Laatchi Beach

57 Blue Flag Beaches means good clean family fun

If we ever needed an excuse for a beach crawl then the news from the Cyprus Tourist Organisation that 57 of its beaches have Blue Flag status was definitely it. We decided to explore this beautiful island’s coasts and crystal clear waters to see how they measured up, and we weren’t disappointed.

Paphos alone has 50 km of coast and 27 public beaches open to the public – 12 of them rated Blue Flag – so it was the perfect place to base ourselves.

Blue Flag status is based on sewage treatment, coastal planning and protection, bathing water quality, safety and services and environmental education. Even though Cyprus is a small island, we couldn’t fit all 57 into a short summer holiday in Cyprus, so we chose one for each day of the week.



Pretty Pissouri Beach on the road from Paphos to Limassol is perfect for families, with its cobalt blue water and sand and pebble beach. Pretty flowers line its edge, which curves for over 2km around a natural bay, beautifully framed by the dramatic white cliffs of Cape Aspro . There are lots of watersport activities to try, we had a go on a jet ski.

If you don’t want to take the sand away with you, there are showers and changing rooms. These and the toilets are free to use, as is the car park. There are five public footpaths, two suitable for disabled access.

There are lots of restaurants dotted around, choose one with a view of the bay and the gently lapping waters.


Nissi Beach


On the outskirts of Ayia Napa you will find gorgeous Nissi Beach with its soft golden sand and sheltered shores. It’s set behind the hotels on the main road into Ayia Napa so it’s easy to hop on a bus, and cheap too. The water is calm and clear, making it a great spot for snorkelling and diving. You can eat at one of the beach restaurants with a nice shady bamboo roof, just slip on your flip flops as they’re literally a stone’s throw away from the water.



Take a boat trip around Nissi Bay and you’ll see just how clear the waters are even further out.





Long thin Limassol beach meanders past the tourist area and along a palm fringed promenade, overlooked by some of the city’s top hotels. Interspersed with private stretches of beach, the sand is soft and the Mediterranean sea a vivid shade of blue.

Depending on which part of the strip you step out on to you can run, fish, swim and sunbathe; then eat at one of the fish restaurants at the opposite end to the tourist area while you watch the sun set.



All year round the waves are gentle enough for a fisherman to stand right on the tip of the stone jetty.





If you’re looking for a little cove with sunbeds right by the water’s edge, try Governor’s Beach off the Nicosia-Limassol Road. This little sheltered beach with dark sand can be reached via some steps, and is sheltered by the white cliffs that surround it.



If you haven’t packed a picnic don’t worry, the taverna is perched right a the top of the path. Spread out amongst colourful gardens, the taverna offers seating in and out of the shade.



Governor’s Beach is accessible by car and bus. We stopped off for breakfast there on the way to Ayia Napa and we can definitely recommend it both for the facilities and the views.




Laatchi is a quiet, breezy little sand and shingle strip framed by mountains. The day we settled down into our sunbeds it was still early. The sky blended beautifully into the cobalt blue sea, and the bright blue and white parasols dotted along the shore had yet to be opened. The beach runs alongside the road through Laatchi so there are plenty of tavernas, and despite its central location it’s a peaceful spot to soak up the sun and watch the cruise ships sail by.

The sand is so close to the water’s edge families can paddle right next to their sunbeds.



The beach is meticulously clean, and the facilities are excellent. This is a lovely beach for families with children of all ages, great for paddling, building sandcastles and playing volleyball.



Coral Bay


Coral Bay in Peyia is a popular beach shaped like a horseshoe and backed by cliffs. It gets very busy in the height of the season but you can find quieter spots if you walk further along the shoreline. Children will never get bored or go hungry here. There’s a wide selection of activities, restaurants and tavernas, and facilities for those who like more adventurous watersports, including diving.



Paphos Municipal


Our favourite place for an early morning breakfast in Paphos – the Municipal Beach. This rugged, unspoilt beach with its little cafe is a fantastic place to watch the sun rise. Situated by the Lighthouse. the beach can be reached by bus or foot, there is no need for a car. Even though it’s behind a busy road, once you’re there you would never know it.  There’s even some equipment for a seaside workout if you’re feeling energetic.



So that’s our week of Blue Flag beaches. For families who like to be beside the seaside Cyprus has so many safe, clean and well-equipped beaches to explore you could go back year after year.

If you’re out and about and can’t wait to get into the sea, you always join the locals and jump off the harbour…



We stayed at the superb Sunny Hill Apartments in Chloraka, run by the lovely Nana who takes great care of her guests.



Our apartment had a corner balcony with panoramic views.



A variety of tavernas are right next door and further down the hill, or you can jump in the car for a wider selection a short drive away to Paphos in one direction, or Coral Bay in the other. If you’re looking for a quiet, family-friendly place to stay with first class service then we highly recommend Sunny Hill Apartments. We will definitely be staying there again – it’s the perfect base for exploring the other 50 beaches!

For more information about beaches in Cyprus click here, and have a look at the map below to see where they all are.



With thanks to the Cyprus Tourist Organisation for kindly providing us with a hire car from Ascot.


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