Zapalo Coast (Tripiti)

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Natural Beauty
Dirt Road

The inaccessible, yet at the same time, most magical beach of Limassol is situated in the area beneath the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, at the Bay of Episkopi. This is why it is known as Apollo beach, though for many it is also known as the Gulf of Tripiti or the Bay of Zapalo.

At a distance of approximately 20 kilometers from the city of Limassol towards the western end of the countryside, one can enjoy the unique imagery of Zapalo Bay (once known as the Tripiti Gulf), one can enjoy the views of this unique beach. The beach is not visible from the main road, as it is nestled beneath the edge of a high cliff, which creates the characteristic rocks of this coastline. The sharp rocks, filled with falcon nests, are one of the elements that make up the unique, wild charm of the setting at Zapalo beach, especially when one gazes upon the view from above. 

Access to the beach is often closed, especially during the winter months when the weather conditions are bad, though even on the best of days, the uneven ground makes getting there a challenge. Only experienced drivers should attempt to reach this beach, with a vehicle that is suitable for off-road driving. Extreme caution and skill is also recommended for people who choose to descend to the beach by foot. 

The bay was named 'Zapalo' after the mining company which once used this area to extract gravel from the rocks and sell it for construction purposes. 

However, even gazing down from the top of the large rock above the beach will reward onlookers with an unparalleled, panoramic view (especially at sunset) of the entire area, the image of the small fishing harbour with its pier, the clear waters, and the small lagoons created from the extraction of materials from the sea bed all create a one-of-a-kind setting.