Lara Bay Cyprus
See conservation in action with a visit to the white sands of Lara Bay; a safe haven for the Greek population of Green and Loggerhead Turtles. At the protected beach, you’ll see conservationists at work in the research centre and hatchery, where turtle eggs are looked after in a bid to boost populations.
The road to Lara Bay is rough and bumpy, so save your hire car and take a quad bike or a four wheel drive to the beach instead. If you’re feeling energetic, you can hike the 10 mile round trip on foot from Agios Georgios; a route which takes you on a dirt track past tranquil bays with beautiful views. If you decide to walk, remember to take plenty of water and suncream.
For a chance to see the turtles arriving at the beach to lay their eggs, go to Lara Bay between May and August. The eggs are protected from predators with aluminium cages, and patrolled by wardens. As you relax on the beach, watch as the conservationists monitor the turtle population and nesting activity to protect these endangered animals.
The bay alone is well worth a visit. With no sun loungers or tourist attractions, the unspoiled beach lets you unwind from everyday life in tranquil surroundings. For the protection of the hatchlings, tourists are not allowed on the beach at night.