Hey there travel kittens! How’s your case of wanderlust today? I’m not doing too well. These beachy shots have got me feeling all sorts of travel nostalgia – even though it was only 10 days ago that I was on the plane back to blighty after my trip to Protaras with Clickstay.
I must confess, I am mermaid-y beach gal who loves everything about the sea. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I just can’t get enough of the coast. Be it Britain or Cyprus, I just love exploring the coastline and all the natural wonder it has to offer. In terms of natural gems, Cyprus has no shortage.
I really wish I had more time to really get to know every nook and cranny of the meandering coastline in Ayia Napa but it just wasn’t possible in 7 days. I also wasted a lot of time visiting beaches that were just so-so, kinda wishing I hadn’t bothered taking the time and energy to travel to them *cough* Fig Tree Bay *cough* – so here’s my no-fuss guide to seeing the absolute best that the South East Cypriot coastline has to offer!
Makronissos Beach (Blue Flag)
I thought I’d start with the beach that’s closest to Ayia Napa because it might be the only beach that real party goers would venture to on a week of letting loose on the island – but lemme warn you, this beach is not to go a miss! And before you say it, no, an Ouzo hangover is not a good excuse! This beach is full of history and culture, as it’s also the site of the Makronissos, which date back to the Hellenistic periods. The tombs are carved into the rock, and there are about 19 to explore. There’s not much variety, but the views are spectacular!
The beach itself is split into one medium sized beach and mini smaller ones dotted about behind and around the tombs. The smaller beaches are perfect for some intimate time with the family and would be very safe for children as the water is very clean and shallow. Further on from the beach you’ll find some coral rock cliffs, which you can actually fish from! Whilst we were there, a Spanish family was catching fish to cook for their supper.
Konnos Beach / Konnos Bay
If you’re in the South East of Cyprus, you totally need to take a day out to trek the national park – Cape Greco. There’s a nature walk/trail that leads you right around the coast, past Lovers Bridge and right to Konnos Bay where the beach is located. I know that a lot of people rent cars or buggies to explore Cape Greco because there is a lot of land to be covered on foot, but the walk was about 20 minutes from the Agioi Anargyroi Chapel to the beach.
The beach itself is medium sized with beautiful blue clear waters, and enough sun loungers to go round! The one thing that I really did like about this beach were the toilet/changing facilities. Out of all the beaches we went to, these were the most clean, hygienic, and family friendly. Not only were there small huts nearby for mens/womens/family toilets, but there were additional changing cubicles (in rustic wood in keeping with the natural beach) on the beach itself. This seriously helps when you’re trying to wriggle out of a wet swimsuit in front of a 100 people!
After an unfortunate run in with Fig Tree Bay (don’t go there unless you really enjoy overcrowded noisy beaches full of tourists) we took a ten minute bus down the road to Green Bay as an IG follower of mine got in touch to suggest it for my trip! Technically this was the first beach that I actually walked on to, and I was so taken aback by it’s beauty. Green Bay is a small, tiny beach, with cliffs which make for gr8 cliff diving opportunities. It’s also shallow for quite a distance, so I would say that this one if family safe and great for those who aren’t confident swimmers (like me!)
Not sure if this beach is a blue flag but oh my goodness it is so stunning. Your first thought will probably be “holy crap the water is so blue” and it really is the brightest cobalt blue – which makes for a marvellous spot of instagramming… It’s a common area for watersports and many beginner divers start their courses here as it’s pretty safe.
Loumbardi Beach (Blue Flag)
This beach is only a 5/10 minute walk from Green Bay and is the perfect spot for snorkelling. We headed down past the beach to a little plank overlooking the rocky areas of the bay and plunged in to explore below the surface. The water is relatively shallow so even those who aren’t great swimmers can try snorkelling here, but you can definitely swim out if you’re more of a diver!
There’s a small cafe just above the beach where you can grab a really well priced frappe, beer, ice cream, etc and you can expect to see many boats docking by the rocks to allow passengers to jump in to snorkel. The whole area is like a snorkelling heaven, so you can actually travel along the coast from Loumbardi beach to Green Bay, taking a dip whenever and wherever takes your fancy. We saw a ridiculous amount of fish here, mostly in shallow areas too! Out of all the beaches that we went to, this was by far my favourite.
Again, I’m not sure if this beach has a Blue Flag certificate – but it was just as beautiful as all of the other beaches that we visited. What makes it different? This was the most private and secluded of the bunch. Totally not exaggerating when I say that we spent two hours on the smaller of the two beaches in the bay and were the only ones there. As it’s out of the way of Ayia Napa, this is more of a local beach and it wasn’t packed out with tourists, who are more likely to visit Fig Tree, Nissi, and Konnos. But that’s what makes it really special.
There’s also a restaurant/bar named aptly after the beach that sits just above, offering all sorts of yummy Cypriot food. The prices are relatively expensive, but for the location it’s totally worth splashing out on. I mean, look at that view?!
Have you visited Cyprus?
What were your favourite beaches to visit?
What do you look for in your “perfect beach”?