7 Best Beaches in Paphos Cyprus Within WALKING DISTANCE | Near Kato Paphos

Last Updated on September 29, 2023

Paphos district in Cyprus is absolutely massive. When researching Paphos beaches myself, all the results on Google were coming up with beaches in the WHOLE of the Paphos District. So in this post I share the 7 best beaches in Paphos that are actually within walking distance of the main tourist area.

They are all connected together with the Paphos coastal walk path, which is lovely and well worth doing even if you have no interest in visiting one of the Paphos beaches! There are plenty of benches and bins along the route.

Beaches in Paphos

All of the municipal beaches in Paphos have received a ‘3 Star Excellent’ rating for bathing water quality. It gets monitored during the main bathing season (between May and October) by the Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.

They are considered ‘Blue Flag beaches‘ which means they meet a high level of environmental, safety and accessibility criteria.

(⭐️5 star ratings are my own opinion. As a frequent beach visitor, my rating is based on nearby facilities, quality of the beach/access to the water for swimming and if I would personally choose to spend time there myself. I wasn’t that impressed with the beaches in Paphos, especially in the main town area.)

  1. Beaches in Paphos
    1. Lighthouse Beach (Faros Pafou Municipal Beach)
    2. Paphos Municipal Baths
    3. Alykes Beach
    4. Vrisoudia II Beach
    5. Sodap Beach
    6. Poseidonos Beach
    7. Pachyammos Beach
  2. Nearby Beaches in Paphos District
    1. Kissonerga
      1. Potima Beach
      2. Kissonerga Coastal Walk
    2. Coral Bay
      1. Coral Bay Beach
      2. Laourou Beach

Lighthouse Beach (Faros Pafou Municipal Beach)

🚻☕️🍔⛱🏐🚙

Rating: 1 out of 5.

So let’s start with the one that’s slightly further out of the way. Lighthouse Beach, still approximately only a 10 minute walk from Paphos harbour, just the other side of the Archaeological Site of Nea Paphos.

It is still connected via the Paphos coastal walk which goes around the perimeter of the Archaeological Site and past the lighthouse. (However this section of the path was shut for building works during my visit).

Not going to lie, this was probably my least favourite of the beaches in Paphos. But maybe it gets better maintained during the peak season. It had hard compact stoney ‘sand’, was covered in seaweed and was rocky near the waters edge. Not personally a beach I would pick for a beach day/swimming.

Beaches in Paphos Lighthouse Beach lifeguard tower
Lighthouse Beach Paphos

There was however a large parking area, sun bed rentals in the summer months, beach volleyball courts, a cafe (closed in winter) and public toilets (open, yay!).

Unless you fancy walking the coast path, I’d be tempted to give this one a skip as it is a little further out of the way. The path comes out alongside Paphos Castle in the harbour.

You’ll then need to walk the full length of the promenade, past the shops, bars and restaurants to reach the next stretch of beaches (around a 20 minute walk between Lighthouse Beach and the Municipal Baths).

Paphos Municipal Baths

🚻🚿☕️🍔🍺🛍

Rating: 1 out of 5.

OK, this one isn’t technically a beach, but it is a swimming area. It’s right in the heart of the town, next to the promenade. If you are wanting convenience to a wide range of facilities, cafes, shops etc, this area and Alykes Beach, the next beach along, is your best bet.

There are wide concrete steps with plenty of space to sit. Access to the water is via steps, but it is very rocky, so water shoes are a good idea. This also may not be the best bet for those with children. During my visit there were a few ‘open water swimmers’ using this area. There are no break walls protecting this area, so the water can be a bit rough.

Municipal Baths in Paphos Cyprus
Paphos Municipal Baths

HOWEVER the facilities along side the Municipal Baths are the best out of all the Paphos beach facilities that I used (in Paphos itself, Kissonerga and Coral Bay).

There are a lot of changing cubicles with hooks to hang clothes and towels while changing, toilets and even rain head showers (which are free…unlike the ones at Coral Bay Beach…). I’ve never seen rain head showers at a public beach before, and I’ve been to a fair few all over the world!

