Beaches on the East Coast of Cyprus
As you all know, I recently visited Cyprus. I had to go for a wedding, as best man of a close friend. While I have a great post coming up on the history, what to see & do, food & wine, and more, I thought I would provide a snippet of what it was like to discover the beaches of this beautiful country as a #touristbychance.
Here is a list of the 5 best beaches we thought are worth visiting, in the Famagusta district of Cyprus. They have been selected in order of our favourite to least favourite (note there are MANY beaches to visit but on this trip we only stayed on east coast of the island). We did not find these on our own, the wonderful locals (Cypriots) helped us in our research for the perfect beach. Please note that all photos (except that of Sirena Bay – we added a vignette), are absolutely with #nofilters!
1. Makronissos Beach
This was the last beach I tried and it is probably a good thing, because I would have come here everyday otherwise! White sand, beautiful crystal, clean, blue water. I felt like I was back in the Caribbean. I was told that during peak season this beach is impossible to enjoy due to the sheer number of people but I was lucky, having visited in early September (#latesummer) and I really loved it.
What is available: A huge kiosk where you will be able to order food, coffee (frappe & espresso’s), drinks, magazines and even beach rackets!
2. Green Bay
A great bay in Protaras and small which is part of this beaches charm. This beach is a little tricky to find because it is located to the right of the Cavo Maris hotel, which is only (approx) 100 meters away and you need to get ‘off road’ to reach the parking to this beach. Cavo Maris has its own beach which is also quite small but has various amenities. The ‘real’ Green Bay is much smaller and there is only a small shack where to buy water, frappe and soft drinks. No food or showers unless you head towards the hotel.
What is available: A small shack where you will only find drinks such as water, frappe and soft drinks (cheap too!). A diving school is also available (Acquanaut Diving School).
3. Sirena Beach
This is a true gem, in our opinion not so much for the beach but for the awesome little bar/restaurant they have going on here. Do not get me wrong, the water is still very clean but there is no beach per se. Just walk down the steps and jump in the water. A very cool little place to visit with friends and enjoy around 6pm for that final dip of the day and finish it all off with a beer or a cocktail.
What is available: bar/restaurant.
4. Sunrise Beach
Famous beach in the Protaras/Paralimni area. This is an ideal beach for families and couples a like, who simply want to relax at the beach, while also having all the necessary amenities readily available. As per all the beaches in Cyprus owned by the council, each sun bed costs 2.50EUR and the umbrella 2.50EUR for the whole day. Not bad considering that in many place in Italy, for all these amenities you would be paying no less than 10.00EUR per sun bed and another 5.00EUR for the umbrella. Do not let all the amenities fool you – this is a popular beach and can get quite busy but it is still rather relaxing!
What is available: From ‘peripteros’ (small supermarkets where you can find almost anything which are open until late at night) to restaurants, kiosks and more. Here you will also find some great water sports to try as well. You can find these in most beaches but we found these to be the ‘safest’ and most looked after.
5. Nissi Beach
Welcome to the party beach of Cyprus. This came in at 5th place simply because…well…I am getting to old for these type of beaches ;). Here expect loud music, lots of people, bars (foam parties on Wednesdays and Sundays), water sports of all kinds, and ‘cliff’ jumping from the rock to the right of the beach, easily accessible through the shallow waters. I did not try the cliff jumping but it is very popular thing to do.
What is available: As with Sunrise Beach, here you will find it all, peripteros to restaurants, kiosks and more.
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Where I Stayed
I stayed at Mon Repos Hotel Apartments for 5 nights which I booked using booking.com. Our overall stay was good, the staff were amazing and it is right next door to my favourite beach, Makronissos! Towels changed and room cleaning daily. The only negative was that breakfast was not included and was an extra 9.00EUR per day but after the first try I opted for getting supplies from the supermarket (right across the street) and have breakfast in the apartment.
Recommended: YES. I would suggest you also ask for one of the apartments on the second floor (steps) as they have a nice big balcony. Great for enjoying a glass of Tsiakkas or Petritis wines 😉
I also stayed 2 nights at the Makronisos Village. This was also booked via booking.com. This is a Village in the true sense of the word, as it is huge and ideal if looking for an inexpensive place to stay for you and a group of friends (each with their own apartment of course). Great value for money but very much a ‘Club Med’ with on-site entertainment. Do not expect luxury and the rooms are a little outdated but still great for a well priced stay in Agia Napa.
Recommended: YES. For a short stay and for families or friends looking for a place to hang out altogether. Also very close to Makronissos beach.
How to get there
The only way to get to these beaches or around Cyprus for that matter, is by car. I used rentalcars.com for this trip and hired via SIXT at the price of 35.00EUR per day (including full insurance).
I purchased the full coverage and glad we did because the bottom of our car got scratched and rentalcars.com paid it all back thanks to the coverage (119.00EUR). The guy at SIXT told us that this is a common occurrence in Cyprus as many cars are made very low while the sidewalks and parking ‘bricks’ put in place to help you know when to stop, are very high and under the car scratches happen all the time.