Beaches in Cyprus
Cyprus is one of the favourite holiday destinations in the Mediterranean attracting thousands of people each year. While there are several factors that attract them, for many it is the chance to soak up the sun on some of the best beaches to be found anywhere. Long stretches of white sand, crystal clear waters and spectacular sea caves make it one of the most picturesque places around.
Ayia Napa & Protaras
Some of the best beaches in Cyprus are to be found in Agia Napa & Protaras on the south east side of the island. Makronissos Beach is a fish tail shaped beach that is the perfect place for families. Its shallow waters and lack of current mean that small children can enjoy the water in relative safety, giving mum and dad a little peace of mind.
Near-Nissi Beach is a great place to start a scenic walk towards Protaras and on the way, be sure to spend some time checking out the sea caves and cliffs at Cape Greco. When you get to Protaras, Fig Tree Bay and Green Bay are the place to be as they offer long white powder-soft stretches of sand and radiant turquoise water.
For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and the younger crowd, Konnos Bay offers protection from the prevailing wind and some of the best sunsets the island has to offer. Jet skis and motor boats are available for hire and the beach is overlooked by a great little café in case you get a little peckish.
Many beaches in this area are very clean, meeting international Blue Flag standards and have cheap sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. South of the town are Mackenzie Beach and Phinikoudes promenade which is lined with palm trees and has plenty of nearby shops, restaurants and bars so when visiting, you won’t have to go far to have all your needs catered for. Other beaches in Larnaka include The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) Beach which has great water sport facilities and plays host to beach volley ball tournaments, or for quieter places to soak up the sun, head towards Mazotos.
Pafos has long sandy white beaches on one side and hills adorned with Aleppo pines and juniper on the other. Coral Bay is probably the pick of the beaches of this part of Cyprus though for those looking for a secluded place to hide away, Lara Bay is a great choice. It is also a protected nesting place of the island’s Green Turtles and at certain times of the year provides the opportunity for the unique experience of turtle-watching and volunteering to aid local conservation efforts.
Lara Beach, Akamas
The Lara Beach is well known as the turtle beach as it is famous for its turtle sanctuary to protect green and loggerhead turtles. Located to the north of Paphos, it offers some of the best scenery around and is virtually untouched by tourist development. You will need your own transport to get to the area but it is well worth the effort as the quiet beaches are set to the backdrop of authentic rural villages and acres of rolling hills filled with pines.