There is so much to do in Cyprus with its wealth of attractions, but when you do manage to catch your breath you begin asking, which are the best beaches to relax on? Or, what if you want to do watersports? Well, it’s a good job Cyprus has a plethora of beaches which offer a range of different things.
Did you know there are more than thirty diving sites around Ayia Napa as well as a number of 5 star PADI diving schools?
Cyprus has an amazing climate with plenty of sunshine throughout the year, so if you’re planning on hitting the beach while you’re there, here is the lowdown on where to go. This will also help you decide on the best resorts to suit your beach preferences.
Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa
On the south east coast of Cyprus, the quieter part of Ayia Napa, you’ll find the ultimate place to relax before partying the night away in the always-busy Ayia Napa.
The beach here stretches for 500 metres and has been awarded a Blue Flag. There is also a selection of places to eat and drink around this area as well as a range of boat trips to choose from.
Where to eat? It has to be Atlas Italian. Here you can sample fresh squid laced in spicy tomato sauce and tiramisu for dessert. And if you are planning a wedding they also do amazing wedding cakes. Alternatively, Zaatar Lebanese & Syrian Restaurant is the place to try a Cypriot meze, which is a lot of different meats, salads and dips.
Coral Bay – Paphos
North of the city of Paphos, sits Coral Bay beach. This is an extremely popular tourist destination in the town of Peyia and is an amazing spot for families due to its sandy beaches, which are great for building sandcastles. It has also been awarded a Blue Flag so you can expect a stunning shoreline. Coral Bay is the best beach for couples in the Paphos area with its beautiful sunsets. Walkers will also enjoy this beach as it offers picturesque walks along the cliffs.
Where to eat? Oniro By The Sea stands out for us. You will find snacks and light meals here as well as a whole host of delicious cocktails. And surrounded by amazing views this is a truly unique spot. Why not try a lamb wrap with wedges and wash it down with a passion fruit Mojito?
Or, Tzianavaros Mediterranean Food and Mood is another great choice. Opt for the rib eye steak with mushroom sauce followed by a chilled glass of red wine, this is our favourite.
Konnos Bay – Cape Greco
This beach sits in between Ayia Napa and Protaras and is another of Cyprus’ many Blue Flag beaches. Close to the National Forest Park of Cavo Greco, this small quiet bay is great if you’re looking for an away-from-it-all setting. However, it has been known to get busy in the peak months of July and August.
There aren’t many waves here, so this beach is ideal for little ones who want to go paddling as the water is generally calm. For this reason it is not a great choice for anyone who likes to surf. This spot is also a popular place to watch the cliff divers. That’s right – these adrenaline junkies leap several meters into the sea on a daily basis. This sport may look incredibly dangerous but it’s an adventure seeker’s dream.
Where to eat? Nameless Bar and Restaurant where we recommend the delicious fish and chips. Or, there’s Quadro Restaurante which cooks up a beautiful spinach ravioli and a range of delicious pizzas.
Ayia Thekla Beach – Sotira
3 kilometres west of Ayia Napa and one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen is, Agia Thekla. Yes, this beach looks exactly like the beaches you see in the brochures with its talcum powder white sand and shallow waters. This is also a stunning wedding spot, can you imagine the pictures?
The beach is also named after a tiny church located nearby and is a popular spot for kite surfers and paragliders. And if you happen to go on a Wednesday morning the beach bar holds a weekly market.
Where to eat? Taverna Ploumin is our pick with its gorgeous Kleftiko, this Cypriot favourite is basically lamb and potatoes baked in the oven.
Lady Mile Beach – Limassol
Popular with kite surfers and windsurfers, this dark sand beach may not be the typical white sand beach that you’re used to seeing in holiday brochures. But this doesn’t matter because it’s great for families with little ones as the water is shallow and ideal for feeding the fish.
Where to eat? Captain’s Cabin/Golden Beach, this is a great option if you love fresh fish
Fig Tree Bay – Protaras
Stunning white sands await you at this beach. The beach is safe for families, but can get very busy on weekends so make sure you get there early as you may struggle to find a sunbathing spot. Plenty of water sports are on offer here for those looking for adventure such as water skiing, windsurfing and para sailing.
Where to eat? Scarabeo – The huge homemade burgers are a great option if you want to stay fuller for longer. Alternatively, try Blue Spice and their spicy Aztec chicken burger.
In a nutshell, Protaras and Ayia Napa tend to be better for white sand lovers so this is the area to head if this is what you’re looking for. Beaches in Cyprus are free to the public but most charge for sunbeds and parasols. So make this sun, sea and surf guide your number one source for checking out the best beaches in Cyprus.
Are there any beaches you would recommend? Or, any you wouldn’t?