Mini guide to Protaras
Protaras has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a modern city
which is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Cyprus. This is
largely due to its excellent location within easy reach of some beautiful scenery
and attractive beaches.
Most people who visit the city head straight for the nearby beaches, where
all kinds of water sports are on offer, such as: paragliding, waterskiing and
scuba diving. The rugged coast forms sheltered coves that are perfect for sunbathing,
and the soft, golden sands are ideal for lazing on.
As might be expected, the beachfront is full of hotels and resorts catering
to visitors from afar, while the main commercial and business sections of town
are set farther back. Though most buildings in the city are new, a few remnants
of Protaras' past can be seen on the edge of the built-up area. There is a pretty,
15th century church at Ayios Elias, from where you can look back down over the
Catering for tourists as it does, Protaras has plenty of cafés, restaurants
and open-air taverns. The seafood is always fresh and popular, and the local
delicacy of Cypriot smoked bacon is something that everyone should try. For
a good view of the sunset, head for Cape Greko.
Unfortunately, many of the region's ancient sites have been destroyed by earthquakes,
though those that remain are well worth visiting. Just north of Protaras is
a Byzantine church called Agios Nikolaos, the walls of which are painted with
murals that date back to the 11th century. The small village of Fikardou is
also worth a look for its striking architecture and detailed woodwork.
The easiest way to get to Protaras is to fly to Larnaka International Airport,
located to the south of the city. Regular flights arrive from cities like London
and Athens. A more leisurely way to arrive is by ferry from Piraeus Port near
Selection of hotels in this region:
Louis King Alkinoos
Louis Nausicaa Beach
Louis Ayios Elias Village
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full list of hotels and online booking