Holidays to Protaras are big on beaches – it's got half a dozen to its name. Team that with bevy of bars and restaurants, and you've got a great recipe for lazy days and lively nights.
An up-and-coming destination
Protaras is perched on the southeastern edge of Cyprus, looking out over pretty Fig Tree Bay. It’s a purpose-built resort that’s steadily gaining a following for its interesting coastline and some of the best beaches on the island. And though it may not be quite as loud as its neighbour, Ayia Napa, Protaras can certainly hold its own when it comes to a good night out.
Protaras serves up six beaches, a few of them with Blue Flag status. The golden sands shelve gently into the sea, so they’re all great for kids. There’s a wide range of watersports at Fig Tree Bay – the main beach, while Louma Beach, just north of the centre, has shade-giving trees. And Green Bay is on the road to Ayia Napa – it’s not too well signposted, which makes it a great secluded spot if you can find it.
Sea caves and coastline
The coast is Protaras’ biggest boast. The area is full of craggy rock formations, sea caves and hidden coves, which you can explore on foot, by bike or by boat. Look out for some of the deserted windmills that still dot the landscape here. And for something different, take the half-day Yellow Boat trip to the spooky deserted town at Famagusta, in the Turkish part of the island.