A small coastal town in the Famagusta region of southeast Cyprus, Protaras is a good place to spend a quiet summer break by the shore. However, as its popularity has grown among holidaymakers over the past three or four decades, it has become a little livelier, offering itself as a viable alternative to nearby Ayia Napa, which can get packed at times. Protaras sits on Fig Tree Bay and offers some spectacular views of the eastern reaches of the Mediterranean Sea. It also has a growing number of places to wine and dine day and night, while the town has become a mecca of sorts for those wanting to go on adventure holidays, choosing to go surfing, scuba diving or sailing off the coast.
For the minor roads, a small car is imperative, not only because they tend to be on the narrow size but due to the high number of sharp turns which can be hard to negotiate.
Driving in Protaras
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Important things to note
Although the majority of attractions in and around Protaras are reachable by foot, a car is necessary for getting further afield, especially to Cape Greco.
Some of the minor routes aren’t fully-lit at night. If possible, avoid these roads to avoid being caught up in any accidents.
Traffic heading to Ayia Napa from the nearby A3 tends to be pretty heavy in summer. Bear this in mind when coming in from the west by road.
Highlights & Hotspots
Cape Greco (Cavo Greco) is a headland which is within easy reach of Protaras. Here, you can get unrivalled views of the sea and, either side of the cape, the beach. The cape is also part of protected parkland which is worth a look on a clear day.
The Church of Ayios Ilias is one of the town’s few landmarks but is pretty impressive up close. Just outside Protaras town centre, it sits atop a hill from where you can look out over the town and even the nearby bay.
Protatas has plenty of great activities on the beach. Water-skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, scuba diving and even yacht rides are available, all at different locations on shore. Lessons are available if you need them.
If struggling to find somewhere to sample authentic Cypriot cuisine, the best place to go is Blue Spice Restaurant on Aphrodites. It serves everything you can think of from salads to seafood, while it has an adjacent cocktail bar.
Larnaca International Airport is the nearest to Protaras, being 22 miles southeast of the town. It serves destinations all over Europe, many of which are only during the summer when higher volumes of passengers are expected by the airlines.
To get there, take the road south to Paralimni and drive south from there to where the A3 starts. Drive along the motorway until it ends, which happens to be at the airport.