With the summer sizzle having hit rather early this year, it’s time for some serious seaside lazing. But where to go if you want to beat the crowds? The My Cyprus Insider team has decided to guide you towards some hidden beaches in the Limassol district that you may never have been to before. With pebbled coves and magnificent rocky backdrops, it really is the thing that dreams are made of – just hit the road, veer off the beaten track and enjoy a slightly different Cyprus beach-side experience!
1. White Rocks, Governor’s Beach to Agios Georgios Alamanou Coastline
Just a few hundred metres west of the organised Governor’s Beach lies a beautiful unspoilt stretch of chalk coastline. The sedimentary rocks, formed several million years ago give way to gorgeous pebbly coves and make for the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy the sun’s rays with barely a soul in in sight. The rocky sea bed does attract fishermen though, and the area is great for snorkelling! Look out for sea bass and sea bream, which sometimes escape from the nearby fish-farms.
How to get here? Turn off on the Limassol to Nicosia highway for Governors Beach. When you reach the turn which leads to the restaurants don’t turn left, but proceed straight on to the dirt road. The road is in fairly good condition and runs for about 3.5 km all along the coastline. Park anywhere along the side of the road and walk to the seashore. A few sandy areas can be found at the early section of the route while the rest are pebbly. The road ends at Agios Georgios Alamanou.
2. Akrotiri Cove
A hidden gem for nature lovers and great for sporty types who love kite-surfing, you wouldn’t have a clue this place exists unless you often frequent the Akrotiri area and really take time to explore the area. The unspoilt cove, surrounded by sand dunes, is the breeding ground of the Caretta caretta and the Green marine turtles. Do take care not to disturb the clearly marked turtle nests, with all visitors urged to pay full respect to the extremely sensitive ecosystem.
How to get here? From the Old Limassol Port head west on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue for about 8.5 km until you find the Zakaki roundabout. Take the 2nd exit and proceed for 5.5 km, through the village of Asomatos. At the T-junction turn left, and drive on for about 5 km until you reach the SBA checkpoint. Here, turn right and follow the asphalt road for about 1 km until you find the sign for ‘Akrotiri Fishing Shelter’. Turn left and follow the dirt road for about 0.8 km and then veer right for a further 1.5 km. The Akrotiri Cove is to the right of the fishing shelter.
3. Zapalo (Apollo) Bay
Located right under the Temple of Apollo, Zapalo Bay is hands down one of the most spectacular beaches in the Limassol district. A large bay that boasts a combination of steep cliffs, fine brown sand, white rocks and crystal-clear deep-blue waters, be sure to stand back and taken in the views from the top of the bay – absolutely breathtaking! Take note of the submerged rocks, remnants of an old port, and the two small piers currently used by local fishermen.
How to get here? Zapalo Bay is located off the old Limassol – Paphos road (B6) in the area of the British Bases. Heading west, once you pass the signs for the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, turn left after about 250 m and drive towards the sea. The beach is hidden by the steep cliffs, making it difficult to spot from the road. Please note that you need a 4×4 to access the beach or you can get to it by foot (about a 20 minute walk).
4. Pissouri Coastline Beach (west Limassol)
Ever taken the time to really explore the Pissouri coastline? One of the most breathtaking areas in the Limassol district, the journey to this secret beach is not for the faint-hearted. Walk for about an hour along the mountain side (directions below), with breathtaking 200m vertical drops and views out to the deep blue on the one side and a valley of shrubs, pine and cypress trees on the other. To get to this beach, you’ll need to be patient and relatively fit. Good walking shoes are a big help too!
How to get here? From the Limassol – Paphos highway, take the exit for Pissouri village (one exit after Pissouri Bay). Drive through the village towards the CYTA telecommunications station, which is located on Kolokotronis Road, about 2.5 km south of the main village church. A large onsite antenna is a good landmark (particularly for the return trip). Park near the CYTA station and head towards the sea. Once you reach the plateau, follow the mountain ridge west towards the targeted seashore.
5. Beach on Pissouri to Paphos Coast
Drive to the most western parts of Limassol, beyond Pissouri village, and a few kilometres before Aphrodite’s Hill you’ll find a very scenic isolated stretch of beach cocooned between chalk hills. Take your own umbrella and head here in the morning when the sea is the calmest, for moments of pure bliss. If you’re not keen on large pebbles when you’re swimming, you may want to head here to simply kick back and enjoy the scenery.
How to get here? Driving on the Limassol – Paphos highway, take the exit for Aphrodite’s Rock. At the T-junction turn right and proceed for about 1.5 km. Park on the roadside just before reaching the fenced part of the road. From here, a nature trail takes you to the beach, which is about 300 m away.
Pictures used in this article are from the Discovering Cyprus Beach Guide for the Limassol district, available at large bookstores and kiosks in English, Greek and Russian. On June 17, the Beach Guide for 58 beaches of the Paphos district will hit the stands and will be presented on the same day at Paphos Harbour and accompanied by a photo exhibition. Click here to discover more of the island’s beautiful beaches.
Cover photo: White Rocks, Governor’s Beach