Things to do in protaras
What would be really interesting to do though, is explore the area’s nature by going hiking in one of its Nature Trails (including the European Walking Route E4 that starts from Gibraltar), set by Cyprus Tourist Organisation. Some of these trails include the Konnos-Ayii Anargyrii linear coastal trail, the Aphrodite trail or the Konnos- Spilia tou Kyklopa (Cyclop’s cave) circular nature trail. Finally, you should most definitely visit Cape Greco’s National Forest Park, that lies between Protaras and Ayia Napa. You will walk through an amazing natural landscape, you will enjoy the beauty of Cyprus flora (there are around 300 different species) and fauna (wild birds and small animals), you will swim or scuba dive in amazing crystal blue waters and you will have the opportunity to have truly spectacular views of Ayia Napa and the sea.
Best Beaches in
On the other hand, if you want something quieter and more serene there is Protaras’ other side. The one with the small bays and the hidden coves that are waiting to be discovered. The waters in these beaches are bluer, the sand is darker and beaches such as the Serena Bay are surrounded by trees. Furthermore, if you want to avoid the crowded beaches, you can spend your day at the remote Glifades and Nisia Beaches, the Pernera Beach or at the beautiful Green Bay. Of course, agreed by many, the most beautiful beach in Protaras Area is Konnos beach. Situated in a small cove, this beach, surrounded by trees and rocks, Konnos beach is an idyllic place, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. And although it is always packed, it is worth checking it out and have a coffee at the kiosk overlooking the sea.
Accommodation in Protaras
Protaras is an ideal destination for families and couples because of its many hotel and apartment options. From budget accommodation to 5 star hotels, there’s something for everyone. The main resorts and biggest hotels in Protaras come complete with their own swimming pools, often offering all-inclusive packages.
There also are plenty of private villas to choose from, in more relaxing and quiet areas, often overlooking the Mediterranean. Most villas offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money, especially during the peak season.
If you are looking for holidays during the summer months and you are looking for a great accommodation near a beach, you should book well ahead. Good choices include the Sancta Napa, the Nissi Beach Hotel, the Olympic Lagoon Resort, the Grecian Bay Hotel and the Stamatia, all of which stand alongside Ayia Napa’s legendary white sandy beachfront.
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Places to eat in Protaras
The choice of restaurants in Protaras covers all budgets. From the lower price places to the more high end ones. Note that, many of the restaurants, especially those, near the beaches, are open throughout the day, while some other ones open around 5-6 in the afternoon. In Protaras, there are also some good pastry shops and ice cream parlours, nice cafes and bakeries, to take away food or pastries for the beach or home. Finally, in nearby Paralimni, there are some of the best traditional taverns in the Famagusta Area.