Sundance Villas: Beaches in the Paphos Region
There are 54 Blue Flag beaches in Cyprus, and 12 Blue Flag beaches can be found on the 50 km of coast in the Paphos Region, three of which are in the Polis area. Seven of the 12 beaches have facilities for the disabled.
The blue flag beaches, which meet strict criteria for water quality, safety and provision of services, also include full facilities such as a lifeguard and beach services. Paphos also offers supervised beaches with umbrellas and some facilities. And another type of beach which often appeals to our clients is the unsupervised type which offers no services. Among these are hidden beaches, not obvious from the road.
So please bear in mind that the 2 latter categories may still enjoy the clean sea, even though they will not qualify for Blue Flag, as there are no or few facilities. A good example is Fontana Amorosa beach on the left, in my opinion some of the clearest and cleanest turquoise sea on the island, and thankfully protected from development, so cannot be awarded a Blue Flag. You can visit this gem on a mini cruise to the Blue Lagoon, or hire a boat with cool box, from Latchi. Ask your Rep. Nicole for more information on cruises.
Here are the Paphos area beaches, starting south of Paphos Airport.
Between Limassol and Paphos. The Rock of Aphrodite is a magnificent natural pebble beach. The Petra (rock) tou Romiou is a cluster of small and big rocks in the sea, adjacent to the beach. According to legend, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty rose from the waves here. Beautiful at sunset.
Between Paphos Airport and Paphos Town, in the Τimi-Mandria area, the beach is long and wide and partly developed.
Pictured above is Timi beach. It is long, sandy and unspoilt. Turtle nests have been observed in this area. It is only 5 minutes drive from Paphos Airport. There is a little beach bar with WC. It is perfect if you have a late flight and just want somewhere to chill out during the day. When I visited this beach, the whole area was incredibly clean and very quiet. I think this is because this beach is a little out of the way and it seems that tourists don’t really know about it. The beach bar is visible from the road. In order to find it, it is on the left on the final straight stretch of road approaching the airport, immediately before a small wood. You can park right next to the beach which means that if your car is packed with luggage, you can easily keep an eye on it. Also the planes come into the airport very low, so this is really exciting for the children.
The beaches west of the airport from Geroskipou towards Paphos town are within the tourist developed area (Blue Flag).
Geroskipou beach is very long and sandy, and feels more secluded as you go away from Paphos. I have been lucky enough to swim with a turtle here. Sea trac chair in high season. There is a fish tavern “Atlantida” and bar “Ricos” on the beach.
Kato Paphos Pachyammos beach
One of the 6 Paphos beaches awarded the Blue Flag. Sea trac chair in high season.
After this beach there are small beaches in the direction of the harbour ending with the wooden deck and sand beach of the Municipal Baths (Blue Flag).
The beaches between Paphos and Cape Drepanon are all within the tourist developed coastline (Blue Flag). These include Faros (Lighthouse) Beach, a sandy beach with an excellent view situated at the west end of Paphos.
Coral Bay is a protected shallow sandy beach, usually with calm sea as a result of its horseshoe shape, with wooden decking access and lots of facilities (Blue Flag). Coral Bay also has WC and beach bars, sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, and lots water sport options like jet skis and banana boats! Coral Bay has been protected from development, so the surroundings are very green and there isn’t really anything overlooking it.
Next to Coral Bay is Coralia beach is also a protected shallow sandy beach, usually with calm sea. It is smaller and more narrow than Coral Bay, but is has lots of facilities (Blue Flag). Bus stop.
Agios Georgios Beach (above) is a small sheltered sandy beach overlooking the Akamas National Park. Ramp access into sea. This photo was taken from the wonderful fish tavern above.
More details about Agios Georgios below.
Beaches within the Akamas National Park, protected from development, no facilities. 4 x 4, jeep safari or boat accessible.
The beaches from Cape Drepanon to Lara Bay are long sandy beaches. Lara Bay is one of the few remaining havens for loggerhead and green turtles to nest.
Between Lara and Baths of Aphrodite, there are small secluded rocky and sandy beaches 50m – 100m long, usually with rocks in front. The most famous here is the Fontana Amorosa sandy beach, also known as the Blue Lagoon, white sand and turquoise clear sea.
Baths of Aphrodite small beach below the tavern of same name run by Dinos, has a handful of sun loungers, umbrellas, showers and WCs. Wonderful far reaching views towards Polis/Pomos.
There are hidden bays along this next stretch of coastline, often unmarked. Be prepared for a scramble down a track.
Asprokremmos beach of sand and tiny shingle is located at the east end of Akamas Peninsula and is characterised by its magnificent greenish rocks and emerald coloured crystal clear sea.
Latchi Beach (Blue Flag) is a long sandy beach next to Latchi Marina (famous for fish taverns) with a walkway next to the sea passing the sand and shingle Polis Municipal Beach (Blue Flag) and play area for children, to Polis Camping Beach.
Polis Camping Beach is sandy, and shaded (and recognised) by huge eucalyptus trees. Sea trac chair in high season. (Blue Flag).
Argaka Beach is undeveloped, a mix of sand and pebble, and you can always find a stretch to yourself. A few taverns and shops run along the coast road, in case you need anything.
Pomos has unforgettable rugged coastline scenery with indigo deep blue seas. Tiny pebble beach, water is crystal clear. 2 fish taverns.
The photos below are some photographs that I took of the little beach at Agios Georgios. These were taken from the fish tavern.