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“A rough journey but worth it in the end”
Review of Lara Beach

Lara Beach
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Bit of a trek but totally unspoilt and relatively quiet and uncrowded which I am sure travellers will agree is worth the trip. Lovely and quiet and lovely warm water to boot, The sea can be a bit strong at times.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

The beach is rather remote. You follow an earth road (for 1-2 hours) to get to it. But thats a good thing because its one of the most unspoiled beaches on the island. The route is fun (not very easy as its an earth road, but very scenic with small juniper trees along the way. The whole route is within the Akamas Natural Reserve so the landscape is rather unique. Its best to have a 4x4 car, although whenever we went we saw many (hired) Nissan Micras on the way!! Be carerul - a small car is not suitable if it has rained beforehand as you may get stuck in the mud.
The beach is lovely. On the day we went the waters were very calm and warm! Thick golden sand (the softest carpet i have ever stepped on). No wonder the sea turtles pick this beach to lay their eggs. I never had the luck to see sea turtles there!!! There is a small kiosk where there are lots of photos with turtles laying their eggs and the little ones walking to the water!
This is not an organised beach so be prepared, take water and food with you and maybe a beach umbrella for some shade. Dont expect luxuries. As i said its an adventurous/fun day trip if you are looking for something different!

3  Thank irene e
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

It was a trek to get there but made a lovely change from the overcrowded beach at Coral Bay. It had beautiful turquoise sea but the waves were big and violent which made it a challenge to get in the sea, it was quite dangerous but we had fun just trying to fight the waves and getting knocked over. I wish I had some proper shoes for the sea as my feet were so sore as the force of the waves would push the sand away from under your feet and it was very stoney and rocky. It was quite breezy here so be careful as you will really burn so make sure you keep applying sun cream !! I notice another reviewer mentioned litter, where we were bathing was pretty clean but as with most places people just dont care and think it's okay to dump their rubbish, why can't they just put it in a bag and dispose of in a bin later. There was a little hut with lovely old guy who sold basic refreshments like ice cold water, tiptops etc. There was also a restaurant just before you got onto the beach but can't comment on that as never went there. Lara Beach is well worth a visit and this is apparently known as Turtle Bay.

One funny thing happened my partner went for a drive (he gets bored of sunbathing) on the rough terrain so be careful as there are some sandy parts which can be quite deep, he tried to dig himself out for about an hour and not ideal in the very hot temperatures and very humid heat but luckily someone had a toe rope to pull him out so if you have a four wheel drive try and remember to take one just in case, its the last thing you want to have to try and deal with!! Suppose it added to the dramas of the holiday !!!

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Lara Beach was a beautiful spot-turquoise water, white cliff backdrop, but it was filthy! there was garbage strewn all over the beach and worse, rubbish in the water. We tried to find a clean spot, but after being assailed by chip wrappers while swimming, we gave up. It is a pity that such a spot of natural beauty has been allowed to become so polluted. If you want to swim-forget it!

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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Lara Beach with its mountain backdrop and azure blue waters is an ideal place for the traveler who wants to get away from the crowd. I went here manly for the solitude and beautiful scenery including meadows and wildflowers. The sand quality is not that great - very rocky, a lot of seaweed, etc... . The waters are shallow and there are many cliffs and sea coves. The best way to get there is to drive to Paphos and on to Agios Georgios. From there you will take a dirt road past one roadside restaurant a few miles. When you get to another sign which says "Lara Restaurant", you have arrived at the real Lara Bay. You can keep on driving to find your ideal cove and beach as it goes on for miles. Stop by at the seaside Lara Restaurant accessible via another dirt road for drinks or great Greek cheeses. You can get there with any old rental car but a jeep / 4-wheeler would be best.

5  Thank Anthony D
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