Cyprus photo beachIt is well known that the main attractions of Cyprus are the all-year round sunshine, the crystal clear and warm sea and the wealth of beautiful beaches. In 2018, 62 beaches on the island were marked with the Blue Flag - an international eco-label of excellent quality of sea water, environmental management, amenities and cleanliness of the coastline.

Also, according to the annual report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Cyprus meets the requirements of bathing water quality with a consistent 100% score from year to year. It is not surprising that over the course of many decades, the island has gained a reputation as one of the most popular destinations for both holidays and permanent residence.

Access to any beach on the island is free, however, there is an insignificant charge for the use of sun beds and umbrellas.

Lara Beach baby turtleAmong the many beautiful beaches of Cyprus, there is a secluded Lara Beach in the Paphos area, Akamas Peninsula. This is a turtle conservation area protected since 1989. Rare green turtles come to lay their eggs here. Iron cages and signs placed along the beach warn visitors of turtle nests buried in the sand underneath. Every year from May to October, the beach attracts locals and tourists who are looking forward to watching the adult turtles heading to the beach or baby turtles hatching and meeting the sea for the first time. Amazing sight!

There is no infrastructure on the reserved beach, it is forbidden to put beach umbrellas and sunbeds, however you can enjoy swimming in the calm azure sea, without counting on beach service. In order to get there, you will need a four-wheel drive as it is an off-road journey.