Sunny spot in Eastern Mediterranean a hit with Brits
A curious mix of Western and Eastern influences, Cyprus is often overlooked as a holiday destination, yet this ‘island of Aphrodite’ boasts wonderful attractions of sun and sea, not to mention its own intriguing and special character.
In its tourist centres like Paphos, Agia Napa and Limasol, Brits gather to soak up the sun and party while couples prefer to head for the smaller villages of the Akamas Peninsula and the heavenly golden beaches of the Karpas Peninsula. Whether walking, swimming or fishing is the sport for you, Cyprus provides opportunities to climb hills to reach medieval castles, swim on deserted beaches and take a boat out early in the mornings to fish the Meditterean seas.
The popular resort of Coral Bay Cyprus , 6km north of the city of Paphos, provides all the facilities for a perfect holiday in the sun. Lined with shops, bars and restaurants which offer a choice of both Cypriot and international cuisine, Paphos is a bustling, energetic resort town. Down on the beach, the shallow waters make swimming safe and easy. Coral Bay beach is one of the best beaches in Cyprus and is rated the best to the west of the island. The calm shallow Med is perfect for children and just a few miles away is Cape Lara a greenback turtle nesting site.
The bay itself is a 600m crescent of soft white sand, enclosed by a pair of limestone headlands. The Coral Bay beach has an EU Blue Flag certification, attesting to its cleanliness and safety. There are lots of watersports and family-friendly activities surrounding the beach. Plenty of eating places, inflatables, parascending, diving, sunbeds and umbrellas and water skiing to make this beach perfect. The beach is quieter out of season, but even at its busiest it is possible to walk beyond the crowd and find uncluttered sand and relative peace. The beach is for those looking to get beyond the somewhat disappointing beaches of Kato Paphos. It is also popular with expats who account for much of the development of villages north and north east of Paphos town.
About 1.5k away from Coral Bay lies another beach called Potima Bay – a long pebbly beach with a deep blue sea that offers relaxation, tranquillity and privacy. Tourists staying at Coral Bay can take a bus service between Coral Bay and Potima Bay every 15 minutes and the journey time takes just three minutes.
The ancient capital of Paphos is a short drive or bus ride away with an array of historical sites, as well as a lively nightlife scene. This is where people staying at Coral Bay go to live it up in the evenings, as the city’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs come to life. In high season, June-September, the city is flooding with tourists from around Europe, but especially from the UK, while in the off-season months the nightlife calms down and tourists can enjoy the city’s historical attractions.
British villa operators James Villas has been arranging stays for Brits at villas in Coral Bay for years and are very experienced in finding the right villa for you and your family. James Villas can book villas for you throughout the world, including the US, with their villas in Florida, close to the World Disney theme parks, being particularly popular.