Monday, 28 January 2013 8:23 AM
As Cyprus is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, it should be of little surprise that it has long been a popular destination for sun-seekers looking to go on a beach holiday.
With the isle receiving daily average temperatures of up to 29 degrees C in the summer months and having sunshine and clear skies virtually all year round, you will be in your element if you are hoping to spend some time next to the sea to work on your tan.
Having so much choice can, however, make it a bit difficult to decide which particular sandy stretches you ought to visit, particularly as you're unlikely to have the time to visit them all in a single holiday. With this in mind, here is some information about a few of the island's top beaches that you might want to head to during the course of a cheap villa break.
Situated on the south-west corner of Cyprus, Pissouri Beach is certainly a good place to stop by and bask in the pleasant Mediterranean sunshine.
Indeed, as this coastal stretch is an impressive 1,500 m by 90 m you ought to find that there is more than enough space for you to lay down a towel and catch some rays. Don't worry if you would prefer to be a bit more active, though, as the azure waters here are ideal for swimming, while the moderate waves lend themselves well to a range of water sports, including sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.
Pissouri Beach has Blue Flag status so you can be confident that it is a clean and safe are and during the peak summer holiday season lifeguards are on patrol. As there are public toilets, changing rooms and shower facilities on the beach, while several bars and restaurants are also situated nearby, you ought to find you have everything you need to have a fun-filled day out.
If you are looking to take a villa holiday in or near the east coast resort of Ayia Napa, it's worth heading to Pantahou Beach.
This pristine expanse of golden sand is a kilometre long and, as it can be easily accessed by bicycle and car, as well as on foot, it shouldn't be too difficult to get here, no matter where your accommodation is located.
From your position on the shore, you can look over the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, as well as catch a glimpse of the colour fishing boats that sail in and out of the nearby harbour. There are also facilities for a number of water sports, including kayaking and snorkelling. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a pedalo or go on a sailing trip.
A little further east of Pantahou is Konnos Beach which – like its larger neighbour – holds Blue Flag status.
Despite being very compact (it is just 200 m long), Konnos Beach is a popular destination among holidaymakers and locals alike, and you will find sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire.
There are also a number of shops and restaurants nearby, while lifeguards are on patrol during the summer months to ensure visitors' safety.
If you're staying in the western region of Kato Pafos, you should definitely explore Alikes Bay. This beautiful beach consists of a mixture of pebbles and sand, with the water tested on a regular basis to ensure it remains of the highest quality.
Although the water next to the beach is perfect for swimming in, you may also want to have a go at some other pursuits while you are here, such as sailing and snorkelling.