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Coral Bay Holidays

Beach blessed

The sweeping arc of Coral Bay is regarded as one of the best beaches on Cyprus’s west coast – a popular and atmospheric spot, great for families, couples and anyone who appreciates gorgeous scenery. Unsurprisingly, then, many Coral Bay holidays are centred around the beach and surrounding coastline, including some fabulously situated eateries that boast superb views of the Mediterranean Sea.

But it’s not just about beach life here, and there are plenty of traditional tavernas, bars, cafés and shops in the small, peaceful town to keep you occupied. Holidays to Coral Bay will also please anyone looking for an active trip, as there are plenty of water sports and fitness opportunities around if you want them. But whatever else you get up to, it almost certainly won’t be too long before you find yourself back on that show-stopper of a beach.

Your Coral Bay questions, answered

Paphos is about 20 minutes’ drive away, meaning you can easily take a trip to the hustle and bustle of the city before heading back to the calm of Coral Bay.
There’s plenty of sunshine in Coral Bay and even cooler months get a few hours on most days. In summer the sea is delightfully warm, reaching around 28°C in August.
Coral Bay is very much a year-round resort. The restaurants and bars may be quieter in the winter months but there will always be something open. It’s busiest at the height of summer, of course, but never so much that you’ll be jostling for space with your inflatable crocodile. The swimming season is from May until December when the water is unlikely to drop below 20°C. The lifeguards are in place from April to October.
Coral Bay boasts golden sands, making it easy to walk around and head into the sea. There are also numerous sunloungers, cafés and other facilities on the beach.
On the far west coast of the island, Coral Bay is less than an hour from the airport in Paphos. The west-facing beaches are perfect for sunset gazing, and it’s a good base if you’re looking for water sports or boat trips.
This is one of the most family-friendly corners of the island. The vast, safe beach is lined with facilities, from cafes to shops selling sunscreen and beach games. This makes it an ideal base if you're on holiday with children. There are plenty of umbrellas and sun loungers. The Blue Flag beach runs for 600 metres in a crescent-shaped bay. The shallow waters are safe and calm. Some of the hotels are right on the beach, so you don’t even need to walk far before you can start making sandcastles.
Coral Bay itself is defined by Coral Bay Avenue that reaches all the way to the Blue Flag beach. It’s a touristy area, lined with shops, bars and restaurants. There’s live music at night but, in the winter months, it’s much quieter. Heading away from the resorts, you can reach the historical corners of Paphos in under 30 minutes by car. This includes a pretty harbour area lined with palm trees, cafes and people selling handicrafts. Heading north, it's wilder and quieter. Small villages offer glimpses into the true heart of Cyprus.
Between November and April, you’ll find the cheapest deals to Coral Bay. Many of the resorts have long stay discounts in the winter months and you’ll find plenty of people who return time and again to escape the gloomy UK winters. Although it might be a little cold for sea swimming at this time, most of the larger hotels have pools available. You can still expect temperatures around 17°C even in January and February and, with fewer people around, you'll have a relaxing retreat.
Some of the most intriguing sights in Cyprus are within easy reach of Coral Bay. Less than an hour north by car lies a hidden grotto, nestled in the shade of a fig tree, where Aphrodite is said to have bathed. The Greek Goddess of love and beauty swam here with her lover, Adonis. You can also visit the Roman archaeological sites in Paphos, including the mosaics and the Tombs of the Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has tombs carved out of solid rock that can be explored all year round.

Best things to do in Coral Bay

Wander ancient ruins

Wander the ancient-walled city within Kato Archaeological Park and soak up centuries of history. Set across three acres, there's plenty to keep you occupied as you step back in time here.

Beach bar sunset

All those beach bars you’ve been day-dreaming about are right here, so pitch up, grab a cocktail and make the most of the lush setting at sunset.

Go for a hike

As a break from lounging on the beach, an alternative way to enjoy Coral Bay’s coastal landscape is to hike across it. There are several routes to suit all abilities.