When you pack your suitcase for a holiday in Cyprus, the first things in the bag must be a swimming suit, suntan lotion, sunglasses, and flip-flops are a must; followed by your for when you want to keep your toes out of the sand. Once you have these essentials, the only other thing you really need is your passport.
The beaches around the seaside cities of Agia Napa, Protaras, Pafos, Larnaka and Lemesos all have what it takes to satisfy the demands of any holidaymaker. From those who love to sunbathe while enjoying a cocktail and a view of crystal, blue waters, to those with an adventurous nature for water sports and cave explorations; Cyprus beaches welcome all.
Our beaches rank first in Europe for the highest ratio of beaches to have been awarded the Blue Flag accreditation. To help you discover the wonder of beach life, here are five of the best beaches of the island you will want to visit.
Nissi Beach, Agia Napa
Agia Napa is famous for its night life, but you don’t have to wait until after dark to enjoy a party atmosphere. Nissi Beach is the place to go if you want to work up a sweat while dancing to the beats of a DJ. When your dancing flip-flops have had enough, a ride on a banana boat or a go on a paraglide will make the best holiday photo to post on your social media accounts.
Makenzie Beach, Larnaka
Whether you are sunbathing on the flat beach, letting the waves carry you into relaxation on the shallow water, doing water sports or dining at one of the restaurants on the 1 km long strip, you are sure to see planes flying overhead. The most popular beach in Larnaka, Makenzie Beach also attracts the night life crowd with its trendy bars.
Coral Bay, Pafos
If you are coming over with the kids, Coral Bay is the best beach choice when on holiday in Pafos. While the adults relax under the shade of beach umbrellas, the kids can splash around in the shallow waters. One of the highlights of Coral Bay is the Amphitheatre Diving Site, which is just a short walk down the rocks. Get your snorkel on and enjoy the tranquil life under the sea.
Governor’s Beach, Lemesos
A holiday packed with relaxation and a chilled atmosphere isn’t complete without a visit to Governor’s Beach. Its white rocks and crystal blue sea make it the perfect island scene to completely detach yourself from everyday life. The kids will love to play in the shallow waters and when you have soaked up the sun and scenery, you can enjoy some snorkelling or water sports. When you need to bring up your energy levels, nearby fish taverns will serve up delicious fresh fish dishes.
Fig Tree Bay – Protaras
Want to lay on the beach with a good book or get wet while water skiing or wind surfing? Fig Tree Bay offers it all. At the height of the summer months, the beach front of Fig Tree Bay completes the blue scenery with countless blue beach umbrellas slightly caressed by the summer breeze. Located in the popular holiday town of Paralimni, Fig Tree Bay – named so because of a single fig tree located there since the 17th century – is the most popular beach in Protaras area. Not only that, it is the third best beach in Europe, according to Trip-advisor in 2011.