If you’re looking for a sun, sea and sand holiday in 2017 / 2018, it could be time to jet away to the beautiful island of Cyprus and visit Coral Bay. Situated on the western coast of the island, Coral Bay has long stretches of golden sands, scenic countryside surroundings and limestone cliffs, creating a picture-perfect landscape that will stay in your memories forever.
This relaxed, family-friendly resort is ideal for those looking to relax and unwind on holiday. There are plenty of traditional tavernas, bars and restaurants tailored to the needs of tourists, whether you’re visiting with your family, enjoying a couples holiday or are travelling with a large group of mates. Coral Bay itself has more than enough to keep you occupied, and you’ll be within easy reach of local resorts including Paphos.
Most popular hotels in Coral Bay
Panareti Coral Bay
Ascos Coral Beach Hotel
Coral Beach Hotel
Crown Resorts Horizon
St. George Hotel and Spa Resort
Theo Sunset Bay Holiday Village
Corallia Beach (Coral Bay)
Aqua Sol Holiday Village
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 25m
When to go
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Coral Bay is a relatively small and sedate coastal resort, which is a large part of its appeal to many people. While many of the other popular Cyprus resorts, such as nearby Paphos, have more of a tourist-oriented feel and have lost touch with their traditional heritage, Coral Bay has retained much of its original character and culture, making it ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle.
Some of the top attractions in the area include Nammos Beach itself, as well as its neat and friendly beach bar of the same name. Here you’ll find plenty of great facilities to keep you comfortable in the sunshine, including sun loungers and parasols. There are a number of water sports schools in the area, so whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned water sports enthusiast, you’re sure to find an activity to suit your taste. Thanks to the unspoilt natural surroundings, you can get up close and personal with the natural terrain on a quad bike or jeep safari tour, or head to the Ithaki Amusement Park.
One of the most popular hotels in Coral Bay is the 3 star Corallia Beach apartment hotel.
Wine and Dine
The cuisine of Cyprus is much like the wider Greek lifestyle – relaxed, multi-faceted and authentic, plus with a sprinkling of Turkish cuisine. Cypriot cuisine features appetisers, main meals, salads, side dishes and desserts, and is often served with traditional Cyprus-style coffee.
In Coral Bay, starters including tzatziki, which includes garlic, yoghurt, olive oil and cucumber, taramasalata and hummus. Main dishes that are served during the rest of the day include soulva (lamb or pork cooked on skewers), moussaka (baked eggplant and lamb with creamy béchamel sauce) and koupepia (vine leaves that have been stuffed with rice and mincemeat).
One of the best features of the cuisine in Coral Bay is the traditional Cypriot desserts, which include Loukoumi (Turkish Delight), melomakarona (honey cakes) and finikia (walnut cakes), making this a paradise for sweet-toothed foodies.
Families are well catered for in Coral Bay, as the family-centric lifestyle in Cyprus guarantees you’re never far from a family-friendly restaurant and plenty of great attractions. Coral Bay’s beach is one of the finest natural beaches in Cyprus, earning it a European Union Blue Flag award. Children play here around the year and during the summer months there’s a wide range of water sports on offer.
In town on The Strip you’ll find a selection of mini markets, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and a few banks. There are a number of traditional tavernas here that make it easy to enjoy family meals, as well as eateries serving delicious fresh seafood. While much of the food here is traditional Cypriot cuisine, you’ll find plenty of cosy restaurants offering simple children’s menus with fish fingers and chips, and other international dishes.
Some of the best attractions for all the family in the area include Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark, which has everything from soaring waterslides to wave pools and a lazy river for lounging around in. If your little ones prefer wildlife, take a trip to Paphos Zoo to meet some of the island’s cutest residents. All of this makes Coral Bay a top family holiday destination.
Action and Adventure
With 600 metres of Blue Flag award-winning sands and clear blue waters, Coral Bay is the ideal setting for a number of water sports. You can enjoy windsurfing, diving, catamaran trips and swimming here, as well as jetskiing and banana boating. There are a number of newer sports on offer too at Coral Bay Water Sports, including exhilarating trips on the Crazy Shark and Fly Fish, pedal boats, canoeing and kayaking. In and around Coral Bay you’ll find facilities for tennis, squash, badminton, snooker, table tennis and volleyball.
