Cyprus is one of the most popular holiday destinations for all tourists. Many say that if you have once visited the island of Aphrodite, then it will want to come here again.
This is true! Stunning nature, impressive ancient monuments and the hospitality of the local people attract travelers from all over the world.
Let's talk about beaches. Cyprus has a great variety of them. If you want white sand, you can go to Ayia Napa, if you prefer gold one, then visit Paphos. But if you are one of those who prefer to go beyond the usual, then you should definitely pay attention to the beaches of Limassol. Instead of banal golden or snow-white shores, the beaches here have gray-black color and are sometimes full of pebbles.
By the way, an interesting fact is that black sand is heavier than usual, so if you decide to bury your friend in it, then he will hardly be able to get out without your help. In addition, when planning to sunbathe on a black sand beach, you should not wear the expensive swimsuit as there is a high probability that it will be spoiled by the sand, which tends to "climb cracks" of the swimsuits.
All beaches of Limassol are municipal, in other words, they belong to the state.
Literally, there are no closed and fenced-off beaches in Cyprus. Many beaches have been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag for their cleanliness, extensive infrastructure and safety. It is also worth knowing that there is usually a charge for the use of sun loungers and umbrellas, their average cost is EUR5 (sun lounger + umbrella).
If you want to save some money, it makes sense to buy a beach umbrella and a straw mat from any travel store. They can be used constantly on any beach and at the same time be absolutely sure that no one asks you to leave the umbrella.
The total length of the coastline of Limassol is just over 100,000 meters, which is good news for lovers of traditional beach holidays. The coastline begins in the east at Governos Beach and ends in the west at the village of Pissouri, near the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.
The beaches of Limassol can be conventionally divided into those that are located within the city and those that are located outside.
As you may guess, if you want to get to the most beautiful and cleanest beaches, you have to drive more than a dozen kilometers. On the other hand, if you don't want to go far away, you can find good places in the city.
So, the most popular and amazing beaches in Limassol, which you must visit, are:
The most atypical and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Limassol area is Governor's Beach. Fans of wild holidays and solitude like the coastal line full of small picturesque coves.
The beach is located 20 kilometers from Limassol on Limassol-Larnaca highway. The beach's main feature is the white chalk cliffs that surround the almost black volcanic sand.
The mainland descends abruptly into the sea here, but the place is sandy and gentle, the water is clear and clean. Due to the gradual increase in the depth and special color of the sand (this color attracts light), the water here is warmer than on other beaches in the area. Governors Beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
White rocks add a special romance to this place and serve as a great backdrop for photography. An openwork gazebo hides among the rocks, the gazebo is never vacant during the summer season, but in winter you can sit here alone and admire the sea.
The beach is especially popular with couples, photographers and divers. Many fishermen come to the bays in fall.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, taverns, showers and changing cabins, free parking.
Agios Georgios Alamanou Beach is located about 20 km east of Limassol, near the monastery of St. George Alamanou, after which it got its name.
This small and quiet beach is a great place for those wishing to relax in peace on a hot summer day. There is a seaside restaurant next to it for a bite to eat.
Fans of diving will definitely fall in love with it, because this is the ideal place for them. The water under the rocks is so clear that you can see every pebble at the bottom. If you're lucky, you can even meet an octopus.
But for couples with children, the beach is not very suitable, since the coastline is rocky, and there is a sharp increase in the depth. The beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag for the service, cleanliness of the sea bank and coastal waters.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, restaurant, showers, toilet and changing cabins, free parking.
Aoratoi Beach is located near the village of Pyrgos, opposite the five-star Parklane Hotel. The length of the beach is 200 meters. The coastline with fine gray volcanic sand of a grayish hue covers almost the entire beach area. The water is clean, the sea is calm and has gradual increase in the depth.
Due to the not deep sea and a small natural sandbank created by nature, there are always many families with small children.
And the flat cliffs rising above the water's surface attract fishermen and snorkelers. After the opening of the new hotel, an artificial bay was equipped on the Aorati beach, sun loungers and umbrellas were installed, since that time there is an opportunity to practice sea sports. The beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, bars, hotel shops, parking.
