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10 of the best beaches in Cyprus

10 of the best beaches in Cyprus

Blue Flag awarded beaches in abundance, warm seas, mild winters, and hot summers; Cyprus is the ideal destination for those looking to soak up the sun on the beach.

With an average of 320 sunny days a year, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and plenty of things to see and do, Cyprus is an island which has it all. From family friendly beaches and secluded bays to famous and unusual rock formations subject to local folklore, Musement explores 10 of the best beaches to visit in Cyprus:

1. Coral Bay Beach, Paphos

Located around 5 miles from Paphos city centre, Coral Bay boasts 600m of soft white sands. Enclosed by limestone cliffs, the crescent-shaped beach is backed by plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars. With clear shallow waters and lifeguards on duty from April to October, it is a popular beach resort for families with children. Visitors to this beach can also enjoy a multitude of water sports, including diving, jet-skiing and parasailing.

2. Konnos Bay, Ayia Napa

Located on the Eastern edge of Ayia Napa, Konnos Bay forms part of the Cape Greco National Park, an area known for its outstanding beauty. Considered one of the most picturesque beaches in Cyprus, the 200m sandy bay is enclosed by a hillside covered in pine trees. The tall pines tower above the cove and create a stunning and unique backdrop against the white sands and turquoise water. Hidden away from the main resort areas, Konnos Bay is popular with locals and tourists alike.

3. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa

Close to the party resort of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is known for its lively atmosphere. Featuring soft white sands, rockpools and shallow turquoise waters, the beauty of this beach is unforgettable. A popular choice for those looking for an upbeat vibe, this beach attracts a younger crowd in peak season and many bars along the front host daily beach parties.

 

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4. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

Fig Tree Bay is a sandy beach near the resort of Protaras, and takes its name from a stand-alone fig tree located close to the shore. The Blue Flag beach stretches for 500m and is considered one of the best beaches in Europe. There is a small rocky islet near the shore which is easily accessed by swimming through the shallow waters.

5. Lara Beach, Akamas, Paphos

Located in the Akamas region in the Paphos district, Lara Beach is an isolated paradise. Set within a protected area, the area forms the birthing grounds of the green turtle, whose nests are clearly marked out by volunteers. It is an off-road journey to get there, so you will need a four-wheel drive or go as part of an organised tour. Make sure to bring your own umbrella and food and drink as there is no facilities or shade.

6. Blue Lagoon Beach, Akamas, Paphos

This beautiful lagoon features the clearest blue waters set within a shielded bay. Only reachable by four-wheel drive or boat, the area is protected from over development which allows it to retain its natural beauty. A popular spot for snorkelling due to the fantastic underwater visibility and low commercialisation of the surrounding area.

7. Petra Tou Rominou, Aphrodite’s Rock, Paphos

One of the most famous beaches in Cyprus, known as Aphrodite’s Rock. Local legend has it that the goddess of love and beauty (Aphrodite) rose from the waters here and began her life as a human. Legend aside, it is well-worth a visit, especially at sunrise or sunset, to see the dramatic landscape and waves crash off the unusual rock formations. The waters are usually very choppy, so it is not recommended to swim in the sea here.

 

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8. Makronissos Beach, Ayia Napa

Situated near Ayia Napa, Makronissos Beach is made up of three connecting bays, all linked by coastal paths. Featuring golden sands and clear shallow water, the beach is popular amongst families with children. A variety of water sports are available and there are also many facilities, including restrooms, umbrellas, sun loungers, kiosks, and bars.

 

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9. Zapalo Beach, Limassol

The hard to get to Zapalo Beach, also known as Apollo or Tripti Beach, is in the Limassol district. Nestled beneath cliffs filled with falcon nests, the large bay is one of the most spectacular beaches in the area. Reaching the beach can be difficult as it is not sign posted, requires a four-wheel drive and is hidden by the cliffs. To get there, follow the road from Kourion to the Sanctuary of Apollo, after about 250m turn left on to a dirt track and drive towards the sea until you reach an iron bar. It is best to leave the car at this point and follow the rest of the journey on foot. Don’t worry, the journey is certainly worth it for the panoramic views of the beach and beyond from atop the cliffs. Please note, it is a steep descent down to the beach from the cliffs.

10. Governor’s Beach, Limassol

Located in the Limassol region, Governor’s Beach is famous for its large white rocks, which extend right into the sea and create a striking contrast with the dark sands and bright blue waters. The name is derived from a former British governor who spent a lot of time at this specific beach.

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