Brimming with beaches, mountains, ancient towns, as well as rich mythology and culture, camping in Cyprus is a unique Mediterranean experience. The third largest Mediterranean island – after Sicily and Sardinia – has diverse landscapes and glittering coasts, which is why tourists visit Cyprus year after year.
We cover camping in Cyprus in this article, showing you what each region has to offer so you can decide where you want to camp. We also share some of our favourite campsites, and then look at wild camping in Cyprus.
But first, here’s a few fun facts about the island!
- The sub-tropical climate in Cyprus provides an average of 320 days of sunshine a year.
- Cyprus has 20 rare species of orchid that can be admired during spring time.
- Commandaria wine, which is produced in Cyprus, can be traced back to 2000BC, making it the oldest manufactured wine in the world.
- An EU report confirmed that Cyprus has the cleanest beaches in Europe.
- The town of Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Camping in Cyprus: Where should you camp?
Camping is cheap and cheerful in Cyprus, and pitching a small tent can cost as little as five euros in some campsites. However it’s worth bearing in mind that campsites in Cyprus are often far more basic than ones in the UK, France or other parts of Europe.
That’s because camping is seen as a way to get back into nature, or as a way to cheaply stay in the region when exploring it.
Below we show you what each region of Cyprus has to offer (and include North Cyprus too), so you can make a decision about where you wish to camp in Cyprus.
West Cyprus arguably has the nicest coastal areas in the island, and has a very serene, even rustic feel.
If you are looking for sandy beaches and crystal clear water that’s perfect for swimming, as well as a relaxing place to sunbathe, then camping in the west coast can offer you just that.
The incredible town of Paphos is located in southwest Cyprus too, and is famous for the Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Mosaics. Situated to the east side of Paphos district is the Baths of Aphrodite – an atmospheric natural grotto where you can swim.
Neo Chorio, famously known as the Gateway to the Akamas is a quaint village in Paphos district that is worth visiting too.
Situated on the western tip of Cyprus is Akamas National Park which covers an area of about 230 km². It’s pristinely kept, is of valuable ecological significance, and has some great hiking trails.
This area of the island is famous for being the supposed birthplace of Aphrodite; the goddess of love. However in the 21st century it’s more well known for its azure waters – perfect for snorkelling – and it’s lovely beaches and stunning coves.
This region is also home to Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, which is made up of Roman ruins and antique mosaic tiles.
The city of Limassol is in the south too. The city and surrounding area have many incredible archaeological sites – like the ancient city-kingdom of Kourion. The nightlife is pretty good in this area as well!
So if you’re looking for a region with great beaches, some historical sites, and decent nightlife, then camping in south Cyprus may be for you.
Boasting golden strips of sand and stunning monasteries, the east coast is a great base for exploring Cyprus.
The region has some of the finest and most famous beaches – such as Ayia Napa and Larnaca Bay. Protaras is also a great area for its turquoise waters and sandy coves that are perfect for sunbathing.
Walkers and cyclists will love east Cyprus for its 10 km-long coastal path – Cape Greco – which connects Glyky Nero beach in Ayia Napa with Konnos beach in Cape Greko park.
This area is also home to the Cape Greco National Forest Park. There’s some scenic walks here where you can spot an array of flowers such as orchids and other rare plant species.
Hikers and cyclists will enjoy the beauty of this region which is dominated by rugged mountains and thick forest.
Central Cyprus is made up of the rugged Troodos Mountains which covers 50% of the island. So if you are a nature lover and avid hiker, this area will be perfect. In fact you can test your skills by climbing the highest peak of Cyprus, Mount Olympus, which stands at 1,952 metres.
The region is also home to many pretty centuries-old mountain villages and about half the species that are endemic to Cyprus. So if you are lucky, you can see rare species like the Eleonora’s Falcon, or even the Agrino, a species of protected wild sheep.
Therefore it you’re looking for nature, wildlife, a traditional look at Cypriot life and long walks then the central region may be the best place to base yourself when camping in Cyprus.
The north contains part of the only divided capital city in the world – Nicosia – which is split by a UN buffer zone with half under the de facto administration of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
North Cyprus is quite culturally different from the rest of Cyprus due to being under Turkish control. It also contains some spectacular castles, beautiful monasteries and harbours, and so is full of places to explore – as we’ve written about before.
Kyrenia is the tourist center of North Cyprus, and has the iconic Kyrenia Castle – a pristinely preserved 16th century Venetian Castle.
North Cyprus is a great place to camp if you’re looking for a more ‘eastern’ cultural experience, coupled with quieter beaches, and ancient landmarks.
