Right between Ayia Napa and Protaras, Konnos Bay (blue-flagged) is a little off the beaten track but nevertheless one of Cyprus’s best beaches. Amazing shallow blue waters in a typically Mediterranean cove, Konnos is the perfect mix of a sandy and rocky beach, with the shore blending fine white sand, with large rocks in and out of the water,
Offering a small restaurant, sunbeds, and umbrellas, the beach is served by lifeguards from April, May, September and October from 9am to 5pm, and in June, July and August from 10am to 6pm. The beach front restaurant (which also sells sun cream and the like) is shaded but, like the facilities, is often crowded and difficult to get to in the height of summer.
Although relatively small, Konnos also boasts a host of water sports, and is part of the Cavo Greco hiking route which takes in both the beach front and a number of small seaside caves in the area. Cliff Bar, which belongs to the hotel above the bay, may be a long climb but offers some of the best sunset views – and cocktails – on the island.
The beach is catered to by public transport, an option which may well be preferable to driving oneself: the twisting road down to the beach is difficult to navigate and parking is extremely limited.