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Cyprus Coast

Cyprus has a varied coastline with resorts in the South being more popular than those in the North but it all depends on whether you are after a lively beach holiday or would prefer a more peaceful, relaxing time.
 
Agía Nápa in Southern Cyprus is a major destination for young people with some of the best but most crowded beaches and a vast array of bars, cafes and clubs to choose from. After Ibiza, Agía Nápa now has the reputation for being the second most popular resort in the Med. Be prepared to party!  For something quieter try nearby Nissi Beachwith its small island to explore. At the eastern end of the resort you will find some incredible cliff formations at Cape Gkréko. The crystal clear waters make it a true paradise for snorkellers and scuba divers. (See Outdoors). If you are feeling energetic you could hire a bike and follow the cycle path out to the lovely Makronissos beach from the town centre.
 
Lemesós (Limassol) is also a well known resort with a 3 km palm fringed promenade to stroll along. There are pleasant catamaran cruises which run from Lemesós Old Port to Cape Gata. The best beaches are definitely out of town - head east to the long and sandy Lady’s Mile beach or west by bus to Koúrion beach. The Koúrion sea cliffs are the main site for hang gliding in the South. If you head 44 km out of Lemesós you will come to a fabulous beach near Pissouri. Here you can hire a deck chair and parasol or eat al fresco in the nearby tavernas.
 
If Lárnaka is your destination try the municipal beach south of the fishing harbour. This beach is popular with the locals due to the range of water sports on offer and excellent choice of cafes. 10 km south of Lárnaka near Kiti you will find a quiet rocky cove and only a few other people on the beach.
 
If you are visiting west Cyprus then head for Páfos where you can easily combine a beach holiday with exploring the wealth of historic relics in Kato (Lower) Páfos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (See Culture). Páfos itself has a few small beaches with excellent water sport facilities. 10 km north of the town is the lovely Órmos Korallíon (Coral Bay) ideal for swimming and diving or hire a sun bed and watch the para gliders.
 
Undoubtedly some of the islands finest and remotest beaches are in the west on the Akámas Peninsula. Head north of Páfos to the white sandy beaches of Kólpos Lára (Lara Bay) where if you are lucky you might see the rare green and loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs – the Lara Turtle Conservation Project arrange night-time walks in the breeding season from June to September. Continue further north to Pólis and a 15 minute walk will take you to the beautiful Chrysochou Bay.
 
North Cyprus is the ideal place for those of you looking for a quieter beach holiday. The two main resorts are Ammochostos Bay (Famagusta) and Kerýneía which has one of the most attractive yacht harbours in the Med and some lovely seafood restaurants to choose from. Afiyet olsun! – (Bon appetit!)