With a landscape of hidden coves, turquoise waters and sun-kissed stretches of sand, it’s no wonder Protaras holidays are so popular. Whether you dream of stretching out on the beach with the sand between your toes or tearing through the crystalline water on a Jet Ski, you can make it happen in Protaras. But this resort is not just a pretty face; inland Cyprus offers you have a myriad of charming churches, thrilling live shows and nature trails to explore.
Holidays to Protaras have never been more sought after, so if you are seeking a more secluded stay, you can head a little north of Protaras to seek the peaceful hotels that are located near to Kalamies Beach. With the popular resorts of Ayia Napa and Larnaca all a short distance away, you are ideally located in Protaras. Another major advantage of staying in Protaras is its close proximity to the natural beauty of Cape Greco – a glittering cove of unbelievable beauty.
With all of the local amenities and accessibility of large resorts like Ayia Napa, but with a more relaxed nightlife, Protaras is a favourite among families and couples alike. Awash with water parks, live shows and aquariums, there is always something to keep the little ones busy.
With a fascinating history, Protaras offers plenty for the history lover to explore. The area was built over the old city of Lefkola, so even a short walk around town can lead you to discover a myriad of architectural delights. Far from being cut off, Protaras is positioned among a rugged landscape with 16km of coastline and the protected nature reserve of Cape Greco just a short drive from town.
Holidays to Protaras wouldn’t be complete without embracing a day of sun, sea and surf. The famous Fig Tree Bay is one of the most popular beaches in Cyprus. Offering clear, shallow waters that seem to stretch to the horizon and a Blue Flag award for cleanliness, this beach is a favourite for families the world over.
The protected nature reserve of Cape Greco is one of the finest places in Cyprus to spend a sunny day. This picture perfect headland provides a stunning backdrop to swim, paraglide or dive into the warm blue water.
You’ll also find plenty of watersports available if you’re looking for action on your holiday – parasailing, speed boating, water skiing, wakeboarding and pedal boating are on offer all around Protaras. If you’re a strong swimmer you can explore the rocky inlets just off the coast, or if you’d prefer something a little more relaxing, take a luxurious chartered boat tour on the shimmering water and breathe in the smell of the sea air.
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One of the most impressive sights in Protaras is Cape Greco. This is one of the most frequented sights in the region as it is visually stunning, and a protected nature park. There are remains of a Venetian lighthouse here, and about 300 different plant species to view, a large bird contingency and a number trails to explore. If you’re looking to escape the beach for a day, then visit Cape Greco, and you’ll be happy you did.
For those of you who love a little thrill, then you’re catered for as well, in Protaras. There are jet skis for hire, and access to water skiing, but if you’re looking for something that will really thrill, then join the paragliders, and sail high across the sea to catch a sight that most visitors in Protaras will never see
A great festival to experience while in Protaras is the water festival, held over three days during the first weekend in June. This festival celebrates biblical events describing flooding of this region, with music, dances, poetry, boat races and more. Another great event not to be missed is the cultural festival, celebrating the strong folklore and poetry tradition of Protaras.
For a great day out during a holiday in Protaras, pay a visit to Larnaca. Here you will find exceptional diving facilities and wonderfully blue water, an incredibly interesting salt lake where you might find flamingos, or a 9th century church to explore. Also, a great place to spend a day, and night, would be Ayia Napa. This is more of a beach resort, with pubs, bars and music setting the tempo of this destination. So, if you are looking to unwind with a bit of a party, then this is your place.
The beaches are an absolutely wonderful highlight of a holiday in Protaras. Not only do they meet the grade in the way of beautiful golden sand, but in atmosphere as well. With fantastic beachfront bars and a wide assortment of water sports to enjoy, you’ll see why everyone is walking around the awesome beaches with big smiles planted across their faces.
The beaches in Protaras are filled with activities to help you squeeze every ounce of fun out of your holiday. From sunbathing on loungers under the warm Mediterranean sun, to the wide range of water sports available in Protaras. There are boats to rent, jets skis and water skis to enjoy, and not to forget the best activity of all: swimming!
A trip to Protaras isn’t complete without paying a visit to Fig Tree Bay, with its fine golden sand, huge array of water sports and fantastic cocktail bars dotting the beachfront, it is a model of relaxation. But, if you’re looking to avoid the bigger crowds, head to Green Bay Beach, where you’ll find parasols and loungers. And, the biggest secret is Kapparis Beach, a wonderfully secluded and unspoilt spot.
No one wants a beach holiday hotel that is miles away form the beach. Where you book your stay is all about location, and everything else will come further down the list. Well, don’t fret about losing something in your stay when opting for location, because Penelope Aparthotel has it all. Being only 150 metres from the beach, you won’t have to walk far to feel the sand between your toes, but the hotel is also close to tavernas, shops and all the water sports you’d hope to find on a beach holiday, so don’t hesitate to book!
One of the best attractions for couples to visit is the fantastic beach at Fig Tree Bay. Here you can cool off from the warm Mediterranean sun in the gentle waters. There are sun beds and umbrellas for you to enjoy, as well as a lovely bar to complement the wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. But, don’t get hung up here, though it might be hard, because Protaras is the perfect place to base your exploration of the region.
There is so much to do to pass the time in Protaras. No matter what you like to do, there is something for you. If lounging on the beach is not enough, then why not hop into the ocean and see the wonderful maritime life on a scuba diving adventure? With great deals available you have the chance to see all of the wonderful things living beneath the sea. Or, if you prefer something a little more relaxing, then take a steam in the fantastic spas that are available here. Another great activity is wandering along the shops.
Some of the best bars and discos in Protaras line the sea front, allowing you to sip your cocktails and watch the sea lapping against the shore. But, if you’re looking for a lively night, then you’re taken care of as well. Head to Sfinx, where you’ll find a terrific evening of music and dancing going well into the night.
What would a romantic getaway be without a perfect hotel? Well, it wouldn’t be romantic. What you want is somewhere that you won’t have to worry about anything, while providing you with all of the amenities you need, when you need them. The Cavo Maris Beach Hotel is just this place. Being only a few steps from the beach, a short walk from the main shopping area, various games and water sports, what more could you ask for on your romantic holiday.
One of the most visited attractions in Protaras is the Church of Ayios Ilias, a small stone structure perched atop a beautiful hill that affords breathtaking views of Protaras and the countryside surrounding. Perhaps more to the kids liking would be a visit to the Protaras water park. With terrific rides and slides, it’s truly a lot of fun for everyone. Or, if you’re looking to stay dry for the day head to the zoo.
When in Protaras it’s necessary to jump onto a hired boat and catch sight of the fantastic Cypriot coast. Explore the Cava Greco caves, and the nature park here. Or, enjoy something from the large collection of water sports available here. You have a choice between wakeboarding, speedboats, jet skis, water skis and so much more. Everything you want on the water is here, in Protaras.
There are a number of fantastic places to enjoy a meal in Protaras, and there is a varied cuisine available, but it would be a shame not to sample of the local fair. For traditional Cypriot cuisine, try Bambos, or the Nicolas taverna. But, for those who don’t like to venture too far from their usually cuisine, there are many restaurants run by British expats.
When you’re booking a beach holiday for you, and the family, you need to make sure that everyone is catered for, and everyone will come out happy. Well, Anais Bay Hotel is just the place for you. Being only 100 metres to the nearest sandy beach , and filled with wonderful amenities, there is everything you could want from a beach holiday just beyond your door.