Camping in Cyprus: The weather and best months to visit
Most visitors choose to come to Cyprus in summer, when daytime temperatures range around 20-33 Celsius. There may be some isolated thunder showers during summer, but it remains a good season for coastal walks, sunbathing and swimming. It can get quite warm inside tents when camping, so make sure you choose a shady pitch.
Autumn and spring are cooler – ranging around 10-25 Celsius during the day depending on the month. Both seasons are great times to avoid the peak tourist season, tackle some of Cyprus’ best walking trails, and enjoy the island’s landmarks without a crowd.
It does snow on the Troodos Mountains during winter, but elsewhere in Cyprus daytime temperatures can range from 7-15 degrees Celsius. The fresh air on walks during this season is enjoyable, although you can expect rain around seven days per month during winter.
Camping in Cyprus: Some of the best campsites in Cyprus
There are many good cheap campsites in Cyprus. Below are a few of our favourites, separated by what region they are in.
Red Stone Islanders
This well-maintained campsite in Koili is amongst nature and has some amazing views, but does have basic facilities. Expect wildflowers on site and exceptional starry nights here thanks to very little light pollution.
Camping Site Polis Chrisochous
This cozy campsite is situated right beside the beach, but facilities are also quite basic. There’s decent snacks and drinks for sale on-site. It’s a good base to reach nearby attractions like the Baths of Aphrodite (7km away), and Akamas Peninsula National Park (8km away).
Governor’s Beach Kalymnos Campsite
Located in the south of the island, just 20 km east of Limassol, this site has good facilities including a nice restaurant and bar. Open all year round, the campsite can accommodate over 300 tents or caravans and you can enjoy the cool sea breeze from your own tent as the site is situated very close to the beach.
Cyprus Glamping Park
This luxury camping experience is located less than 1 km from Maia Beach, and is a great base for exploring the beaches and attractions in the south. You can enjoy air-conditioned accommodation, and there’s barbecue facilities and free WiFi on site.
Platania Camping Site
Situated 1100m up in the heart of the forest, this campsite gives you a great opportunity to reconnect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The facilities are basic but clean, and there is a small playground, picnic tables, and fire pits.
The tranquil site is cheap and set high in the Troodos, so some of the pitches offer some really spectacular views. There’s 24/7 staff so it feels secure, while the nearby mountain village of Troodos has some decent restaurants and bars. The campsite doesn’t allow pets, but is a great base to enjoy this island’s rugged side.
This colourful and quirky campsite is the perfect spot for discovering the attractions in the north, and is also a base for kite surfers. The site is quite basic, but does have amazing sea front view.
This campsite is located in the east of Cyprus and has good facilities and amazing picnic areas. As well as pitching a tent, you can also book one of the little wooden houses they have here. There are some great nature walks and cycle trails nearby, while the actual campsite has a little zoo with cute rabbits and peacocks – perfect for kids!
Wild camping in Cyprus
Wild camping in Cyprus isn’t officially allowed. Although campers are allowed to pitch their tent if they have the permission of a landowner. Wild camping on the beaches in Cyprus is also forbidden.
However as Cyprus is a popular area with amazing natural beauty, some outdoor enthusiasts do wild camp here. And free camping is sometimes tolerated by locals if you respect the land, camp far from buildings, and stick to the principles of leave no trace.
If you do want to wild camp in Cyprus, you may be asked by police what you are doing. The police tend to be polite, but will investigate any tents they see that are set up outside of campsites. If it’s late at night – and you’re quiet, in a small group, and not causing a nuisance – they will usually leave you be. However if they ask you to move, then don’t argue.
If you are planning to wild camp in Cyprus – and can’t be swayed to stay in a campsite instead – we’ve compiled the following guidelines to help keep you out of trouble and camp in a considerate manner:
- You should camp in the same place for one night only, and pitch your tent discretely and in a remote place which will not be easily seen. Therefore don’t camp in or near settlements, someone’s farm or on cultivated land. If you think you’re on private land, always seek out the landowner and ask permission. They may request a small fee.
- Campers should set up their tent at dusk, and take it down at dawn. A tent that is discreet, blends in with the landscape, and pitches quickly is best. Therefore a lightweight walking tent like this one would be a great investment for someone planning to wild camp in Cyprus.
- If you are walking a trail you should camp away from the path as a matter of courtesy.
- When wild camping in Cyprus, you should never make a campfire. For cooking, use a storm cooker. Our recommendation would be the Swedish brand Trangia, as their storm cookers are safe and virtually indestructible. Portable solar ovens, like this one by GoSun, are also a good fuel-less option.
- Take any rubbish with you, and leave your camping spot exactly the way you found it.