When we say “Ayia Napa” we mean beach life and a 24/7 party. This is roughly what the main beach resort of Cyprus looks like. Let’s walk along the beaches of Ayia Napa and tell in more detail about some, in our opinion, more attractive of them.
We’ll start at Limanaki Beach, which is just behind the Aya Napa Harbor on the left when looking out to sea. There are always a lot of people here. The entrance to the sea is rocky in places. This beach does not have any outstanding characteristics. It is mainly tourists from nearby hotels and apartments who rest here.
If you go further along the Limanaki beach, we find ourselves on Pantachou Beach (Pantachou Beach) with which it smoothly connects. Another name is Grecian Bay, above is the Grecian Bay Sands hotel of the same name.
Pantachou Beach (Grecian Bay) is very beautiful, with a smooth entry into the water, a sandy pleasant bottom and accessibility to the main attraction of Ayia Napa – Love Bridge. The center is also close – 15 minutes walk along the sea. If you move further in the direction of Cape Greco, you can get to the sea caves.
Sandy Bay (Vathia Gonia) is located to the right of Ayia Napa Marina, looking at the sea. In general, this is a good local sandy beach of Ayia Napa, next to the Anonimus hotel. The well-known Nissi Beach can be reached on foot along the path along the sea in 20-30 minutes, which is quite civilized with beautiful views of the coast. On the way to Nissi Beach, there are several more beaches with clean sand and clear water, where you can stop and spend some time.
Nissi Beach is the most famous and popular beach in Cyprus. White sand, beautiful sandy spit connecting the beach with a small semi-island, azure-turquoise color of the water, as if looking at a postcard.
Since Nissi Beach is so popular with both tourists and locals, it can be crowded here already in the morning. People are actively relaxing in beach bars, DJs play electronic music, in general, if you love a party or just want to cheer up, then you are definitely here.
Unfortunately, we are forced to note that being more popular does not make the beach better, they maintain cleanliness, but they are far from ideal. The large number of people who want to spend time on Nissi Beach contributes to higher prices for everything, compared to other beaches. But nevertheless, Mother Nature did her best, and Nissi Beach is unusually beautiful, especially if you look at it from a small island opposite and at the moment of low water, when you can see a sand spit.
Adams Beach is a cozy small beautiful sandy beach next to Nissi Beach, you can walk in a few minutes. It is quiet and calm here, unlike the promoted neighbor.
Landa Beach is a very nice beach, very popular with families with children, as the entry into the water is shallow, down to a depth of about 50 meters. It has a Blue Flag certificate, which indicates a well-developed infrastructure and good water quality. It is located between Nissi Beach and Makronisos. It has all the amenities of a beach holiday, and despite the sufficient number of tourists during the high beach season, it is not as crowded as Nissi.
Makronisos Beach is perhaps one of the best beaches not only in Ayia Napa, but also in Cyprus. It is located at the exit from Ayia Napa towards Larnaca, you can get here by city bus № 101/102.
The same beach infrastructure as everywhere else, sun loungers, umbrellas, shower, toilet. Very clean. White sand, amazingly colored water, good entry into the water. This beach is great for families with children, and it should be noted that there are a lot of families with children here.
Makronisos Beach is a beautiful semi-oval in shape, so it can be viewed from different angles. To the right of the main beach is the Mali Makronisos beach, behind which is the archaeological site.
Ayia Thekla Beach is located further 6 km from Ayia Napa towards Larnaca. It is quite small and got its name from the name of the old small church of St. Thekla. The beach is not crowded, as its main visitors are tourists from nearby villas and apartments. There is an islet in the bay of the beach, to which, if desired, you can easily swim. Beach infrastructure includes all components – umbrellas, sun loungers, showers booths, cafes and bars.
It is believed that Ayia Thekla Beach is suitable for romantic couples, especially in the evening at sunset, as it has the most beautiful sunsets in Ayia Napa due to the bend of the coast in this place.
Of course, in terms of the natural quality of the beaches, Larnaca loses to Protaras and Ayia Napa.
The general characteristic of Larnaca’s beaches is gray-brown wet sand and for this reason a different, darker color of the water. Nevertheless, we would like to highlight two beaches in this location, which, although inferior in beauty to the beaches of Protaras and Ayia Napa, are quite competitive in terms of developed infrastructure and grooming.
Finikoudes Beach is a city beach in Larnaca, stretching along the promenade from the old fortress to the marina. A wide line of the beach, the entrance to the water is shallow, there are no stones, in the summer, the whole is lined with sun loungers. The sand is wet and dense, gray-yellow in color. Suitable for vacationers with small children, as the entrance to the water is very smooth and to go far enough to the depth of bathing. The beach has absolutely everything for a comfortable stay. And literally 20 meters from the beach along the entire embankment, restaurants, bars, cafes, taverns replace each other. If you are tired of a beach holiday, welcome to shopping – the next two parallel streets are the so-called “main shopping” streets of Larnaca.
From Larnaca Marina, Finikoudes Beach next to it and further along the sea to Mackenzie Beach, there is a very beautiful promenade. Ideal for a promenade, jogging and cycling.
Mackenzie Beach is the beach where locals or tourists from nearby aparthotels and apartments mostly relax, is located directly near Larnaca airport. This neighborhood provides an amazing opportunity to watch planes land at a very close distance. The sand here is dark golden and looser than on Finikoudes, the entrance to the water is smooth. The popularity of the beach is gaining momentum every year. The beach has a very good infrastructure. Huge parking (paid from 01.04. To 31.10.), A string of bars and restaurants by the sea, many of them have special lounge-zones that allow those who wish to sunbathe comfortably without leaving the table in a bar or cafe. For lovers of outdoor activities and thrills, there is a water entertainment center on the beach.
In the evening, especially on weekends, Mackenzie turns into Larnaca’s trendy hangout and party. Concerts and large parties are often held here.