Cyprus Yacht Charter, Cyprus
Famed for its young beach party scene in Ayia Napa, a Cyprus luxury yacht charter has so much more to offer: The cities along the shores are home to numerous ruins and sites of historic importance, and even more treasures await within the mountainous interior.
Golden sand beaches cover the southern coast and the Akamas Peninsula National Park beckons for nature lovers and adventurers to explore its surroundings and discover the wildlife within.
It's beneath the tranquil glassy waters that some of the island's most breath-taking wonders can be found, however, from sea turtles and schools of grouper and barracuda to ship wrecks and sea caves as shallow as 15m/49ft deep.
The nation is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean
, and this factor combined with the intense midday heat and swell of traffic as tourists the world over descend during the peak summer months makes clear the benefits of having a spacious luxury yacht with an attentive crew plus entertainments and amenities at your fingertips wherever you travel.
While your captain cruises from the beaches and Sea Caves surrounding Ayia Napa to the stunning walled city of Famagusta, you can spend your free time unwinding in the sundeck Jacuzzi, sleeping off a large lunch on the sun loungers or resting within the air conditioned salon.
As the day draws to a close, there are myriad upscale bars and restaurants to choose from in Limassol and Larnaca for a memorable night on the town, or disappear into one of the many coves along the southern side of the island and envelop your senses in nature for a night in true tranquillity.
Five quick reasons to visit Cyprus
Magnificent beaches, Numerous snorkelling and Scuba diving sites, Ancient ruins, Fantastic nightlife, Hot and sunny weather
More about this part of the Mediterranean Sea
Cyprus is in the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea, passing by the Greece
luxury yacht charter grounds of the Cyclades Islands
and the Turkish Riviera
to the north. Visitors to the region could also include parts of Egypt
into an extended itinerary, sightseeing the ancient ruins of Cairo and Alexandria.
Cyprus Yacht Charter Experiences
Visit the Akamas Peninsula National Park and the Baths of Aphrodite, where myth says the Goddess was born. Begin your day early and hike the forested trails to enjoy stunning views of the surroundings from the clifftops, then return to your motor yacht or sailing yacht in preparation for snorkelling and Scuba diving at the wealth of sites along the western coast. Nearby Lara Beach is barely visited and your group might have the whole beach to yourselves for a private meal and beach party.
Paphos, Perge and Kourion along the south eastern side have been inhabited for millennia and it's possible to spend whole days visiting ancient ruins, followed up by boutique shopping and evenings exploring the high-end bars. Limasson and Larnaca in particular have an excellent night scene, however your expert crew can assist you in hosting your own party while moored in a marina or hidden in away in a scenic cove.
The party scene at Ayia Napa can be found to the east, however the impressive sea caves and plethora of dive sites are sure to capture your attention as well.
There are even more luxury shopping opportunities to be had as you wander through the picturesque buildings in the Famagusta Walled City, then return on board your superyacht for a massage to ease tired muscles before dinner.
Things to Consider
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
Cyprus is one of the most eastern destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean
charter grounds, and boasts temperatures above 20°C/68°F for most of the year: The summer season is long and starts from mid-May, while the spring and autumn shoulder seasons are relatively short in comparison. The hot, arid climate is perfect for sun worshippers who can't get enough sunshine and warmth, or who are happy to retreat to the sundeck Jacuzzi or the cool confines of their luxury yacht interior during the most intense hours of the day.
Luxury yacht charter groups visiting Cyprus from May to October can expect whole weeks without any rainfall - cloudless skies dominate the horizon for the ultimate sun, sea and sand holiday. The winter months in contrast can feature strong storms that appear from nowhere and dissipate just as quickly.
The sea temperatures are also some of the warmest in the Mediterranean and can reach a high of 29°C/84°F during the summer months.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter:
Beachwear is typically confined to the beach or poolside and visitors into town should dress to the more conservative Cypriot society: Both men and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders and thighs when visiting churches and mosques, and women should also cover hair with a scarf.
Cyprus has as much adventure to offer as it does luxury, and as such clothing and shoes suitable for such activities such as hiking, climbing and paragliding should be included in your suitcase. As evening comes around locals dress up before heading out and your luxury yacht charter group should go for smart clothing for attending events.
Due to the intensity of the sunlight and times when there are strong sea winds, guests should take a jacket or similar outer layer for cover.
Main Ports and Marinas: Limassol Marina, Akrotiti Port, Paphos Port, Kyrenia Port, Famagusta Port, Ayia Napa Marina
Famous Restaurants & Clubs: Pyxida restaurant (Limassol), Fuamo Steak House restaurant (Limassol), Frankie's Social bar (Limassol), Library Bar (Limassol), Mukta bar (Larnaca), Old Market Street bar (Larnaca),
A Must See Attraction: Akamas Peninsula National Park, Tombs of the Kings (Paphos), Perge ancient city, Ancient Kourion, Aspendos ruins, Bellapais Abbey, Larnaca Medieval Castle, Famagusta Walled City, Kyrenia Castle, Kyrenia Harbour, Salamis, Villa of Theseus, Sea Caves (Ayia Napa)
Best beaches to visit in your yacht:
Green Bay (Protaras), Konnos Bay (Ayia Napa), Landa Beach (Ayia Napa), Ayia Thekla Beach (Ayia Napa), Lara Beach (Paphos District), Golden Beach (Dipkarpaz), Kourion Beach (Limassol),
Local Yacht Events: Cyprus - Israel Regatta
Best time to go:
For those who crave heat and sunshine the summer months are the perfect time to visit, however for some the unending summer heat can be too much and those intending to spend long periods out of doors away from air conditioning and other comforts might want to visit in the cooler spring and autumn seasons. Spring is considered the best time to visit as the countryside is blossoming following the winter storms, whereas the long and dry summer season can leave the autumnal landscape parched.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available: Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in Cyprus.
Full Cyprus Yacht Charter Guide: Go here for the essential Cyprus yacht charter guide.
Cyprus Itineraries: Here is a selection of broker itineraries for Cyprus.
News: Read the latest superyacht news about Cyprus.