Protaras holidays put the beach first – six of them, to be precise. Plus, next-door Ayia Napa's got nightlife covered.

Island’s best beaches

Protaras has picked a stellar spot on Cyprus’ south-eastern coast – it’s lined with a band of six top-drawer beaches. Fig Tree Bay is the main event – this sand-blanketed spot features a pocket-sized islet within swimming distance. You’ve also got the likes of sheltered Green Bay, and golden-sand Louma Beach. A few footsteps away from the coast, you’ll find the main street, which is edged with a crowd-pleasing line-up of bars and restaurants.

Ayia Napa neighbour

Protaras has its fair share of after-dark hotspots. But, if you want to take it up a level, jump in a taxi and you can get yourself to party mainstay Ayia Napa within 10 minutes. This nightclub and bar-spangled town is world-famous for its nightlife credentials.

Pick ‘n’ mix daytrips

When it comes to daytrips, you’ve got a selection box of options from your hotel. Take a boat trip to the Cape Greco nature park. The underwater sights are stellar here, so slip on a pair of flippers and go for a snorkel. You might even catch a glimpse of the legendary Ayia Napa sea monster. Or, drive for 40 minutes and you’ll get to the ghost town of Varosha. This former tourist hotspot’s a bit of a time capsule – it’s been deserted ever since a Turkish invasion in the Seventies.

At a Glance

  • Hire jet skis at Fig Tree Bay
  • Go monster hunting in Cape Greco
  • Try traditional Cypriot food on the main street