Municipal Baths facilities in Paphos Cyprus
Beach facilities at Paphos Municipal Baths

There’s also free outdoor gym equipment along the sea wall, if you fancy a workout while looking at the water!

A lifeguard is on duty during the summer months from 11am until 5/6pm, covering both the Municipal Baths and Alykes Beach.

Alykes Beach

🚻🚿⛱🚤 | ☕️🍔🛍 (nearby)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The next beach along is Alykes Beach. As mentioned above, it’s just around the corner from the toilet and changing facilities at the Municipal Baths, so you could easily use them while visiting this Paphos beach.

The beach itself is a very small stretch with sand and rocks. There is a raised area on the other side of the path with a sun bed rental area on either an artificial sandy section or on a grassed area. Individual sun beds, umbrellas, towels, safe boxes are each priced at 2.50. You’ll also find free WiFi.

Alykes Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Facilities at Alykes Beach Paphos

There’s a rocky break wall further out in the sea, which does protect this beach a little for rougher currents. Kids won’t really find any space to play on the beach, but it does give a bit of access if they wanted to paddle in the shallower waters. It is more of a sunbathing ‘beach’, rather than a swimming beach.

Alykes Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Alykes Beach Paphos

Pafos Water Sports and Boat Trips operate from this area, with a wide section of rentals and activities. From Sea Bob experiences, pedaloes, paddle boards, parasailing and more. They open for the summer season on 1st April.

Vrisoudia II Beach

🚻🚿(nearby)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Vrisoudia II Beach is the first of the beaches in Paphos that actually has nice sand and a small space to lay down a towel. Although it may be a bit damp, as the tide does cover most of the beach at high tide, so the sand is wet and compact. The beach is still protected by the break wall and has a lifeguard at one end.

Vrisoudia II Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Vrisoudia II Beach

Although the beach is sandy, there are rocks in the water, so be careful. This does just seem to be a common occurrence around the coast of the Paphos area. The geography of the coastline is generally quite rocky.

The nearest toilets are at Sodap Beach, but you could easily walk down towards the Municipal Baths area for more facilities.

The grass between the coastal path and the beach has sun loungers and umbrellas, but these are only for the use for the hotel guests at the Alexander The Great Beach Hotel.

Sodap Beach

🚻🚿☕️🍔⛱🚙

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you are looking for beaches in Paphos within walking distance for the main centre, Sodap Beach is in my opinion is the best beach IN Paphos. It’s the largest of the Paphos beaches PLUS it’s sandy and protected with a section of break wall.

Best beach in Paphos - Sodap Beach
Sodap Beach Paphos

There are also some facilities around it (public toilets and showers). You’ll find a large parking area and the Antasia Beach Club. The beach club has ‘Anaolos Point’ a strange spiral staircase with a view point at the top!

The rooftop and beach service is closed between December until February. The restaurant is open during year round until 6pm but is closed on Mondays. They also have free WiFi and request that no swimwear is worn in the restaurant and bar area (Bermuda shorts and t-shirts are fine). The menu has mostly salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.

Beaches in Paphos Anaolos Point spiral stairs at Antasia Beach Club
Antasia Beach Club

The Antasia Beach Club also offers a package for 20 which includes 2 sun beds, an umbrella, towels and a beach service for food and drink.

In the summer season there are sun bed rentals (same price as other beaches in the Paphos district) and a lifeguard. Access to the beach is via a ramp or a short set of stairs.

Poseidonos Beach

☕️🍔 (nearby)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Once you pass a small park area, you’ll come to Poseidonos Beach. It is accessed by a steps and is surrounded by cliffs. It’s small and sandy but it’s not protected by a break wall, so during my visit it had larger waves and was a bit of a seaweed trap. Although like any beach, seaweed is natural occurrence and can come and go.

