Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Relax at the Dog Beach... with your dog

I have already written about the only official Dog Beach in Cyprus - in the Louma area, near Agia Napa - in my post Go to the beach... with your dog. I thought I'd just update that, now that we've been to check it out for ourselves.

 It's nothing special. Just a rocky strip of coast line, with a sea-weed strewn, pebbly beach. There are no palm trees, nor golden sands. But there is one large and forgiving sign - Dogs Are Allowed To Enter The Water - that changes everything! It's so nice to let Sage roam off the lead, without waiting for the next person who's going to tell us it's not allowed. It's great to let her cool off in the sea when she wants to. To let her mix with other dogs, to do their thing.

There was just one other dog there when we went. He was with a group who were very organised - they'd set up tables, chairs, picnics, umbrellas, made a whole day of it. They'd even braved swimming in over the rocks.

I really hope that dog owners respect this space, collect the dog mess, take their rubbish home etc etc. And I hope that the other municipalities of Cyprus finally get it together to designate a few more areas where we can all go and relax on the beach... with our dogs.

To get there (coming from Larnaka), turn off the motorway when you see signs for WaterWorld and Agia Thekla. It is just after Agia Thekla (a small church right next to the sea). You only see the sign once you get close, so after the church go slowly along the coast road and keep a look out. There is a small area for parking just next to the beach.

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