The Best Spots To Watch the Sunrise & Sunset in Cyprus
Cyprus is famous for having some of the most consistently beautiful sunsets in Mediterranean. There’s something very romantic and magical about starting or ending your holiday by watching the sky alight with colours.
The science behind these striking sunsets are molecules that change the direction of light rays in the atmosphere, causing them to scatter. At the end of the day when the sun is low on the horizon, sunlight must pass through more air to reach our eyesight.
Red has the longest wavelength of any visible light, that’s why the sun is red when it’s on the horizon. This also explains why sunsets tend to exhibit fiery colours of orange, pink and red at the end of a warm day.
The sunsets in Cyprus are spectacular, due to the position of the island, makes for a vast number of viewpoints and long stretches of uninterrupted horizon. The beach is always great for this, marina fronts or even from the balcony of your apartment We have comprised a list of the most perfect places to go to make a real occasion of it:
Places to Catch the Best Sunsets in Cyprus
Cypriots have a saying “Pink sky at night, shepherds delight” meaning that when the sky is pink during sunset, the next day will be clear and warm.
1. Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou)
If you’re looking for a romantic spot to watch the sunset with your loved one, then Aphrodite’s Rock is perfect. It’s definitely a hot tourist spot however it does tend to get less busy in the afternoon as the weather gets cooler. Leaving you to enjoy the view.
We wrote a whole article about Aphrodite’s Rock, click here to read it.
2. Paphos Castle
Paphos Castle was formerly constructed as a fort to protect the harbour in the Byzantine era. It was later rebuilt in the 13th century by the Lusignans (of French decent) after being devastated in the 1222 Cyprus earthquake. Nowadays the castle serves as a background to the annual open air Paphos cultural festival every September.
You can enter the castle all year round however entrance is not necessary to admire the sunset from Paphos marina. You can take some beautiful photos with the sunset reflecting on the harbour water.
3. Larnaca Salt Lake
Larnaca Salt Lake is one of the most picturesque areas of flatland in the district. In winter, when the lake fills with water, it becomes a winter base for 80 different species of water-birds, the most rare and breathtaking being the flamingos and the Eurasian Crane.
In summer all the water evaporates from the lake, and all wildlife leaves so perhaps this is a better destination to visit in wintertime, especially if you want to catch a glimpse at the migrating pink flamingos that rest here every year.
For more information about Larnaca Salt Lake click here.
“Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning” -Implies rain may follow later in the day.
1. Nissi Beach- Ayia Napa
Nissi Beach is a renowned beach in the resort of Ayia Napa, Cyprus for its interesting natural wave currents which have formed a small island and naturally pathway made with sand to reach it.
The rest of coastline stretches for 500 metres and the water is clean enough to have been awarded blue flag status. The beach, which runs the length of its own cove, is the perfect destination to watch the sunrise above the mini island; making for a unique and beautiful photo.
2. Kourion Archaeological Site
If your holiday villa is in the Limassol district, a 20 minute drive from central Limassol, is a great place to go to watch the sunset is the dramatic ruins of the Kourion amphitheatre.
With the ancient structures in front of the rising sun, it is a truly wonderful opportunity to take some amazing photography. This timeless spot transports you away in time giving you an awe-inspiring sunrise well worth the early start.
3. Paddle boarding (SUP) at Mackenzie beach, Larnaca
Mackenzie Beach is about 15 minutes from Pervolia in Larnaca and it is a sandy flat beach making it the perfect place to watch the sunset after a long day of sightseeing.
The beach features swimming & a promenade with palm trees, cafes, bars & a variety of restaurants which makes it suitable for families with children.
Timings for the catching the best Cyprus Sunset
The best time to guarantee natures best exhibition is usually in the summer months when the sun rises around 6am and sets at 7pm.
Being so close to the equator, during winter the days are significantly shorter, with the sun rising at 7am and setting at just after 4pm!