Cyprus – a winter beach destination for summer melancholics

Cyprus, the tourist island

Cyprus is an island country in the southeastern Mediterranean sea close to Turkey. The island of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea after Sicily and Sardinia. After it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004 and the eurozone in 2008 the country became a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean .

Due to the lower latitudes and proximity to Africa, Cyprus has a subtropical climate with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. The island has one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean part of the European Union so it’s a great destination for seeking some warm weather during the winter.

Political situation

Fun fact: On the southeastern end of the island there is a cape named Capo Greco. The British have a base here with a radar and probably some military equipment/troops. Besides this, several bases from the UN or the UK are set here to prevent conflicts between he Turks in the north and the Greeks in the south. Peacekeeping troops are always here on the island because tension between the two nations still exist. Photography is prohibited in some areas but visiting the sightseeing spots is permitted. Tourists don’t really feel the tensions that exist on the island but all maps are full of marked UN bases, neutral areas and similar stuff.

Getting there

We went to Cyprus, Larnaka airport using a Wizzair flight available from several destinations in Europe. The price for the flight was very convenient and the flight took about three hours from Romania. Bus 425 from the airport took us to the center of Larnaka, right by the main beach and close to many tourist objectives.

Larnaka isn’t the best city to visit, we only went to St. Lazarus church (Agios Lazaros), one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus where the saint with the same name was buried. There are lots of things you can do in Larnaka, including free trips to traditional villages, guided tours, a camel park, visiting different creative workshops. But this time we were there for the sun, the beaches and summer temperatures.

Agios Lazaros church in Larnaka

Agios Lazaros church in Larnaka

Agia Napa (Ayia Napa)

After a few hours in Larnaka we took a bus to our hotel in Agia Napa, a very popular resort close by. We booked a hotel here and found a great location for a good price. The island is not flooded with tourists outside the main season and most of the hotels are closed from November. Agia Napa is full of clubs, restaurants and bars with different themes, some very posh and some very kitsch. A port with different boat cruises also attracts tourists during the summer. An amusement park is also probably a great place where people have fun. However, most of these were closed during the winter so we decided to visit the interesting natural places by the sea instead of drinks and parties.

Agia Napa center tourist area in winter

Agia Napa center tourist area in winter

Things to do in the area

Bike rental shops were still opened so we rented bikes for 7 Eur a day to visit the nearby beaches. The locations we visited can be seen on this map.

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Cyprus locations

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Agia Napa: 34.989300, 33.996200
Sea caves: 34.968367, 34.054576
Cape Greco: 34.962286, 34.081392
Konnos beach: 34.984099, 34.070207
Fig Tree beach: 35.012245, 34.059446
Nissi beach: 34.986770, 33.966948
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Agia Napa
Ayia Napa village
Ayia Napa Κύπρος - Kıbrıs, Cyprus
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Sea caves
Sea caves
Sea Caves
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Cape Greco
Cape Greco
Cape Greco ligh
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Konnos beach
Konnos beach
Ayia Napa Κύπρος - Kıbrıs, Cyprus
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Fig Tree beach
Fig tree beach
Ayia Napa Κύπρος - Kıbrıs, Cyprus
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Nissi beach
Nissi Beach
Leoforos Nissi Κύπρος - Kıbrıs, Cyprus

We started from Agia Napa and went by the seaside on a small path suitable for bikes. We visited some beaches like the Pantachou beach, the Konnos beach, the Fig Tree beach or the Nissi beach.

On the road to the Fig Tree beach in Protaros we found some caves besides the sea with very beautiful panoramas nearby.

Sea caves near Capo Greco

Sea caves near Capo Greco

From the sea caves we passed near Capo Greco where we did not take any pictures. Behind Capo Greco there is a very beautiful beach with clear blue crystalline water named Konnos beach.

Konnos beach and Capo Greco in the background

Konnos beach and Capo Greco in the background

We visited three very beautiful beaches: Konnos beach is a very beautiful bay with clear blue crystalline water; Nearby, Fig Tree beach is a beach surrounded by palm trees and fig trees and an island at about 30 meters across from the shore where people can swim; Across town, Nissi beach is a very beautiful beach with white sand and a natural bridge to a very small peninsula/island (depending on the water level) nearby.

Fig tree beach and island

Fig tree beach and island

Things to do in Agia Napa

After some hours of bike rides we took the time to visit the “tourist” part of the city. We went through the courtyard of the Ayia Napa monastery, a charming Medieval Monastery of in the middle of the village built as a Medieval Castle around 1500 AD.

Ayia Napa monastery

Ayia Napa monastery

The area just outside the monastery is full of clubs and bars only open during the summer. During the winter there was nothing to see here besides a ghost-town-like area full of dusty places and no people, orange trees with ripe oranges and Christmas lights and a somehow creepy silence.

Dance club closed through winter

Dance club closed through winter

The next day we had the chance to take a bath in mid-december at Nissi beach and our three-day trip was quite fun overall.

Nissi beach

Nissi beach

That’s about it. We came back home to prepare for Christmas hoping for a snowy winter.

Nissi beach holiday greetings

Nissi beach holiday greetings

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