Thanks to its fantastic climate, stunning scenery and friendly locals, Cyprus is a firm favorite with holidaymakers and a year-round destination for a bit of fun in the sun. As an island, Cyprus has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches, and if you are visiting for just a week or two, you may be pushed for time to see them all. To help you decide where to spread your towel and to make your holiday as good as possible, here is a list of five of the best beaches on the island for you to enjoy.
1.Petra Tou Romiou
You couldn’t visit Cyprus without visiting Petra Tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock. Legend has it that the Greek goddess of love and beauty emerged from the foaming waters of this beach. It seems a fitting tale, as the beauty of the beach is more than fitting for Aphrodite’s birth. The clear blue waters, sandy beach and stunning scenery, make Petra Tou Romiou a must see for anyone visiting the island. Located in the south west of Cyprus, the beach is easily reached from both Paphos and Limassol. Stay for at least half a day to really let the magic of this legendary place wash over you. Aphrodite’s rock is a must see for visitors to Cyprus.
2. Nissi Beach
Located in the party town of Ayia Napa, Nissi beach has become popular with tourists and clubbers looking to relax after a night on the tiles. Recently given a blue flag rating for its cleanliness, Nissi beach is packed with attractions and entertainment. Restaurants and bars offer a range of local and not so local food and drink, and water sports abound in the shallow waters off of the shore. Regular beach parties are organized for those who want to start the party early, or are still out from the night before.
3. Lara Beach
On the island’s rugged northwest coastline, 30km north of Nicosia, is beautiful Lara Beach. Away from the hustle and bustle of Cyprus’ main resorts, this sandy beach if often found near deserted. As it is more remote, there are fewer facilities on offer, but this is more than made up for by the tranquillity of the location. As it is one of the last remaining nesting havens for loggerhead and green turtles, sun loungers and umbrellas are not allowed. But swim quietly and you may be lucky enough to see some monk seals, the beach’s other local inhabitants.
4. Konnos Bay
Around a mile east of Ayia Napa, close to the rugged Cavo Greco National Park, is the lovely Konnos bay. Quieter than the nearby Nissi beach, Konnos bay offers a welcome escape from the busy beaches of Ayia Napa and Paphos. If you can drag yourself away from the clear blue waters and white sand, plenty of facilities are on offer in the local area, including bars, restaurants and water sports. The wide sweep of the bay means that even on busy days it never feels too crowded, so you can always find your own little piece of paradise among the sun loungers. Konnos Bay is located next to the Cavo Greco National Park.
5. Coral Bay
Last but not least is Coral Bay, just north of Paphos on Cyprus’ western coast. 600m long and shaped like a horseshoe, the bay is enclosed at each end by rocky headlands. The biggest draws of Coral Bay are the soft sand and clean, clear water, making it perfect for family days out. On either side of the bay the coast becomes rocky and more rugged, with sea caves dotting the shoreline. So if you’ve had enough of sun worshipping and want to do some exploring, there are some great opportunities for snorkelling and diving. The bay is serviced by plenty of bars and restaurants, although in the winter you may find most of these closed. On an island as lovely as Cyprus, every beach you visit is likely to be clean, beautiful and, most importantly sunny.