Cyprus is part Greek, part Turkish and the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It may be the third largest but it is quite easily the number one for stunning sandy beaches and clear waters. Visitors to Cyprus return year after year to visit some of the best and most diverse beaches in the Mediterranean. With holiday makers being spoilt for choice it can sometimes be hard to decide where to go first. Here is a list of just 5 great beaches in Cyprus that visitors are bound to enjoy.
1) Alagadi Turtle Beach, Kyrenia, Cyprus
Alagadi beach is the largest of all the public beaches in Cyprus and also one of the most stunning due to the Green and Loggerhead turtles which inhabit its shore throughout most of the year. Many tourists flock to Alagadi Turtle Beach in North Cyprus to see these endangered species, especially in June when the baby turtles finally leave their holes in the sand to venture along the coastline. Behind the beach is the Five Finger Mountains, so whichever way you are looking there is a breathtaking sight. The water may be slightly rocky; however it is shallow for quite a distance making it quite popular for swimming. As well as swimming there are various tourist attractions nearby, meaning you can make a whole day of it at Alagadi Beach.
2) Petra tou Romiou, Paphos, Cyprus
Although not the sandiest beach in Cyprus, nor the one most advisable to swim in, Petra tou Romiou is a popular tourist attraction due to the Aphrodite’s Rock; a stack of historical rocks in the sea. In mythology Aphrodite’s Rock is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, procreation and pleasure. Some people say that if you swim around this famed rock you shall be blessed with eternal beauty, others say it is all a myth. Either way, this beach is a cultural phenomenon and truly a must see place whilst visiting Cyprus. For those looking for a beach with history then this is the place to visit first, with plenty of tourist attractions nearby to keep you occupied when not sunning yourself on the shore.
3) Curium Beach, Limassol, Cyprus
If you are looking for a beach in Cyprus with beauty and adventure, then Curium Beach in the Limassol area is the place to go. One of the most popular beaches in Cyprus, it can get a little bit crowded during peak season, however the restored Roman Amphitheatre overlooking the beach gives you a perfect vantage point to watch the water-sports and hang-gliding. There are many restaurants in the area too, meaning you can stop off for a spot of lunch before heading back to the beach to take part in one of the many activities that are on offer.
4) Pissouri Beach, Pissouri, Cyprus
This little gem is very rarely mentioned in travel guides or travel websites; however this means that there is a good chance you will be able to visit this beach without it being overpopulated by tourists. Not only is it a beautiful, sandy beach, it offers a range of water sports including scuba diving; perfect for getting a glimpse of the sea life that thrive in this crystal clear water. Many local restaurants and taverns are dotted around the beach and serve fresh fish caught that day.
5) Escape Beach, Kyrenia, Cyprus
Last, but by no means least, is Escape Beach in Kyrenia which is famed for its beauty and is extremely popular with tourists. This beach is extremely well maintained meaning that you do have to pay a fee to use it, however it is definitely worth it. The famous Escape Beach Nightclub is great for those looking for some evening entertainment after a day of soaking up the sun.
There are so many beaches to choose from in Cyprus, from isolated sandy beaches, to popular beaches that are thriving with activity and culture.
Although there are only 5 great beaches in this article, a little research can uncover many more that will ensure your holiday to Cyprus is always packed with fun and excitement, as well as relaxation and a very nice tan!