DISCOVER THE NATURE OF CYPRUS
Sink your toes into warm sand, feel the sun warming your skin as you look out on the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea. Nothing beats Cyprus for a beach holiday.
With a wealth of beaches to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste. From the quiet backwaters of the western peninsula, to the lively resorts in the east, the island has something for everyone.
Cyprus has the most Blue Flag beaches in Europe. At 64, you have a wide range to choose from. The eastern coast is famous for its fine, white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters. Deep water bays with rocky outcrops are perfect for snorkelling or diving. The long finely packed grey sand of the southern coast lend themselves to long winter walks or jogging, while the secluded coves of the western coast beckon when you want to be alone.
Relaxing in the sun is not the only reason to visit Cyprus. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and as Cyprus is an island, water sports feature strongly. Try the waterpark for thrills, or bungee jumping for an extreme sensation. Discover the magic of the underwater world by snorkelling or diving in the warm crystal clear seas. Windsurfing and sailing can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to steady winds and calm predictable seas, while coastal cruising and deep-water fishing are also popular. You could even use the island as a base for a short cruise to other nearby countries.
Clear seas and warm waters make Cyprus ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ºC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility.
The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably.
Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors turn your diving excursion into a veritable adventure.
Spoil yourself for a day at the comfort of your yacht, sailing along the beautiful Cyprus coastline and anchoring in a secluded cove inaccessible by land. Your wish will be the crew’s command as they serve you with a champagne lunch and make you feel like royalty while you bask in the sun.
Steady westerly winds, calm waters and beautiful scenery are good reasons to go sailing in Cyprus. Chartering a boat is a great way to celebrate that special anniversary, or to impress your clients or staff. Spend a day out deep sea fishing, go on a sunset cruise, or just take it easy pottering about.
Two marinas, five ports and numerous bays provide shelter and essentials. Larnaka (Larnaca) marina, with room for 450 and a motley yachting community from all over the world, is full most of the year, especially as it is a popular place where those living on board can spend the winter in the Mediterranean.
Konnos Beach: Situated four kilometres east of Agia Napa on the road between Cape Greco and Protaras, Konnos is the last beach delineating the boundaries between Agia Napa and Paralimni. One of the most picturesque beaches on the island, it is well sheltered from heavy winds and has practically no waves at all. It is 200 metres long by 35 metres wide and it is covered with fine golden sand. Water sports, sun bed and umbrella hire are available on site. There are accommodation facilities, restaurants and convenience stores nearby while lifeguards are on duty with lifesaving equipment from 10:00 to 18:00 hours during the bathing season. The beach is accessible by car, motorbike and bicycle, and on foot.
Fig Tree Bay: One of Cyprus’ best known and most popular beaches. Fig Tree Bay takes its name from the tree that provided shade to locals before the area’s popularity with tourists. With its long stretch of fine, white sand, clean and shallow water, the beach is a favourite with locals over the weekends, particularly those with small children. A small rocky island that is only a short swim away and the blue – green water all contribute to the idyllic setting. The beach is well equipped with restaurant and water sport facilities and it is situated in the heart of Protaras.
Nissi Bay Beach: Nissi Beach is located two kilometres west of Agia Napa and attracts thousands of tourists every year. This 600 metres long, 40 metres wide beach is covered with fine, golden sand. It is well sheltered from the wind and has calm waters. Water sports, sun bed and umbrella hire are available on site. There are accommodation facilities, restaurants, convenience stores and a diving school nearby. Lifeguards are on duty with lifesaving equipment from 10:00 to 18:00 hours during the bathing season. The beach is easily accessible by car, motorbike and bicycle, and on foot.
The Caves Diving Site at Cape Greko: Open water (OW) qualification required. This is one of the most popular dives in the area with blowholes, tunnels and overhangs. The site is situated some 10 minutes from Protaras on Cape Greko. It can be accessed from the shore and it has a depth of 12 metres.
Limassol Marina: Lemesos (Limassol) Marina, with its 650 berths, is the new addition to the Cyprus marinas and it has immediately become the talk of the island. Its idyllic location and its range of services have turned it into a sought out spot for yacht owners who travel around the Mediterranean.