Cyprus has been a popular holiday destination among discerning Brits for many years, thanks to its fine climate, delicious local foods, stunning beaches and rich culture.
The resort of Protaras in the south east corner of the island is a particularly great option for families and couples looking for a coastal resort combining the convenience of plentiful facilities with the possibility of escaping into the surrounding area to get away from the crowds.
The beaches around Protaras are the reason why the resort was developed and built up during the 1980s, giving holidaymakers a more sophisticated alternative to its neighbouring town of Ayia Napa. There a variety of beaches around Protaras, with Fig Tree Bay catering for water sports enthusiasts and snorkelers, and other locations catering to those who prefer more secluded spots, with the coastline also boasting some impressive sea caves well worth exploring.
In the resort itself, a huge number of large hotels provide their guests with all the facilities they need, including swimming pools, tennis courts and restaurants. Boat trips leave the resort on a regular basis during the summer, taking visitors out to Cape Greko – a protected nature park – and also the town of Varosha – a ‘ghost town’ evacuated in 1974 and untouched ever since. Hiking is also popular in the area around Protaras, with trails along the untouched coastline from the Profitis Elias chapel down to Konnos Beach.
Food fans taking holidays to Protaras will not be disappointed by the choice of either local Greek-Cypriot restaurants offering the traditional meze or a range of international restaurants offering Mexican, Chinese and many more culinary options.