Where Are the Best Beaches in Cyprus 🏖️
Cyprus inspires with its Greek-Turkish culture, rich history, and its unique beaches. It's not easy to choose the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus with this vast selection: the famous Nissi Beach, the endless and lonely Golden Beach, or the incredibly beautiful Blue Lagoon.
On this island, one beach paradise chases the next! Let me help and show you our absolute favorite beaches in Cyprus.
|Beach of Nissi||Agia Napa||Famagusta|
|Konnos Beach and Blue Lagoon in the East||Agia Napa||Famagusta|
|Beach of Landa (Golden Beach in the South)||Agia Napa||Famagusta|
|Fig Tree Bay||Protaras||Famagusta|
|Golden Beach in the North||Dipkarpaz||Famagusta/İskele|
|Mackenzie and Finikoudes Beach||Larnaca||Larnaca|
|Lara (Turtle) Beach||Paphos||Paphos|
|Mackenzie and Finikoudes Beach||Larnaca||Larnaca|
|Blue Lagoon in the West||Polis Crysochous||Paphos|
|Beach of Makronissos||Agia Napa||Famagusta|
Beach of Nissi, Agia Napa, Famagusta 🍹
The beach of Nissi is probably the most famous beach in Cyprus and is located in the popular coastal area of the island, Agia Napa. The popularity comes with a price - the beach is usually well frequented and almost always accompanied by music - but you will find the best atmosphere, soft sand, and blue, crystal clear water.
The beach bars offer delicious cocktails and small snacks, while sports enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of water sports. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be booked for 2.50€ each (standard price in all public beaches), and for those who want a little adventure, go ahead and check out the small island off the coast.
Konnos Bay and Blue Lagoon in the East, Agia Napa, Famagusta 👨👩👦
If you look for a bit quieter and relaxing place than at Nissi beach, but still as beautiful, drive a few kilometers further to Konnos Beach and enjoy the unique beach atmosphere with turquoise blue water and golden sand.
The bay is nestled between two coastal forerunners, and the beach slopes gently down here, which makes Konnos ideal for a beach holiday with the whole family. At Konnos Beach, you will find a small bar for refreshments, sun loungers with umbrellas, and some water sports offerings. Make sure to check out the Cliff bar at the top for a fantastic view over the beach and sea. However, as space is limited at the beach, you should arrive pretty early to secure a spot.
If you are looking for great photo motives, you should drive South along the coast to The Blue Lagoon. The water is especially deep blue there and stands in high contrast to the rugged rocks all around. I recommend connecting these two beaches in one trip: Spending the day at Konnos Beach and taking a dive at The Blue Lagoon. By the way: There is a second Blue Lagoon on Cyprus - more about this later!
Beach of Landa (Golden Beach in the South), Agia Napa, Famagusta 🏖️
In Agia Napa, you can also find the beach of Landa or Golden Beach, just West of Nissi Beach. The water here is exceptionally transparent, the sand is primarily white and delicate, and the waves are wonderfully peaceful. Beach of Landa is a great beach to relax. You should rent one of the cheap sun loungers with an umbrella and leave the daily routine behind you while sunbathing. Meanwhile, the restaurant and bar belonging to the beach serve you with refreshments. And, we have two Golden Beaches in Cyprus, we will get there in a second!
Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Famagusta 🌅
Fig Tree Bay gets its name from the actual fig trees that grow near the coast. You will find some if you look close enough. This part of the Cyprus coast is well-known because of its marvelous golden sand beach, which invites you to sunbathe, relax, and dream.
Fig Tree Bay is one of the Blue Flag beaches and offers plenty of opportunities for water sports - especially windsurfing, water skiing, and parasailing - as well as several bars and enough sun loungers with umbrellas. Nevertheless, we recommend coming to the beach early in the day to ensure one of the best spots with a sea view.
Golden Beach in the North, Dipkarpaz, Famagusta/İskele 😴
As already mentioned before, there are two dream beaches in Cyprus that deserve the name Golden Beach. The Golden Beach is located in the North, more precisely in Dipkarpaz in the official Famagusta or de facto İskele district in northern Cyprus. It is worth visiting as its namesake in Agia Napa: soft, yellow sand, clear sea and largely undisturbed nature all around make the place a paradise for all beach lovers who like it less crowded and as natural as possible. A very idyllic scenery.
Beaches of Larnaca: Mackenzie and Finikoudes Beach 🏄♂️
Mackenzie Beach, together with its Northern neighbor, Finikoudes Beach, is one of the urban beaches of the town of Larnaka on the Southeastern coast of Cyprus. Both coasts offer everything you need for a successful day at the sea - from sunbeds and umbrellas, restaurants and bars, to water sports and an idyllic palm-lined promenade on Finikoudes Beach. Its proximity to one of the island's major tourist attractions like the Larnaca Castle, Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, St. Lazarus Church, or the Kition Archaeological Site.
Aphrodite's Rock, Kouklia, Paphos🧭
We continue to the Southwest of Cyprus: Aphrodite's Rock. We have already reached the penultimate point of our list of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. This beach is gorgeous and also the alleged birthplace of a real Greek goddess: According to legend, it was precisely at this place where the goddess of love, beauty, and sensual desire was born from the foam of the sea. Make sure to bring an umbrella for sun protection and googles to explore the surrounding area.
On the way from the East to the West of Cyprus, you can also visit the fascinating remains of the former city in Limassol- state of Kourion or Curium and thus combine your beach holidays with a cultural trip.
Lara (Turtle) Beach, Paphos 🐢
Who has ever seen a turtle in the wild? If this experience is still on your to-do list, you can have the best opportunity on Lara Beach, near Paphos in the Northwest of Cyprus. Enjoy one of the most beautiful and natural beaches in the country.
Lara Beach locates in a remote area so that you will enjoy privacy and quietness. You will not find any bars there such that we recommend bringing essential equipment e.g., a chair and an umbrella and some refreshments.
As you may enjoy privacy at Lara beach, we also want to encourage you to respect the turtles' privacy: Turtles bury their eggs along the beach, which are luckily protected by small cages set up by locals. Once baby turtles arise, you might see them fighting the waves to make their way into the open sea. Note that it is not open to the public at night during the breeding season from March to August.
Blue Lagoon in the West, Polis Crysochous, Paphos ⛰️
As mentioned before, there exists another Blue Lagoon in the Northwest of Cyprus. If you plan on combining Lara Beach and this Blue Lagoon, please make sure to rent a 4x4 truck or even take the Southern route around the National Park hills because the "roads" (you will not call them roads) in this area are very steep and rocky.
However, once you made it to the Blue Lagoon, you will enjoy a great view of the coastal area and shallow waters for enjoyable sunbathing. You will find some shadow along the cliffs, but it is a good idea to bring an extra umbrella.
If you do not like to drive in rocky areas, you might consider taking a day boat tour from Polis, which stops at the Blue Lagoon. Also, it is necessary to bring refreshments. You will not find any bars there.
Beach of Makronissos, Agia Napa, Famagusta 🌴
And finally, we return to the resort region of Agia Napa to one last particularly beautiful beach in Cyprus, the beach of Makronissos. The sand here is exceptional and almost white, and the sea is clear, while it shimmers in several shades of blue.
The beach is also well equipped in terms of infrastructure: from inexpensive sun loungers and umbrellas to a delicious range of snacks and drinks and the possibility of hiring water sports equipment, beach holidaymakers.