Family holidays in Cyprus start with a good beach guide

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5th March 2021
Sunny family holidays in Cyprus might be happening sooner than anticipated as the country recently announced it was opening up to COVID-19 vaccinated UK visitors from 01 May 2021. Good timing for families thinking about getting away for the summer this year and the perfect excuse to take a look at some of the beaches we know and love on Cyprus’s sunny Mediterranean coastline.
family holidays in Cyprus

1/5 Lara Beach, Lara Bay, Akamas Peninsula

Lara Beach is on Cyprus’s rugged north-west coast. It’s often deserted, though well loved by locals. And, is definitely worth the slight trek it takes to get there. Calm waters and a wide expanse of sand mean the beach is as far removed from the over-populated Paphos as you can get – a great place for kids to run around. Go early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid scorching temperatures (and too-hot-to-bear sand underfoot). Take your own parasol if possible as Lara Beach is also a haven for loggerhead and green turtles so there are no sun loungers or umbrellas for hire. Nature lovers should check out the Cyprus Society for the Protection of Turtles as they occasionally organise night-time walks along the beach in nesting season, when you can see the turtles coming ashore.

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2/5 Coral Bay, Peyia

For more of a buzzy beach vibe, Coral Bay on the west coast, 14 miles north of Paphos, is a good choice. The Blue Flag beach has shallow, gentle waters and white sands with plenty of facilities, such as child-friendly cafés, restaurants and reasonably-priced sunbeds. There are also lots of water sports on offer here and the horseshoe-shaped cove is a picturesque spot, framed by limestone cliffs – surprisingly it’s relatively uncrowded even in July and August.

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3/5 Konnos Bay, Cape Greco

Konnos Bay is another one of Cyprus’s Blue Flag beaches (the island actually has an impressive 57 in total). Just a mile east of Ayia Napa, it’s a  pretty, sheltered beach with wonderfully clear waters. It’s also close to the national forest and rugged coastline that is Cape Greco, so a good choice for families with older children. If you get the chance, take a boat tour of the sea caves along this stretch of coast.

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4/5 Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

A family favourite, Fig Tree Bay is on the south eastern tip of the island and one of the most scenic of Cyprus’s beaches. Shallow, turquoise waters and soft golden sands make it perfect for young children and a great place to chill out for the day. Confident swimmers can venture out to the tiny uninhabited islet within easy reach through shallow waters. History buffs may be intrigued to know that in 2010 an ancient Greek tomb containing four coffins was discovered on the road leading to the beach.

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5/5 Pissouri Beach, Paphos

Located between Paphos and Limassol, Pissouri Beach is a great all-rounder – with its wide sweep of sand, crystal-clear waters, and water sports on offer – making it brilliant for families. The nearby Pissouri Village retains its traditional Cypriot character and is a great spot for lunch, with a choice of tavernas and restaurants.

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