Best Beaches in Cyprus
Best Beaches in Cyprus
Cyprus is blessed with over 3 million tourists yearly. Most of the visitors to the island come to enjoy the sun and sea, for which the island is famous for. There are many beaches located around the island, you will find sandy beaches in the south, rocky bays in the north and rugged cliffs in the west. Cyprus has many blue flag awarded beaches which are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Discovering these beaches and some of the secluded areas with sea caves and natural habitat is very rewarding. Below are some of the most popular beaches in the Republic of Cyprus.
Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach, Paphos
This is one of the best known beaches on the island as it is said that the Goddess of love and fertility, Aphrodite, rose from the waters surrounding the huge rock in the sea which is called Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock. This is an amazing picturesque spot which offers shallow waters and a pebbled shoreline. Many people visit this spot to see the amazing sunset and enjoy the crystal clear waters.
Konnos Bay, Ayia Napa
Konnos Bay is surrounded by dense forest which leads to a beautiful sandy beach with a crescent shaped shoreline. The sea in this area is well known for its turquoise crystal clear waters. There is a hill side café that you can order drinks and food from, while lazing on the beach. Locals flock to this beach on the weekends, so if you are looking to enjoy a quiet time in the sun it is better to visit this beach during the week.
Lara Bay, Akamas Peninsula
Lara beach is one of the most picture perfect locations on the island. It might be off the beaten track, but getting there is half the fun. Situated in the Akamas nature reserve in the Polis area, you will have to travel through dense vegetation with a 4 x 4 to get to this beach. Sitting on the alcove of this beautiful area you will see boats arriving and anchoring to let their passengers swim out to this beach. It is also a popular breeding ground for loggerhead turtles, which you might see, if you are lucky.
On the western coast of the island is Pomos village with its picturesque coastline and deep blue sea. To reach this area you will have to travel through Latchi and the town of Polis. The route will take you to some of the most spectacular coastal views on the island. This area is not developed and you will be able to enjoy the small fishing tavernas near the beach. The water is crystal clear and the scenery is magical. There is a small kiosk to buy refreshments on the Porto Pomos beach.
Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa
Nissi Beach is located in the seaside resort of Ayia Napa and is very well known to locals and tourists alike. This is a hot spot for youngsters throughout the summer and has a white sandy beach that extends across the bay. The deep blue crystal waters are magnificent and there are a lot of activities organized on the beach and in the water.
Serena Bay, Protaras
Serena Bay is widely used by the locals in the Protaras area and it is located off the main road in a secluded area away from the hotels and the traffic. This beach offers wooden tables which are placed in the shade under leafy trees and it is a charming little bay with scenic views of the coastline. It is well worth discovering this beach as it is a lot quieter, especially during the week.
Paramali Beach, Avdimou Village, Limassol
This beach is very popular with young people who enjoy kitesurfing. This is one of the best beaches for surfing and water sports. The sandy beach is 2km long and is a great place to enjoy the sun and sea throughout the summer. People come from far and wide to spend the day in this unique spot.
Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca
This is one of the most popular beaches in the Larnaca area. It is well known for its cafes and restaurants that are a stone’s throw from the beach. There are deck chairs and umbrellas to hire for your comfort and you can order drinks to enjoy while lazing in the sun. Not a very quiet beach, and mostly frequented by youngsters as you will be able to hear the music playing from the bars and cafes on the strip.
White Rocks, Governor’s Beach, Limassol
White Rock beach is located on the Governor’s Beach stretch, in Limassol. This is a rocky stretch of coastline with caves that can be explored. Situated away from the main commercial strip in Limassol, this beach is off the beaten track and consists of small sandy bays. If privacy is what you prefer, you can walk to some of the alcoves and virtually be alone on the beach. There are no amenities in this area so be sure to take your own refreshments.
Coral Bay, Paphos
This is one of the most popular beaches in Peyia, Paphos. This gorgeous bay has very shallow waters along the shore and is very popular with families who have small children. There are deck chairs and umbrellas that you can hire and there is a long stretch of sandy beaches to enjoy. The area has beach bars from which you can order refreshments. If you prefer to find a quiet spot, you can walk around the bay and find a less frequented spot.