Poseidonos Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Poseidonos Beach

There are no facilities at this beach, however the parking area at Sodap Beach is just a short walk away. Suite 48 Grill & Lounge Bar is set a little further back from the beach.

This may be an option if you are after a drink or some food, a sit down and use of their toilets! Cocktails are a little more expensive compared to bars along the promenade, costing around 9-10. Beer is between 3-6. The Coffee & Dessert menu is huge though with a wide selection of coffee and juices (served between 9am until 9pm).

Pachyammos Beach

🚤

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Sandwiched between Nick’s Water Sports Centre and Octopus Water Sports is Pachyammos Beach. This is the last beach that’s within a reasonable walking distance from Paphos harbour (around 30 minutes).

After Pachyammos Beach there’s a large stretch of the ‘beachfront’ that’s taken up by hotels with sun beds and facilities that are for hotel guests ONLY.

Pachyammos Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Pachyammos Beach

Pachyammos Beach isn’t the nicest of the beaches in Paphos. In all honesty, unless you were particularly looking for a quiet spot to sit, or wanted to try the water sports or rent a canoe etc from the two businesses that operate in this area, I would probably stop at Sodap Beach.

Pachyammos Beach in Paphos Cyprus
Pachyammos Beach

The beach is split into three areas. One area is hard compressed stone but access to the waters edge is a bit rocky and covered with thick seaweed. The next section is a large grass area that would be nice to sit. And the third area does have a large beach where it’s sandy close to the path, but the whole section next to the sea is flat rocks.

So if you wanted to attempt to get into the water, I would recommend water shoes and a lot of careful steps!

BEST BEACHES IN PAPHOS – 1st choice🥇: Sodap Beach | 2nd choice🥈: Vrisoudia II Beach

Nearby Beaches in Paphos District

Kissonerga

Potima Beach

Rating: 1 out of 5.

A little further north of Kato Paphos is Kissonerga. It can be reached by taking bus 615 to Coral Bay (single ticket: 1.50). The journey time is approximately 10 minutes. Potima Beach has the Sea You Beach Bar with sun lounger rentals, food, drink and sometimes live music (closed during the low season).

However the beach is stoney and there is a risk of swimming in the sea at this beach due to rip currents.

Kissonerga Coastal Walk

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

An alternative option for swimming is along the Kissonerga Coastal Walk. The walk itself is lovely and there are a couple of areas for swimming. The water is so clear and I loved the location. Therefore it is a spot where I personally would choose to swim, even though there isn’t many facilities around.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay Beach

Rating: 3 out of 5.

25 minutes from Kato Paphos is Coral Bay (bus 615, single ticket 1.50). It is home to 2 beaches that are nicer than the majority in the Paphos tourist area. Coral Bay Beach is a 600ft long sandy beach with facilities such as: toilets, showers (for 1) and a food and drink kiosk. In the summer there are sun bed rentals and water sports.

Coral Bay Beach Cyprus
Coral Bay Beach near Paphos

Laourou Beach

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Similar to the Kissonerga Coastal Walk, I would rate Laourou Beach slightly higher because I loved the colour of the water. It was blue and so clear! The sand was lovely and it was a calm area perfect for swimming. It is quite a small beach which in the summer gets quite full sun bed and umbrella rentals. There are public toilets and a restaurant.

You can read more about the beaches in Coral Bay here: Coral Bay Beaches Cyprus | A Guide To Coral Bay Beach & Laourou Beach

Beaches in Paphos FAQs

Does Paphos have good beaches?

In my opinion, the Paphos city centre beaches are not that good. Some are OK but but there are definitely better ones elsewhere in the district.

Does Paphos have a sandy beach?

Yes, Sodap beach is the largest sandy beach IN Paphos. Alternatively Coral Bay Beach, 25 minutes away, is a bigger and nicer beach.

Is there beaches in Paphos?

Yes, there are 7 main beaches in central Paphos and many more throughout the district.

What is the beach like in Paphos?

The beaches in central Paphos are quite small and rocky in areas. Water shoes may be a good idea if you want to swim.

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