Sun, sea and sand, you won’t be short changed when you visit Cyprus.
As the east coast is getting ready to welcome visitors for the holiday season, sun, sea and sand are in abundance, and what’s even better, they are all free.
There is no better place to spend a lazy, relaxing day on a beach in Cyprus. Cyprus has an impressive 49 blue flag beaches for their outstanding water quality and public services. Whatever your preference you will find a beach that suits you, from family ones, quiet ones, party ones, empty ones, pebble ones and of course fine white sand ones with shallow turquoise water.
Sink your toes into the warm sand, feel the sun on your skin and look out at the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea, heaven!
Fig Tree Bay (My favorite)
The most popular beach in Protaras, Fig Tree Bay takes its name from a solitary fig tree that stands a small distance from the beach. According to local legend, the tree arrived with eastern invaders in the 17th century and has patrolled the coastline ever since.
Protaras’ expansion as a tourist centre owes much to the beauty of Fig Tree Bay. Drawn to the area by this picturesque coastline, developers lined the bay with hotels, bars and restaurants for the tourist population to enjoy.
The beach is stunning, its fine-grained white sand yielding to deep blue waters that are both shallow and clear. Just a few hundred meters from the beach is a small rocky island that adventurous swimmers can reach and explore. The bay also hosts a variety of water sports and is serviced by a lifeguard.
A secluded little beach at the foot of a rocky climb, Konnos Beach is located around 2km north of Cape Greco. Awarded a prestigious Blue Flag for its undoubted quality, Konnos is amongst Cyprus’ most picturesque beach with fine golden sands and beautifully clear turquoise waters. Lined by steep hills, the beach is sheltered from heavy winds, keeping the water practically wave-free and easily swimmable.
Sun loungers and parasols are also available to rent. For the more active, a variety of water sports can be enjoyed, with paragliding, water skiing, motor boating and jet skiing amongst the possibilities. The beach is also patrolled by a lifeguard.
Close to the resort of Pernera, Louma is a popular sandy beach just north of the main Protaras strip. Protected by a manmade bay, the sand here is soft and fine, a pleasure to stroll along barefooted. As one of the district’s many Blue Flag accredited beaches, the water here is clean and like the majority of beaches on the east coast the sand is fine and golden. To the north, a cluster of trees provide shelter from the sun, an ideal place to sit back and gaze across the eastern Mediterranean Sea. A donkey belonging to the hotel behind can often be seen on this beach, you can buy and feed him carrots from the local shop, and he is very friendly and chilled, a true Cypriot!
A thin stretch of sand just off the road between Kapparis and Protaras. Sirena Bay is a tiny secluded cove that has little in the way of facilities, it has a tree covered bar and restaurant. From here you can take a break from sunbathing and enjoy splendid views across the sea while dining on traditional Cypriot cuisine. This beach is loved by locals.