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Image of fishermen on the coast of Protaras  

Protaras is an attractive holiday resort situated on the south-eastern coast of Cyprus. It is easy to reach, with regular flights arriving at nearby Larnaca. Protaras 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.

Visitors can choose from a range of modern Protaras hotels catering to families and couples as well as single travellers. The resort is family-friendly, with a wide choice of restaurants and night-time entertainment to suit most tastes. If you are 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.

Church of Ayios Ilias, Protaras

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.

Protaras is a great resort for culture lovers and fans of the outdoors. It is well worth taking the time to visit Paralimni's old square and church while you are 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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