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A resort with everything to offer

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 sun-lounging, 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.

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Your Protaras questions, answered

The main part of Protaras is relatively compact, but it pays to hire a car to give yourself the freedom to explore multiple beaches and nearby areas.
There are lots of energetic bars and clubs around Protaras, largely centred around the long strip of main road that runs through the town, close to the coast.
With the Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild winters, Protaras is an all-year-round destination. In the summer, expect the main beaches to be packed with families and Cypriot holidaymakers. In the winter, you’ll have whole beaches to yourself. The busy restaurants and tavernas will be quieter in the winter months, too, and fewer cars on the road mean easier sightseeing. April to June and September to October are perhaps the best months to go when the sea is warm enough for swimming and the beaches are less crowded.
Protaras is very much a tourist resort. Built on the site of a former fishing village, the hotels, cafes and bars were designed with tourism in mind. It’s a very pretty part of Cyprus, with a rugged coastline and sandy beaches. It’s possible to stay here and see something different every day without hiring a car. This is a popular destination for families as there are lifeguards on duty on the many Blue Flag beaches throughout the summer.
There’s plenty for children to enjoy around Protaras, including water parks and an aquarium. Many beaches are also family-friendly, with calm waters and ample facilities.
Paphos and Protaras provide very different experiences on a single island. If you want access to fascinating archaeological sites then Paphos is a perfect choice. But, if you’d rather have a holiday that is all about easy access to facilities and doing some serious beach-focussed relaxing, Protaras is the place for you. With only a two-hour drive separating the two, it is of course possible to split a holiday between Paphos and Protaras. Have a few days of culture and sightseeing before heading east to wind down on a sun lounger.
There are a handful of charming churches in Protaras itself but you’ll need to go further afield to see the historic gems of Cyprus. An hour and a half along the coast is the Kourion Amphitheatre, an extraordinarily well-preserved Greco-Roman theatre perched on a clifftop and looking out to sea. Just 50 minutes by car from Protaras you can visit the Church of Agios Lazaros. Saint Lazarus, said to have been resurrected by Jesus, apparently fled to Cyprus. This beautiful building of historic importance is well worth a visit.
The neon lights of Nissi Beach and Aiya Napa are just 20 minutes drive from Protaras. If you want to stay in a calmer corner of Cyprus while still being able to experience the wildest parties on the island, Protaras is an ideal choice.
It’s only two hours by car between Paphos and Protaras, so Paphos can make a good day trip. It’s well worth taking the time to visit the former capital city with its pretty harbour, a boardwalk that stretches for miles, and a multitude of archaeological sites. The ancient mosaics are said to be among the finest in the world, and the Tombs of the Kings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.