Cyprus has an expansive coastline of 486 miles long; the eastern coast is the most famous for its fine white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters. According to the European Environment Agency, Cyprus is the only country so far (between all 27 EU members), to have achieved 100% compliance with the guide values as given from the Agency. In 2012, 56 Blue Flags in total have been awarded to the island, 23 of which are in the East Coast (otherwise referred to as the Famagusta District).
Travelling from west to east, one will come across Makronissos Beach, Agia Thekla, Sandy Bay, Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay (two of the most popular beaches in Agia Napa and Protaras respectively). Kapparis is also known for its secluded and unspoilt beaches with golden sands and shallow blue waters, the most famous one being the Fireman’s Beach.
The East Coast is admittedly Cyprus’ jewel when it comes to unspoiled natural beauty, since you will find 44 beaches with the finest sands and the bluest waters on the whole island. Providing you with a wide variety of beaches to choose from, ranging from secluded bays to lively resorts, sandy beaches and rocky caves, you are bound to find the right one for you!
Nonetheless, there is more to this area than the crystal clear blue waters and beautiful beaches. Here, basking under the year-round warmth of the sun, are some of the finest hotel resorts and holiday accommodations in the world. Everything the discerning visitor requires is catered for: impeccable service, fine restaurants, clubs and pubs, water sports, walking and cycling activities, sailing, hiking, fishing, organized excursions to the island’s archeological sites and even extreme sports. Deep water bays with rocky outcrops are also perfect for snorkeling or diving.
For those however who just want to chill out, they can enjoy the number one activity many people coming Cyprus for, which is of course to sunbathe. You can relax on the beach, by the pool or in one of the fantastic hotel spas the area can provide while enjoying a delicious cone of ice-cream or a chilled glass of tasteful Cypriot wine.