You could go with the flow (and the crowds) and enjoy the beaches at Paphos or Coral Bay – or with a short drive up the coast you could enjoy the almost deserted and truly idyllic Lara Beach in the Akamas National Park.
Lara is about a thirty minute drive north from Paphos. Follow the coast road north towards Coral Bay and Agios Georgios, then turn off to the right as you approach Agios Georgios to follow the coast north.
The road degenerates into a dirt track, so a 4×4 is a good move, but with care pretty much any car will make it to Lara.
You’ll know when you’ve got there – follow the signs to the restaurant. In fairness the word ‘restuarant’ is bigging it up – but there’s always a warm welcome, often a great barbeque and the view makes you go funny in the head.
With a 4×4 you’ll make it down to the beach with a bit of care, with an ordinary car, leave it and walk. Its only a few metres anyway.
The beach is just fantastic. Kids love the sand and the waves. Its even the home to some sea turtle nests – so watch where you walk.
The azure sea is a delight – and the beach is so quiet (even in the height of the season) that if you’ve forgotten your cozzie, it’s really not a problem. If that’s the case, go as far along as you can.
The only problem for naturists can be the local lechers who turn up from time to time. They’ve got a keen eye for any nakedness – and will try to get a good look by offering fresh fruit from their village. Tell the saddos to go away.
So why do the crowds pack themselves in at Paphos and Coral Bay? Beats us. Do you know why – if you do – let us know below.
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