Information & Facts
The main beach at Protaras offers a vast range of water sports
opportunities and equipment hire, from paddle boats to jet skis.
The resort caters particularly well for children, most of the
hotels and apartment complexes offering excellent Kid's Clubs.
There are two exciting water parks nearby at Ayia Napa, which
provide thrills and spills for all ages. Most visitors enjoy a
stroll along the clifftops of the coastline, particularly in spring
when the landscape is covered in wild flowers. The more energetic
can hike up the steep crag on the outskirts of the resort to the
Ayios Ilias Church from where there is a spectacular view. Local
operators offer several day trips, sea cruises and excursions to
places of interest, like into the Troodos Mountains or to explore
the city of Nicosia.
The majority of Cypriots speak Greek, and a small
percentage speaks Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect differs from
mainland Greece. English, German and French are spoken in tourist
The currency was changed to the Euro (EUR) on 1 January 2008.
Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments. Money and
travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, open from Monday to
Friday. There are ATMs spread throughout the island, operating 24
hours a day.
Protaras resort is not aesthetically pleasing or scenic, and the
nearby village of Paralimni is also far from a quaint, authentic
Greek Cypriot town. Young clubbers may be disappointed in the
nightlife, which is more family-oriented, but there is the option
of travelling to nearby Ayia Napa.
At night Protaras main street erupts into a noisy sound and
light show as the many disco/bars, pubs and clubs turn up the
volume to draw in the crowds and holidaymakers up for a party. Many
establishments offer live entertainment or karaoke and the discos
feature English deejays and laser lights. There are only a few
nightclubs, and serious all-night clubbers prefer to travel to Ayia
Napa for the evening. Recommended for an entertaining evening of
dancing is Sfinx, the bar at the Paralimni end of the main
Holidaymakers will find that Protaras has dozens of restaurants
and fast food outlets, mainly catering for the usual tourist fare
of pizza, curry, burgers and the like. Many local establishments
are run by British ex-pats. Visitors who enjoy making the most of
the local produce should opt for one of the many open-air seafood
restaurants. For Cypriot specialities try Bambos, which serves a
mix of local and international fare, or the Nicolas Taverna
renowned for delectable kleftico.
The shops in Protaras centre may look a little tacky, but they
provide everything required by holidaymakers, from beach
paraphernalia to souvenirs. There are several hundred retail
establishments in the resort including supermarkets, clothing
stores and jewellers. Serious bargain hunters are advised to take a
bus or taxi to nearby Agia Napa where there is an abundance of
stores selling tax free designer goods. Local jewellery and leather
goods are also good souvenirs from Protaras.
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