Our hostess, Angela at Villa Maria, says it's better to swim from the next beach along (Ligharies Beach, other side of the Greek flag you can see in the bottom picture). Her husband built the 4WD DRIVE ONLY road to Kechria beach. The taverna there served us the best Xoriatiki (Greek Salad) we have ever had - with bread it was a delicious meal in itself. Slight shame that I couldn't top it with a beer because I was driving (and you wouldn't want to negotiate the 4WD bit when you have drink taken!). I don't think I shall be able to persuade Vera to go there again in September, the road approach is a terrifying experience for passengers. But if I can, I think I might just take a cozzie and towel to be a proper beach bum.
The easiest way to find to get there is the road from Troulos past the Dog Shelter and follow the signs. Maybe those are the signs Angela was referring to when she told us it was worth visiting, but the way we went (cross country from somewhere around bus stop 9, after doing a circle from bus stop 16!), there wasn't a single sign until we were about half a mile from it. I kept telling Vera she had counted the olive trees wrong and we should have turned left (or was it right?) at olive tree number 672, not 538. I loved the walkers footpath way-marks, little strips of reddish plastic tied to trees. I remember in Samos they had proper painted ones - one was a painted loose stone (about golf ball size!) in the middle of a track and another on the inside of a knot hole in an olive tree, could only see it if you were directly in line!
We isolate ourselves, so that when we get back together, no one is missing