Rediscovering Summer in Cyprus

With 35-40 °C during summer, the most popular place on the island is at the beach
With 35-40 °C during summer, the most popular place on the island is at the beach

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2020 is undoubtedly the least favorite for many people, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic which changed our day-to-day lives. The virus is affecting our traveling habits too, forcing most of us to cancel or postpone trips abroad and experience staycation to the max.

As a result, the summer of 2020 was the perfect opportunity to rediscover the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which I call home, and visit new and familiar beach destinations across the island. The long-lasting summer exploration turned out to be amazing after all, and felt like being a modern castaway on my island!

Rediscovering Summer 2020 in Cyprus, video version

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“Wondering what kind of equipment I use and how I capture these vibrant photos? All photos are taken by myself, using only my iPhone 7, the Joby Gorilla tripod, and the inexpensive CAMKIX remote control. The real difference is made by editing each photo on Lightroom.”


Cyprus is worldwide known for its clean bathing waters and is constantly ranked number one among the EU countries. With more than 60 blue flag beaches and numerous non-organized bays around the island, you never get bored going to the beach. Famagusta district, specifically Protaras and Ayia Napa, is renowned for hosting the most idyllic beaches in Cyprus.

It’s always a fun day at the beach in Cyprus

Vyzakia in Protaras is by far my favorite beach. Petit and organized with crystal clear blue waters surrounded by some greenery and vacation villas, gives you the feeling of a private beach, since you have to walk down the hill for a couple of minutes to reach the bay. Have in mind that during weekends Vyzakia gets crowded with families and young people seeking to spend a day at the beach in a more laid back environment.

Kafeneion at Vizakia beach serves delicious Mahalepi, a Cypriot pudding with rosewater
⁣Cyprus is a country of a thousand faces. A beautiful spot at the famous Fig Tree Bay, Protaras⁣⁣

Also found in Protaras, Sirena Bay is similar in size and quality to Vyzakia. White sand and blue-green waters are prevailing offering an exotic experience to the visitor. Sirena Bay is a very popular choice for young adults coming from Nicosia, visiting the area to enjoy a day at the sea and party at the homonymous bar next to the beach. Have in mind that the only parking close by is privately owned and costs EUR 5. My advice is to get there early, especially on Sundays.

Exotic flora around Sirena Bay
Wandering around Sirena Bay in vacation mode

The famous Love Bridge in Ayia Napa is one of the most naturally unique landmarks in Cyprus. The rock forms a bridge arch, emerging from the crystal clear and wild waters shifting in various shades of blue, depending on the weather’s mood. Local myth says that when lovers make a wish and kiss on the bridge, the wish comes true! But even if you are not in love, the view from the top of the bridge will take your breath away.⁣

Love Bridge in Ayia Napa is one of the most naturally unique landmarks in Cyprus

Sea Caves in Ayia Napa is living proof that nature is the best sculptor. Waves hitting the shore through ages have carved the rocks and formed an impressive natural bridge with hidden caves and tunnels.

The place is famous for snorkeling because of the rich flora and fauna under the crystal deep blue waters. Sea Caves are also popular for cliff jumping although it is not recommended for safety reasons.

Ayia Napa sea caves can be reached by sea or land. If you visit the area by car you will park right on top of the caves. With a slight effort to descend the rocks on the left side as you face the sea, you will come across a tiny cave where you can sit, take photos, and enjoy the magnificent view and the natural scenery.

Sea Caves in Ayia Napa is living proof that nature is the best sculptor
Sea Caves in Ayia Napa is living proof that nature is the best sculptor

If you dream of an unspoiled and remote territory with endless deep blue sea and cliffs, Cape Greco is perfect for you. Jump instantly from the shore into deep and cool Mediterranean waters. The feeling is so liberating!

Cape Greco conveys a sense of glam since it is a popular spot for yachters who value relaxation and privacy under the sun. Most probably you will reach the area by car so it is highly recommended to bring your water shoes. You will make your life easier while walking on the sharp-edged rocks.

Feeling like a modern castaway at Cape Greco
Cape Greco, a paradise on earth

“Wondering what kind of equipment I use and how I capture these vibrant photos? All photos are taken by myself, using only my iPhone 7, the Joby Gorilla tripod, and the inexpensive CAMKIX remote control. The real difference is made by editing each photo on Lightroom.”


Cape Greco is a popular spot for yachters who value relaxation and privacy under the sun

The view from Limni Pier at Argaka village in Polis Chrysochous is insane, resembling the tropical environment in the Maldives. Once built to facilitate copper mining in the region, nowadays the platform is used for recreational activities and is recognized as one of the most instagramable places in Cyprus.

The Pier extends along the deep and often wild waters of the western part of Cyprus. At sunset the wharf immerses into an endless red and orange natural pool, creating an ideal spot to enjoy the entire Chrysochous Bay, from the Akamas Peninsula to the west, to Pomos in the east.

The view from Limni Pier resembles the tropical environment in the Maldives

Rusted and abandoned, the Edro III ship remains stranded on the rocks of Peyia shore since 2011, adding a surrealistic tone to the already breathtaking view from the coast. You could easily claim that the ship was destined to get stuck at this particular spot since it fits harmoniously with the surrounding, floating next to the white rocks emerging from the sea, and shimmering in the clear blue waters. This unreal landscape has turned the spot into one of the most instagramable places on the island. At sunset, you will not stop chasing the sun for the perfect shot.

On top of all that, the nearby Oniro by the Sea is ready to serve you delicious food, signature cocktails, and coffee in a chill-out environment with a panoramic sunset view. You guessed right, the place is extremely popular and busy especially in the afternoon. Since it operates with no reservation policy, it is good timing to arrive is 1-2 hours before sunset to significantly decrease the wait time. In any case, the wondrous scenery makes the wait time feel shorter.

Edro III shipwreck in Peyia, Paphos adds a surrealistic tone to the already breathtaking view

Rediscovering summer in Cyprus this year was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Given the harsh time the world keeps facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I feel blessed to live in Cyprus and have the opportunity to spend carefree time by the sea even during weekdays. I guess it is one of the perks of living on a Mediterranean island after all. Thank god that summer weather keeps going on until November on this island!

-Yemenaris

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