The beautiful scenery and child-friendly ethos of Cyprus has made the Mediterranean island one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Cyprus is also home to some of the best family-friendly beaches going, all easily reachable by car from major tourist hubs. For those with kids and teens, western Cyprus is traditionally the most popular destination, with plenty of family-oriented beaches around the resorts of Paphos and Limassol.
The west is also home to plentiful cultural places of interest, and a more reserved nightlife than the beaches of Aiya Napa to the east. That said, the east side still plays host to some award-winning beaches which are well worth exploring with the kids. A good option is to hire a car: the island is easily navigable and car hire in Cyprus is cheap and easy. With your own transport, the best beaches Cyprus has to offer will always be within striking distance. These three are guaranteed to be a hit for both you and the kids.
1. Konnos Bay, Cape Greco is a prime example of a great, family-friendly beach tucked away on the east side. Only a mile east of Ayia Napa, Konnos Bay is the perfect spot from which to explore the sea caves around Cape Greco on one of the many boat tours leaving from around the beach area. The beach is also a perfect snorkelling spot, with its sparklingly clear water and vibrant marine life. For the more adventurous (kids and adults!), all manner of watersports are available and the whole place is overlooked by a well-stocked and friendly cafe. Those seeking something a little different need only head up the Protaras road to the national forest park, home to some fantastic and shady nature trails.
2. Coral Bay, Peyia. A mere 14-mile drive northwards along the coast road from Paphos Town will bring you to this breath of fresh air amid the somewhat same-y beaches of Paphos. It soon becomes clear why Coral Bay is the beach of choice for the expat population living in and around the north and northeast of Paphos Town. Although the beach is much quieter out of the main season, there is always a good stock of sunbeds and parasols and even at peak season you need only walk a little way beyond the sunbeds to find uncluttered sand and relative peace. At the same time, here you will find a range of watersports and family-friendly activities on offer, from waterskiing, parascending and diving to inflatables for sale and rent.
3. Ladies’ Mile Beach, Limassol. Widely considered one of the most family-friendly beaches on the island, Ladies’ Mile is often cooler than neighbouring beaches even at high summer, and boasts large areas of shallow water making it perfect for younger kids. The beach is also well-served by a number of family-friendly cafes, with Captain’s Cabin a firm favourite for kids and parents alike. When you fancy something different, the region is also well-known for its history and sightseeing, with highlights including a 14th century castle and the famous Roman ruins at Curium just around the corner.