The City and Region
Situated on the east side of the Island, Protaras, covers approximately 5km of the golden Famagusta Coastline.
Protaras, the second biggest resort in the Famagusta area after Ayia Napa, is a major tourist destination but provides a sophisticated alternative to the lively and energetic atmosphere of its neighbouring town, Ayia Napa located 8km to the west of Protaras.
Protaras is a hugely popular tourist destination due in the main to the multitude of beautiful beaches in its vicinity, including the renowned Fig Tree Bay regarded as one of the most popular beaches on the island.
Ayia Napa and Protaras beaches come top in EU – Nov 2011
Ayia Napa and Protaras beaches ranked among the top European beaches at a voting, carried out by the well-known European tourism website “Trip Advisor”. Ayia Napa beaches rank first and Protaras beaches third among the finest beaches in Europe.
Twenty-three beaches of Ayia Napa and Protaras were awarded the Blue Flag, something that proves the high standard of quality of those beaches,
Protaras and its neighbour Pernera were once separate villages, but are now linked by a plethora of tourist facilities including bars and restaurants following an explosion of tourism.
The long, sandy beaches at Protaras are the main attraction and considered to be some of the best in Cyprus. The facilities in Protaras are aimed primarily at the tourist industry, with a multitude of attractions to satisfy any requirement.
In addition to the tourist attractions in the area, Protaras offers historic artefacts including the church of Ayios Ilias, located on the outskirts of the town, a small attractive stone building on top of a rocky crag with its panoramic views of Protaras and the surrounding countryside.
Activities in the Area
The unique rock formations and sea caves along the Protaras coastline provide excellent opportunities to those wishing to experience adventure.
The coastal location of Protaras lends itself to various interesting day-time activities. Boat trips to Cape Greco, the south-easternmost point on the island, or Varosha, located in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus, are available daily during the summer months.
Cape Greco is a protected nature park in the region, and for this reason is a popular stop-point/destination in Boat-trip routes. The town of Varosha is a regular destination for boat trips as it is deserted yet its houses, offices and shops are still fully furnished and equipped as if frozen in time,hence its “ghost town” reputation.
Other activities and attractions in the Protaras region include:
Protaras Open Top Red Bus
Ayia Napa Water Park - The largest themed water park in Europe
Protaras Ocean Aquarium
Camel Park – Mazotos
Underwater Sea Adventures
Trekking / Hiking
Protaras offers a wide range of leisure activities including restaurants and bars, and a plethora of nightclubs in the neighbouring town of Ayia Napa.
Restaurants in the area range from regular fast-food establishments to restaurants that specialise in more exotic styles of cooking, including Japanese cuisine and authentic Greek-Cypriot food including Meze, a traditional banquet of savoury dips, bite-size kebabs, stews and casseroles.
Protaras enjoys a Mediterranean climate with as many as 340 days of sunshine per year.
Temperatures on the island are especially high at the peak of summer, making this an ideal residential and tourism location for those who cherish the sun.
From June to September temperatures in Protaras are at an average of 30°C, while in October through to December, a pleasant average temperature of 25°C is seen. The spring period is considered a good time to visit Protaras for tourists who prefer a comfortable temperature ranging from 20°C to 26°C.
There are currently no universities in Protaras. Students living in Protaras study in local elementary schools, high schools and colleges in nearby regions. Most go to InterNapa College while others move as far as the University of Nicosia. The Tertiary Education Commission (T.E.C.) is a private institution offering tertiary education in the region. It is located ten minutes away from Protaras in Sotira and is registered with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus so it can award graduates with its own diplomas.
ITO Private Hospital is a medical facility located in Protaras which offers modern diagnostic equipment and the most recent treatment approaches. Created in 1988 to provide help to residents in the Famagusta area, the ITO is licensed as a private institution by the Health Ministry of Cyprus.
The nearby Famagusta Hospital is a modern, efficient state-of-the-art medical facility in the region known for its expertise in handling emergency and surgical procedures.