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The Island of Cyprus–Always a Winner

Tourists will be happy to know that most visits to Cyprus are enjoyable, and trouble-free. Cyprus travel can be a fun and exciting experience, and those planning a trip to the island will definitely want to experience its outstanding beaches.

Cyprus Beaches

Each of the Cyprus beaches offers something different. Some have silky, golden sand, while others feature a mixture of sand and tiny pebbles. In addition, some have small coves as well as sand dunes, especially those found in isolated locations.

Most of the beaches lend themselves well to water sports, including sailing, wind surfing, and scuba diving. Cyprus is a also member of the "European Blue Flag Campaign" where only quality beaches are awarded the coveted Blue Flag approval seal.

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa beach is noted for its attractive and extremely popular Nissi Beach. The sea here is calm and blue, featuring fine, gold sand, making it ideal for sun-worshipers of all ages. A tiny island is situated approximately 100m from the shoreline to which people swim for fun and exercise. Taking this excursion is a favorite activity of locals and tourists alike.

Limassol Beach

The beaches of Limassol are some of the most popular in all of Cyprus, and the numerous fishing towns and villages that surround them only add to their appeal. Pissouri Bay, located between Paphos and Limassol, is an interesting tourist attraction, as this area is believed by locals to be the birthplace of the famous Aphrodite. The bay is surrounded by restaurants which feature traditional Cypriot food as well as outstanding views of the Mediterranean Sea. Kourium Beach, located just outside Limassol offers a spectacular view of the Greco-Roman Amphitheater.

Beaches of Protaras

Sirena and Fig Tree Bay are unique beaches that offer clear, shallow waters, and as such, are perfect for families with small children. Fig Tree Bay is the more spacious of the two, and cafes, hotels, and restaurants are laced around this busy shoreline. Konnon Beach is situated approximately 2km north of an attractive little village called Cavo Greko, and is a bit more secluded than the other beaches.

Paphos Beaches

Perhaps the most famous shoreline of Cyprus is at Aphrodite beach, where the goddess was said to have arisen from the sea. A little further away, surrounded by a collection of villas, is a horseshoe-shaped beach named Coral Bay. This area features the finest, silkiest sand of all the Paphos beaches, and one will see tourists and locals frequenting this area in equal numbers.

Turtle Beach

On the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, on the island's west coast, are some of the most secluded and attractive beaches in Cyprus, and those at Polis and Latchi should not be overlooked. Turtle Beach--sometimes called Lara Bay--is where the endangered green turtle species come each season to lay eggs. The area features an extraordinarily rugged landscape and is well worth some exploration if one has the time. However, visitors should keep in mind that due to the landscape's rugged terrain, a 4x4 vehicle should be used for sightseeing excursions.

Cyprus Weather

Cyprus features a standard Mediterranean climate, and sunshine is typical throughout most of the year. June, July, and August are ideal months for those who enjoy hot weather. Summers in Cyprus are dry, with temperatures easily reaching 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Pleasant sea breezes offset the long hot summers in the coastal areas, and such breezes are generally present throughout the year. Cyprus weather is mild in winter; however, snowfall occurs often in the Troodos Mountains, located inland from the shore.

There is no bad time to visit Cyprus, as each season has its own unique appeal. Those who enjoy sunshine and golden sand will have the experience of a lifetime should they choose to vacation in this beautiful area of the world.