3 ways to reach the Blue Lagoon
Now for those of you who don’t know Cyprus’s Blue Lagoon is one of the islands most beautiful locations. Located on the border of the Akamas national park, it boats the most stunning crystal-clear water and incredible views. It took my breath away (and not just because the water was freezing!)
The blue lagoon is sandy and not very deep, a lot of the time I could stand up, so it was the perfect environment for relaxing. I loved it so much i visited it 3 times during my stay on the island but each time a different way.
Cost: 28 Euros
Time taken: 5 hours
The first trip to the Blue Lagoon we decided to do the most popular way and head there by boat. We walked along to Latchi harbour to have a look which boat we wanted to go for. There were so many different trips to choose from, after some consideration we opted for the ‘Koula’ traditional boat.
A combination of the overall look of the boat, the length of the trip and lunch being included swung it for us. It was smaller than the others and seemed to be a much more intimate experience, we had a whole table and benches for the 5 of us so it was nice and spacious. A lot of the other trips were only offering 2-3 hours whereas with the ‘Koula’ we had a 5-hour trip – meaning we had 3 whole hours to explore the Blue Lagoon. It was a family run trip and was also one of the only ones to include lunch and wine with the price of the ticket.
The lunch was something else, the lovely husband and wife who were running the trip lit the BBQ when we arrived at the blue lagoon and while we were off exploring and swimming, they put huge kebabs of chicken breast and pork on to start grilling. They called us in from the water to enjoy lunch and they had put on a spread of delicious Cypriot food. Along with the meat we were offered beautiful garlic bread, homemade cous cous, stunning cucumber and tomatoes that had been freshly grown in their garden and it had been drizzled with olive oil and salt which I adore. There were also olives and local village wine with a choice of red or white. It was absolutely delicious and to be sat eating and fresh, homemade, Cypriot meal while bobbing up and down on the crystal-clear sea, the most magical 360 views, it was an amazing experience.
There were other drinks onboard available to buy, we had a couple of keo beers (which I came to love) they only cost 1.50 euros and was so refreshing in the hot sun.
On our way to the blue lagoon the hosts pointed out the baths of Aphrodite up on the hillside, we stopped to marvel at the beautiful Blaji bay where there were old ruins of an amphitheater. We sailed past St. George’s Island, the caves at Manolis and the spectacular Fontana Amorosa.
When we finally docked in the bay of the blue lagoon, me and T. Jay were one of the first to jump off the boat and into the calming, beautiful waters. We swam and explored, snorkeled and just took in the magic of the sea (until we were called for the gorgeous lunch).
I absolutely loved the boat trip and would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed and calm way to enjoy this lovely place. You can find the ‘Koula’ staff, to book on, down at Latchi harbour.
Cost: 0 Euros
Time taken: 5-6 hours
After such a lovely day, we knew we definitely wanted to go back to the Blue Lagoon. We are big fans of walking and exploring, I feel like you see and notice so much more around you when you’re walking. It’s not unusual for me to pack up a picnic and head out for a 20km walk, it’s my favourite thing to do at home on a day off at home.
So that’s what we did, headed to the local supermarket, picked up a cool bag and everything we needed to make a nice picnic. Ham and cheese baguettes, crisps, fresh melon and of course I sneaked in a few cans of Keo beers as a surprise.
So, we drove up to the baths of Aphrodite and parked the car, I grabbed the cool bag over my shoulder and we set off. It was lovely, walking across the cliff tops in the stunning sun, looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. We took our time, enjoying the scenery as we went, having a nosey at all the little coves. It took around 2 hours before we reached the blue lagoon, it was a gorgeous sight, standing up on the cliff edge, seeing where we had been docked just a few days before. All the boat trips were anchored up and people were enjoying the water. All I could think about was getting into that cool, refreshing water. So, we found the little staircase down to the small pebbly beach and found a perfect spot on top of a rock. I put the cool bag down and much to everyone’s delight pulled out a fresh cold beer to enjoy with our picnic.
We sat and enjoyed the treats and dipped into the stunning water, we spent ages swimming and enjoying the gorgeous lagoon. After a bit of time basking in the sun we packed up and headed back along the coastal road, but this time we made a pit stop at one of the gorgeous little coves we’d seen on the way. It was just us, a private pebbly beach and section of the sea to explore. We got our masks on and dove under, finding some amazing underwater caves.
It was such an amazing day, all in all we were out around 6 hours and before hopping back in the car grabbed a gorgeous ice-cream from the little shop next to Aphrodite baths gateway.
BY DUNE BUGGY
Cost: 120 Euros
Time taken: 7/8 hours
The last way was the most fun and action filled. Me and Tjay decided we wanted a bit of adventure and to explore the Akamas national park more.
We rented a buggy from a rental in Latchi and drove up to the start of the Akamas national park, the first pit stop we made was the blue lagoon. We didn’t swim this time but since we’d picked up the buggy around 9am, it was 9:30am when we reached the area and we were the only people there. It was incredible to see the lagoon so still and free from boats and people. I wish I could have stayed and swam but we had a action packed day planned so we only stayed for 10 minutes to enjoy the view.
It was the most peaceful and tranquil place you could imagine; we were looking over this stunning view point and only hear our footsteps, a few birds chirping and the waves lapping on the shore. If you’re looking to experience pure bliss and serenity, I recommend you heading there early morning, by the afternoon its very busy with the hordes of boat trips that arrive.
We had an amazing day buggying around the Akamas national park – read all about it in my next blog “a buggy ride through the Akamas”!