Move aside Maldives and cast away the Caribbean because when it comes to incredible beaches, there’s a destination a little closer to home that takes the crown. At just a five-hour flight from the UK, Cyprus is a Mediterranean paradise abundant with striking beaches that are truly the epitome of what holiday dreams are made of. Whether you want to master the art of relaxation, stay active on the sands with beach volleyball and sunrise yoga, or delve beneath the surface and discover the local marine life, Cyprus boasts a stretch of sand for every holiday mojo. All you have to do is keep on reading to discover which one is right for you…
Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa
Best for: Watersports
Nearby hotel: Adams Beach Hotel
One visit to the famous Blue Flag Nissi Beach will have you returning time and time again. The beach is located just outside of the centre of Ayia Napa and the large curve of white sand framed by clear, shallow waters makes it a popular spot for families and couples alike. However, the real draw here is certainly the watersport opportunities. Nissi Beach has a sand walkway with a small island in the middle of the water where the designated watersports centre is located, and it’s here where visitors can partake in a selection of 40 different activities. This includes jet skis, wakeboarding, kayaking, water skiing, paddle boarding, pedal boating and so much more. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is the beach for you.
Fig Tree Beach, Protaras
Best for: Families with young children
Nearby Hotel: Kokkinos Boutique Hotel
Named after the beautiful fig trees that are found by the coast, Fig Tree Bay is a Blue Flag beach in Protaras that stretches for roughly 500 metres. The beach has gained recognition over the years for being one of the best in Cyprus, with Big 7 Travel most recently naming it the third best beach in the world for 2019. Here, families with young children are certain to feel safe while having a wonderful time due to the shallow waters and the lifeguards on duty throughout the summer months. Additionally, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés in walking distance, perfect for those who want a full day at the beach with no interruptions.
Paphos Beaches, Paphos
Best for: Relaxing in the sunshine
Nearby Hotel: Pandream Hotel Apartments
Let’s face it, there’s not much point in going to Cyprus if you can’t show off your glowing tan to jealous friends and family upon your return. There’s no better place to soak up the sunshine than the wonderful beaches in Paphos, most of which are located in the central area and flanked by multiple hotels in and around the central area. Don’t leave without visiting the Blue Flag Pachyammos Beach, Rikkos Beach in the vibrant village of Geroskipou or Pachyammos Beach, which is also known as Aphrodite’s Rock. Rent a sun bed and umbrella for the day and if you need a break from topping up your tan, the sparkling sea is the perfect way to cool down.
Latchi Beach, Paphos
Best for: Beautiful sunsets, scenery and seclusion
Nearby hotel: Souli Hotel
Latchi Beach is where the sea and the mountains meet, making it the ideal destination to admire the scenic views with the backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This coastal spot is a somewhat hidden gem and is often more frequented by locals rather than tourists. Quiet and peaceful with the only disturbance being the gentleness of the waves, Latchi Beach is the perfect place to sit on the pebbly sand and enjoy a picnic but be sure to stick around until the sun goes down. The radiant sun disappearing between the mountains with the sky awash with pinks and lilacs is a photo opportunity that no camera could ever do justice.
Makronissos Beach, Ayia Napa
Best for: Seaside seafood dining
Nearby hotel: Makronissos Holiday Village
Makrinossos Beach is something straight from a postcard. From above, this peninsula forms the shape of a dolphin tail! Here, visitors can expect soft golden sands, clear sparkling waters and plenty of beach accessories to make your day as relaxing as possible. If you’ve worked up an appetite with swimming and sunbathing and are in the mood to unwind with a striking view of the sea, you can’t go wrong with Koralli Seafood Restaurant. Just steps away from the sands with gorgeous vistas of the Mediterranean in clear view from every seat in the house, this is the perfect place to end a day at Makrinossos Beach. From grilled octopus and fried calamari to buttery lobster tails and steamed sea bass, there’s nothing like sun, sand and seafood to round off a perfect Cypriot experience.
Coral Bay, Paphos
Best for: Cypriot charm
Nearby hotel: Coral Beach Hotel
Nothing short of a sun worshipper’s paradise, Coral Bay in Paphos comprises a stretch of golden sand and views of surrounding cliffs. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for its clean and safe waters, and the Cypriot government’s-controlled development of the area surrounding the beach, has resulted in the resort maintaining much of its charm and traditionalisms. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Coral Bay is perfect for swimming in the shallows, chilling out on the sand or simply taking a stroll along the shoreline and soaking up the atmosphere.
Aphrodite Beach, Limassol
Best for: A culture fix
Nearby hotel: Mediterranean Beach Hotel
Just beside the golden sands of Aphrodite Beach lies a shaded coastal footpath lined with eucalyptus trees, vibrant acacias, and a variety of colourful flora and fauna. Beach fans and nature lovers can enjoy the best of both worlds as they walk alongside the long, relaxing stretch of sands. If you’re in the mood for a culture fix during your beach day, walk up the shore and discover the ancient city of Amathus where some of its impressive remains still stand, dating back to 300 BC. Take a break from your sightseeing and head back to the beach for a lounge on the sun beds or cool off with a dip in the water, which is crystal clear and have earned Aphrodite Beach its Blue Flag status.
Larnaca Beach, Larnaca
Best for: A bit of everything
Nearby hotel: Sea N Lake View Apartments
Watersports, swimming, building sandcastles, walks along the shore… you name it, you can do it on Larnaca Beach. Shining brightly underneath the Cypriot sunshine, visitors are invited to sink their toes in the fine white sand, wade in the shallow waters or simply laze with a good book on one of the sun loungers. There are plenty of nearby bars and restaurants within walking distance while those seeking some adventure can’t go wrong with the watersports on offer. Oh, and its close proximity to Larnaca Airport means you can periodically spot aircrafts flying overhead too!
Did you figure out which Cyprus beach is right for you? It’s safe to say that this beautiful country spoils you for choice when it comes to golden sands and cerulean waters, providing a multitude of activities, opportunities for relaxation, beachside bars and sunset strolls. From Paphos and Protaras to Larnaca and Limassol, every region has something for everyone, not to mention a selection of fantastic Olympic Holiday accommodation options to match. Cyprus is known as the island of love and it’s safe to say one visit here will make you fall head over heels so don’t hesitate – your dream holiday is just a few clicks away…