With a privileged location on the scenic eastern coast of Cyprus, Protaras is a stunning resort that overlooks the glittering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. There are 340 days of sunshine a year here on average, making it an ideal choice for an idyllic beach holiday or an outdoor active vacation. Whether you’re looking forward to lounging on the beach with a cocktail in hand, or racing along the waters on a jet ski, Protaras has something for everybody. You’ll find everything from live cabaret shows and buzzing nightclubs, to historic churches and traditional Cypriot tavernas here, as well as a range of spas, restaurants, local shops and markets all within easy reach. A 2019 / 2020 or 2019 / 2020 holiday to Protaras offers great value for money, as you’ll be ideally positioned to head to the close by resorts of Larnaca and party capital Ayia Napa, too.
No holiday to Protaras would be complete without a slice of sun, sea and sand. The popular Fig Tree Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Cyprus, with clear, shallow waters that are perfect for paddling and a long stretch of clean sands. This beach has won a Blue Flag award thanks to its outstanding cleanliness, making it a hit with all kinds of holidaymakers and families in particular. In fact, the whole southeastern tip of Cyprus is something of a paradise and one of the island’s main areas of natural beauty. Cape Greco is Cyprus’ answer to Land’s End, with some incredible views at the top of the huge rock rewarding you for your climb. If you’re in need of cooling off after the hike, you can swim in the clear blue waters of one of the quiet coves nearby. If you’re keen to get up close and personal with nature, take a stroll along the coastline to find a number of nature trails dotted around Protaras. The Konnos Nature Trail has a three-hour long trail that travels from the chapel of Profitis Elias, sat atop a 100-metre hill, all the way to Konnos Beach. If you’re looking for a tranquil cultural attraction, visit the Agioi Anargyroi chapel, which is nestled amidst fragrant juniper plants. Other peaceful scenic attractions include the Paralimni Lake, close to Protaras, which is a seasonal lake with a protection area for birds and a member of the Natura 2000 network.
For a slice of traditional Cypriot cuisine try a meze, a tantalising mix of authentic Cypriot appetizers and savoury dishes served in up to 20 small dishes similar to saucers. Typically meze is washed down with a bottle of wine from one of the close by family-owned vineyards. When it comes to the main dishes, you may want to try a souflakia or a kebab with pork or lamb, skewered and roasted by a slow charcoal fire for a delicious juicy texture. One of the best restaurants here is the La Cultura Del Gusto in Pernera, a sophisticated gem of a restaurant that serves up contemporary Cypriot cuisine and local takes on traditional dishes. The menu includes monkfish, venison and wild boar, giving you the prime opportunity to try dishes you probably wouldn’t find at home. Better still, you can feast your eyes and build up an appetite as your chef prepares your meal in the open kitchen right in front of you. In the heart of Protaras you’ll find the Hippocampus Lounge Restaurant, which serves simple, unfussy dishes in a polished environment set beneath a white bougainvillea tree. The menu here is all about eclectic dishes such as Greek moussaka and locally caught seafood plates, making best use of the net-fresh fish.
If you’re planning a family summer holiday in Greece, Protaras is a great choice thanks to its many family-oriented attractions and places of interest. The resort is a firm favourite with families thanks to its numerous live shows, aquariums and water parks, so you’re never short of ideas for keeping the little ones entertained on holiday. The Magic Dancing Waters Show won first prize at the European Innovative Theme Park contest thanks to its dazzling displays with lasers, smoke, fire and simulated volcanic eruptions, all alongside captivating dancing water exhibits. Adults and children alike will love this innovative attraction, with waters reaching up to 12-metres-tall and creating stunning pirouettes in the air. Outside Protaras at the legendary resort of Ayia Napa, you’ll find the popular Water World. This renowned water park has dozens of water slides, wave pools and swimming pools, so all the family will have fun no matter how good a swimmer they are. Another water-based attraction in Protaras is the Ocean Aquarium, which has dozens of tanks brimming with exotic marine life and an adorable penguin house. The aquarium is nestled amidst tropical gardens with exotic fish and bird species, as well as crocodile swamps.
