Sunny day at a beach in Protaras

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Protaras is an attractive holiday resort situated on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus.

Why go?

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Protaras is easy to reach, with regular flights arriving at nearby Larnaca. The area was transformed from a quiet rural town into a thriving and modern tourist resort in the 1980s. The resort has managed to retain much of its original charm and boasts some beautiful fig-tree beaches and quiet seaside coves.

The resort is family-friendly, with a wide choice of restaurants and night-time entertainment to suit most tastes. If you're looking for lively clubs and party venues, you should pay a visit to nearby Ayia Napa, which has a thriving nightlife, as well as lots of shopping opportunities and water sports activities on offer during the day.

Protaras is a great resort for culture lovers and fans of the outdoors. It's well worth taking the time to visit Paralimni's old square and church while you're at the resort. In addition, holidaymakers should spend an afternoon hiking to Ayios Ilias to enjoy the spectacular views across the bay.

A day trip to Larnaca will offer lots of opportunities for photography as well as souvenir shopping. Other worthwhile day trips include a visit to the nearby resort of Pernera, as well as the Green Bay beach and Konnos beach. If you enjoy spending time on the water, you can join one of the regular boat tours that take visitors along the Cyprus coastline.

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Where to stay?

Visitors can choose from a range of modern Protaras hotels catering to families and couples as well as single travellers...

Hotels in Protaras range from five-star offerings with on-site spas and services, to more basic but still pleasant accommodation more suitable to budget travellers. Visitors can choose all-inclusive deals thanks to chains such as Sentido and Tsokkos, as well as half-board and room-only options at one of the many independent local hotels.

The months of July and August are the peak times for tourism here and it's wise to book Protaras accommodation as far in advance as possible to secure the cheapest prices, especially if you plan to travel at the height of summer. Cheap hotels in Protaras are easy to come by outside of the summer season too, with many visitors finding fantastic bargains between May and October. There isn't much of a winter season in Protaras.

What to see?

With centuries of heritage surrounding it, there's plenty to see and do in Protaras...

Top 5 Attractions

Ayios Elias Church

A beautiful church standing on a hill overlooking Protaras. It offers terrific views of the area.

Fig Tree Bay

This is a delightful and picturesque bay with a golden beach and shallow waters. It can get a little crowded in July and August, so try and visit during the quieter months to fully appreciate its splendour.

Konnos Beach Road

About a mile and a half from the main resort you'll find the delightful - and often quiet - Konnos Beach. However, the views from the road
leading to it often steal the show.

Cape Grecko

This is an ideal spot for walkers. Untouched, the scenery here remains as it has been for centuries. You'll find Cape Grecko between Paralimni and Ayia Napa.


One of the hidden gems of Protaras is the Ocean Aquarium Park, which can be found towards Paralimni. It is a large and well-kept aquarium with superb displays of Mediterranean species. You'll also find penguin and alligator displays.

What's on?

This part of the world knows how to enjoy life, so expect plenty of events throughout the year...

Children's Festival; June: The area devotes a whole weekend each year to children. Fairground rides, games and entertainment can be found around the municipality, with the major events centred around the main square in Ayia Napa.

Cultural Festival; July:
Head for nearby Paralimni where you'll discover a traditional folk festival with dancing, concerts and feasting into the early hours.

International Festival; September:
The Aiya Napa International Festival, staged every year, gathers together the very best performers from across Cyprus to stage a series of concerts and events. The main events take place in Seferis Square.