Cyprus hosts nesting of both the loggerhead turtle Caretta Caretta and the green turtle Chelonia Mydas, which are categorised as endangered on the IUCN Red list of threatened species.
The loggerhead is the most abundant marine turtle species in the Mediterranean with an estimated population composed of 2,000 – 3,000 females. Green turtles are more localised and estimated to have 300 – 400 females nesting annually in mainly Cyprus and Turkey.
Golden Beach and Ronnas Beach along the Karpaz Peninsula and the sands of Alagadi on the west coast are nesting grounds for these four-legged vertebrates from late May to the end of September each year.
The best time to observe the laying of the eggs is towards the end of June onwards and witness the hatch in late August and the beginning of September.