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Beaches

Beaches are not the island's strongest suit, but there are a number of good places to swim and sun. Mega Yialo, as its name states, is the largest beach on the island and, not surprisingly, the most developed. Hotels there include the Alexandra (tel. 22810/42-540). Kini Berach, on the west coast is rapidly turning into a beach resort, with more and more rent rooms and small hotels joining the restaurants and cafes.

On the west coast, Galissas (with its still charming village) has one of the best beaches on the island, a crescent of sand bordered by tamarisks. It also has a large campsite (for info, contact www.twohearts-camping.com) and a number of small hotels. Also on the west coast, Finikas has a slender beach and a cluster of hotels and restaurants. A few kilometers to the south, Poseidonia and Agathopes have sand beaches and less competition for a place in the sun. A bonus if you go to Poseidonia and Agathopes is that you can take in the charming village of Dellagrazia-Poseidonia, with its cluster of 19th-century villas.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.