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Best Places To Stay In Cyprus: Protaras Holiday Guide

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Deciding where to book your holiday is always tricky because it can be difficult to know how well a destination will suit you and your family. To help, we've put together this comprehensive guide to Protaras, Cyprus.

If you want to know what there is for families to do in Protaras, whether Protaras is suitable for couples or young children or just want to get an idea of what Protaras is like – read on for all the answers you need for your holiday in Cyprus.

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Why holiday in Protaras, Cyprus?

If your idea of holiday heaven is sun, sea and sand, Protaras will tick all your boxes. Situated on the popular east coast of Cyprus, Protaras is the top destination for the best beaches on the island.

This busy beach resort is one of the best in Cyprus with endless beaches, bars, restaurants, attractions and luxury private villas with pools. There are hotels here but it is the luxury villas that stand out.

Protaras' popularity comes from the fact that it offers so much choice. It is located in Paralimni town, opposite Ayia Napa, Cyprus' party capital and close to Pernera, a charming little harbour town.

So whether you are a couple or a family with young children, there is something for everyone. If you plan to head into Ayia Napa in the evenings, Protara is a great place to base yourself during the day.

Similarly, if you want to explore all that eastern Cyprus has to offer and there is a lot, Protaras is a great central location to do it from. Transport links here are good and you'll find a well-connected bus network as well as taxis, bikes for hire and car rentals.

If you want the best beaches in Cyprus and plenty of things to do, Protaras is the number one choice for a Cyprus holiday by the beach.

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Best things to do in Protaras, Cyprus

Beyond its famous beaches, you'll find so much to do in Protaras and the surrounding areas. This is the centre of a busy hub in eastern Cyprus that takes in Pernera, Ayia Napa and Limassol so whether attractions, bars, restaurants, clubs or beaches, there is an endless choice of things to do.

Best things to do in Protaras:

Best beaches: Protaras' beaches are stunning. You'll find miles of soft white sands, packed beaches, beach bars, waterfront restaurants and sparkling seas, warm from the Med. Here and there, you'll uncover pretty coves with quieter, smaller beaches, perfect for more intimate gatherings

Some of the best beaches in the area include Nissi Beach and Glyki Nero Beach. Both are favoured for their crystal clear waters and white sands, accompanied by plenty of bars, restaurants and beach facilities

Pantachou Beach and Konnos Beach

Pantachou Beach and Konnos Beach are also much-loved beaches that get full very quickly so you'll have to get there early to get a decent spot.

For quieter beaches, head to Sunrise Beach, Kalamies Beach or the smaller bays like Green Bay, which don't get so busy.

Alternatively, you can travel the short distance to Pernera where you'll find quieter beaches, like Pernera Beach which are particularly appealing for young families. The only trade off is that you won't have all the facilities that accompany the beaches in Protaras.

If you can, take the scenic route to Pernera via the Pernera Coastal Walk. This coastal path will take you from Pernera to Protaras and you'll find restaurants, rest points and Fig Tree Bay along the way.

Top Watersports

Top Watersports: With so many well-facilitated beaches to visit, you can expect a dizzying array of watersports to enjoy.

From scuba diving to jet skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, catamaran cruises, sightseeing tours, sunset cruises and just about every other watersport you can think of – you'll find it here.

If you plan to get out onto the sea yourself, Pernera, Ayia Triada and Ayia Nicolaos harbours are all close by.

Best local attractions

Best local attractions: Whether you explore them on foot or in a 4 by 4, The Troodos Mountains and Troodos National Forest are a feast of wildlife, mountains and the Cyprus of old.

Troodos 4x4 Safari Tours are a popular way to visit the mountains for many holidaymakers. Take a jeep ride deep into the mountains from Protaras, accompanied by stops at vineyards and a traditional taverna for lunch.

Profitis Ilias Church

Profitis Ilias Church (also spelt Elias) is a very popular Protaras attraction. Hike the Profitas Elias – Konnos Nature Trail and climb 150 stairs to reach the pretty little Byzantine-style Greek Orthodox Church of Profitis Ilias.

