By Bejay Browne
Watch the sun set on the horizon as it shimmers on the sea. Relax to the gentle lapping of the waves on the shoreline and sip something cool and refreshing. Squish your toes into the clean sand and feel a rush of contentment.
With so many of us coping with busy modern lives it’s often easy to forget what a beautiful island we live on. Sometimes, we need to take a deep breath and soak up the atmosphere. A great place to do this is at the Lighthouse (Faros) beach bar in Paphos.
Run by the same people for the last 26 years, the facility has come on in leaps and bounds since it first opened as a wooden shack serving limited options for beach and sea goers in the 1990s. That’s all changed. Not only have the facilities been upgraded, the beach is clean and free of seaweed – which builds up every winter – and the area has again been awarded a blue flag.
Gone are the days of being served slightly warm lemonade and a packet of crisps. Hot and cold snacks including sandwiches, omelets, burgers and chips are offered. Drinks choices are plenty from teas, coffees and milkshakes to wines and beers. The bar also serves a variety of milkshakes and ice-creams.
The beach bar is open from 7am-10pm daily and a number of events are planned for the summer, including at least four beach parties mainly attracting the younger crowd.
Before the sun goes down, a visit here usually includes both adults and kids examining the rock pools which are close by and are always great for spotting crabs and other sea creatures. If you fancy a dip before you eat or drink, be careful clambering over the rocks, some areas are tricky. Or you can use the steps down from the recently added jetty to aid your ascent.
Upgraded a couple of years ago, the entire area is now attracting more locals and visitors of all ages. There are new toilets as well as showers, and Wi-Fi access at the beach bar is free.
There is a play area for kids, as well as a volleyball pitch – which is a hit with the locals especially. The sea breeze will cool you down and help to de-stress you – as will the distinct lack of passing traffic, even though the Tomb of the Kings Road and its amenities, including bus stops are found close by.
The beach is close to the UNESCO sites of Kato Paphos (the harbour is a short walk away along the new coastal pathway) but the beach is far away enough from the hustle and bustle to feel as if you’re enjoying a holiday even if you’ve popped out to the beach bar during your lunch break.
Lighthouse Beach Bar
Where: Kato Paphos, close to the Tomb of the Kings Road
When: 7 days a week 7am-10pm
Price: Glass of wine €2.50, Beer from €1.50
Contact: 99 683992