Once the heat intensifies, crowds obviously gravitate to the popular coastal spots like bees to honey. But if you’re tired of all the main strips in the busy hubs, then worry not! My Cyprus Insider has compiled a list of a few beaches that you may not have thought about. Read on for some inspiration and consider a trip to some of these lesser known stretches of beach for a relaxing day out.
1. Kanali beach, Pomos
Tired of the crowds? Want somewhere where you can kick back and truly unwind? Then head out to the west coast and make Kanali Beach right next to the Pomos harbour your first port of call, a pebbly cove interspersed with a touch of sand, and gloriously backed by rocks and rising mountains. The things that dreams are made of, the cove is dotted with no more than fifteen sunbeds and a handful of umbrellas, with a small unassuming bar serving refreshments to quench your thirst.
2. Omega beach, Pyrgos Tyllirias
For the most idyllic and gloriously wild scenery imaginable, head out to the unkempt and beautiful Pyrgos Tyllirias; a truly intoxicating mix of mountain and sea that is bound to take your breath away. Largely due to the fact that the area isn’t easy to reach, it retains the kind of unspoilt charm that will leave you wondering why you never previously made the effort to spend time exploring the area.
With the village of Pyrgos itself built on a fertile plain between the mountains and blue sea of Morphou Bay, make a beeline for Omega beach (linked to the shape of the Greek letter Ω) where you can kick back on a sunbed as you take in the breath-taking scenery. Stay on for sunset and you’ll be lost for words.
3. Paramali beach, Limassol
If you’re looking for somewhere in the Limassol district to wash away worries and stress, this windswept coastline should hit the spot. Hailed as being one of the very best kitesurfing beaches on the island, the golden sand stretches a distance of about 2 kilometres, and when the winds pick up and the waves get rough, the horizon is punctuated with multi-coloured kites as avid sporty types do their thing. But it doesn’t mean you have to be sporty to visit; you can always just take an umbrella and a good book for moments of seaside bliss.
4. Faros beach, Larnaca
Been to the popular Finikoudes stretch? Tired of the crowds at Makenzie? Visited Yanathes and Kastella beach? Then head a little further afield to the village of Pervolia and take a dip at Faros beach. A sandy stretch that takes its name from a nearby lighthouse, this place is great for the kids, with shallow waters giving them the chance to splash around to their heart’s content. With all amenities at hand, and there is also a beach bar and watersports to keep everyone busy for hours.
5. Spilies (sea caves), Paphos
Head towards Peyia, and the spectacular dazzling white sea caves that characterise the area’s coastline are bound to leave you wide eyed. But what many people don’t know, is that there are plenty of little coves that you can call your own, for moments of true serenity and calm. Just drive to the area and veer off the main road to discover them, ideally with a 4×4 vehicle.
Be sure you’ve got an umbrella, food and water with you, and prepare to unwind by crystal clear waters that are usually as calm as can be because of the way in which the area is sheltered.
6. Vizakia, Protaras
Finding a beach that you haven’t been to before in the Protaras area can be a tough endeavour. But there are certainly a good handful of gorgeous little coves to discover beyond the most popular strips. That’s not to say that they won’t be busy in mid-summer, because crowds are unavoidable in this popular resort, but if you’re looking for a picturesque bay, head to Vizakia (not far from Green Bay, off the main road from Ayia Napa to Protaras.) And what’s great is that this spot is made up of two bays; one with municipal sunbeds that attracts the crowds, and another smaller bay with no beds, giving you the chance to set up your own slice of paradise as you sit back and enjoy the beachy bliss.
7. Ayia Thekla, Ayia Napa
Located just before the main Ayia Napa hub, this pretty white sandy stretch has certainly become far more popular than ever before in recent years, but there are still people that don’t know about it. With plenty of sunbeds across the entire stretch, this one has all amenities at hand making it extremely family friendly, with toilets, showers and a restaurant dishing up a range of food and fresh fish to curb the hunger pangs.
Do keep in mind that the water here is not really ideal for a proper swim as it’s extremely shallow, but the whole setting- complete with an island out at sea ideal for sunbathing- is truly idyllic as turquoise waters lap against the powdery white sand. Just east of the beach, Ayia Thekla Chapel commands attention, the whitewashed exterior accentuated with a touch of blue which blends in with the rather dreamy setting.