As of 2005, forty eight beaches on the Island were awarded the prestigious blue flag.
In Paphos district, 11 beaches have the blue flag: Alykes; Polis camping site; Coral Bay; Faros; Geroskipou; Laourou; Municipal Beaches; Pachyammos; Vrysoudia A and B. All beaches offer clean and beautiful sand on which to play and sunbathe. Coral Bay is renowned for the shallow slope towards the sea providing safety for children.
Limassol district also has 11 blue flag beaches: Akti Olympion; Aoratoi; Aphrodite; Armonia; Castella; Kalymnos and Loures to name but a few. There are many more sandy coves to explore; some are tucked away off the beaten track and others accessible only by boat. Get a good map and go exploring!
FLORA & FAUNA
There are several endemic flower and animal species to be found in Cyprus and nowhere else in the world. The Cyprus Moufflon is a wild and timid sheep that is found in the Troodos and Paphos mountains. They have amazing jumping capabilities, particularly if startled. Their appearance is more of a goat than a sheep but once seen never forgotten!
Cyprus is one of only a few places where Green and Loggerhead turtles come to nest. There is a turtle hatchery at Lara Bay (situated on the Akamas Peninsula), where you are encouraged to observe but not disturb the nest sites. Through the nesting/breeding season motor boats are not allowed access to any of the bays where turtles are, thus ensuring they have a decent start to life.
Flamingoes stop over to feed at the salt lakes in Limassol and Larnaca during their migration south to warmer climes. Around 10,000 arrive every year and make a magnificent sight to behold. It is estimated that there are around 371 species of bird that can be seen on the Island, although most are migratory and can be seen during spring and autumn.
There are estimates of over 260 species of fish circling the warm Mediterranean waters around Cyprus. The marine life is quite spectacular in colour and variety. There are many good guides published to enhance knowledge of this subject, which can be found in local book shops.
There are more than 1950 species of flowering plant of which 140 are to be found nowhere else other than Cyprus. Wild cyclamen form spectacular colourful carpets in the springtime and the wild fragrant orchids are synonymous with Cyprus and are protected by law.