Cyprus is surrounded by some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, so you’re never far from beautiful sandy stretches, hidden secluded coves and amazing scenery. With so many beaches to choose from you’re sure to find the ideal spot.
Whether you’re looking for a lively space where the family and kids can have some fantastic holiday beach days, or a secluded cove where you can unwind completely, you’re sure to find it in our list of sunny Cypriot spots.
Family fun at Coral Bay – Paphos
Let’s start with one of the best beaches on the island. This beach in Paphos is ideal for fantastic beach days with family and friends. It’s even Blue Flag awarded, so expect to find pristine sand and shallow water ideal for paddling and some fun games. You can grab a sunlounger and umbrella, put on some sunscreen and relax in the sunshine.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to watersports, so you can get in some waterskiing or enjoy a banana boat trip. You can also take coastal walks on the cliffs to admire the superb views. With lots of beachside restaurants and bars you can stop off for a meal during the day and stay to watch the breathtaking sunsets in the evenings.
Quiet relaxation at Governor’s Beach – Limassol
Governor’s Beach in Limassol is the ideal spot for almost complete seclusion with lots of hidden little bays where you can find your own private spot to stretch out your towel and totally unwind. It has a stunning landscape of dark grey volcanic and smooth white rocks. You’ll be away from the crowds, but still close enough to the main commercial strip to head to the nearby restaurants for lunch.
You can simply relax, or do a bit of swimming or snorkeling in the clear, calm water. It’s perfect for families and kids who want a quiet beach day and also ideal for couples looking for a tranquil spot with amazing sea views.
Pine trees and peace at Konnos Bay – Ayia Napa
Located between Ayia Napa and Protaras this picturesque Blue Flag awarded beach sits at the bottom of a pine-forested slope. It has a crescent of powdery sand where you can lie peacefully under the shade of an umbrella and relax. With calm, shallow water at the shoreline, its ideal for children to paddle and play.
Generally a quiet beach, during the peak months of July and August it fills up and there’s a cafe on the hillside where you can grab a drink and snacks while you enjoy the fantastic views. It’s also a popular spot for daring cliff divers. You can join in, or simply enjoy watching the spectacle.
Raw beauty at Lara Bay – Akamas Peninsula
Lara Bay is a little gem of a beach about a 15-minute drive from Paphos and lies hidden in the stunning Akamas Peninsula nature reserve. Surrounded by trees and wilderness with superb views across the coastline, Lara Bay is the perfect place to go for that ‘castaway’ feel of untouched natural beauty.
What makes Lara Bay extra special is the Turtle Conservation Station here. The beach is a favourite nesting ground for sea turtles and is home to up to 50 nests at a time! You can take the kids there to find out more and if you’re lucky you may even spot baby turtles emerging from their eggs.
Kite-surfers’ paradise at Paramali Beach – Limassol
If you’re an avid kite-surfing fan head to Paramali Beach which is considered one of the best places to kite-surf in Cyprus. The strong head winds here make it ideal for both freestyle and speed kite-surfing, so you’ll be able to get in plenty of practice and have lots of high-octane fun.
The beach is located in a remote cove along a wild stretch of coastline close to Paramali village. It offers over a mile of flat sandy beach which makes it perfect for both spectators to watch the vivid mix of multi-coloured kites and for active kite-surfing enthusiasts.
Watersports and games at Mackenzie Beach – Larnaca
Mackenzie Beach is a lively, hugely popular beach about a 15-minutes drive from the centre of Larnaca. With a range of beachside bars and restaurants you’ll find groups of friends sipping drinks and playing beach tennis as well as families and kids enjoying some holiday fun.
A Blue Flag awarded beach, you’ll find all the facilities you’ll need to have a fantastic beach day including sunloungers to stretch out on and umbrellas to keep you shaded. You can hire speed boats, do some jet skiing or windsurfing and it’s a great spot for diving due to the Zenobia shipwreck just off the coast.
Best of both at Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa
This Blue Flag awarded sandy stretch is one of the most popular beaches in Cyprus and has several beachside restaurants where you can stop off for drinks and meals.
The beach has two connecting sections, with the main bit being lively and filled with families and friends having lots of holiday fun. For a quieter spot there’s also a less populated section where you can find a bit of seclusion. You can chill out, pop on your headphones and have a snooze.
If you’re looking for some watery excitement you’ll find lots of watersports available here, including jet skiing, speed boats, banana boats, kayaking and windsurfing.
Rustic charm at Serena Bay – Protaras
This small sandy beach has a simple, rustic charm with wooden tables dotted about under trees so you can sit back and relax in the shade. It sits in a scenic tree-fringed bay with calm water where you can look out to sea and along the lush coastline.
There are several restaurants located just above the beach where you can enjoy lunch and snacks while taking in fantastic panoramic views. In the summer months this is a popular spot for local families and friends at the weekends, giving it a quietly bustling and friendly vibe.
Cyprus is a real paradise if you’re looking for the perfect beach getaway. With so many choices you can really vary the pace of your holiday to enjoy peaceful tranquillity one day and lively beach fun the next. Do you have a favourite beach on Cyprus? If so, drop us a line to tell us all about it in the comments below.
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Atlantica Miramare Beach
Limassol, Paphos Region, Cyprus