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Your guide to Protaras
Welcome to Protaras
This coastal resort in southeastern Cyprus is the first place in Europe to see the sun come up. Wake up early enough and you can enjoy those sunrises from one of Protaras’ many beaches, where the soft sand is powdery white and the warm waters are a crystal blue. Fig Tree Bay, home to its busiest beach, is named after the lone fig tree that grows by the shore, planted by 17th-century invaders. Protaras is a popular spot for waterskiing, paragliding, snorkelling, and diving; nearby cafes, taverns, and bars offer the chance to sample the local meze — or check out the nightlife — when you’re finished in the water.
A 2.5-mile promenade links Protaras’ beaches and harbours, and numerous hiking trails can introduce you to the surrounding countryside, with its ubiquitous windmills, hidden chapels, and hilltop views. For shopping and local culture, nearby Paralimni blends the traditions of a Cypriot town with modern conveniences.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Protaras
Protaras is a summer destination, with many local businesses closing for the winter between November and April. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, which is also the peak time for visitors who book up the villas; in August, tourists are joined on the beach by many Cypriots, who also enjoy Protaras as a holiday spot. If you want slightly milder temperatures and fewer crowds, consider the shoulder seasons of May-June and September-October, which have their own attractions. The first two weekends in May see the celebration of the island-wide spring Flower Festival. In June, you can catch the religious festival of Kataklysmos, which Protaras and Paralimni mark with a number of family and sporting activities. You can also catch free outdoor cinema events as part of Protaras’s Summer Film Festival.
Top things to do in Protaras
Perched on Protaras’ tallest hill, the church of the Prophet Elias is visible from all around the town. It’s a pretty stone building, although not historic (it was built in 1984 on the site of a far older chapel), and requires some effort to visit. But the 153 steps up the steep cliff are worth it for the far-reaching views of the town and the blue sea beyond.
Cape Greco National Forest Park
Located on the peninsula at the southeastern point of the island, between Protaras and Ayia Napa, this thousand-acre landscape lost much of its historic juniper forest to industry in the early 20th century. But it’s still rich with flora and fauna. You can hike the park’s clifftops, swim beneath its rock arch, or scuba dive in magical sea caves.
Just north of Paralimni is one of the famous Kokkinochoria (red soil villages) that make up this region of Famagusta. Its byzantine churches and folklore museums are a great place to learn about the island’s cultural history, or stop and enjoy the strawberries that are grown all around.