Built on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, 100m above sea level, Profitis Ilias delivers unrivalled views across the bay.

You'll find many more elegant stone churches like this, across the region with walls and ceilings painstakingly painted with biblical images.

Cape Greko Walk

The Cape Greko Walk is another trail that takes you along the coast via the National park. You'll pass sea caves, historic churches, magnificent wildlife and unforgettable views of the coastline between Konnos beach and Glyki Nero Beach.

Not far from Konnos Beach are the Cyclops Caves. The Cyclops caves date back to Neolithic times and were said to have once been home to a family of shipwrecked cyclops.

The Love Bridge is an Insta-ready natural wonder. Its magnificent white stone archway is formed from the slow erosion of sea water slapping at its face, creating a dazzling, natural delight by the water's edge – perfect for those holiday snaps to treasure.

Young families will relish the cosy size of Anastasia Aquamarina Waterpark. Its seven water slides, lazy river, pools and play area are perfect for keeping little ones both entertained and safe.

Ocean Aquarium

For animal lovers, the Ocean Aquarium delivers hours of fascinating sights. With over 1000 animals to see and tropical gardens to wander, the Ocean Aquarium's piranhas, penguins and crocodiles are sure to be a hit.

If you want to sample a huge selection of local dishes in one evening, this is a great way to do it. Breathe in the sights and smells and enjoy the extremely affordable multitude of delectable treats. A great experience all round!

Best restaurants:

Best restaurants: For a seaside resort of this size, there are restaurants to suit every taste.

From restaurants by the beach to traditional tavernas in the hills, on the outskirts of the city, well-known fast food chains, fresh seafood, Italian, Japanese and more, you'll find more than enough choice to keep things interesting all holiday.

Shops too are plentiful, with every type of shop you need, including supermarkets – all easy to find from most beaches and accommodation.

For top restaurants in Protaras, The Corner Restaurant is a favourite for steaks and the Kafkaros Taverna for seafood.

The Traditional Cyprus Taverna Protaras is a popular choice for sampling traditional Cypriot favourites, including juicy kebabs whilst Molti Restaurant and Hippocampus Lounge Restaurant are both favourite contemporary eateries.

Best nightlife

Best nightlife: Close to Ayia Napa, it is no surprise that such a buzzing beach resort is still a hub of activity at night. You'll find plenty of bars, pubs and clubs, full of energy and fun still open long into the early hours. Protaras' chilled out beach bars are a must for cocktails whilst watching the sun go down.

Top places to visit near Protaras

Top places to visit near Protaras: Protaras sits in the busy holiday centre of eastern Cyprus, making it ideal for exploring the many contrasting places that make Cyprus so special.

Pernera harbour is close by, with quiet beaches and every type of boat for hire, whilst Ayia Napa is on the doorstep offering easy access to one of Europe's top clubbing destinations – which may or may not be your scene!

Shops too are plentiful, with every type of shop you need, including supermarkets – all easy to find from most beaches and accommodation.

The bustling towns of Paralimni and Limassol are also on the outskirts of town

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Best places to stay in Protaras, Cyprus

The benefit of a sought-after, central location is the huge choice of accommodation on offer and Protaras is no different. From a private villa with a pool to a large six bedroom villa or a holiday villa with sea views, you'll find all the stunning, private luxury villas you want for your Cyprus holiday

Here's our top picks of the best places to stay in Protaras.

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When is the best time to visit Cyprus? When it comes to deciding when to visit, Cyprus has a lot of flexibility. Between June and September you'll find the famous high temperatures, well above 30°C. However, both before and after the summer months, temperatures in Cyprus are still good.

Post September, October still sees warm weather of around 26°C. By November, temperatures are down by a few degrees to around 22°C.

December to February are the coolest months with temperatures hovering below 20°C. December is the start of the island's rainy season which lasts until the end of January.

By March, temperatures are rising again and are back up in the thirties by May.

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