Located on the southeast coast of Cyprus, Protaras is the main tourist area of the town of Paralimni. Originally a farming area, tourism first came to Protaras about 1980 after the division of Cyprus in 1974 closed off infamous the tourist area of Varoshia in Famagusta which is now known as the 'Ghost Town'. A great location for a holiday away for all the family and just a 10-minute drive from Ayia Napa which is another major tourist destination.
Protaras and its immediate area is home to 9 Blue Flag beaches with golden sands, crystal clear blue water and many kinds of watersports. Many are equipped with disabled facilities and some even have Seatrac and Floating Wheelchair facilities. The most famous of these is the world-renowned Fig Tree Bay which has been ranked over the years, by many sites, including Tripadvisor, as one of the top 10 beaches in Europe and the world.
Offering something for all the family the Protaras main 'Strip' is lined with shops, cafes, ice cream parlours, restaurants, bars, mini-golf ranges, small funfair and amusement arcades and rides.
A range of restaurants provide a wide choice of international flavours from the traditional Cypriot meze, Italian, Japanese and everything in between. Entertainment for all the family can be found in the family-friendly bars with many offering live entertainment including tribute acts, fire eaters and dancers; live sports are also offered in many of the bars.
Things to do in the area, apart from relaxing on the beach, include the many watersports, scuba diving, horse riding and walking along some of the most scenic nature trails or the seafront walkway. If you prefer relaxing whilst taking in the sights there are many non-expensive 1/2 day cruises along the coastline or private excursions available. Alternatively, you could just relax in the sun with a cool drink and a good book.