Beaches In and Around Paphos

If your idea for a picture-perfect holiday is to relax on the beach working on that tan, then Paphos is the place for you. With a 50 kilometers coastline and 27 public beaches, this former ancient kingdom of Cyprus is a heaven for swimmers, snorkelers and divers all year round. Paphos has some fine beaches, mostly with white sand, though some are rocky beaches. You can tan, swim or indulge in many water sports, fishing trips or relaxing boat trips.

Coral Bay is considered one of the most lovely areas in the region, Coral Bay is located in the Peyia municipality 6 km North of the city of Paphos. Its golden sands and still, shallow waters make it a perfect destination for a relaxing day out. The beach is a 600 m crescent of soft white sand and surrounded by a pair of limestone points and has rich greenery that makes it more beautiful. Amenities on the beach include toilets, showers, changing rooms, sun beds, umbrellas, dustbins, recycling bins and water sports. There are a variation of restaurants, coffee shop, bars, kiosks and accommodation in the area. Access is easy by foot, bike, bus or car, with car-parking available and bus stop nearby. 

Alykes Beach is a bit rocky and has a sheltered inlet with sandy shores & calm waters, plus water sports, lodging & cocktail bars. You’ll find cheap comfy sunbeds and clean. Lovely views and not too cramped. Enjoyable to stay only for a short time. 

Rikkos beach is sandy and pebble with a perfect descent to the water. Water is calm and safe. Toilets, showers, sunbeds available. Large, free parking next to the beach.

Vrisoudia II Beach is a small quiet beach close to the city. There are snack and sandwich bars nearby for food and drinks. You can rent a lounger and umbrella for €2.50 each. The beach is well maintained, there is a lifeguard on duty and the beach is sheltered from strong waves by a rock wall that breaks the waves. You’ll have to walk on pebbles/shale at the shore line to get into the sea. Once on the sea you can stand easily for a good distance in and it’s sandy underfoot.

Latsi Beach is a popular swimming spot, this pebble beach offers lifeguards along with sunbed & umbrella rentals and free parking on the other side of the road. Lots of nice restaurants a short walk to the marina where you can enjoy waterfront dining. 

Lara Beach can be accessed by a dirt road, this wild secluded beach features swimming, sea turtles and stunning views. It’s a great, clean and remote mostly rocky beach and none touristy beach. Water is crystal clear. The beach is wild, no umbrellas or sunbeds. The view is astonishing.


Pachyammos Beach is a small, relaxing beach and popular among tourists due to its location and convenience from the city.

When to visit

Peak travel to the beaches falls during the hot, dry summer (Jun–Sep). Heatwaves are possible Jul–Aug. Winters (Dec–Feb) are cool and rainy.

Month High/Low Precip
16° / 8°
17° / 8°
18° / 9°
21° / 11°
24° / 14°
27° / 18°
30° / 21°
30° / 21°
29° / 19°
26° / 16°
22° / 16°
18° / 10°

Source: NOAA

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Local guide – Paphos area

Paphos is a city on the southwest coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Inhabited since Neolithic times, it has several sites relating to the cult of goddess Aphrodite, whose mythical birthplace was at Old Paphos (Kouklia). New Paphos is the modern city that incorporates the harbor, and the ancient ruins of tombs, fortresses, theaters and villas at Paphos Archaeological Park. (ref: Wikipedia)

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Paphos is well known for its cultural and historical interest, including the Tomb of the Kings, Mosaics, Castle and numerous Churches, and it is also popular for its festivals and annual events. (ref: Wikipedia)

Paphos town stands proud as a UNESCO world heritage site and a place that is worth visiting.

Generally, most visits to Cyprus are very safe and trouble-free. In fact, Cyprus is one of the safest places in the Eastern Mediterranean and few ever have problems when they holiday there.

Paphos is characteristically Greek in appeal. Paphos is a remote part of the island, complete with its very own airport, and its fairly private setting really is part of its charm. 

The Best Things to Do in Paphos
  • Stop by Aphrodite’s Rock (Map)
  • Explore antiquity at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park (Map
  • Visit the Tombs of the Kings (Map)
  • Hike down the refreshing Avakas Gorge (Map)
  • Have a dip in the Blue Lagoon (Map)
  • Bike around Akamas (Map)
  • Go camping in Polis Chrysochou (Map)
  • Taste local produce at Paphos’ village
Activities to do in Paphos
What can you do in Paphos for free?
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Coral Bay is one of the most beautiful and sandy beaches in Paphos and it can be the base point to discover places like Troodos Mountains or the fishing villages of Latchi and Polis. Sparkling clear waters are excellent for swimming, diving and for other water sports. The distance between Coral Bay and Paphos is 11 km. The road distance is 12.9 km.

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Paphos nightlife

Cyprus is well known for its utmost nightlife, with Ayia Napa offering some of the craziest events and clubs you can find. Nightlife pace is a bit slower in Paphos, it’s more chilled out than the rest of the island, with visitors tending to fancy a tranquil drink in beautiful surroundings, chic hangouts in enjoyable locations rather than all-night parties and booze-athon. The distance between Paphos and Ayia Napa is 145 km. The road distance is 175.6 km.

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Packing list for climbing trip

The packing list below is an example for multi-day trips near the intended rocks and a general overview of appropriate clothing for your rock climbing adventures in Cyprus.  

Essentials gear for sports climbing
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 1 – 2 pairs of climbing shoes
  • 70m Climbing rope
  • Ropebag
  • 10-20 quickdraws
  • Slings
  • Locking & non-locking carabiners
  • Belay, rappel devices
  • Belay gloves
  • Belay glasses
  • Chalk bag/chalk magnesium
  • Prusik cord
  • Bail biner (Enables you to get off a route if you can’t do the move and need to bail)  
Extra equipment
  • Climbing backpack
  • Boulder and handle brush
  • Drink bottle
  • Energy Bars
  • Sunglasses
  • Sports tape, hand & finger tape 
  • Basic first-Aid-Kit 
  • Headlamp
  • Mobile phone & charger / power bank
Droushia/Ineia crag
Clothing & foot ware
  • Weatherproof jacket/rain jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof wind/rain pant
  • Lightweight insulation jacket
  • Base Layer T-Shirt
  • Mid-Weight Base Layer
  • Climbing pants / shorts
  • Approach shoes, multisport shoes
  • Flip-flops 
  • Sandals
  • Underwear
  • Swimming wear
  • Casual /city outfit
Personal Hygiene
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen  
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers/sand paper
  • Hand balm (if needed)
  • Deodorant (if you have to)
  • Passport
  • Cash / Debit or Credit card
  • Travel insurance 
Also to consider
  • Camera
  • Book / Journal
  • Medications (if applicable)
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Rock climbing in Cyprus

There is a big variety of crags in Cyprus, divided on more than 30 crags with several multi pitch opportunities, over 200 sport and 250 trad routes going from easy to very hard. Cyprus still have many projects going since the island is still developing rapidly and several of the crags are not yet climbed. Several of the crags are expanded year over year with new routes and we at Samsara Climbing Resort will contribute to the bolt fund to have more new routes coming in the future.

Samsara Climbing Resort is located very close to the main crags in Cyprus, only a short drive away from crag like Episkopi, Paphos that have been a massive but essentially undeveloped limestone crag. Episkopi have now been given permission for some modest development where we at Samsara Climbing Resort will contribute to help to develop. 

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