Beach & Water Sports
Ayia Napa is famous for its sandy beaches. Local beaches are usually lifeguard supervised and Blue Flag rated for service quality conditions, offering sunbeds and umbrellas and surrounded by restaurants and kiosks.
Most famous beaches
Spend your day snorkelling in the crystal clear waters or even taking diving lessons from professional instructors. Water sports are popular in Ayia Napa as well as boat trips.
Embraced by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is surrounded by coast, and whichever part of the sun-drenched island you may be visiting, there is always a beach nearby waiting to be discovered. The beach experience varies from coast to coast, with unique characteristics for each region, including the colour of the sands and waters; the marine life and natural significance; the organised facilities and water sports available, and the popularity – or seclusion – of the shore. One common factor that unites all coasts and beaches is the seal of quality.
The island consistently receives awards, accolades and top rankings for its water quality and safety, its eco-initiatives and the general cleanliness of its beaches. Cyprus is the proud recipient of 57 Blue Flag beaches – an eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas across the globe that meet its standards – and is also crowned ‘Cleanest Bathing Waters in Europe,’ with a consistent 100% score, year after year.
The Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (CYMEPA), which is an associate member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), is the body responsible for the strict Blue Flag Campaign on the island, whilst the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has the role of the Blue Flag National Coordinator. The CTO also offers financial support and advice to local authorities, and subsidises projects and activities relating to beach safety, cleanliness and qualitative improvement. So, with such a beautiful and diverse coastline that is world-renowned for its quality, all that is left for you to do is select a beach… and enjoy it.