Coral Bay, Paphos

Coral Bay

Unlocking the Charms of Coral Bay, Cyprus: A Comprehensive Visitor's Guide

Welcome to the sun-kissed paradise of Coral Bay, Cyprus! Nestled along the southwestern coast of this Mediterranean gem, Coral Bay is a haven for those seeking the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration. In this comprehensive visitor's guide, we'll delve into the enchanting world of Coral Bay, offering valuable insights into its pristine beaches, delectable restaurants, vibrant bars and cafes, shopping hotspots, essential services, and a myriad of activities that promise an unforgettable vacation.

Beaches

Coral Bay Beach

Let's start with the crown jewel of Coral Bay – the aptly named Coral Bay Beach. This Blue Flag-certified stretch of golden sand is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and watersports. The crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit spot for beach enthusiasts.

Scenic Beauty - Coral Bay is renowned for its picturesque setting, featuring golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The bay is surrounded by rugged coastline and dramatic cliffs, providing a breathtaking backdrop for visitors.

Blue Flag Status - Coral Bay Beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status, signifying its commitment to environmental management, water quality, safety, and overall excellence. This makes it a popular choice for both locals and tourists seeking a clean and well-maintained beach experience.

Water Activities - The calm and clear waters of Coral Bay make it an ideal spot for various water activities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving to explore the rich marine life and underwater landscapes.

Sunset Views - The beach is known for its spectacular sunset views. Many visitors gather in the evening to witness the sun dip below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the bay and creating a serene and romantic atmosphere.

Lara Beach

For a more secluded experience, venture to Lara Beach. The Beach is situated on the western coast of Cyprus, near the Akamas Peninsula and about 15 kilometres north of Paphos.

Known for its untouched natural beauty, Lara Beach is a secluded stretch of coastline characterized by its golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The area is part of the Akamas Peninsula, a protected nature reserve, which contributes to its unspoiled and pristine environment.

One of the most notable features of Lara Beach is its significance as a nesting site for green and loggerhead turtles. These turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, making Lara Beach a crucial area for turtle conservation efforts. Visitors may encounter turtle nests and even witness the hatching of baby turtles during the nesting season.

 Corallia Beach

The beach boasts soft, golden sands that stretch along the shoreline, creating a perfect setting for sunbathing and leisurely strolls. The calm and shallow waters make it an ideal spot for families with children, offering a safe and enjoyable environment for swimming and water activities. The Mediterranean Sea at Corallia Beach often takes on mesmerizing shades of blue, enticing visitors to take a refreshing dip and enjoy the tranquillity of the sea.

 One of the unique features of Corallia Beach is its natural surroundings. The coastline is dotted with rugged cliffs and lush greenery, providing a beautiful backdrop to the beach. Visitors can explore the nearby landscapes, taking in the scenic beauty of the Cypriot coastline and enjoying panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

 The beach is equipped with a range of facilities to enhance the visitor experience. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent, allowing beachgoers to relax in comfort. There are also various water sports facilities for those seeking a more active beach experience, including jet skiing, snorkelling, and paddleboarding. The vibrant marine life in the area makes it a popular spot for snorkelers who want to explore the underwater world.

Watersports

Watersports enthusiasts visiting Coral Bay are in for a treat, as the bay offers a diverse range of activities to cater to all levels of thrill-seekers. Whether you're a seasoned water adventurer or a first-time participant, there's something for everyone.

 One of the most popular watersports in Coral Bay is jet skiing. With the gentle waves of the Mediterranean Sea as your backdrop, you can rev up your jet ski and feel the adrenaline rush as you zip across the azure waters. Rentals and guided tours are readily available, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

For those who prefer a more laid-back approach to water activities, paddleboarding is an excellent choice. Gliding along the calm surface of the bay provides a unique perspective of the coastline and allows participants to soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Coral Bay is also a hub for parasailing enthusiasts. Visitors can experience the thrill of being suspended high above the water, enjoying panoramic views of the coastline and the vast Mediterranean. The experienced guides and top-notch equipment ensure a safe and exhilarating adventure.

Banana boat rides are another favourite among families and groups of friends. Climb aboard the inflatable banana-shaped raft and hold on tight as you're towed behind a speedboat, bouncing over the waves for an exciting and laughter-filled experience.

