Protaras may be well-known by tourists but it still has power to surprise. People flock here for sun, sand, and cooling waves, but there’s so much more beyond the beach. From gazing at the wonders of nature in a cactus reserve to strolling around a sculpture park, from a trip to a traditional village to fish served in an old-world taverna – a Protaras adventure is always exciting, vibrant, and touching. It is hard to resist the charms of the place and its people.
The beaches of Protaras attract thousands of visitors from around the world. Their coastal seascapes are spectacular yet understated, at best experienced at a slow pace, either from the beach or by boat. Most of them, like the Fig Tree Bay, rank among the most beautiful in all Europe. They are destinations for sunbathing and swimming, but also for water sports like diving and snorkelling, water-skiing, windsurfing, and parasailing. Most of the beaches of Protaras are Green Beaches as designated by the “Greening Cyprus Beaches” sustainable tourism initiative.
The Ayia Napa Monastery in Protaras is legendary – a place of celestial wonders and pious reverie. It is one of the most precious architectural, religious, and cultural landmarks of the region, but not the only one. As you walk around the countryside, you will see many other churches, as well as ancient sites like the lovely Agioi Saranta Cave Church in a rugged landscape that will impress and inspire you.
Daily trips and excursions count among the fascinating pastimes recommended in Protaras. Visit Deryneia to enjoy the tastiest strawberries in the world, go spelunking in the Cyclops Cave by the sea, and while you are in the area, spend some time walking around the Ayia Napa Park of Mediterranean Plants, Cactus and Succulents, which is adjacent to a beautiful sculpture park.
Cypriot cuisine is one of the most appreciated of the Mediterranean area. It’s influenced by Greek and Turkish traditions. Eat in local tavernas and try out the famous afella, stifado, shaftalia, koupepia, gemista, and halloumi cheese. By the sea, enjoy fresh fish and seafood cooked to perfection. There are also many restaurants serving international fare in Protaras – you’ll have plenty of dining choices.