Nestled in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus bewitches all that step onto its shores with its captivating coastline. Island life is in full swing here, with balmy temperatures attracting visitors all year round – the sun shines for roughly 340 days annually.
Cyprus’ beaches are the ultimate place to retreat and relax. They vary wildly up and down the coastline, ranging from unspoilt and secluded to vibrant and family-friendly. Whether you want one with all the bells and whistles or something off the beaten track, you’ll find it here.
Here are eight of the dreamiest Cyprus beaches to visit if you’re planning a trip to the island:
- Coral Bay
- Konnos Bay
- Green Bay
- Kourion Beach
- Aphrodite Beach
- Fig Tree Bay
- Landa Beach
- Latchi Beach
1. Coral Bay
A few miles down the coast from Paphos, this crescent-shaped bay is the perfect place to plant yourself down for an afternoon of sunshine. It’s been awarded Blue Flag status thanks to its sparkling aquamarine waters and 600-metre stretch of golden sand. Make the most of the water sports on offer – have a little fun on your own pedalo or take a ride on a banana boat.
2. Konnos Bay
This idyllic spot on the country’s south-east coast is another Blue Flag beach, less than 15 minutes away from Ayia Napa. The water is mesmerizingly clear here – ideal for keen snorkellers. Don your mask and see if you can spot parrot fish, octopus or starfish.
3. Green Bay
Diving lovers will be in their element at Green Bay – of all of Cyprus’ beaches, this is the place to head beneath the surface. This quiet cove in Protaras boasts clear warm waters that are ideal for diving, whether you’re a beginner or have lots of experience. Look out for bream, octopus and cuttlefish.
4. Fig Tree Bay
Cyprus’ beaches don’t get more striking than this. This Blue Flag stretch in Protaras has repeatedly landed a place on TripAdvisor’s top beaches in Europe. Visit here and you’ll see why – clear blue waters that are warm and shallow and a clean sandy beach. Bliss.
5. Kourion Beach
Windswept Kourion Beach is the place to go body boarding. Huge waves crash into the sandy shore, perfect for a little fun in the water. Stay around afterwards to watch the sunset from the waterfront Chris Blue Beach restaurant while you dine on super-fresh seafood.
6. Aphrodite Beach
Park up at the Baths of Aphrodite and make your way down the hillside to this secret cove tucked away in Polis. The tiny beach itself is pebbly but the waters are beautifully clear. Serene and secluded, it’s a tranquil place to soak up the sunshine.
6. Landa Beach
You’re in for a treat at Landa Beach in Ayia Napa, with more than 400 metres of sand to enjoy. The soft golden shoreline sparkles in the sunshine and the shallow sea invites you to swim, snorkel and see beneath the surface. You can refuel at the beachside Nozomi Restaurant, serving Japanese dishes and chilled cocktails.
7. Latchi Beach
In the north-west corner of the island, Latchi is a popular spot for sunseekers and swimmers alike. The beach is pebbly, the waters are ultra-clear and the atmosphere is relaxed. A cluster of waterfront bars offer the perfect place for respite from the sun, while there’s water sports and boat hire too if you’re after an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
Whichever of Cyprus’ beaches you visit, each one is bound to dazzle with their natural beauty. Can’t wait to experience the island?