Since North Cyprus is an island country, it has long coastlines and unique holiday destinations. There are many world-famous beaches in North Cyprus where you can swim along the coast.
Cyprus, the largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, is one of the most destinations you can visit for swimming or water sports, with its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. Here, there are many beaches with the Blue Flag, which is an indicator of beach and health safety in the international arena, making Cyprus one of the safest places to go on holiday and swim without hesitation.
Beaches of North Cyprus
With its golden sands and untouched beauty, the TRNC has many beaches where you can swim almost all year long due to the high weather and seawater temperatures throughout the year. Cyprus offers great opportunities whether you’re planning to visit, to settle down, or to buy property as an investment. Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus we have compiled for you:
Golden (Altınkum) Beach is not only one of the largest beaches in the Mediterranean, but is also very well preserved as it is a protected natural area. You can enjoy its crystal-clear waters intertwined with nature, which is also a popular spot for production teams shooting commercials and promotional films, thanks to its seemingly-endless coastline of golden sand. Located on the Karpaz peninsula, Golden Beach is one of the most frequented holiday destinations in the TRNC. Also known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love in Greek mythology, Golden Beach is one of the most beautiful areas still preserving its virgin natural fabric. At Golden Beach, which also happens to be the nesting ground for Caretta carettas, you can enjoy nature, swim in clear waters, and witness the hatching of baby turtles all in one place.
Yavuz Landing Beach
Yavuz Landing Beach is where the Cyprus Peace Operation began on 20 July 20 1974. It is among the public beaches of North Cyprus that doesn’t require an entry fee. At Yavuz Landing Beach, 5 km from Kyrenia , you can observe life under the sea by going scuba diving as well as swimming. You can also have a fun-filled day by renting jet skis, canoes, banana boats or pedalos.
Glapsides beach, about 6 km from Famagusta , is most frequented by students due to its proximity to university campuses. There are also small businesses offering rental sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach, which is also ideal for camping. You can take a long walk on the fine sands along the shallow and calm waters, and even catch and cook your own fresh fish from the sea for supper.
Alagadi Beach, about 16 kilometers east of Kyrenia, is the longest public beach in the Kyrenia region, although part of the beach is reserved for nesting Caretta carettas in the summer. Alagadi, also known as Turtle Beach, is also a national park. One of the most frequented beaches of North Cyprus, Alagadi welcomes hundreds of volunteers to witness the return of turtles to the water, especially in September.
Located south of the Salamis Ruins in Famagusta, this beach has one of the shallowest sea levels in Cyprus. There is also a cafeteria for those who have built up an appetite after enjoying an aquarium-esque view of the sunken harbor of the ancient city of Salamis.
For other holiday activities in North Cyprus, check out: Things to do in Cyprus: Best Holiday Activities in North Cyprus