Despite its small size, Cyprus has hundreds of beautiful beaches where you can swim in the cleanest waters in Europe. And this is official! According to the latest research from The European Environment Agency, the country with the cleanest waters in Europe is Cyprus, achieving excellent water quality! Additionally, Cyprus has 57 blue-flag awarded beaches, meaning that it meets the strict criteria of environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management and safety and services. So, whether you fancy spending your day sunbathing at one of the long sandy coasts or diving in some of the small hidden bays of the island, crystal clear waters are guaranteed!
Although it’s extremely difficult to pick just a few, we’ve selected 8 of the best beaches for you to visit (if you haven’t already)!
Malama Beach – Paralimni
This tranquil bay is located in Paralimni, and it is unlike any other beach of the island. As you can see from the picture above, it is framed by small caves with trees and plants on them, creating a beautiful green environment. Bathers who prefer quite beaches will love Malama! But even for those who like a bit of adventure on their holidays, Malama will not let you down as it is a great beach for snorkelling, and the sea caves are waiting to be explored!
Hint: Swim further around the beach, and go behind the cliffs where you will find another hidden cave. This one is much bigger than the rest!
Find out more about Malama’s secrets here.
Konnos – Protaras / Ayia Napa
One of Cypriots’ favourite beaches is without a doubt Konnos Bay, located by Capo Greco, Ayia Napa. This magnificent beach boasts two little bays framed by beautiful cliffs and hillsides, which protect the area from winds while there are no waves at all! The crystal clear waters are just mesmerising, and the golden sands are so soft, making it an earthly paradise! For more info and pictures of Konnos bay, click here.
Grecian Bay – Ayia Napa
Just look at those transparent waters and white sands! Who wouldn’t want to be there right now? Grecian Bay, is situated in front of the Grecian Bay hotel in Ayia Napa, and it’s just a part of a long sandy coast. It is easily accessible, and it provides all comforts and services, including umbrella and sunbed rental, while food and drinks can be bought from the hotels around.
Sunrise beach – Protaras
Hands down – one of the best (and busiest!) beaches of the entire island! Sunrise Beach is blessed with clear turquoise waters and golden sands. Swimming in that sea is just a magical experience. Just bear in mind that it becomes crowded, particularly over weekends, so you might want to bring your own umbrella as chances are you won’t be able to find any available if you arrive late!
Nissi Beach – Ayia Napa
If you are into beach parties and socialising then this famous beach is tailored for your needs! At Nissi Beach you will mostly find young people, tourists and group of friends enjoying the sun while swimming in its amazing light-blue waters. The beach is unique, as it is formed by two beautiful bays while a small rocky islet separates them. You can reach the islet by following the sandy “corridor” connecting it with the shore. In fact, this was where the above picture was taken from!
Fig Tree Bay – Protaras
Blessed with turquoise waters and golden sands, Fig Tree Bay has been voted as one of Europe’s favourite beaches by TripAdvisor users! The beach is surrounded by beautiful fig trees, forming a magnificent scenery which makes you want to spend an entire day there just relaxing. As with Nissi Beach, Fig Tree Bay can be proud of its little islet as well! However, this time, in order to reach the islet you have to swim! Don’t worry, it won’t take long as the islet is just a few metres away from the shore! Find out more about Fig Tree bay here.
Lara beach – Akamas
Forget what you’ve seen so far. Swimming in Lara beach is a completely different experience that you have to try. This is not an organised beach and it is in fact relatively remote. It is situated in Akamas in Paphos and the access is not very easy as you will have to drive for some miles on a dirt road with pumps. Thus, some cars might not be suitable for this road trip! Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly worth visiting this wild beach. If you are lucky enough, you might see the little turtles hatching on the sand, or you might find them kept safe in the shelters built on the beach!
Blue Lagoon – Akamas
Yes, the above picture is real! Magical crystal waters are what you will be diving in if you are lucky enough to be at Blue Lagoon! It is a remote area located in Akamas in Paphos that you can only access by a boat from Latchi Port, or by four-wheel cars and motorbikes. The views are astonishing as the combination of the light-blue waters with the little islets and the mountains rising at the background make Blue Lagoon an extraordinary place you wouldn’t want to miss!
So, which beach are you most eager to visit? Let us know in the comments below!