Protaras sits on the eastern tip of the island of Cyprus near to Ayia Napa and is different to many resorts having been developed specifically to cater for the tourist industry.
It’s a fantastic option for anyone wanting to enjoy a HOT Holiday in the sun, with the warm Mediterranean climate providing plenty of opportunities to top up your tan under bright sunshine and clear blue skies.
Truth be told, there isn’t really a bad time of year to visit Protaras, although it follows that peak season provides the best of the weather conditions.
Visit in the middle of summer and you can expect to be greeted by temperatures that will run into the 30s, whilst there is little chance of rain.
Those chances increase through the winter months but even then, the mild temperatures will be much more appealing than the freezing conditions you are likely to encounter back home.
As a man made resort, you shouldn’t be surprised that Protaras ticks many of the boxes when it comes to what you would want from a holiday resort.
There’s an impressive beach where you can not only lie back on golden sands, but can also sample a range of watersports or even take a swim out to a small island that is located just off the coast.
Within walking distance, there are numerous other options if you want a more secluded stretch of sand away from the crowds; some of which are given a Blue Flag rating to reflect their high quality.
Away from the beach, there are numerous bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a relaxing drink or grab a bite to eat – many of which are located around the main street of the resort.
Evenings tend to be more towards the relaxed end of the scale, which is ideal for those with the family in tow, but anyone who wants more in the way of action can take the short trip to Ayia Napa where they can party until the early hours.
Fig Tree Bay
Fig Tree Bay is the place to go if you want to sample some watersports during your time in Protaras, with the likes of waterskiing, windsuring and parasailing all being available. If you don’t want to leave then beach then fear not; the golden sands are a great place to relax.
Located just along the coast Ayia Napa is the place to party on the island of Cyprus so if you want to dance until dawn, this is the place to go. During the day there is also a huge range of shopping options if you want to try and find a designer bargain to take back home.
Visit a church
There are a number of churches to be found within Protaras that are worth a visit, including Agios Georgios – which is dedicated to the patron saint of the resort. The views from the Church of Profitis Elias are also something to behold if you decide to take a trip up the hill to pay a visit.
Dine on the strip
Head for the main strip in Protaras and you can sample a wide range of culinary delights from around the world. From Chinese to Mexican, and Indian to Japanese, you’ll find something to suit your tastes – as well as top class traditional Cypriot cuisine.
Around 40 mins away from Protaras, Varosha was once one of the top resorts on Cyprus and a place where the rich and famous would head for some fun in the sun. When Turkey invaded Cyprus in the 1970s, Varosha was abandoned and is still empty to this day – fenced off as a no-mans land. Whilst you can’t access Varosha itself, it’s possible to visit the border and take a glimpse at an abandoned world beyond.
Magic Dancing Waters
More than just a simple laser and music show, Magic Dancing Waters is a stunning show of water, light and fire that is sure to entertain the whole family on an evening and should certainly be explored during a trip to Protaras.
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