We, probably like you, are very confused as to where and if we can take our dog to the beach. As per information in the internet, there was a law passed in 2003 mandating for the special area to be designated at each coastal area (Louma area in Famagusta, Softades in Larnaca, Tsierkezou in Limassol, Ahelia in Paphos and Mansoura in Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias Steratzia area), but it seems that the law was never implemented due to the opposition from the local authorities.

On 22 May 2013 the Central Commission of Beaches, which is responsible for designating the areas for dog beaches, has decided that, as of 31 December 2013, the only areas remaining for use was those in Ayia Thekla (Louma) and Kato Pyrgos (Steratzia). The one in Ayia Thekla was closed in 2017 as Ayia Napa Marina is being built in its place.

In 2014, the same Commission announced that additional beaches for dogs have been designated at (1) Spyros beach south of Larnaca airport, (2) Kampos tis Foinitzias off Neo Chorio in Paphos and (3) the beach northwest of Paphos airport in Acheleia, which we have not managed to find even after 2 hour drive around the area and asking for directions from passers by with or without dogs on where it could be.

For quite a while Limassol was the only district without dog-friendly beach, but recently Monagroulli community council decided to designate a beach for dogs within its community boundaries. You can find it between Le Meridien Hotel and the old Moni Power Station.

And finally, in 2016 Paralimni municipality has decided to designate a small area for dog beach in Kapparis (also called as Glyky Nero beach in Paralimni), which is the best beach for dogs in cyprus so far!

As of 2019, there are seven dog friendly beaches in the island. Apart from the five mentioned above, there were two more dog beaches designated in Steradjia in Kato Pyrgos in the Tylliria area and Prolimnos beach in Pissouri.

Make sure that the beach you are taking your dog to has the appropriate signs showing that dogs are indeed allowed. Otherwise, you could face a €85 fine for bringing your dog to the non-designated beach.

Buddy at the beach