Top 10 Beaches in Paphos

Petra tou Romiou

1. Aphrodite’s Rock Beach (Petra tou Romiou)

The Aphrodite’s Rock Beach (Petra tou Romiou) is situated in the Paphos district and can be easily spotted on the coastal road between Paphos and Limassol near Aphrodite Hills. It is a wonderful beach that is surrounded by large rocks and sand. There are two myths in concern to this particular beach. The first name Aphrodite’s Rock was given due to the myth of the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. According to the myth, Kronos had cut off the genitals of Ouraniou and threw them in the water. It is said that the Greek goddess had then risen from the waters in the bay. The second name Petra tou Romiou was given due to the byzantine warrior Akritas Digenis. It is said that the warrior attempted to stop a raid from Arab pirates and threw a large rock into the sea. The location is quite romantic especially during sunset and is a very popular destination for newlywed couples who choose it for their wedding photos. It is the ideal place to relax, sunbathe and have a walk as it not an overcrowded beach. It is not recommended that visitors swim at this beach as the sea is rough, and climbing on the rocks is not permitted.

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Coral Bay

2. Coral Bay

Coral Bay is situated in the Peyia area, about 12 kilometres from the town centre of Paphos. Coral Bay is considered to be the most popular choice in the Paphos area for families, young people and couples as it has clear shallow waters and thin golden sand. It is suitable for all ages and it has also gained the Blue Flag certification meaning that it meets all the rules that are required by the European Union , and it has the highest rating on the west side of Cyprus. The particular beach even has access for people with disabilities. Due to its calm and shallow waters it is the ideal beach for families with children. The beach has all the facilities such as umbrellas, sunbeds, changing rooms and water sport, while trained lifesavers are on duty during the summer months. During the summer months many beach parties are also held at the beach attracting thousands of visitors. Plenty of restaurants, taverns, bars, cafes, shops and pharmacies are located around the bay in order to accommodate all visitors. The taverns and restaurants offer fantastic meals and traditional Cypriot cuisine some even offer live Cypriot music.

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Blue Lagoon Beach, Akamas

3. Blue Lagoon Beach, Akamas

The Blue Lagoon Beach is situated in the Akamas Peninsula in the Paphos district. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island as it seems to be untouched by man. It is a magical place with crystal clear water and golden sand, which resembles a large swimming pool. The water is not very deep and there is a reef perfect for those who want to go snorkelling or diving as there are plenty of fish and rocks around the area. Access to this bay is by boat or a four wheel drive car as the road is not very suitable for lower cars. There are two ways of accessing the blue lagoon, one is the coastal road of the Baths of Aphrodite, which is quite dangerous. The other way is going up to Latsi and continuing to the village of Neo Chorio towards Peyeia. At some point you will reach a junction and from there you must turn right towards Fontana Amoroza. Once you get there again turn right and follow the road to reach blue lagoon. If you love adventure there are various vehicles you can rent to get there such as jeeps, buggies, quad bikes or organized group safaris.

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Lara Beach, Akamas

4. Lara Beach, Akamas

Lara beach is located in the Akamas Peninsula in the Paphos district. Access to Lara Beach is from Pegia and then to Agios Georgios. Lara beach has golden sand and show clear waters. The bay is in the shape of a horseshoes and has an extent of 35 metres. The particular beach is a protected area due to the fact that it is the birth ground of the green turtle and Caretta caretta. The area is quite deserted and the only habitants are wild goats, birds and turtles. Due to this the beach and the trees are intact making it a small paradise. In order to get there you will need a four-wheel drive as it is an off-road journey. Also since it is deserted you must take an umbrella as there is no shade, as well as food and drinks. There are however some things which must be taken into consideration, such as the fact that no fishing is allowed, staying at the beach at night is not allowed, and all rubbish must be collected.

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Fontana Amorosa, Akamas

5. Fontana Amorosa, Akamas

The Fontana Amoroza Beach is situated at the west part of Cyprus, in the Akamas Pensisula of the Paphos district. The particular beach is a magnet for every visitor in the area. The name Fontana Amoroza means source of love and is linked with the famous Baths of Aphrodite (Loutra tis Aphrodites), the natural spring in which the goddess bathed in. According to the legend the goddess Aphrodite took her lovers there away from people. Another legend states that those who drink from this spring, will fall in love again. The beach seems to live in its own rhythms, forgotten in its myths which reflect on the location with its wild vegetation, the forested landscapes and its clear blue waters. Fontana Amorosa is not a classic sandy beach but its water is crystal clear and has a deep green – light blue colour. The bottom is made up of sand and rocks and its depth is from 3 to 5 meters. It is an ideal beach for diving, exploring and taking a tour along its coastline that it filled with nature trails. Access to this beach is best done by a 4x4 car or by sea on one of the day trips that the boats offer at the Latsi port.