One of the best adrenaline-pumping activities in the Coral Bay area is to take a trip to the north to nearby Akavas Gorge. You can start at Viklari Village which is just a 15-minute drive away and hike to the gorge, which will take you on a scenic route past the juniper and pine-lined valley to some narrow limestone cliffs. Overhead, the rock arches sharply, offering some wonderful radiant light effects. With a total trip time of around three hours, this hike is suitable for physically fit holidaymakers looking for a challenging excursion with rewarding sights.
Life's a Beach
Coral Bay is considered a classic family-friendly beach, with safe swimming conditions for the young, more mature holidaymakers and those with mobility difficulties. The beach at Coral Bay consist of a sweeping horseshoe-shaped bay backed by tall limestone cliffs. This iconic beach offers the much-loved combination of a sandy beach, calm clear waters and the sought-after Blue Flag status. The beach has plenty of water sports available including waterskiing, diving, and parascending, as well as all the amenities you’re looking for in a relaxing sun holiday like sunbeds and parasols.
The beach is relatively sedate and peaceful outside of peak season, but you’ll find that even during the busy summer months you’ll always be able to find a less-cluttered space on the beach for some peace and quiet. There are a number of bars and restaurants along the beach, serving a wide range of international cuisine, snacks and drinks. If you're looking for something more go-go, neighbouring Paphos has its fair share of beaches.
The majority of nightlife in Coral Bay revolves around Coral Bay Avenue, which is known locally as ‘The Strip’. Along The Strip you’ll find a number of restaurants and eateries, many of which have some kind of evening entertainment, including authentic Cypriot live music and dancing. Many of the area’s cocktail bars are open past midnight but are legally required to observe noise limits after midnight. Much of the nightlife in Coral Bay has been recently renovated, so there are many modern clubs to take your pick from, including the Decades Club. There’s no entrance fee at this club and there are live DJs for a vibrant, intimate atmosphere, as well as a good selection of refreshing cocktails.
For a change of scene, Paphos is just a 20 minute taxi journey away. Paphos is home to some of the most raucous nightlife on the island, barring Ayia Napa, of course.
Coral Bay offers a laid-back, relaxed holiday destination in Cyprus for couples who prefer to totally unwind while they’re away. The white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and stunning natural surroundings bring a feeling of being at one with nature and provide the ideal setting for reconnecting with your significant other on a romantic level.
Coral Bay has 600 metres of powdery white sands with calm and shallow waters, giving an idyllic landscape that is effortlessly romantic. As there are plenty of restaurants, tavernas, bars and shops that make it easy to get up and go each day for a fuss-free romantic getaway. For more variety in your activities, you can head to Paphos, just eight kilometres down the road, or venture further inland to the iconic Baths of Adonis. For wildlife-loving couples, Cape Lara’s freshwater pools offer a place to see turtles nesting, and you’ll find a number of exotic species at the Paphos Bird and Animal Park.
Coral Bay offers a slice of the laid-back traditional Greek and Cypriot culture for those looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life. The huge vineyards and traditional banana plantations give you a sense of being close to nature and embracing a simpler way of life, making Coral Bay a great place to spend quality time with your family or significant other. Life here is all about enjoying the simple pleasures, including dining, spending time with your family and enjoying sociable evenings out.
Coral Bay is fantastic as a base for exploring the wider Paphos area, one of the most historically important places in Greece. Paphos is said to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and was a place of pilgrimage for the Ancient Greeks, while the entire town of Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Paphos is the proud winner of the title of ‘European Capital of Culture for 2017’, alongside Aarhus in Denmark. There are several historic sites of interest within an hour’s drive from Coral Bay, including Kolossi Castle, where you’ll explore the remnants of a historic olive press and sugar mill. There’s also the City of Kourion, which was destroyed by an earthquake, but there are a few remaining attractions including Roman baths, an amphitheatre and some well-preserved mosaic floors.