Cyprus Pound (CYP)
GMT/BST +2 hours
4 hours 25 minutes
Located in Cyprus’s beautiful southeast is Protaras, a picture-perfect resort with bundles of Cypriot charm. Known as the ‘land of the windmills’, Protaras has historical allure, exceptional beaches and lots of amenities for families and visitors. Vibrant but relaxed, cultural but unspoilt, holidays to Protaras tick all the right boxes.
The most famous beach, Fig Tree Bay, is a blend of soft golden sand and crystalline waters and is perfect for those with small children. Protaras is only a short drive from the much larger resort of Ayia Napa, the ‘Ibiza of Cyprus,’ which has hundreds of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops.
Protaras was built on the old city of Lefkola and the town dates back to the Greco-Roman era. Protaras stretches for miles along the Famagusta coastline and with excellent beaches, a range of water sports plus fantastic snorkelling, the only hard thing will be deciding what to do next.
Although half Greek and half Turkish, Cyprus is fiercely independent and the unique culture makes for a great holiday experience. For a traditional Cypriot meal – try Meze, this mix of Cypriot dishes is particularly delicious – head to nearby Paralimni and eat with the locals.
For those wanting a bit for action during their holiday to Protaras, try exploring the local coastline, which boasts interesting caves and rock formations. A trip to stunning Cape Grecko, the most south eastern point of the island, is great for a day out. The area is a protected national park and is a great place for walks and picnics. Just keep an eye out for the Ayia Napa Sea Monster, said to be a cross between a porpoise and a dragon!
Although Protaras is located on the Greek side of Cyprus, it is possible to make the trip across the border to the Turkish side and experience a very different culture. The landscape of the region will please nature lovers; there is a great array of flora and fauna including the fragrant Phoenician Juniper – otherwise known as incense. There are great opportunities to hike, bike and boat around the area, meaning that Protaras holidays offer great options for everyone. Find information on holidays to Greece and holidays to Turkey.
With year round sunshine, a warm Cypriot welcome and spectacular beaches it is hardly surprising that Protaras remains a popular holiday spot year after year. Start you perfect Cyprus holiday with lastminute.com now.
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