If you’re one of the lucky few who has managed to book yourself one of our cheap holidays to Cyprus, then no doubt you are already thinking about which beaches to visit. When your holiday destination is an island, it’s hard not to start the planning already, as whichever way you head, you’ll eventually reach one of these beautiful beaches sooner or later.
Konnos Bay, Cape Greco
Known by party goers as ‘The Place to Recover’, Konnos Bay is the best place to recover after a big Ayai Napa night out. Situated a mile along the coast from the party town, Konnos Bay can be reached by bus, car or foot. Upon arrival, almost all visitors are initially struck by its high side rugged coastline; however it is this coastline that contains beautiful nature trails and shelters visitors from the strong sea winds. These same cliffs also provide a calm and flat sea in which to either cool down from the midday sun or snorkel amongst the tropical fish. For those looking to finish a day on the beach off with something special, Konnos Bay also acts as a magnificent place from which to watch the long uninterrupted sunsets.
Coral Bay, Peyia
A meandering shaped cove saddled in between towering limestone cliffs, Coral Bay is both wind free and shallow. It is therefore the classic family beach with clean water and safe swimming zones watched by lifeguards. The safe and calm environment encourages a pleasant mix of water sports and family friendly activities. An abundance of quality eating places, sunbeds and parasols are offered for those searching for a bit of shade or refreshment. For those seeking something slightly more energetic and adrenalin inducing, there are beach based companies offering parascending, diving, and water skiing. Unlike many beaches Coral Bay offers space all year round. The off season provides plenty of room for family to set up camp, and during the busy season, it is always possible to find space beyond the sunbeds at the front of the beach.
Come the end of the day, and after much exertion, you can easily slump into one of the nearby bars for an evening of rest, relaxation, and some wild fun depending on which bar you choose.
Neatly positioned in a quiet valley between the towns of Limassol and Paphos on the Cyprus South Coast, Pissouri Bay is bursting with vibrant and fragrant plantation. The beach itself is made up of a 2km long stretch of sand and shingle. Although you will find a host of activities on offer at Pissouri Bay, all activities are offered in a very discreet manner. This considered discreetness gives Pissouri Bay a laid back and relaxed feel that can be hard to find amongst the majority of more well-known Cyprus beaches. Walking along the beach, you will discover a truly Cypriot atmosphere, accompanied by a number of easy going shacks serving authentic Cypriot food.
During the day most visitors to Pissouri Bay enjoy immersing themselves in its clean and safe environment. However come evening, you can make the short walk into the nearby Pissouri Village where you will find it resplendent with its original Cypriot character and local shops, restaurants and bars.
Lara Beach, Lara Bay
On the north-west coast of Cyprus lye’s the small and secluded Lara Beach. The beach is fresh, exhilarating, out of the way of the main tourist areas, and home to both the regions loggerhead and green turtles. Not only do these turtles provide a fascinating experience, they are also responsible for instigating the government’s decision to ban all sun loungers and umbrellas. The knock on effect of this being both a tranquil place for visitors, and an ideal resting place for seals as well.
Due to its relaxed and untouched environment, Lara beach does not offer as many activities as most other beaches around Cyprus. However it more than makes up for this by the quality of walks it offers. Located on the Akamas peninsula, Lara Beach possesses a beautiful and varied coastline. To get the most scenery at its finest, the spring is the best time to go, as that is when the breath-taking plethora of national flora comes out.