BEACHES TO THE NORTH WEST :
i) Drive along towards Coral Bay and after the Agios Georgious turning to the left take the next left down the side of Laura Hotel (opposite Pepperoni Pizza and Angelika on the right). Drive to the end of the road and there is a small beautiful sandy beach with sheltered water. 3Km
ii) Drive along towards Coral Bay and when you get to the Queen Victoria restaurant on the left turn down towards it. Take the left hand fork in the road and you will find a sandy municipal beach with a life guard. Dangerous for swimming when rough, look out for the life guard's flags. 4Km
iii) Drive along towards Coral Bay and when you get to the Vadas Beach Hotel turn left down the side of it. You will come to the Vadas Restaurant, park and go through the passage in the middle of the restaurants and you will find a very beautiful small sandy beach with very sheltered and fairly shallow swimming. There is also a cafe and toilets which you can use. 6Km
iv) Coral Bay is a large sand beach which has some facilities (growing all the time). Fairly sheltered water. You do tend to get a lot of seaweed in the sea. You have to turn left at some lights and go along that road until you go into the country, there are three car parks on the left, the beach is down the back of the car parks. 8Km
v) Laura Bay/Beach is 25Km away but well worth a visit. It is a very large, sheltered beach. Head towards Coral Bay but do not turn left at the lights, carry on straight (in fact travel straight all the way from the apartment) and you will eventually end up on a dirt track. Keep following it to a restaurant and the beach is just a bit further on. It is also the home of the Turtle Project and as such the beach is closed during breading season. 25Km
BEACHES TO THE EAST:
i) The Municipal beach can be found on the left jst before the emporiki bank after the crossroads. It is signposted and you go down a short dirt track to a car park. Very large sand beach with cafe and lifeguard.
For the next 4 beach you will have to do the following first: Drive to the harbor (turn left out of the apartments and carry on down the road and turn left to join the dual carraigeway keep going until you reach the roundbout. turn right at the roundabout and follow the road until you have to go either left or right. Turn left and you will start going passed big hotels on the right, these are where the beaches are and you can get to them from the dirt roads on wasteland down the side of them. All these beaches do join up and it is a pleasant walk along the coast. The list below is in the order of the best first not the nearest first.
ii) Carry on along that road until you get to Atlantida Fish Restaurant (white building on the right at the left hand bend of the road), it has entrance gates, just park in the car park and the beach is behind it. Cafe, sand beach with sheltered swimming. Excellent.
iii) Follow the directions above. You will come to the Ledra Beach Hotel and Cyprus Maris Hotel. The beach is behind them but joins the two together. Sheltered swimming, good facilities and shade under trees. The signs say how many visitors beds there are available, but don't worry about these as I have never been turned away they want your trade.
iv) Follow the directions above. You will come to the Pioneer Hotel and Paphian Bay Hotel. Behind them is a sheltered bay with gently sloping beach into the water. There are water sports for hire and a cafe. The signs say how many visitors beds there are, don't worry about these as I have never been turned away they want your trade.
v) Follow the long directions above. You will come to the Riu Cypria Bay Hotel. Behind it there is an average beach with water sports for hire.
There are 3 main dams around Paphos which you are allowed to fish with a permit:
Asprokremmos Dam (Largest and 12km SE of Paphos)
Evretou Dam(22Km North of Paphos)
Mavrokolympos Dam (10 North of Paphos just before Coral Bay).
Fishing permits can be obtained from the police/harbor masters/fisheries office in the main Harbor, Paphos. A one year permit for one Dam is around £6 and all the Dams £10 for the year. Largemouth Bass, Carp, Roach, Bream and Trout have been caught and Zander can also be found.
Good bates are sweet corn, pellet, worms and maggots (but hard to find). Local fishing shops can be found on the coastal tourist shopping strip just up from the harbor and there are two in the old town near the market.
Of course you could just fish in the sea but watch out for those rocks and snags. Happy hunting.
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