12 Best Beaches in Cyprus
Every summer crowds of vacationers come to Cyprus to enjoy the beach life of the Mediterranean.
The main coastal towns of Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca are surrounded by long stretches of beach to which most tourists flock. However, the best sunbathing spots can be found if you head out of town.
Popular beaches near the main resort areas have all the necessary infrastructure and plenty of water sports, making them a top choice for both relaxed and active lovers.
To escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy detox and relaxation, visit the wild beaches of Cyprus, which have not been deliberately built up and are home to endemic populations of Mediterranean green and loggerhead turtles.
To help you choose your slice of paradise, check out our list of the best beaches in Cyprus.
1. Nissi Beach.
Nissi Beach is probably the most beautiful beach in Cyprus and one of the main tourist attractions of the island. It is a secluded bay framed by soft white sand and turquoise water. It is located three kilometers west of the resort town of Ayia Napa.
Right next to the shore the rocky islet of Nissi rises above the sea and is connected with the mainland by a sand spit. The entrance of the bay is so gentle that anyone can easily reach the islet, even when part of the sandbar is flooded.
Nissi beach is one of the most popular locations on the island and during the summer months it is regularly crowded with tourists from both Ayia Napa and Larnaca.
At the height of the tourist season it is not possible to spend a quiet day here. During the summer months Nissi Beach is known for its concerts, so it is especially popular with young people. Outside of the season, things calm down.
A coastline surrounded by bustling cafes and restaurants, sun loungers and umbrellas for rent, water sports, lifeguards and freshwater showers – Nissi has everything you need for a beach vacation.
2. Lara Beach
If you’re looking for a quiet beach close to the main cities, Lara Beach is one of the best places to visit. It is a protected nature reserve, located on the wild Akamas Peninsula in the far west of the island, 27km north of Paphos.
Lara beach is the natural habitat of the Mediterranean green and loggerhead turtles which nest here. There are fenced-off areas of the beach to protect the turtles’ nesting sites. No sun loungers or umbrellas are allowed on the beach. It is only accessible by dirt road.
Many people visit Lara beach as part of an organized group tour from Paphos, hiking or biking.
There are no restaurants or cafes on the beach, so take a snack with you.
3. Golden Beach
Golden Beach (also known as Nangomi Bay), which stretches along the tip of the Karpas Peninsula in the north of the island, is the most beautiful and unspoiled stretch of coastline on the island. The soft golden sand stretches along the coast for several kilometers, just before the easternmost point of the island.
It is a favorite place of nature lovers because it has a peaceful atmosphere of solitude; the sand forms soft dunes with grassy peaks that turn into hills, where you can see wild donkeys.
Because the beach is a nesting area for loggerhead turtles, it is part of a national park, and some areas are fenced off to protect the turtles’ nesting grounds.
There are some good restaurants near the main entrances to the beach, but you won’t find any other amenities, so take all your beach gear with you.
Note that Golden Beach is far from any of the major resort towns and you will need your own transportation to get here. It is in North Cyprus, so you will need a passport to cross the Green Line.
4. Aphrodite’s Beach
Close to the beach are the rock formations of Petra tou Romiou (known as the Rock of Aphrodite). According to local legend, this is where the Greek goddess Aphrodite first emerged from the sea. The beach itself is a tiny horseshoe-shaped cove of sand and pebbles, in which it is good to swim.
The beach is located 26km southeast of Paphos and 45km west of Limassol, making it a great place to stop off on your way from one city to another.
5. Konnos Beach
The sheltered bay of Konnos Beach, surrounded by pine trees, is located at the edge of the Cape Greco National Park, just five kilometers south of Protaras resort town. Thanks to the soft white sand, you can spend a whole day here.
There is a restaurant at the top of the cliff, where you can have a full meal and a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea.
In summer, because of the shallow water, this beach is favored by families with children – it’s great for splashing the little ones. The wide range of services includes renting sun loungers and umbrellas, plenty of water sports, lifeguards, as well as toilets and showers on site.
