Widely famed for its clean, blue and turquoise waters and golden beaches, Cyprus is described as a treasure chest of seaside gems, with a shoreline dotted with magnificent coasts that attract scores of tourists every year. It comes as no surprise that Cyprus boasts a great number of beaches awarded with the Blue Flag – the renowned eco-label indicating high environmental and quality standards.
In a scarcely needed effort to further highlight the island’s natural beauty, we picked five of its most picturesque Blue Flag Bays and present them to you.
- Coral Bay, Paphos
Unquestionably among the most beautiful sandy shores around Paphos, the Coral Bay is a well-known haven for swimmers and sunbathers. Family-friendly with emerald waters and fine golden-hued sand, Coral Bay is shielded by spectacular cliffs from winds, creating the perfect scenery for genuine relaxation, fun-packed games with the kids and snorkelling.
- Curium Bay, Limassol
Curium Bay is the less known pick in our list. Cocooned by white cliffs and covered in small pebbles and sand, the Bay welcomes visitors with its refreshing crystal-clear waters, and is rather popular among waters sports buffs, especially windsurfers, since just outside the bay, crossing winds set the perfect scenery for some spectacular water runs.
The place is great for culture lovers too, since close to the Bay stand the remains of a wonderful Greco-Roman amphitheatre, offering fantastic views over the Bay.
- Fig Tree Bay, Protaras
Another well-known spot for ardent beach lovers, the Fig Tree Bay boasts the most crystal-clear waters along the island’s coastline. Coupled with its fine sand, shallow depth and an array of amenities (restaurants, beach bars, water-sports hubs etc.), the Fig Tree Bay is perfect for families that wish to spend the whole day by the sea!
- Konnos Bay, Ayia Napa
Capable of bewitching you the instant you shed eyes on its azure waters, Konnos Bay is one of the most popular beaches across the island, which often makes it difficult to find a spot to lie down if you arrive late at noon! Calm waters protected all day by summer breezes and violent winds by a crescent-shaped hillside around it, it is lined by shading vegetation and imposing rocky formations and stands out as a genuine marvel of nature. You will find it by the road connecting Cape Greco and Protaras.
- Pissouri Bay, Limassol
Pissouri Bay stretches for at least a mile from Cape Aspro to the Mavrorotsos cape, forming a crescent-shaped seaside gem with azure waters. Coated with round pebbles mixed with rejuvenating sand and partly lined with bold cliffs dropping down to the sea, the whole bay is so scenic and majestic, that you cannot leave without turning back for one last glance over its waters.
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