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According to Trip Advisor, a very popular tourist guide website, Cyprus beaches ranked No1 and No3 in the Top 10 Best Beaches of Europe. The first place went to Ayia Napa while the third place to Protaras .

Nissi Beach is the most popular beach in the Ayia Napa area and probably the most well known on the island of Cyprus. It is made up of 2 connecting beaches, one long and lively, the other smaller and quieter. The beaches have golden sands and the waters are clean and clear. It is possible to walk out for up to a hundred meters without the water passing your waist and there are many sand bars in the shallows.

A variety of watersports can be enjoyed including pedalloes, parasailing and inflatables. Nissi means small island in Greek and there is indeed a small island which during the summer can be reached by walking through the shallow water. During the spring it is possible to walk over without getting wet feet at all.

Nissi Beach can be reached via the coastal path which runs from the harbour or by road along Nissi avenue. Plenty of refreshment options can be found along the beach including snack bars and cafe’s. The Eastern end of the beach is fairly quiet and relaxing, in contrast the other end is home to the Nissi Bay Beach Bar which draws crowds with it’s daily programme of entertainment including top name DJ’s, foam parties, beach parties and other events.

Nissi is definitely the beach to visit to see and be seen with lots of posing and preening going on. During the peak months you can expect loud music, lots of bling, plenty of makeup and very little clothing in the area around the Nissi bay beach bar.

Fig Tree Bay is a sandy beach in the resort of Protaras, Cyprus. In 2011, TripAdvisor declared it to be the third best beach in Europe!

As with all beaches in Cyprus, access to the public is free, whilst bed and umbrella hire is chargeable.

The sandy beach stretches for 500m and the waters are clean enough for the beach to have been awarded blue flag designation. The beach, which runs the length of its own cove, takes its name from the fig trees located close to the coast.

There is an uninhabited islet easily reached by swimming through the shallow waters, the location of which provides a good shelter for the rest of the beach.

In contrast to other local beaches, such as Nissi, Fig Tree Bay has become a popular destination for families. Water sports such as water-skiing, windsurfin, and parasailing are available.

In 2010, during structural improvements to the beach, an ancient Greek tomb was unearthed. The beach was mentioned in a song titled “Fig Tree Bay” – the first song on the 1972 Wind of Change album by Peter Frampton.


Top Ten Beach Destinations in Europe
01. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
02. Skiathos, Greece
03. Protaras, Cyprus
04. Mykonos, Greece,
05. Oludeniz, Turkey
06. St. Ives, England, UK
07. Alcudia, Balearic Islands, Spain
08. San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, Italy
09. Calvia, Balearic Islands, Spain
10. Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

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October 2016 is recorded to have seen the highest number of tourist arrivals in Cyprus for the tenth month of the year, the statistical service reported on Thursday.

Based on a Passengers’ Survey, tourist arrivals reached 357,194 in October 2016 compared to 269,363 in October 2015, recording an increase of 32.6%.
During the period of January – October 2016 arrivals of tourists totalled 2,974,412 compared to 2,472,963 in the corresponding period of 2015, recording an increase of 20.3% and “outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first ten months of the year,” the statistical service said.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 16.9% in October 2016. 
Arrivals from Russia were recorded to increase by 132.1%. Increases were also noted from Germany (7.3%), Israel (103.7%), Greece (8.6%), and Sweden (13.1%). 
However, tourist arrivals from Poland saw a decrease of 3.5%.
The statistical service reported that the UK and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for the island, with a share of 37.5% and 22.8% respectively, while arrivals from Germany represent 5.1% and from Israel 4.4% of total arrivals.
“This is the best October by far in tourist arrivals,” the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said in a press release. 
The CTO has said that October was “another outstanding month” for tourism.
The organisation added that so far all the months of 2016 registered an increase in tourist arrivals exceeding of 16% compared with the corresponding months of 2015, apart from April, during which tourist arrivals were up by 12%.
“The above results show that the initial estimates of the CTO, early in 2016, for a great year are being verified and the strategic target set for more than three million arrivals in 2016 will be achieved,” the statement said.
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, 110,162 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in October 2016 compared to 83,689 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 31.6%.
Source: CNA



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July was a record month for tourism with revenues reaching €402.2 million compared to €342.1 million in the corresponding month of the previous year, an increase of 17.6 per cent.

For the first time this year, the increase in revenues exceeded the increase in the number of tourists which was 16.3 per cent up for the month of July, the statistical services announced on Friday.

“This is the trend that we need,” Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis responded on twitter.

Estimated revenues from tourism from January to July are € 1.23bn, a 14.9 per cent hike over 2015, when the figure was €1.07bn for the same period.

The per capita expenditure per tourist in July 2016 was €834.25 compared with €825.37 in July 2015, while the average length of stay dropped to 9.7 days from 10.2 last year.

Most arrivals, 166,874, travelled from the UK this July, and each of them spent €922.67 on average. In second and third place were Russia and Israel.

The biggest spenders with €964.67 per person were the 4,423 visitors from the Netherlands.

“The impressive performance of arrivals and receipts confirm that 2016 will be recorded as a special year with extremely high performance,” a Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) announcement stated, adding that the results will “anything but relax the efforts of the CTO and its partners in the vital tourism sector.”

The past four months (May to August) have been the most successful ever recorded, the CTO said.


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