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North Cyprus has a speckled coastline leaving beach lovers absolutely spoilt for choice.

Pebble beaches and long stretches of sand all leading to the most beautiful waters of the world – the Mediterranean.

Beaches in North Cyprus are usually not signposted, except for the more popular beach clubs. Most provide car parking, on-site restaurants and cafes, sunbeds and parasols, generally with a small entry fee. When there is a charge, it is well worth it, as these popular beaches provide thrilling water sports activities and coast guards for your safety.

There is also a grand choice of hotels that you can visit just to use their beaches, for a small rate.

We have compiled a unique list for visitors searching for public beaches to spend their days and even have their own picnic.   

Golden Beach

Travel to the most northern tip of the island and you will be greeted by the world famous Karpaz Golden Beach. Kilometres of golden sands and azure sea, this beach is referred to as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty in mythology.

Never too crowded, the secluded Golden Beach is ideal for those seeking privacy and tranquillity whilst absorbing the sun and enjoying the sea blue.

You will need to source your own refreshments though if you are planning to spend the day here as there are no facilities on this isolated site, and any toilet requirements should be meticulously taken care of in the wild!  

Glapsides Beach

North of Famagusta on the east coast of the island, the Glapsides Beach is in a convenient location on the bay. This long sandy beach with shallow waters is run by the Famagusta municipality, flocked by tourists and locals during the summer.

Water sports enthusiasts and scuba divers can explore the mystery of the underwater world whilst other land sports devotees can join the regularly run beach volleyball tournaments.

Sun beds and umbrellas can be used for a small fee, food and beverages, shower and toilets are all available.

During the weekends of the high summer season, the beach bar becomes very vibrant where you can party until the early hours.

Long Beach

Situated on the Salamis Bay, 15 kilometres north of Famagusta and near to the ruins of Salamis, this magnificent sandy beach is ideal to spend time relaxing with a range of available facilities. 

A shuttle service also runs from town to the beach. 

Kervansaray Beach

Operated by the Municipality of Kyrenia, this is a popular leisure area to be enjoyed by the public. 

In the heart of Kyrenia in the Kervansaray area, this beach has a range of facilities. Sunbeds and umbrellas, dressing rooms and showers, restaurants and even an additional artificial grass sunbathing area for those who don’t like to get sand in their feet.

The beach also has a car park for the disabled with easy access to the beach side.

As the cove of Kervansaray is a stop for most boat tours from Kyrenia Harbour, a designated swimming area is separated by buoys to ensure safety of swimmers.  The beach also has a lifeguard tower with first aid and lifeguard supplies.

Alagadi Beach

15 kilometre east of Kyrenia, another great public beach is Alagadi, where you can see turtles nesting during the summer season.

Turtle watching is regarded as one of the prominent attractions of this beach where photo enthusiasts wait for their moment.

Alagadi is an ideal spot for families as well as couples, lined with sandy dunes and shallow waters. 

There are no facilities so don’t forget to bring your own umbrellas, water, and other refreshments – an ideal location to have an afternoon picnic.

Nudist Beaches

There are no official nudist beaches on the island and the concept is not permitted in NCY – however topless sunbathing on the beach is not frowned upon though may attract some attention.