Action & Adventure
Protaras is the proud owner of lush, green national parks, clear blue waters and a wide variety of nature trails, making it a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the best places to spend a sunny day in Cyprus, the protected nature reserve of Cape Greco provides a scenic setting for outdoor activities including diving, swimming and paragliding. If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping water sports, Fig Tree Bay Water sports will be your first port of call. They offer speed boating, parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding and pedal boat hire, so there’s a sport for all tastes. Strong swimmers can navigate the rocky inlets off the coast, or cave enthusiasts may want to explore the Kavos trails.
As a purpose-built tourist resort, Protaras has the great beach locations you’d expect in a world-class holiday desination. The main beach at Protaras is Vsiri, which is in fact a 1.5-kilometre stretch of different beaches including Sunrise Beach, Golden Stay Beach and Flamingo Beach. Vsiri is a long stretch of sand with shallow waters and a gently shelving coastline, making it the ideal choice of beach for families with young children and more mature family members. The six beaches on this part of the coast are renowned as the island’s best, thanks to their golden sands and clear waters, and there’s even a small island close enough that you can swim out to it easily. Some of the five beaches here are so idyllic they have achieved Blue Flag status, an EU award that recognises beaches of exceptional cleanliness and great facilities. If you’re looking for a tranquil beach, head out to Green Bay. The other main hidden gem here is Sirena Bay, a tiny cove that has a narrow stretch of sand with a waterfront taverna and a beach bar shaded by trees.
If you’re a bit of a party animal, you’ll be pleased to hear that Protaras has a wide selection of lively clubs and karaoke bars, as well as a handful of pumping discos. Much of the evening entertainment here in Protaras is based at the resorts and hotels, where you’ll find evening cabarets, traditional dancing and karaoke. There’s also a good range of family-friendly live evening events so you can bring along the kids, too. Protaras itself has a relatively quiet and sedate nightlife scene, ideal if you’re worried about getting disturbed by noisy revellers. At Protaras, the mood is more laid-back and traditional. The Love Boat is a great place for a night out on your Protaras holiday, with an intimate setting and live acts including Elvis and Michael Jackson tributes. Opposite the Vrissiana Boutique Beach Hotel is the sophisticated Bliss Bar, which has an al-fresco outdoor drinking area, an illuminated onyx bar and classy white sofas to relax on. The Bliss Bar’s signature drinks are the apple mojito and frozen strawberry daiquiris, perfect for keeping cool after throwing shapes on the dancefloor. If you’re looking to really pump up the volume, head to the iconic Ayia Napa, the best-known Greek nightlife hub.
Whether you’re planning your first trip as a couple or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, couples will love Protaras’ romantic secret coves, traditional tavernas and hidden beauty spots. One of the best romantic outings here is a trip to Ayia Thekla, a small village on the coast to the south of Protaras. The village is set in a peaceful, relatively unspoilt area and has a small sandy beach and little island that makes you feel as though you’ve got the place to yourselves. After a day on the beach, visit the Ayia Thekla church to learn more about the heritage of the region at one of its oldest landmarks. Of course, no romantic holiday would be complete without romantic picnics on the beach. Enjoy a meal and drinks on the beach as the sun goes down over Cyprus, or head to a clifftop restaurant at Konnos to look out over the bay. This idyllic little beauty spot showcases a golden sandy beach that is nestled between two jagged headlands on the south-eastern tip of Famagusta Bay, the ideal place for memorable proposals or romantic moments
Protaras has an intriguing heritage that cultured holidaymakers will love to explore and immerse themselves in. You can enjoy a selection of architectural attractions with a simple walk around town, or walk the Protaras-Pernera road to reach the quaint Ayios Elias Church and enjoy the breathtaking coastal views here. Outside Protaras you’ll find the Old Town at Paralimni with its traditional 19th-century Cypriot building. The renovated and restored house exhibits a number of historical items including tools, textiles and household items. If you’re keen to see some of the most splendid cultural sites in the area, head to Paralimini to see the largest church square in Cyprus and its three churches, two of which are dedicated to Saint George, while the third is an ancient church from the Byzantine era.