the Kings, the Byzantine Museum and the District Archaeological Museum.

Holidaymakers may also be keen to visit the rock of Aphrodite. Located a few miles outside of the city, this sea stack is the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love in mythology, with the legend stating that this is the spot where she rose from sea foam.

Nearby Cape Lara is a fantastic place to take children if you are enjoying holidays in Cyprus with the family. The body of land is where green and loggerhead turtles come to nest, one of the few remaining sites in the region where they do so.

Hoping for more of a challenge? Scuba diving among the wreck of MS Zenobia should be of more interest to you. This Swedish-built ship sank off the coast of Cyprus on its maiden voyage and is now one of the most popular wreckages to explore in the world.

Beginners and advanced divers are both catered for, with amateurs taken to a depth of around 16 metres to look at the starboard side of the ship, which is closest to the surface.

Those looking for something a little more relaxing should instead visit the quaint village of Peyia. This quiet settlement has an excellent array of tavernas and restaurants where you can try out the delicious local seafood.

Providing some of the best views of Cyprus, Peyia is also a great way to explore the rural aspects of the island, with popular walks around banana plantations, fruit orchards and vineyards all available.