Ayia Napa beaches
Ayia Napa has 14 different beaches in its vicinity, all of which have been given the prestigious EU Blue Flag award for cleanliness and facilities. Most of the developed beaches have lifeguards on duty during the daytime from April through October, and all beaches contain a notice board stating information regarding lifeguards, flag warnings and the location of toilet and shower facilities. The main beaches have tourist facilities like food vendors and water sport rentals.
The closest beach to Ayia Napa Town sits right next to its picturesque harbour, and is also known as Harbour Beach. This fine white-sand beach stretches for a kilometre east towards the Ayia Napa sea caves, and incorporates two smaller beaches: Pantachou and Loukkas Tou Manti. The water here is shallow, making it popular with families and kids, and a full range of water sports like jet-skiing, parasailing and pedalos is available. Grecian Bay is the most accessible beach from the town centre, with numerous restaurants, snack bars and four-star hotels lining the back of the beach.
The most popular beach in Ayia Napa, and arguably the whole island of Cyprus, is Nissa. The sand is powdery soft and the water clear and shallow, staying below the waist for a hundred metres into the sea. Numerous sand bars provide lots of spots to lounge in the water and a small island is just offshore, connected by a long sand bar. The eastern side of Nissa is quiet, while the central section is home to Nissa Bay Beach Bar ― a round-the-clock party during the summer. Expect major crowds, loud music and all kinds of entertainment on Nissa Beach. A coastal path and Nissa Avenue run from the town centre, two kilometres away.
This lovely and tranquil beach lies between Nissa and Ayia Napa. It is accessible by the coastal path, and its gently sloping sand and shallow water makes it ideal for families seeking a quiet place to play. Rocky headlands on either side of Sandy Bay provide great snorkelling, and all the usual water sports like parasailing and jet-skiing are available. A number of good restaurants and snack bars back the beach.
Pernera and Katsarka beaches
These two small beaches sit side by side, and are the closest to Ayia Napa’s harbour. Pernera has gentle, sheltered water that is clear and shallow, making this a favourite spot with families. Katsarka has deep water very close to shore, so it is not ideal for kids. Water sports are available at both beaches, which are accessible via the main coastal path.
At the far western end of Ayia Napa’s beaches are the three sandy bays of Macronissos. This is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike thanks to its laid-back vibe that is ideal for lounging rather than partying. The soft sand slopes gently into the sea, with lots of shallow water just perfect for young children who want to play in the water. A snack bar provides refreshments and all the main water sports are on hand. Access is via Nissa Avenue by bus or car.
Landa Beach (Golden Beach)
Nestled between Macronissos and Nissa is the local favourite, Landa Beach. Much quieter than neighbouring Nissa but just as pretty, Landa is a good place to hang out with friends and meet some of the locals. A snack bar is on hand, along with a selection of water sports. Access is via Nissa Avenue.
The easternmost of Ayia Napa’s beaches is Konnos Bay, an absolute gem of a beach with classic, turquoise water and rocky headlands at the back that have trails leading up to some amazing vantage points. Popular with tourists, the bay offers a small café tucked into the pine trees and a rental stand with sun loungers that can be dragged into the shallow sea. All the favourite water sports are on hand, and yachts often drop anchor on the edge of this scenic bay.
Kermia Beach (Limnara Beach)
At the edge of Cape Greco National Park is this peaceful beach that is well off the beaten tourist track. The beach has golden sands and a series of interesting rock pools carve into the coast. There are very few facilities here, and access is either along the coastal path or through the sprawling Kermia Beach Bungalows compound.