It can get very crowded during the high season, so it’s best to arrive early. There is also regular public transport to this beach, as it is on the route of the local Ayia Napa-Protaras bus.
6. Beach of Fig Tree Bay
Protaras (12km northwest of Ayia Napa) is a small tourist town with a picturesque promenade lined with beaches. At the southern end of the promenade lies Fig Tree Bay, loved by families with children for its sheltered location and shallow depth and by scuba divers for its clear water and abundance of fish.
It is a very peaceful place for those who like to hang out all day on the beach. It has everything you need to relax, and many cafes and restaurants are literally a stone’s throw away from the beach.
As with all beaches in the area, keep in mind that it will be crowded during the season.
7. Pissouri Bay
Pissouri Bay is located 38km west of Limassol. It is not as crowded in the high summer as the beaches of Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Paphos and Limassol. The entrance to the sea is quite sharp, which is great for swimmers; parents should be especially vigilant when young children are splashing on the shore.
The long beach is covered with pebbles, so it’s not as pretty as other popular spots, but Pissouri Bay makes up for it by being an attraction for water sports enthusiasts. If you can’t wait to get active, you can water-ski here, and you can rent catamarans, boats and jet skis on the beach.
There are all the amenities to spend the day on the beach: sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented, there is a lifeguard on duty, a good restroom and shower on the beach, as well as a restaurant on the beach.
8. Lady’s Mile Beach
Next to the city of Limassol, the Lady’s Mile Beach stretches for seven kilometers along the east coast of the Akrotiri Peninsula.
In the northern part, starting south of the port area of Limassol, the beach is mainly pebbly and rocky. But if you head to the southern end, bordering the British Air Force base, you will find golden sand.
Even though it is always frequented by locals and tourists alike, the beach never seems too crowded, even at the height of summer, because of its length. The entrance to the water here is gentle, so it’s a safe choice for families with children – sun loungers with umbrellas can be rented, a lifeguard is on duty on the beach, and there are several restaurants and cafes along the shore.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular activities on the beach, and you can rent equipment or take some lessons. An added bonus is the salt lake of Lemesos, west of the beach, where you can watch birds.
9. Turtle Beach Alagadı Beach
Nature lovers should definitely visit Alagadı Beach to take part in one of the popular turtle watching tours.
The SPOT (Society for the Protection of Turtles) Research Center, where you can learn about turtle conservation efforts in Cyprus, is located on this beach and is open from May to September.
Due to the fact that turtles live here, the beach is a protected area and does not provide tourist infrastructure. You are also not allowed on the beach after dark, unless you are on one of the SPOT tours.
The beach of Alagadi is located in northern Cyprus, 20km east of Kyrenia. You will need to cross the green line in the north to visit it, so bring your passport.
10. Salamis Beach
If you want to combine a visit to the ancient sites of the island and a swim at the beach, go to Salamis, located nine kilometers from Famagusta in northern Cyprus. The grandiose Hellenistic ruins of Ancient Salamis with its temples, theater and ornate gymnasium ruins stretch for several kilometers along the coast surrounded by the beach of Salamis.
You can take a little swim before or after exploring the vast history of this once great city. There are also several trails leading to the beach from the ruins themselves. A good restaurant is located near the main entrance.
11. Coral Bay.
Just nine kilometers north of Paphos lies Coral Bay, a crescent of golden sand and considered one of the best beaches in the area. It is easily accessible by local buses, which run regularly between Paphos town center and Coral Bay. This beach is a major tourist attraction for many Paphos tourists.
Here you have everything you need at your fingertips: plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas to rent, several cafes and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat or a full meal, and water sports.
12. Vrissiana Beach
This is one of the busiest beach areas on the east coast of the island and is located in Protaras.
The soft golden sand, the plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas, the lifeguards on duty and the crystal clear turquoise water, ideal for snorkeling, make Vrissiana a comfortable place to spend a whole day. Right on the beach is a great place to rent jet skis, kayaks and pedal boats.
The beach is fully wheelchair accessible with specially built bathrooms and ramps leading to the sand.