As far as attractions go, the area of Protaras, Cyprus is the attraction in itself. It is a tourist hotspot due to the golden sand and clear safe waters of its beaches, its luxury hotels, and brilliant facilities.
It’s a great place for families as there are several Luna parks and Ayia Napa is only a short bus ride away. The buses run until about 10pm, and for teenagers and young people, I would highly recommend staying in this area for the beaches in daytime and travelling from here to Ayia Napa at night.
There are many good restaurants in the area offering a wide range of food from authentic Cypriot cuisine to Chinese and Italian. There is also a McDonald’s here which is one of the only places in the world to serve the ‘Greek Mac’- the burger brought out to celebrate the releases of the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’. Opposite the McDonald’s you can discover some of the best steak and peppercorn sauce on the island!
The area is full of food and souvenir shops, cash points and there are several bars and karaoke pubs. This resort is lively and fun, but not really the place for those wanting to see the real, authentic Cyprus.
Ayios Elias Church
For those wanting a bit of culture in the area, the church of Ayios Elias is definitely worth a visit. The church sits on a hill 100 metres high and there are hundreds of steps to reach it.
One tip is to climb the steps at night, when it has cooled down a bit and the church is beautifully lit up. Alternatively try the steps in early evening, it is still just cool enough and this way you won’t miss out on the stunning views from the top.
Protaras Beaches are long and golden with beautifully clear water. What more could anyone want? The beaches in Protaras are a major attraction so they can get very touristy as they offer something for everyone, young and old alike.
There are great facilities and watersports available, and the surrounding area is great for families with children as well as singles.
Blue flag beaches in or near Protaras: Ayia Thekla, Ammos tou Kambouri, Glyki Nero, Katsarka, Kermia, Konnos Bay, Lanta, Loukkos, Tou Manti, Louma Beach, Nisia, Lombardia, Nissi Beach, Makronisos, and Pantachou.
Fig Tree Bay
If you only visit one beach in Protaras make it this one! It is a very long beautiful beach of hot, soft golden sand, and if you plan to walk the length of it I suggest walking in the sea so that you don’t burn your feet!
The true Fig Tree Bay is at one end of the stretch, opposite a little island. It is worth walking to this part of the beach if you are at the other end because it has the clearest water and is usually a bit quieter.
You can swim to the little island opposite as it not far, but I only recommend this if you are a very good swimmer as the current can get very strong. Also take beach shoes if you plan to walk on the island as the surface is rough.
The backdrop to the beach is a stretch of luxury hotels, so as you would imagine the beach offers excellent facilities and watersports. In fact tourism in Protaras is so popular mainly because of this beach. Fig Tree Bay can get very crowded, and it is worth coming early to secure sunbeds. Although it is close to Ayia Napa and a tourist area, the crowd is very varied.
The beach is named after a lone fig tree not far from the beach. According to Cypriot legend, it was brought there by Arab invaders hundreds of years ago.
Just north of the main Protaras area is this pretty beach. As you would expect from Protaras beaches, the water is stunningly clear and calm and it is set by white fine-grain sand. If you want to get out the sun, you will find a group of trees at the back of the beach to relax under.
This is the first beach you will pass on the way to Protaras from Ayia Napa. There are no signposts so it is a bit hard to find, but on the plus side it means there are few crowds unlike many of the beaches in this area.