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Endless summer: Cyprus has one of Europe’s longest beach seasons

Round this time final yr the rain was falling so exhausting in Manchester that I wasn’t certain the airplane would be capable to take off. However about 4 hours later we landed in Larnaca and it was just like the summer season solar had by no means left.

As a substitute of the steaming warmth that may make Cyprus really feel extra like a jungle than a Mediterranean island idyll within the peak vacationer season from July to September, there have been pleasantly heat breezes and sea temperatures good for late-season swims. 

Cyprus boasts as much as 340 sunny days a yr and because of its southeasterly place within the Mediterranean the island’s seashores beckon even into November—with completely not one of the summer season crowds. 

From seashores which are adjoining to massive resorts to unspoiled sandy stretches the place there are extra sea turtles than individuals, says Grant, there is a seaside scene in Cyprus for each style.

Near the airport: Mackenzie Seashore, Larnaca

What Larnaca’s Mackenzie Seashore might lack in star energy it greater than makes up for in different sights. 

Initially, there’s the placement barely a 5 minute drive from Larnaca Worldwide Airport—in reality, it is virtually on the finish of the runway—making it a fantastic place for both your first dip or one final swim earlier than your flight house. Planespotters find it irresistible right here as a result of airplanes fly in very low over Larnaca Bay. The sand is flat and family-friendly.

Expertise empty vacationer hotspots: Nissi Seashore, Ayia Napa

Positioned on an islet simply offshore, Nissi is among the most in style seashores within the famend Ayia Napa resort city space and likewise probably the greatest. 

The powdery sand stretches for greater than 500 meters and the water color is a blinding glowing blue. In autumn you are going to have this slice of Cypriot paradise just about to your self.

For the personal resort expertise: Konnos Seashore and Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

Konnos, located on the northern fringe of Cape Greco Nationwide Forest Park, has a considerably extra rustic look than different seashores round Ayia Napa. The beautiful turquoise water is backed by a reasonably slender seaside space and tall bluff, and whereas tremendous busy within the top of summer season, late within the season Konnos can really feel like being on a personal island inside an island.

Peter Frampton sang the praises of Fig Tree Bay, actually, again in 1972 on his Wind of Change album and the huge expanse of golden sand within the space of Protaras, a bit north of Konnos, nonetheless beckons beach-goers.

It is thought-about to be one of many greatest seashores in Europe and like many others in Cyprus has been awarded Blue Flag designation for cleanliness and sustainability. And sure, fig timber develop near the shore right here.

Fall in love with Governor’s Seashore

Whereas this well-known seaside, which straddles the road between the Larnaca and Limassol districts, might not have probably the most romantic of names it is exhausting to not fall in love with all of it the identical. 

There are literally two sections: a stretch of darkish sand which you could entry by a staircase and the Kalymnos part some 200 metres west, the place the chalky white rock formations present a seductive backdrop to the calm blue sea. Governor’s Seashore is properly signposted from the A1 motorway which traces the southern shoreline of Cyprus.

For pure magnificence: Kourion Seashore and Episkopi Bay

These seashores do not formally come as a pair however what they’ve in widespread along with their adjacency is a fairly unbelievable pure setting. Each are positioned simply west of the bustling port metropolis of Limassol, however right here, ideas of town shall be blissfully far behind. 

Kourion Seashore is positioned proper under the traditional website of Kourion and its Hellenistic amphitheatre, which is ready spectacularly into the cliffside (and so iconic that it was depicted on the previous Cyprus pound notes). 

West of this and a bit extra windy and distant, Episkopi Bay, additionally referred to as Zapalo Seashore, is backed by but extra steep limestone cliffs and the water is great. Enjoyable reality: each Kourion and Episkopi seashores are positioned throughout the boundaries of a British sovereign base space.

My favorite seaside in Cyprus: Pissouri Seashore

Journey writers are notoriously cagey about revealing their favorite locations (I as soon as requested writer Paul Theroux what his favorite seaside in Hawai’i is and his unambiguous reply was “I am not telling you”), however this secret’s out, and Pissouri is one in every of my all-time favorite seashores in Cyprus. 

This Blue Flag seaside is positioned due south of the A6 motorway about halfway between Limassol and Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock). 

It is a pebbly seaside which suggests no annoying sand will get caught to your ft; the waters are calm and framed by cliffs that imbue this spot with a relaxed, nearly dreamy environment. The quiet village of Pissouri has some good sea-view tavernas too.

The place Aphrodite washed ashore: Petra tou Romiou

The hearsay that Aphrodite was born in Cyprus isn’t precisely true: the legendary goddess of affection was really born (the parable goes) on the Greek island of Kythera however washed ashore right here at Petra tou Romiou which is basically an enormous rock on an remoted however simply accessible stretch of the western Cyprus coast. 

The currents right here could be a bit unpredictable so whereas autumn does carry the prospect of splendid isolation, watch out about swimming alone as a result of the seashores on both facet of the rock are purely pure and there aren’t any lifeguards.

Pristine sands and sea turtles: Lara Seashore

The Akamas peninsula is within the “far west” of Cyprus, simply north of Pafos, and is thought for its ecologically pristine state and biodiversity. Consequently, the seashores right here whereas they aren’t quite a few are nonetheless in a really pure state, living proof Lara Seashore which is a vital website for sea turtle nesting.

It is also a really stunning spot for a quiet swim away from any type of touristic fray and in contrast to the so-called Blue Lagoon cove on the jap facet of Akamas, Lara (on the west) is a bona fide seaside. As with most seashores in Cyprus, entry will usually be a lot simpler in the event you lease a automotive.

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