If you’re heading to Cyprus to soak up some sun on one of its many beaches, you may not know that this country has a mixture of both populated and isolated beaches dotted throughout its island. Boasting some of the most beautiful crystal seas and with many of them blue flag awarded, this Mediterranean island is considered one of the best in Europe for spectacular beaches. Whether you’re after dark or light sand and action packed or out-of-the-way beaches, these are eight of the best ones worth well worth visiting when in Cyprus.
A beach as beautiful as its name, Coral Bay is titled so because of its first-rate sands which rest beautifully within a cove. This makes then sheltered from any strong currents. Known as a sun lovers heaven, this beach is in the city of Paphos and is a trendy tourist destination. Considered very family friendly, it boats a blue flag for its clean and safe waters which makes it perfect for swimming and water sports. Tourists can also access a variety of restaurants and bars all in walking distance of this beach.
Fig Tree Bay
Located in Protaras, this beach is well known for its dotted assortment of loungers and sunbeds which stretch as far as the eye can see! Favored by tourists and locals alike the golden sands here attract all ages. Children can play safely here in some of the shallower waters, which are used in abundance as paddling pools. For those looking to soak up the sun, the scenery is breath-taking here with beautiful fig trees lining this part of the coast. Swimmers can take a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean waters and then end the day with a local cocktail or two.
Nestling halfway between Ayia Napa and Protaras is the beach of Konnos Bay, which is also perfectly sheltered by its small cove positioning. With many people choosing this beach to pitch up an umbrella along the golden sands, the water remains calm throughout. This makes it ideal for a gentle paddle or swim as well as safer for those younger of swimmers. For those looking for a stunning view, Konnos Bay offers it in abundance with its surrounding cliffs producing some of the islands lushest of greenery. With a water sports rental service located at the center of this beach, travelers can take advantage of many water activities when visiting.
This large beach has two parts to it, ensuring that all types of beach lovers can enjoy a fun-filled day or a lazy day – depending on their preference! Consisting of the Makronissos Beach and the Makronissos Beach West, the eagle-eyed of tourists will spot that the two joining beaches take on the shape of a dolphin tail. Preferred by those tourists looking for a bit more from their beach location; this beach doesn’t just offer chalky white sands but also fascinating rock formations and a secluded stretch where you can escape the many tourists it attracts. Furthermore, for those looking for the sapphire blue waters, this beach is the perfect entrance to them.
If you don’t mind the hustle and bustle of tourists all year round on the beach, then Nissi Beach may be the perfect beach for you. Referred to regularly as the beach that never sleeps, this part of Cyprus has earned its very own reputation as a non-stop activity filled beach, conveniently located near Ayia Napa! Another blue flag winner, the crystal-clear water is what draws many in abundance to this beach, alongside the commotion of resorts, bars, and restaurants dotted around it. Despite its popularity and location as a party beach, complete with loud music, it continues to remain a thoroughly clean and pristine beach boasting golden sands galore.
If a crowded and densely populated beach isn’t really to your liking, then Latchi Beach offers relief from the many tourists and travelers. Though not well known amongst tourists, this is a smaller coastal spot which is situated in Poli Crysochous and is a beautiful bay shadowed by an excellent harbor. Many of the people who do know of this beach location like to bring along a picnic and their own umbrella and set up for the day, savoring the peace and quietness that the place offers. With clean and undisturbed waters and a host of beautiful scenery dotted along the shore, this powdered sand with its pebbled beach is a little treasure chest for those looking to get away from it all.
Akti Olympion Beach
If you’re looking to combine walking with a beautiful beach under foot, Akti Olympion Beach is the place for you. Located in between Paphos and Peyia, there are two sections to choose from here, but both allow you to stroll along the coast, taking in the everyday goings on from the city behind. Though some dismiss this beach for its city connections, it has in recent years been thoroughly restored and regenerated and now offers silky sands and clear waters, along with water sports facilities and many places to stop and eat or drink at along the way. If you like your beaches with nearby areas of interest, this is the perfect spot which allows you to wind down at the end of a busy day shopping or sight-seeing.
Blue Lagoon Beach
If travel, adventure and a different take on the natural golden sand beaches are what you’re after, the Blue Lagoon is unlike your typical beach and possesses some of the most captivating jeweled waters found on the entire island. Only reachable via a boat or by using a 4×4, this little treasure is located on the North Coast of the Mediterranean Island and is a favorite with smaller boats and yachts. With no trace of commercialism to be found, this little area remains a natural environment which is shadowed by some stunning mountain views. If you’re looking for the best water for snorkeling on the island, the Blue Lagoon Beach is the place for you.