The big and well-maintained Panagies Beach is located in the Pyrgos area, next to the Saint Raphael Hotel and the pier of the same name. The yachts mooring here give the beach a romantic atmosphere, and the marina creates an additional barrier to the south-westerly winds.
Unlike many other beaches in Limassol, the motorway here runs at a considerable distance, which makes Panagies quieter and safer for children.
The length of the sandy seacoast is 400 meters, the sea has gradual increase in the depth, in some places there are small stones, the water is clean. Panagies has been awarded the EU Blue Flag for its cleanliness, extensive infrastructure and safety. From April to October, lifeguards and first aid stations work on the territory.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, showers, toilets, changing rooms, specially equipped slopes for the disabled, cafes, bars, shops, parking, a diving center and a water sports station Crest Watersports Center.
Parekklisia Beach is one of the most beautiful and groomed beaches in Limassol. It stretches from Agios Tychonas, between the St. Raphael and Grand Resort. Relaxing on this beach is a great pleasure!
Parekklisia is recognized as an ideal family vacation destination. Prices in seaside bars, cafes and restaurants are reasonable, and they are significantly lower than in the center of Limassol. Parekklisia Beach is suitable for those who appreciate a calm, quiet holiday without a large crowd of people.
The beach is approximately 500 meters long. On one side of the beach is the Malindi Beach Bar & Restaurant, which organizes high-class recreation for its guests. On Saturdays and Sundays, mostly Cypriots with their families rest here. But if you come on weekdays, then there will be not so many people. On the other side are the Grand Resort and Elias hotels.
The beach has fine, light gray sand, there is a gradual increase in the depth. The bottom is sandy and underwater rock. The shore is cleaned regularly. The water area of the beach is open to sea waves. Lifeguards work on the beach, it is equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, showers and changing cabins. Parekklisia Beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag for high quality, safety and environmental friendliness.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, restaurant, showers, toilets and changing cabins, paid parking, beach volleyball and football fields, water sports and entertainment center, free wi-fi.
Loures Beach-Located in the area of Agios Tychonas. Its length is about 500 meters. The sand on the beach is fine, light gray, the sea here has gradual increase in the depth. The bottom is sandy and without pitfalls.
The coastline is not the best place in Limassol for a comfortable beach holiday, but it can be a great place to walk.
There is a hiking trail along Loures Beach that leads to the ancient ruins of Amathus. The road is just over 5 miles long. There are two restaurants near the beach.
In the eastern part of the beach there is an underground passage that leads to the ruins of ancient Amathus. Further, a part of the trail begins, which runs along the picturesque rocky coastline.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, restaurants.
Aphrodite Beach is located opposite the famous five-star Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol. Nearby, just a few hundred meters from the beach, are the ruins of the ancient city of Amathus.
The advantages of the beach include its cleanliness and convenient location allowing you to quickly get to it, at the same time it is away from the bustle of the city. The beach is well suited for a measured and relaxed holiday, which is facilitated by a well-developed infrastructure, calm sea and picturesque landscapes.
The length of the beach is about 400 meters. The sand on Aphrodite Beach is dark gray in color. The bottom is sandy and without underwater rocks. The water here is azure and transparent. The coast of the beach is located in a bay protected from strong waves.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, changing cabins, showers with fresh water, toilet, rescue tower and first aid station, beach equipment rental.
Vouppa Beach is located in the area of Agios Tychonas, next to the Four Seasons and Mediterranean Beach. It is a small strip of coast covered with soft grayish sand (somewhere there are small stones), which gradually widens to the west.
Like all beaches in Cyprus, Vouppa Beach is municipal, free and public, sun loungers and umbrellas are paid for rent, just EUR 5 per set.
The sand on Vouppa Beach is volcanic, fine, gray in color, with a few pebbles. The entry into the sea is smooth, gradual, without stones, except for a very small strip of pebbles when entering the water. There are breakwater islands about 150 meters from the coast, so waves are very rare in this place. Little travelers definitely like the playground by the beach, thus their parents have the opportunity to calmly rest on the shores of the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, shower, toilet, changing cabins, first-aid post, parking, water sports and entertainment center.
