best for: families; watersports; sunbathing
Lee Beach is considered the main beach in Pefkos and has recently been awarded Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe. In order to qualify for this award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. To you as a visitor this means that the sea here is clean and safe and that there are security measures in place to make sure you and your family are, quite literally, in safe waters.
Lee Beach is ideal for paddling, splashing around, serious swimming and of course sunbathing; there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire on the beach and there are changing cubicles on the beach and toilets on the road just above. There is a small watersports section and small boats are available for hire from here. The beach here is fine and sandy and gradually slopes gently into the sea – the water is shallow for around 20 metres from shore and then slowly increases in depth. Depending on how rough the winter storms were, there are sometimes stones and rocks at one end of the beach but we do our best to make the largest possible expanse rock-free. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops within easy reach of Lee Beach and it is easily accessible both by car and on foot. There is a large car park just above the beach.
St Thomas Beach
best for: strong swimmers, sunbathing
St Thomas beach is a small sheltered bay where many local fisherman moor their boats. It is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing and there are some sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. Bring your own refreshments as there are no catering facilities here. The beach is smooth and sandy with rockpools at one end.
The water along the main part of the beach reaches several metres’ depth within about 10 metres of shore so children and those who are not confident swimmers should be carefully supervised here. St Thomas beach is accessible by car although there is no organised parking and also by foot … but be warned, the road back up is quite steep!
best for: snorkellers, strong swimmers, sunbathing
Plakia beach is a long sandy beach; it stretches along the coast alongside the road leading out of Pefkos towards Lardos. Plakia beach is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing and there are sunbeds and umbrellas for hire here as well as a cantina with food and refreshments.
This is a fine sandy beach with few rocks; the water is relatively shallow for the first 10 metres from shore and then rapidly becomes very deep. Plakia is accessible by foot and in theory also by car but be warned, the road is very bumpy and there is very little parking space or room for manoeuvre – it’s not advisable to drive down if you’re not in a 4×4!
best for: ramblers, strong swimmers, not suitable for: children, sunbathing
Fokia Bay is the last bay along the coast in Pefkos which is easily accessibly by foot; its name comes from the Greek “fokia” which means sea lion – they are sometimes spotted in the bay; if you’re extremely lucky you might see one!
There is no beach as such here and no facilities whatsoever. There is an army base just along the road so be careful not to stray onto their property – they’ll soon make sure you move along if you do!