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Helpful Advice for Cyprus Holidays with Children
A self catering Cyprus holiday can be of great benefit to families with children looking for a relaxing time, an increasing number of Cyprus self catering holiday homes are owned by UK citizens who also have children and grandchildren and want their holiday to be enjoyed in a safe environment. Cyprus boasts many fantastic leisure activities to keep your child occupied and no doubt the parent or guardian will also enjoy themselves. A water park is a great place to take your kids and tire them out before you enjoy an evening meal.

The Sun (it's very dangerous, protection, protection): Suntan cream is a priority in Cyprus and your children should not spend more than 20 minutes in the sun before reapplying protection.

Drinking Water (drink plenty of water while holidaying in Cyprus): Mains water in general is safe to drink, most self catering villas and apartments provide a water dispenser with a 19litre bottle that can be purchased or replaced at many of the markets, you may also find fill up stations located at road sides in your holiday village. When out and about we suggest you have a cool bag and take plenty of small bottled water with you on your journeys. Ice is still an issue and to be on the safe side do not take a drink with ice before finding out if it is tap or bottled/spring water.

Swimming (some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean): The beaches in Cyprus are safe and many have been awarded the internationally recognised "Blue Flag", sun loungers and umbrellas can be hired at the resorts your child should always wear protective footwear while on the beach as occasionally sharp objects are discarded and sea urchins are in abundance and can cause pain and a visit to the doctor. Sea currents are unpredictable and your children should be supervised at all times, normally you will find a line of buoys located in the sea this divides the area into a safe swimming area from the beach, past the buoys is the dangerous area where speedboats and jet skis can be used. Lifeguards are available at most seaside locations, make sure your children are aware of the location of the lifeguard, if your child gets lost the guard will look after them until you are located. Your self catering holiday home swimming pool should be maintained weekly (ask the owner) and although the pools are safe please do not leave your child unsupervised, always check the pools depths before your child uses the pool.

Food (Food can be fun and the kids can experience some fantastic new flavours): It can be difficult to make a child eat something "foreign" however the Cypriot cuisine is "child friendly" but always check for the chilli rating of a dish before ordering it, also on that note if you by ketchup please check that it is the normal kind and not the chilli laced product that is very popular in Cyprus. In Cyprus you can buy almost all the products that you would see on the shelves of your favourite UK supermarket and the restaurants also serve the basic burger, sausage, fish finger (child menu) type meals that kids can cope with!

Medical (make sure you have insurance and your EU reciprocal medical card): Apart from the basic first aid kit that you bring, you can buy most products over the counter at the local pharmacy, you will find the pharmacist very helpful for ailments that may be unfamiliar to you, such as sand fly fever, mosquito bites, a splinter from an urchin, the doctors, dentists and hospitals are very efficient and in some cases have been noted as better than the UK's national health system.

Babies: You can buy quality nappies of both local and international brands in Cyprus. Baby foods of international brands are available in most major supermarkets. Baby milk powder of international brands is also available. Most self catering holiday homes provide high chairs. The majority of good restaurants also provide high chair and baby changing facilities. Baby wipes can be bought in most major supermarkets
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Has lived in Cyprus for over 18 years and most recently early 2007 introduced a baby daughter to the island.
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