Best 7 beaches in Cyprus for sun lovers!

Cyprus is known for it’s soft white sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise water and a whopping 57 have been awarded with the blue flag. There are so many to choose from on the third largest island in the Mediterranean, here are our 7 best beaches to help you decide during your stay on this beautiful magical island.

1. Coral Bay, Paphos

The cliffs protect this cove from the elements ensuring the water is calm, which is one of the reasons it’s particularly family-friendly beautiful blue flag sandy beach. Lay your towel down on this popular beach, shut your eyes and listen to the waves roll into shore. There are plenty of watersports to keep you entertained and this is the ideal spot for snorkeling and diving. Facilities:  Showers, changing rooms, restaurants, bars and lifeguards are all here for your convenience.

2. Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach, Between Paphos and Limassol

Legend has it, the goddess of love and beauty rose from the water here in 1200 BC. As well as the links to mythology, the unusual rock formations, which are licked by ever-rising waves, is a spectacular sight to see. Make sure you stay here for the beautiful sunset, when this part of the coastline is truly romantic and magical. This beach may not be one you’d choose to spend few hours lazing around on, and you can’t swim here because the sea is too rough, but it’s one you have to see. Facilities:There is a restaurant and tourist pavilion.

3. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

This Blue Flag beach has been listed among not only the best beaches in Europe but in the world. It’s worth a trip here just to see with your own eyes why it’s held in such high regard. Fig trees line provides a luscious backdrop and, as you may have guessed, this is where the name comes from.

The sand on this 500-metre-long beach is golden and the water that laps against it clear and shallow, making it ideal if you have little ones. There is a small islet that you can easily swim to and explore – make sure you take your snorkel mask, there is a wonderful array of colourful fish to see darting around beneath the surface. You’ll also find a range of watersports including windsurfing and parasailing. Facilities:There is a café, lifeguards, car park.

4. Konnos Bay, Between Protaras and Ayia Napa

The natural beauty of this bay is one of the biggest draws for locals and tourists alike. The 200 metres of soft white crescent-shaped sand is situated within a sheltered bay, which means the crystal clear water is incredibly calm.

This stunning beach is backed by rich greenery and pine trees – take the path through here to the top of the hill to enjoy the views down onto the beach and out to sea. This stretch of sand is only a short distance from Nissi Beach but it feels worlds away, due to the fact that it’s far quieter and ideal for families. Facilities: Beach bar, changing rooms, car park and lifeguards.

5. Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa

This is one of the most famous beaches on the island, known not only for its beauty but also for the party-goers that spill out of the beach bars, onto the sand. This part of the shoreline tends to attract a younger crowd and is the place to head if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere. There are beach parties with world-famous DJs providing the music, so you can dance throughout the day, right into the evening and early hours of the morning.

This white sand beach leads down to shallow crystal clear water, There is a selection of watersports on offer and at low tide you can walk over the sandbar to a small island. Facilities: You’ll find everything you need here including restaurants, bars, car park, lifeguards, changing rooms as well as sun-loungers and umbrellas.

6. Makronissos Beach, Ayia Napa

This Blue Flag beach is situated three miles outside of the city centre, making it one of the quieter parts of the shoreline in this lively area. It’s the perfect place to escape the crowds and relax while you get stuck into a good book.

Once you have topped up your tan, there are also plenty of watersports on offer too. Hang on tight as you fly around on a banana boat or discover the world under the surface of the water as you learn to scuba dive. There are actually two beaches here. The main one is ideal for families because the water is calm. However the other, which is known as Makronissos Beach West, tends to be the quietest part. This half also benefits from the best waves, which is ideal if you fancy surfing or heading out on a body-board.

After a day soaking up the sun, you might like to make your way to Makronissos Beach Club, which is set in a cove and provides live music against the backdrop of the sparkling sea. Facilities: Bars and restaurants line the beach so you can grab a snack or drink throughout the day. There is also a car park.

7. Blue Lagoon Beach, Paphos

The stunning blue lagoon beach with it’s natural beauty has shades of blue striking water and unlike anywhere else in Cyprus, hence the name. It’s also warmer than the sea that laps the rest of the island and shallow so you can paddle out quite far.This is the most picturesque part of the shoreline.

Don’t forget your snorkel mask, there is a colourful reef here where you’ll be able to spot brightly coloured fish. Back on land, you may like to head up the nearby mountains to look down on this beautiful lagoon. This island isn’t as easy to access as the other, it’s one of the most isolated – you’ll need a four-wheel drive or boat to get here, but you’ll quickly see why it is worth making the extra effort. Facilities: Due to its location, there aren’t many facilities so make sure you pack a picnic and plenty of water.

So, which beaches will you visit during your trip to Cyprus? you’re sure to have great fun!