Armonia Beach is narrow, widening forward the west, coastline of 600 meters long. The beach is predominantly sandy-gray, in some places there are pebbles.
There are stone breakwaters in the sea that protect the coast from large waves. The beach has clear sea waters and a relaxing, soothing atmosphere.
It is ideal for relaxing alone or with children. As you may guess "Armonia" is translated from Greek as "harmony". The beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, shower, toilet, changing cabins, paid parking.
Castella Beach is a sand and pebble coastal strip with a length of 890 meters. Kastella beach is located in the eastern part of Limassol, 2.7 km from Agios Tychonas and is equipped with all the infrastructure necessary for a comfortable stay. The beach is popular with locals and guests of nearby small hotels.
Castella beach is comparatively quiet and calm, for lovers of secluded relaxation. Descent into the water is comfortable, smooth, without sudden dips, convenient for children and poorly swimming people. The seabed is natural fine sand. The bottom relief is flat and gentle. The water depth near the coast is quite shallow.
Castella Beach has been awarded the international EU Blue Flag award. Armonia Park is located behind the beach of Castella, on the territory of the beach there are trees that create a small shade.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, changing cabins, showers with fresh water, a toilet, a rescue tower and a first aid station, equipped ramps for the disabled, a beach equipment rental shop.
Onisilos Beach is located in a fairly quiet area of Limassol, but the infrastructure here is well developed. On the one hand, there is an area with hotels, restaurants and parking adjacent to it, and on the other, there are several neighboring beaches: Armonia Beach and Castella Beach. The beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
The length of the sandy strip of the beach is 440 meters, the entrance to the sea is shallow, in some places there are small stones, the water is clean, a beautiful coast covered with fine sand with pebble patches.
In the sea, concrete breakwaters are installed along the entire coastline to protect holidaymakers from the wind, so the current near the beach is not strong, which in turn is suitable for children.
The main entertainment on the Onisilos beach, in addition to sunbathing and swimming in the sea, is the theater of the same name. It is interesting because it has no roof, and a wonderful view of the bay opens from the auditorium.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, changing cabins, showers with fresh water, toilet, rescue tower and first aid station, equipped descents into the water for the disabled, beach equipment rental.
Santa Barbara Beach
Santa Barbara Beach is located about 8 km from the center of Limassol, in the Mutayaka area, at a decent distance from hotels. Nearby there is only a complex of apartments and 2 fashionable hotels, the rare guests usually don't interfere with a relaxing holiday.
A narrow coastline with a length of 800 meters, covered with dark sand, near the water there are small pebbles. The beach is surrounded by rocks on all sides. During the entire swimming season, from 09:00 to 17:00, lifeguards are on duty there. There are changing rooms, toilets and showers. They are located next to restaurants and cafes along the edge of the beach.
The clear sea waters are additionally decorated with an artificial reef. There is also a scenic trail that leads west.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, changing cabins, showers with fresh water, toilet, beach equipment rental, descent for the disabled into the sea.
Dasoudi Beach is the most popular city beach in Limassol. It is located in the heart of the tourist area of the city, in the Germasogeia area. A stunning pine and eucalyptus grove stretches along a one and a half-kilometer strip of volcanic sand beach, where you can take a walk, escape from the sweltering heat and enjoy the healing aromas of trees.
The entrance to the sea near the beach is sandy, shallow, with a shallow set of depth. The open water area is completely protected from sea waves by breakwaters.
Dasoudi beach is marked with the Blue Flag certificate, that means that the sand and the sea are very clean, there are several towers on which lifeguards are on duty, and the beach infrastructure is provided with all the necessary amenities. Near the beach there are two large parking lots, a tavern of the same name with an excellent selection of the freshest fish and meat dishes, as well as a bar.
Children love the spacious playground here along the sandy shoreline. The adults can play volleyball, ride catamarans and jet skis, sunbathe, swim or visit the Olympic Pool located next to the beach. Thus the Dasoudi Beach is ideal for families.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, tavern, bar, playground, toilets, showers and changing cabins, two free parking lots, water activities.