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Sea Caves Peyia

6. Sea Caves Peyia

The Sea Caves are located in the village of Peyia in the Paphos district. Following an interesting path along the coast and near rocky formations a traveller can visit the Peyia Sea Caves. They are situated in an environment almost unreal, with a naturally rocky beach, which the monachus-monachus seals had found refuge in the past although they have now abandoned the area. For this reason one of the caves is possibly known as “Spilios tis Fokenas” which means Seal cave. It is a combined location with tall steep cliffs with natural carved semi-underwater caves for bold climbers , crystal clear waters that are ideal for free diving and adventure diving. They are however only accessible via sea or with water bikes and jet skis that are available for rent in the area. The feeling the visitor in the area gets is awe, towards the magnificent power of the sea. The role of nature as an artist/sculptor has created wonderful sculptures on the rocks. For those interested in photography, there is great material to print.

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Alykes Beach

7. Alykes Beach

Alykes Beach is situated in the centre of the tourist area in Kato Paphos between the beaches of the Municipal Baths and Vrysoudia B. It is a small beach with sand and a rocky bottom, while it is protected with two breakwaters. The beach has been given a blue flag award for its clean waters and the quality of the water. There are many facilities at this beach such as umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, changing rooms, and water sports while there are many cafes, restaurants and taverns in the surrounding area. Lifeguards are on duty at the beach during from the 15th of April until the 31st of October. Access to this beach is very easy as it is located on the Poseidonos Avenue and visitors can get there by car, bus, motorbike bike or even on foot through the coastal footpath. The Alykes beach is considered to be one of the ideal beaches for swimming and cooling down in the area.

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Fig Tree Beach, Protaras

8. Baths of Aphrodite Beach

The Baths of Aphrodite Beach is situated in the Neo Chorio village of the Paphos district. More specifically the beach is located beloow the Baths of Aphrodite restaurant and the public parking in the area. The beach is not well known due to the fact that the actual Baths of Aphrodite are much more famous than the beach. It has a length of 300 metres and a width of 15 metres. It is a rocky beach with some parts of golden sand at some points. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and access to the beach is easy. The view from the beach is amazing as there is direct view towards the village of Pomos, one of the few villages that are not under the Turkish occupation in the regional area. The KOT restaurant is ideal for having seafood right on the edge of the cliff with the Baths of Aphrodite beach just below it.

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Geroskipou Beach

9. Geroskipou Beach

Geroskipou Beach is situated between Kato Paphos and the village of Geroskipou. It is also known as Atlantida beach or Rikkos beach, and it is one of the most popular beaches in Paphos. The particular beach extends for about 400 metres length, while it is filled with sunbeds, umbrellas and offers all the necessary services such as snack bars, changing rooms and toilets. It is both rocky and sandy as there are pebbles in the beginning but then becomes sandy as you go further in. The waters at this beach have been given the Blue Flag award for their cleanliness and at the same time the beach stands out for its accessibility for people with disabilities. There are also lifeguards on duty from April until October along the whole beach. It is considered to be the ideal beach for all ages as it is easily accessible, is organised and has all the necessary facilities.

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Lara Beach, Akamas

10. Vrysoudia Beach

Vrysoudia beach is an impressive sandy beach which is located near the hotels of the tourist area in Posidonos Avenue, in Kato Paphos. It has a length of about 300 metres and it is surrounded by rocks. It is the most organised beach in Paphos and it is taken care of by the Paphos Municipality. The Vrysoudia beach has been granted the Blue Flag award and it provides access for people with disabilities with the Seatrac. Due to the breakwaters the water remains shallow and calm making it suitable for families and children. The beach is cleaned every day and it offers many facilities such as sunbeds and umbrellas, toilets, changing rooms, water sports and free Wi-Fi. . From the 15th of April until the 31st of October there are lifeguards on duty from 11am until 5.30pm. This beach can be accessed by all types of transportation such as by car, motorbike, bike on foot and there are also bus stops nearby.

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