Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Dan Perdomo.
A Guide to Beaches in Cyprus
Picture the scene. You’re lying on a beach covered with soft white sand. A thatch parasol shades you from the sun’s glorious rays. In front of you, all you can see is the blueness of the sea meet the equally blue sky with not a cloud in sight. All that can be heard is the gentle lapping of waves coming into shore. Is there anything more relaxing than a beach holiday?
A beach holiday is perfect when you need to take a break and press pause on life. A well deserved break is just what’s needed to allow you to rejuvenate and be able to think clearly. Question is, what destination has the best beaches?
Cyprus would appear in many people’s list of countries with the best beaches in Europe. Don’t be fooled by the islands diminutive size. 57 of its beaches were awarded a Blue Flag – confirmation of the quality and cleanliness – beating its previous record of 56. So it’s fair to say Cyprus is blessed with many exceptional beaches. Here are my picks you just have to visit the next Cyprus holiday you take.
Coral Bay, Cyprus (Photo by Evgeniy Isaev/Flickr)
Best all-rounder – Coral Bay
Coral Bay is widely considered to be the best beach on the island, evidenced by the number of locals and tourists who pack the area year in year out! It’s no coincidence this beach draws in large numbers of visitors as it has a little something for everyone, whether it’s soft sands, gentle waters or beautiful landscape. Tourism has continued to boom, which means there are plenty of great places to eat and drink, whilst the promenade is lined with luxury hotels and resorts for an extra special holiday.
Nature/Wildlife – Golden Sands Beach
It’s hard to believe there is space for nature or wildlife to be free to enjoy the beach with so many tourists, but there is. Most of the unspoilt beaches can be located on the Karpaz Peninsula in Northern Cyprus. This area is perhaps the only place devoid of developments and, therefore, tourists. While facilities and services are few and far between, it does mean the beach is a safe sanctuary for nature and wildlife to live and grow. Watch nature at its best at Golden Sands Beach – also known as Turtle Bay – where a colonisation of sea turtles lay their blue eggs.
Golden Beach, Cyprus (Photo by Franco Pecchio/Wikipedia)
Quiet – Green Bay
If you prefer your beach to be a serene and tranquil haven, the small beach of Green Bay is perfect for you. The beach is located south east of the island and is a stark contrast with its noisy neighbour Aiya Napa. Its quiet nature is perhaps down to poor signposting; it can be found just south of Protaras beach. With few visitors around, you’ll be free to read your book in peace, clear your mind or just bask in the beautiful sunshine.
Romantic – Kervansaray Beach
What could be more romantic than a picnic on a beach with gorgeous landscape as far as the eye can see? Any beach in Cyprus could fulfil this scene, but for a truly unique experience, visit Kervansaray Beach. Located around 6km west of the picturesque town of Kyrenia, this pretty and secluded oasis is located in a lovely cove – perfect for hiding away from the world with a loved one.
Family – Makronissos Beach
With 57 Blue Flag beaches to choose from, there’s no shortage of clean and quality beaches for families to visit. One of the best beaches for families has to be Makronissos Beach. It could be said Makronissos Beach is three beaches in one; a long main beach flanked by two smaller bays, all complete with soft sands. But it’s the gently shelving sands into the water that are the main feature and draw for families, meaning safe calm waters to swim in.
About the Author: Dan Perdomo is a travel blogger and writes about various destinations around the world. He plans to travel the world – when he wins the lottery. Until then, he enjoys booking holidays to Cyprus, his favourite destination in the world.