Cyprus is an incredible Mediterranean island best known for varied terrain, outdoor recreation and beautiful beaches. It also boasts some fascinating political and religious history, architecture and culture. One thing that people might not know about Cyprus, however, is that it is also a great fishing destination. Whether you want to fish right out in the Mediterranean Sea or in a dam in the interior of the island, you can find it all in Cyprus. Here are some of the top fishing destinations on the island along with alternative attractions and accommodation options in the area for travelers.
This is one of the most popular harbors and marinas on the island. Agia Napa, also called Ayia Napa by English speakers, is perhaps the largest tourism beach resort in all of Cyprus. While most guests visit in order to relax by the beach or the pool, some visitors are more interested in hooking the largest catch. Sea fishing in Cyprus is completely free and requires no license as long as it is not done commercially. If you have your own equipment, you can simply walk up to the harbour at Ayia Napa and begin catching some of the plentiful tuna, snapper and amberjack in the water. You might also be interested in renting a boat in order to head further out to sea which can be arrange by fishing centres at the harbour for upwards of CYP 20. Ayia Napa is certainly not short of attractions, upscale resorts, beautiful beaches and water parks for children. There are also plenty of delicious dining and shopping opportunities in the area.
A view of Agia Napa Harbor, Cyprus.
This dam is one of the 17 dams on Cyprus that are available for anglers. It is conveniently located just a 30 minutes drive from the Paphos International Airport. As one of the largest dams on the entire island, it is popular with locals as well as fishing enthusiasts that travel from around the world in order to enjoy fishing in Cyprus. The most commonly caught fish in Asprokremmos Dam are bass, trout and catfish. The fish that are caught here are clean and edible. Anglers who want to fish at the Asprokremmos Dam will have to get a license that costs CYP 3 per person, per day. Other attractions in the area include the Paphos Archaeological Park as well as the exciting Aphrodite Water Park that is a huge hit with children of all ages. Visit an accommodation website for Paphos to explore your lodging options. There are plenty of private villas and holiday homes for rent within a few miles of the dam.
This is another of the larger dams for fishing in Cyprus. It is located in the district of Limassol and is just nine kilometres from the centre of Limassol Town. This makes it very convenient for those who want to spend most of their time exploring the Cypriot culture and just a day or two fishing. You are most likely to catch bass and catfish in the area. There is a small fee associated with fishing on the dam, so expect to pay CYP 3 for your dam fishing license. Attractions in Limassol are abundant and diverse. Be sure to include in your itinerary attractions like Limassol Castle, Governor’s Beach and Kolossi Castle. This is a great place to find local accommodations like budget apartments and small holiday homes that can be very affordable.
A view of Germasogeia Dam, the water level is really low in this March 2008 photo.
Each of these destinations is a great place to try fishing on the island. Whether you enjoy saltwater fishing or freshwater angling, you can find it while in Cyprus.