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Cyprus Beaches

Cyprus is renowned for its fine beaches. They are the #1 reason why tourists visit the island, and so are vital to the tourist economy of Cyprus. As of 2005, forty-eight beaches on the island fly the EU Blue Flag - a demonstration of just how special the beaches on Cyprus really are.


Paphos District

There are 11 blue flag beaches in the district of Paphos. These are Alykes, Polis Camping Site, Coral Bay, Faros, Geroskipou, Laourou, Municipal Baths, Municipal Beach, Pachyammos, Vrysoudia A and Vrysoudia B. All beaches offer clean and beautiful sands on which to play and sunbathe. Coral Bay in the Peyia municipality is a great beach for kids as the sands slope into the sea at a very shallow angle.


Limassol District

The Limassol district to the east of Paphos also has 11 blue flag beaches. These are Akti Olympion, Aoratoi, Aphrodite, Armonia, Castella, Kalymnos, Loures, Onisilos, Pissouri, Santa Barbara and Vouppa. The beaches of Santa Barbara and Loures are the most popular of the 11 beaches. Aphrodite beach is well worth a visit too, if only to view Aphrodite's Rock - a place from where legend tells that the Goddess of Love herself rose out of the sea.


Larnaca District

Larnaca district has only 4 blue flag beaches. These are Castella, McKenzie, Phinikoudes and Yanathes. Phinikoudes beach is the main beach that fronts the promenade. It is a long beach and is often quite busy being so close to the town. McKenzie beach on the outskirts of Larnaca town is a much quieter beach and can be reached by public transport or hire car.


Ayia Napa District

The district of Ayia Napa contains the remaining blue flag beaches. These are Ammos tou kampouri, Ayia Thekla, Gliki Nero, Katsarga, Kermia, Konnos Bay, Landa, Louko tou Mandi, Louma, Macronissos, Nissi, Nissi Bay, Nissia Loumbardi, Pantahou, Pernera P, Pernera A, Potami, Protaras, Vathia Gonia, Vrisi A, Vrisi B and Vrisi C. Nissi Beach and Macronissos Beach are both popular with the partying crowds of Ayia Napa. At the opposite end of the spectrum Konnos Bay offers peace and tranquillity in abundance.




Water Sports in Cyprus

Surrounded by water, the island of Cyprus is a natural venue for water sports activities. Enthusiasts from around the world are drawn to Cyprus every year to experience the island's full range of water-based attractions, among which is the world-famous Zenobia shipwreck. It doesn't matter if you're on your own, with your family or in a group. The scope of water activities in Cyprus is so extensive that there really is something for everyone's tastes.

Starting at the gentle end of the water sports spectrum, pedal boat hire is available from several beaches on Cyprus. Costing less than 5 Cypriot Pounds per hour they are great value for couples and families wishing to get out onto the clear Mediterranean water. Similarly, one and two-seat canoes are available for hire for around the same price.

Boating is big in Cyprus. The spectacular coastline naturally lends itself to sightseeing boat trips. The alternating headlands and bays are very photogenic, and make for a relaxing backdrop to a lunch/swim cruise. If you prefer to see what's below you but don't want to get your feet wet, glass-bottomed boat trips could be the answer. They are an ideal way for all the family to share in the excitement of Cyprus's rich marine heritage.

For those who are more comfortable piloting their own boat a visit to one of the main coastal towns could be in order. From Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca a wide selection of self-drive craft can be hired including rowing boats, sail boats and even speedboats.

Water sports in Cyprus can be enjoyed on the land too. Five minutes outside the town of Ayia Napa is Water World, a huge water theme park that is based on the mythical Greek Gods. Statues and Greek temples line the way to some spectacular water rides that are fun for all the family. Also at Ayia Napa is the Agia Napa Marine Park, where you can see dolphins and sea lions.



Boating and Sailing in Cyprus

Surrounded by water, Cyprus as you might very well imagine has an affiliation with boating and sailing that stretches back many decades. From the marina at Larnaca a wealth of nautical adventures can be enjoyed. Organized boat trips around the bay are popular with tourists, and are ideal if you're looking for a short sea excursion for all the family. For the more adventurous there are opportunities to charter a yacht and even to hire a crew to sail you around the island for a week or longer.

If you want to learn how to sail, sailing lessons can be organized at Larnaca. There are RYA approved sailing schools at the marina offering combinations of shore-based courses and sea-based courses. The world famous Zenobia shipwreck is within easy reach of the marina too. Boating excursions combining a dive onto the shipwreck in Larnaca Bay can be arranged at the marina.

St Raphael Marina at Limassol is the only other marina in Cyprus. From here a similar array of boating and sailing activities are available for tourists to enjoy. If you are sailing your own vessel into either marina it is worth noting that to acquire a berth you will need to make a booking in advance of your arrival.

Other coastal resorts around Cyprus offer a more limited range of boating opportunities for tourists. One not to be missed is the Akamas boat trip from Paphos Harbour. This is a day out at sea near the island of Yeronisos. The trip takes in the breathtaking coastline along where it is said that Aphrodite rose out from the ocean. The excursion navigates its way past exotic sea caves and drops anchor in a secluded bay so guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Could life be any more perfect?






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