Miami Beach is a small beach in the center of Limassol near the Crowne Plaza hotel complex. Its length is only 300 meters. But the beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing. The sea here has gradual increase in the depth. The water is clear and clean. The beach is equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas, a rescue service is on duty on the shore, there is a specially equipped parking lot for cars.
In addition, water sports can be enjoyed here as there is a wide range of water activities on the beach. Bars, shops and other urban infrastructure are within walking distance. Miami Beach has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, free parking, water activities.
Akti Olympion Beach
Akti Olympion is another popular city beach in Limassol. It is easy to find as it is located directly opposite the Municipal Park and Zoo.
The beach begins at the end of the Molos promenade and stretches almost 2 km east to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Formally, it is divided into 2 parts (Alpha and Vita), between which there is a 500-meter gap opposite the Enaerios parking lot.
This is the central city beach of Limassol with good infrastructure.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, restaurants, toilets, the sea here has gradual increase in the depth, showers and changing cabins, free parking, water activities.
To the west of Limassol, on the Akrotiri peninsula, there is "Lady's Mile", this is the longest beach in Cyprus, and also a unique place with its own ecosystem.
The pebble and sandy spit of the beach stretches for seven kilometers from the new port of the city to the British military base of the Akrotiri Peninsula. Here you can find recreational areas for every taste.
Closer to the port, the coast is covered with pebbles, and the depth increases immediately after entering the water. To the south, the stones become less and less, and the coast is smoother. Most of the beach is sandy and gently sloping.
The Lady's Mile water area is not protected by breakwaters. The waves in windy weather can be quite high here, which is why the beach is deservedly popular with surfers and kitesurfing enthusiasts.
There is a salt lake where flamingos come in winter about a kilometer from the beach. Ladies Mile is considered the quietest beach in Limassol and therefore it is chosen by couples with children.
The beach is well equipped with everything you need to relax. There are cafes, restaurants, a playground here. There are also a lot of active sports such as parachuting, yachting, diving, go-karting and so on. Lady's Mile has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, taverns, toilets, showers and changing cabins, free parking, water activities.
Curium Beach (sometimes also called Episkopi), is located at the foot of a high cliff, about 20 kilometers from Limassol, on the shores of Episkopi Bay. The coast in this place is covered with volcanic dark sand and pebbles, the entrance to the water is gentle. The length of the beach is approximately 1 kilometer.
The entire coast of the historical zone next to the ancient archaeological complex of Kourion is declared a nature reserve and is protected by the state. The development of high-rise buildings is prohibited here, so there are no hotels near the beach.
Waves on the beach are frequent guests, they rush freely across the sea and roll into shallow water near the shore, sometimes flooding the first line of installed sun loungers. Despite this, the shallow depth of the coastal part allows adults to relax in peace without worrying about children who play merrily in the warm, sun-warmed sea water.
You can rent sun loungers, umbrellas, life towers, changing rooms, cafes and restaurants work along the entire length on the Curium beach.
Curium is distinguished by a leisurely and measured atmosphere, it is well suited for family holidays. But for young people looking for beach activities, Curium Beach is the best choice.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, taverns, toilets, showers and changing cabins, free parking.
Pissouri is a place for beach gourmets, which appeal to those who do not like the noisy and crowded Ayia Napa and the rustic beachfront Larnaca. Pissouri Beach is one of the few that has saved the true Cypriot atmosphere that was on the island before the "invasion of tourists".
Pissouri Beach is not crowded, located in a small bay, a few tens of kilometers from Limassol towards Paphos. Conditionally it can be divided into two parts: equipped and wild. On the first there are sun loungers and umbrellas, on the second there is nothing.
The sea here has sharp increase in the depth, the bottom is rocky, which is popular with adult swimmers, but not at all suitable for small children. When visiting the beach, it is superfluous to bring special shoes with you. Due to the surrounding mountains, the beach is closed from northern winds, which makes it very comfortable, and the rounded shape of the bay creates a chamber atmosphere.
Beach infrastructure: sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes, taverns, toilets, showers and changing cabins, free parking, diving with an instructor, water activities.
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The volcanic sands of Limassol, 25 shades of sea water and the region's stunning landscapes are sure to grace your Instagram.
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