Protaras is just one of the three towns that lie in the enchanting district of Ammochostos, or Famagusta. It is well known for its sandy golden beaches and pristine turquoise water. There's something truly special about playing in a clear blue sea!
This lively, popular resort is nestled between Cape Greco and the village of Paralimni. Holidays in Protaras Cyprus have been a popular choice in recent years, you'll find them in all the holiday brochures.
Protaras, is the tourist area of Paralimni, and is one of the most delightful areas of Cyprus stretching along the Eastern coast of Paralimni. You may not know, but Protaras is actually the name of a picturesque bay, adjacent to four miles of golden sandy beaches, shelving into the warm, crystal clear Mediterranean.
Furthermore, in the last few years, due to its rapid development, the whole tourist area of Paralimni Municipality has been called Protaras. This stretches for approximately 10 km, beginning in the North in the Kapparis locality and ending in the South in the Konnos area. Other areas along this coast are the Ayia Triada bay, Vrysoythkia bay, Pernera bay, the islands and others. This area was, and still is, the most productive region of Paralimni.
It has dozens of restaurants and fast food outlets, many of these local establishments run by British ex-pats. Visitors who enjoy making the most of the local produce should opt for one of the many open-air seafood restaurants. Protaras restaurants are fairly diverse with Thai, Italian, British, Indian and American cuisine on offer, alongside traditional Cypriot meze (a veritable feast of local tapas dishes including vegetables, meat and fish) and fresh seafood. Most eateries have outdoor terraces for al fresco dining, some of which overlook the Mediterranean.
This popular holiday destination can easily be explored on foot. It also has a good comprehensive local bus service, although the timing of buses varies. A handy local route runs from Ayia Napa to Paralimni via Protaras. Longer distance buses link the Protaras resort to Larnaca, Larnaca Airport, Limassol and Nicosia. Hire cars are the best way to explore the holiday island. Taxis are also readily available.
Fig Tree Bay is there. You can choose to lie on the beach, or experience the more high-octane water sports available. Add to that the fabulous restaurants and shops, and you'll never want to leave.
Finally, holidays to Protaras are much more laid back, in contrast to the frenzied pace of Ayia Napa. It attracts families and couples looking to enjoy the fabulous beaches of South East Cyprus, while remaining apart from the younger, louder, atmosphere of Ayia Napa, 9 miles to the South. Although Protaras is more family orientated than Ayia Napa, it is certainly not lacking in lively night life, with no shortage of bars, pubs, discos and clubs for a predominantly British crowd.
On the whole, this is a modern and well-equipped town and only around 50 minutes drive from Larnaca Airport. As I say, you won't go far wrong with holidays in Protaras Cyprus.
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