Ayia Napa’s quieter neighbour is still no slouch in the nightlife department, while encompassing a huge array of beach and city activities for holidaymakers of all ages. Protaras holidays include museums, monuments and excellent local and international restaurants to explore, and that’s before you’ve even got to the seaside. The town’s small size works to its advantage, meaning that it’s easy to negotiate and find everything you need, and pretty much everywhere is within easy walking distance of the beach.
And those beaches are pretty special – Protaras is renowned for its shoreline, including the showstopping Fig Tree Bay, reputed to be one of the best in Cyprus. There’s plenty of space for sunlounging, and a huge range of water sports, including diving schools. After hours, the local bars are buzzing, while to really blow off steam Ayia Napa’s legendary clubs are a short taxi ride away. If what you want is a perfect blend of sand, sea, culture, cuisine and clubbing, holidays to Protaras are for you.
Hit the beach
The beautiful Fig Tree Bay is the most popular beach in Protaras and it’s not hard to see why. Its golden sands and blue waters are positively dreamy, and it has a pleasantly lively vibe.
Protaras is known for being a diving hotspot. Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran, don’t miss the chance to discover marine wildlife and shipwrecks.
Munch on meze
Cyprus loves meze (a selection of small Mediterranean-style dishes and appetisers, served en masse), and Protaras is a great place to try it, especially accompanied by a sea view.