For those seeking a more immersive underwater adventure, Coral Bay offers opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. The crystal-clear waters reveal a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life and colourful coral formations, making it a must-visit destination for diving enthusiasts.

After a day filled with watersports excitement, visitors can unwind on the golden sands of Coral Bay, basking in the warm Mediterranean sun. 

Things to Do and See

Beyond the beaches and dining, Coral Bay offers a wealth of activities and attractions:

Akamas Peninsula

Embark on an adventure to the nearby Akamas Peninsula and the Avakas Gorge, a nature lover's paradise with hiking trails, breathtaking landscapes, and the famed Baths of Aphrodite.

Paphos Archaeological Park

Immerse yourself in history at the Paphos Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases Roman villas, ancient theatres, and intricate mosaics.

Natural Beauty

The area around Coral Bay is known for its natural beauty, with rugged cliffs and lush greenery. The Akamas Peninsula, a protected nature reserve, is nearby and offers hiking and exploration opportunities. Hiking and cycling are popular in the area with many routes available.

Paphos Zoo

For a fabulous day out for the whole family, Paphos Zoo is well worth a visit. Paphos Zoo, located on the beautiful island of Cyprus, stands as a captivating haven for wildlife enthusiasts and families seeking a unique and educational experience. Nestled in a lush landscape, the zoo is renowned for its commitment to conservation, education, and providing a safe and enriching environment for its diverse animal residents.

Paphos Zoo boasts a diverse array of animals, showcasing species from around the world. Visitors can explore carefully designed habitats that mimic the natural environments of the residents, providing a more authentic and enriching experience. The zoo is home to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, with highlights including majestic big cats, playful primates, colourful parrots, and fascinating reptiles.

The zoo is designed with families in mind, featuring amenities such as play areas and picnic spots. Children and adults alike can enjoy a day filled with adventure and learning, making Paphos Zoo an ideal destination for a family outing.

Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark

Within a 30-minute drive you will find the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark, a thrilling aquatic destination that promises a day filled with excitement, relaxation, and family-friendly fun. This waterpark, named after the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, offers a diverse range of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages.

Museums

Paphos’ museums offer a fascinating journey through time, showcasing artefacts that span millennia and providing insights into the rich and diverse history of the region. Paphos has five main museums as follows.

1.     Paphos Archaeological Museum:

The Paphos Archaeological Museum stands as a testament to the city's historical significance. Housed in a modern building, the museum displays a remarkable collection of artefacts dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. Visitors can explore intricately crafted pottery, statues, and tools that reveal the evolution of civilization in Paphos. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Cypriot antiquities, providing a comprehensive overview of the island's history.

2.     Byzantine Museum of Paphos:

For those interested in the Byzantine era, the Byzantine Museum of Paphos is a must-visit. Located in the heart of the city, the museum showcases a remarkable collection of religious icons, frescoes, and artefacts from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. Visitors can gain insight into the religious and artistic traditions that shaped Paphos during this influential period.

3.     Ethnographical Museum of Paphos:

Delving into the cultural fabric of Paphos, the Ethnographical Museum offers a unique perspective on the daily life of the city's residents. Housed in a traditional 18th-century building, the museum displays a diverse array of exhibits, including traditional costumes, household items, and agricultural tools. This immersive experience allows visitors to connect with the traditions and customs that have defined Paphos over the centuries.

4.     Paphos District Archaeological Museum:

Situated in the heart of the city, the Paphos District Archaeological Museum focuses on the broader archaeological landscape of the region. The museum features artefacts from various archaeological sites in the Paphos district, shedding light on the historical developments that have shaped the area. From ancient tombs to intricate jewellery, the exhibits offer a comprehensive overview of the city's archaeological richness.

5.     The Steni Museum of Village Life:

Venturing beyond the city centre, the Steni Museum of Village Life provides a glimpse into the rural traditions of Paphos. Located in the charming village of Steni, the museum showcases a diverse collection of agricultural tools, household items, and traditional crafts. This museum offers a unique opportunity to understand the agrarian roots and the simple, yet vibrant, way of life in the villages surrounding Paphos 

Dining and Entertainment

Coral Bay offers a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars, where you can savour Cypriot cuisine and international dishes. In the evenings, some places may have live music and entertainment.   Here are some Restaurants/Tavernas that you will find within this area:

Vigna Italian Restaurant – Excellent pizza & pasta dishes, guaranteed Italian food to relish. Sample the chefs well packed Calzone and Tortellini Gratinate – Tel: +35726813755. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Phil’s Bar & Grill – International restaurant and bar. Tel: +35726622632. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Santa Marina – Fish and chips, just like in the UK. A very popular restaurant with a takeaway option perfect for villa holidays. Tel: +35726621401. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Phidias Tavern- Traditional and modern Cypriot taverna providing a selection of local Cyprus cuisine, meze, grill, seafood and a selection of international dishes. Tel: +35726621018. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Ocean Basket   - serving a variety of fresh fish dishes as well as sushi. Note that this restaurant only serves fish! Tel: +35726961369. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Seriani Restaurant - International restaurant. Tel: +35726621515. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Andria Steak & Grill - International restaurant. Tel: +35726622622. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Sea You Beach Bar – Beachfront bar and restaurant with music on certain evenings. Tel +35796034343. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Kikos Bar - live entertainment during summer and sports events televised. Open daily from 10am to 1.30am. The restaurant’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Chalkies Bar - live entertainment during summer and sports events televised.  Open daily from 9am to 2am The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Dionysos Cafe Lounge Bar - live entertainment during summer and sports events televised. Open daily from 8am to 2am. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Kleo's Cocktail Bar and Nightclub - Open daily in summer from 10am to 3.30am. The bar closes in winter. The restaurant’s location can be found here on Google Maps.

Shopping

Philippos Supermarket: This is the biggest supermarket in the Coral Bay Area. It offers a huge variety of products including many UK brands, at low prices. The supermarket offers free home delivery. The supermarket’s location can be found on Google Maps.

Coral Bay Shopping Centre: Housing a variety of boutiques, souvenir shops, and convenience stores, the Coral Bay Shopping Centre is a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs.

Paphos Old Market: For a more authentic experience, take a short drive (approximately 15 minutes – 11km) to Paphos Old Town, well worth the visit. Here you will discover a treasure trove of local crafts, spices, handmade souvenirs, coffee shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and more. At night the centre really comes alive. A visit is highly recommended.

Essential Services

Ensuring a worry-free stay, Coral Bay offers essential services for visitors:

Pharmacies - Coral Bay boasts several well-equipped pharmacies, ensuring that your health and well-being are in good hands during your stay.

Christiana Christofi Pharmacy - Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 2pm. Telephone +357 26623232. Google Maps Location

Anna Gavriel Pharmacy - Monday - Friday 9am - 6.30pm (Closed for lunch  1.30-3pm) and Saturday 9am - 2pm. Telephone +357 26100103. Google Maps Location

Christakis Phylaktou Pharmacy - Monday - Friday 8am - 6.30pm (Closed for lunch 1.30-3pm) and Saturday 8.30am - 1.30pm. Telephone +357 26815526 Google Maps Location

Transportation

Buses

 A regular bus service operates in Coral Bay to Paphos Town and Kato Paphos Harbour. Visit Cyprus by Bus to view routes and times.

Car, Bike and Quad Rentals

To make the most of your visit, consider renting a car, bike or quad bike to explore Coral Bay and its surrounding areas at your own pace.

Coral Bay boasts numerous car rental agencies, providing a wide range of vehicles to suit various preferences and budgets. From compact cars for solo travellers to spacious SUVs for families, there's an option for everyone.

The Golden Ride Rentals – Has two shops in Coral Bay with plenty of free parking. They have a wide range of quadbikes, road and off-road buggies, motorbikes, scooters and bicycles. Their main location can be viewed on Google Maps. They can be contacted on +357 26621845

Traffic Rentals – They are available for hire quad bikes, scooters and cars and they also provide self-drive safaris. Their main location can be viewed on Google Maps. They can be contacted on +357 96475905

 The Smile Rentals – Specialising in the rental of ATVs and quad bikes. Their main location can be viewed on Google Maps. They can be contacted on +357 99604075

Taxis

There are also several local private Taxi services as follows:

Coral Bay Taxis, telephone +357 99 603837

Taxis Coral Bay, telephone +357 96 755186

Stevies Taxi, telephone +357 99 675191

General services provided include limousines, 24hr taxi services, airport transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours.

Distances from Coral Bay 

Paphos International Airport 28 km

Larnaca International Airport 145 km

Kato Paphos Harbour 15 km

Tomb of the Kings area 10km

Paphos Town Centre 15km

 


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