Family holidays: Protaras holidays have built up a respected reputation as the more peaceful neighbour of Ayia Napa. Protaras is a purpose built resort with a good selection of all inclusive holidays, plus bars and restaurants specifically aimed at the tourist experience. Holidays to Protaras are often based around the beach, so itís just as well that the main coastline within the resort is a delightful stretch of golden sand. But thatís not all Protaras holidays have to offer! Youíll also discover a go-karting track, a water-park and breathtaking nature trails all nearby.
Fabulous beaches: The main beach in Protaras is a sight to behold Ė itís a long stretch of soft golden sand backed with pleasant natural shrubs and rocky headlands. But there are even more beaches to delight you on holidays to Protaras. Youíll love the soft white sands of Fig Tree Bay, and then thereís Green Bay and Konnos close by too.
Attractions in Protaras
Profitis Elias Church: This pretty little cobblestoned church is perched high on a hill, 115 metres above the town of Protaras. As you can imagine, itís quite a climb up many steps (around 300) to reach the top, but youíll be rewarded with some stunning views across all of Protaras as well as being able to take a look in the elegant interior of the church. Youíll also be able to take some fabulous photos to show to your friends and family when youíre back from your holidays too.
Activities in Protaras
Dive sites: Diving is a rather popular pastime on Protaras holidays, especially as the sea on Cyprus holidays is always teeming with life. A popular spot for diving holidays is Cyclops Bay, which boasts a vibrant coral reef as well as scary-looking moray eels and playful octopuses. Thereís also the famous Zenobia Wreck in the area. This huge ship was sunk on its maiden voyage, loaded with trucks and shipping containers. A no-removal rule means that all parts of the ship are still intact, giving it a very eerie atmosphere. It makes for an unforgettable experience during holidays in Protaras.
Karting Centre: This huge go-karting course is only around an hourís drive from Protaras. Itís worth the extra distance of travel for the quality of the course though, as it has the biggest go-karting track in Cyprus! With a large selection of engine speeds for both children and adults, itís the ideal choice for fun family holidays in Protaras.
Protaras Water Park: Much smaller and more basic than the huge all-action themed water park youíll see on Ayia Napa holidays, Protaras Water Park is still worth a visit for its convenience. Itís within ten minutes walking distance of the centre of Protaras, and there are a number of twisting, colourful slides and meandering water chutes that children on family holidays will enjoy.
Magic Dancing Water Show: For an entertaining evening for the whole family during holidays to Protaras, head to the Magic Dancing Water Show. The main event is all about watching huge jets of water and elegant fountains lit up in all kinds of neon colours, creating dazzling patterns in the night sky. The water seems to dance along with the music, creating an all-round sensory experience. Plus a tasty buffet meal is included in the price of your ticket.
Restaurants in Protaras
Romeo Garden Taverna: This lively, warm restaurant serves authentic Cypriot food such as Mezes (starter-size platters with meat and vegetables wrapped in vine leaves), slow-cooked lamb casserole and herb-infused feta cheese. But best of all, you also get entertainment included with your meal. After youíve had your fill of the delicious food, you can watch some fabulous Greek dancers take to the stage. And thereís even plate smashing on certain nights! Romeo Garden is perfect for a true taste of Cyprus on your Protaras holidays.
Zucchiniís: Thereís a real eclectic mix of cuisine at this vibrant Cyprus-inspired restaurant. You can expect favourites like steak in Dianne sauce or salt-baked sea bream whilst there are also Greek authentic dishes made with halloumi, couscous and slow-cooked lamb. Being close to the sea, Zucchiniís extensive fish menu is excellent too. And the classy modern decor adds to the opulence of your eating experience whilst on your holidays in Protaras.
ChiChiís Mexican Restaurant: Youíll love the huge array of Mexican cuisine on offer at ChiChiís, and youíll appreciate the ultra-low prices even more! They offer set menu deals which represent extremely good value, and ensure itís entirely possible to have cheap holidays to Protaras. Enjoy generous portions of enchiladas, burritos and nachos, plus they also serve classic Cypriot food such as mezes too.
Nightlife in Protaras
Top bars: While holidays to Protaras are certainly quieter than nearby Ayia Napa holidays, itís still possible to have some lively nights out here. The main pubs and bars serve branded alcohol and offer lots to entertain you, whether itís loud music, Sky Sports TV or karaoke singing. All the action on holidays to Protaras is geared around the main strip, with places such as The Square, Waves Cocktail Bar and Fools & Horses all providing differing drinking experiences. There are also two lively clubs, Space and Q, which play garage and grime in much the same way as many of the clubs in Ayia Napa holidays.
Shopping in Protaras
Souvenir shopping: Protaras is a purpose-built holiday resort, so itís not surprising that many of the shops are geared towards holidaymakers. The main items youíll see on holidays in Protaras are general souvenirs and postcards, as well as beachwear and bargain clothes shops. However, itís still perfectly possible to find something authentic or original, especially in the great value leather shops which offer very good quality items for amazingly low prices. However, with the increase in popularity for Protaras holidays in recent years, youíll also see that some designer shops such as YSL and Gucci have popped up recently. Even here youíll probably find youíll enjoy cheap prices compared to the UK for these fancy clothes and handbags.