For those who have relaxation in mind, Protaras is always a leading holiday contender. Although relatively close to Ayia Napa, it offers a completely different way of life with laid back beaches and classy restaurants more prominent than late night clubs and all-night partying.
From splendid views to relaxing beaches through to fabulously fun water parks, like the island of Cyprus as a whole, Protaras has a diverse range of attractions and a relaxing ambience which appeals to young and old alike.
One day could be spent motionless on the beach, the next trekking through nature at Cape Grecko. Protaras holidays can be as laid back or action-filled as you choose, so it really is a case of deciding what it is you want to do with days and, well, doing it! Take a look at some of the top attractions in Protaras for inspiration.
Protaras has, quite rightly, gained a reputation of being a beach bum’s paradise thanks to the many Blue Flag stretches of sand which can be found here.
By far and away the most well-known is Fig Tree beach. Here you will find golden sand and family-friendly facilities.
The coast along Protaras actually stretches for many miles from the resort centre so if you want to find a less crowded spot, just head a bit further north or south and you’ll easily find somewhere a little quieter.
Cape Grecko is a protected national park which lies in between Protaras and Ayia Napa, making it one of the most visited attractions in this part of the country.
The area is largely unspoilt, offers fantastic views and is something of an ocean of tranquillity as far away removed from the neon lights of nearby Ayia Napa as you could imagine.
Take a stroll through the park and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife which include foxes, hares and hedgehogs as well as numerous beaches and historical temples and ruins.
Protaras Day Trips
A big plus of holidays in Protaras is its location – it is minutes away from Ayia Napa, meaning groups who want a bit of peace by day but easy access to the town at night can have the best of both worlds and avoid potentially higher accommodation costs which may accompany a stay close to the famous clubs.
For nature lovers, Cape Grecko is easily accessible and makes a great day out for families and couples.
An hour or so away is Larnaca, where you can visit the famous Salt Lake or 9th-century church which is a big tourist attraction.