Family-friendly and tranquil, Protaras is situated along the sandy coastline of Cyprus's Fig Tree Bay. The glorious beach is the main attraction, but Protaras has a smaller and more intimate feel than nearby Ayia Napa. You'll have your pick of Cypriot specialties at one of the many open-air seafood restaurants in town. The main claim to fame of Protaras is that itís very much geared towards the family holiday makers. Itís not varied like Paphos or impressive like Nicosia, but it has the most beautiful beach in Cyprus and is definitely a place to spend a week or two relaxing with your family, spending some quality time with your children
Places of interest in Protaras
If youíre up for a bit of action, then you really need to brave the walk and go to Cape Greco. From the sea cliffs with their sparkling watersto the beautiful indigenous fauna, this wildly beautiful area is great for some ďmeĒ time.
St Elias Church
Prepare to be captivated by a spectacular sunset from the top of the hill on the Protaras Road, where you will find Ayios Elias Church. It takes a hundred steps to get up the hill, but once youíve braved the climb, you will find one of the most breathtaking views in Cyprus. Try and go close to sunset, just to see the amazing colours of the sun as it makes its dazzling descent.
Dherinia The village has three interesting churches, the small domed 17th century church of Ayios Georghios, the 15th century Ayia Marina church, and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary with excellent 17th century icons. From this village one may gaze on the "ghost city" of Famugusta, once the most popular holiday resort in Cyprus, but now totally deserted since the 1974 Turkish invasion as all its inhabitants are now refugees
Sotira The partly ruined church of Ayios Mamas, which was built around the 12th century, has wall paintings dating to the 16th century. The church of Sotiros has 13th century wall paintings. About 1-km to the west, is the 16th century cruciform church of Panayia Chordakiotissa, whose dome has been restored, and the church of Ayios Georghios, an Early Christian basilica with three aisles.
Liopetri There is a 16th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and a 15th century church of Ayios Andronikos with an octagonal dome and the remains of murals, which can still be distinguished in the apse. The basket-making tradition continues at Liopetri.
Potamos Liopetriou A picturesque fishing refuge. The remains of a Venetian watch-tower are nearby. The French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, worked in this area in the 1880s
Frenaros The village of Frenaros has its own small Byzantine churches. Two of them, the Agios Andronikos and the Archangelos Michail date back to the 12th century. The church of Agia Marina has some interesting frescoes painted by different artists.
Paralimni Since the Turkish military occupation of Famagusta in 1974, this small town has become the main administrative centre of the district. The twin aisled vaulted church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panayia) which also houses a small Byzantine museum, is decorated with unusual 18th century porcelain plates. The church, parts of which belong to the 13th century, houses a small ecclesiastical museum. Other interesting churches can also be foundin the area.
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Things to do & buy in Protaras
Enjoy one of the nice taverns & bars, cafe, disco, local and international restaurants.