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The Best Beaches in Ayia Napa You’ve Got to Visit this Summer

Endless stretches of powdery white sand, dreamy bays fringed with towering palm trees, and rocky coves cradling crystal clear waters. Cyprus’ east coast, renowned for its dazzling shoreline, is a dream come true for any beach lover. And it’s no secret that the seaside resort of Ayia Napa boasts some of the best beaches in Cyprus, and indeed, the whole of Europe.

Add a whole host of paradisiacal beach bars, fine restaurants, and relaxing cafes into the mix, and it’s hardly surprising that the region attracts so many global travellers in search of a Mediterranean paradise. At the heart of this paradise, right beside some of Cyprus’ best beaches, the brand new five-star Amanti MadeForTwo Hotel beckons; a relaxing and tranquil purpose-designed retreat custom designed for couples only. Here’s a list of the best beaches in Ayia Napa to enjoy during your next Cyprus holidays.

Here’s a list of the best beaches in Ayia Napa to enjoy!

1. Nissi Beach

Possibly the most famous beach in Cyprus – hailed as the fourth-best beach in Europe in TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers Choice Best of the Best’ 2022 awards for beaches ­– this lively must-visit Blue Flag stunner is just a nine-minute drive from the Amanti Hotel. So what’s all the fuss about?

The sand is powdery, fine and golden, the water is a dazzling translucent turquoise, and the setting itself is picture-postcard perfect, reminiscent of the Caribbean, with two interconnecting beaches divided by a sandy spit.

There’s even a small island that you can reach on foot as you walk through the shallow water arm in arm with your other half. Thrill-seekers will love the water sports on offer – from jet skis to parasailing – while bustling beach bars serve drinks and to quench your thirst and nibbles boost your energy levels throughout the day. 


2. Konnos Bay

If Nissi Beach is where the action is, Konnos Bay (about 4 kilometres east of Ayia Napa) is the place to get lost in the pages of a good book as you dip in and out of the still aquamarine waters. Beyond the excellent seas, it’s the location that really sets Konnos Bay apart, backed by rocky pine-clad peaks. You’ll have to veer off the main road between Cape Greco and Protaras and drive down a romantic winding road through the dense greenery to get here; a mini-adventure before you set your sights on the stunning crescent-shaped bay dotted with umbrellas and loungers.

The Konnos Bay café is the perfect place for love birds to cuddle up and take in the panoramic views painted blue. Do like the locals and indulge in an icy frothy frappe in idyllic surrounds. Keep in mind that this beach may be hidden, but it’s extremely popular, so arrive early to claim the perfect spot at one of the best beaches in Ayia Napa!

And if you’re keen to explore the area, the gorgeous Cape Greco National Forest Park is just down the road. Enjoy the area on foot when the sun goes down in the late afternoon and take some treasured snaps of your Cyprus holiday. Don’t forget your goggles either – Cape Greco is a snorkeller’s haven and has been rated as one of the ’25 Best Beaches in Europe’ by Conde Nast Traveler in 2020…


3. Pantachou Beach

Pantachou Blue Flag Beach it’s certainly a beauty that deserves to be on your bucket list. The closest beach of all to the Amanti Hotel, just east of Ayia Napa harbour, you and your partner can step out of the hotel in your swimming gear and flip-flops to enjoy a refreshing dip in no time. Just like most of the beaches in the region, the sands here are golden and the waters are clear, and usually, as calm as can be. There are also plenty of facilities and amenities to enjoy both on the beach and in the vicinity, from sunbeds and water sports to bars and restaurants. 


4. Makronissos Beach 

A firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, this lively Blue Flag certified strip close to the award-winning WaterWorld Themed Waterpark is rather special for two main reasons. Firstly, visitors can choose between not one but three beaches. Couples in search of a little peace and quiet may like to walk towards the tiniest of the three coves, just behind the water sports area. Blissfully secluded and incredibly scenic, it’s the perfect romantic spot to relax side-by-side during your Cyprus holidays. The waters are remarkably clean too; ideal for a long swim.


5. Fig Tree Bay

You’ll need to take a 15-minute drive to reach this beauty (located just outside Ayia Napa in the popular resort of Protaras) but it’s well worth the short journey. Alongside Nissi Beach, this golden bay is hands down one of the most revered beaches on the island, claiming an impressive third place in a list of the 50 best beaches in the world on the Big 7 Travel website and one of the 7 most beautiful beaches in Europe. It was also rated the 22nd Best Beach in Europe by TripAdvisor’s 2022 Traveller’s Choice Awards.

Named after a giant 17th-century fig tree, this picturesque spot has something for every couple, whether you just love to work on your golden tan tête-à-tête, long for leisurely strolls along the beachfront (there’s a great coastal path here), or dream of sipping on long summer cocktails in one of the area’s many hip and happening beach bars. Aside from a Blue Flag award, this beach – famed for its clean waters – has also received the Green Beach award as part of the ‘Greening Cyprus Beaches’ initiative. 


6. Melissi Beach 

The perfect spot for those who don’t want to venture far from the comfort and luxury of the Amanti Hotel, Melissi Beach is an idyllic spot to set up base for the day by the endless blue of the Med. A large Blue Flag sandy stretch with plenty of space to spread out, you can sit back to watch toned locals enjoy a game of beach rackets here. It’s also one of the few beaches in Ayia Napa where the waters sometimes get a little wavy and attracts couples and friends who enjoy splashing about and having a little fun in the rejuvenating seas.

If you dream of discovering the best beaches in Cyprus with your beloved, the Amanti Hotel guarantees the perfect Ayia Napa holiday as you totally disconnect from the stress of daily life. A MadeForTwo haven designed for couples perfectly positioned in a prime location in the heart of Ayia Napa, you can enjoy all major attractions and holiday experiences at your doorstep.

Soak up the endless sunshine, sip on cocktails with your amore by shimmering seas, discover the underwater world with a scuba diving adventure, snorkel through rocky coves, or simply stand still to enjoy the spectacle of crimson sunsets as you relish every moment of your precious time together. 

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