Protaras Resort Guide

Location of Protaras

The town of Protaras is located on the south eastern coast of Cyprus. It is one of the most popular destinations in the country, there are beaches in abundance and warm weather all-year-round. The town is attractive for families and couples, as it is a great place to visit restaurants, bars, shops as well as many other leisure activities.

History of Protaras

Protaras is 5km of golden sand on the Famagusta Coast. It became a popular tourist resort in the 1980s and is a more sophisticated and traditional place to relax compared to Ayia Napa, which is a livelier resort town more popular for large parties.

Catapulted from a humble farming community to a tourist centre, archaeological finds date back to Ancient Greek and Roman times. The site is the location of an ancient port called Lefkola.

Beaches Found in and Around Protaras

"Fig Tree Bay" is a major beach found on the island and is famous for its water sports facilities, snorkelling and other water-based activities. Hotels have many swimming pools and spas, as well as other water features and activities. Leisure facilities include tennis courts, gyms and bath houses.

Nature Activities

The sea caves on the Protaras coastline are unique rock structures, coves and secluded bays. It's a perfect place for amateur and professional photographers alike, as well as a scuba diving paradise for shipwreck enthusiasts. There are also both smaller caves and massive caverns that can be visited and explored. An experienced guide is recommended for safety and to show visitors the best places.

Many little off shore islands and islets have smaller-scale beaches for those who prefer to be away from the crowds, or for those who would like to swim more as the main beaches tend to be get very crowded.

Cape Greko and Varosha

Boat trips to Cape Greko and Varosha are available all summer every day.

Cape Greko National Park is very popular for hiking and other outdoor activities such as cycling. Varosha is a deserted town as it was abandoned in 1974 following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. There are several hiking trails leading out from Protaras, which explore the rugged coastlines and showcase old architecture and exotic plants such as the Phoenician Juniper.

Night-life and Entertainment

The town has a bustling night-life with restaurants and bars located in and around the large hotel area in the centre of town on the beach. The bars and pubs throughout town are popular destinations and many have wide-screen television facilities for sports and other shows. There are also live performances and shows featuring Cypriot artists as well as international ones.

There is an extensive taxi service at night taking tourists to the nightclubs in nearby Ayia Napa, and in Protaras itself bars and pubs are open till the early hours to serve guests. There are international restaurants, fast food and of course traditional facilities as well with the best Cypriot cuisine available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

Areas to Visit Around the Town

Agia Thekla is a small village that is famous for its ancient church. It has a secluded beach and is a medieval landmark that dates back to centuries ago, it is a popular hiking destination for history buffs. Cape Greco is a rocky peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean that has a lighthouse and an army base. It is also a great place to go snorkelling and swimming and is not as busy as the main beaches.

Kapparis Bay is famous for the many water sports that you can do there - sailing, windsurfing, surfboarding and much more. In Paralimni, the largest town in the area, you can see many historical buildings that date back to the Middle Ages, such as churches, a theatre, gardens and fountains. Pernera is another coastal resort that is close by and ideal for families and couples who want a getaway from the large crowds in the main areas of Protaras.

Protaras Weather and Climate

Cyprus and the Protaras area enjoys almost every day of the year bathed in sunshine with only a bit of rain on occasion. You can visit all-year-round and during some parts of the year you can even go skiing or other winter sports. Most tourists to Cyprus visit in the spring, summer or autumn.

Getting to Protaras from the UK

When you are planning your visit to Cyprus, you can choose to book a transfer or taxi to get to your closest UK airport, or drive your own vehicle and take advantage of the airport car parking facilities. You can fly cheaply from many UK airports using budget airlines, and can travel to Nicosia, the capital, or Limassol, which is closer to Protaras. It's just a short hour's drive to the resort from the airport and there are many public transport options available. If you are planning to stay in Southern Cyprus then you can also rent a car to get around.