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Protaras - The Jewel of the Eastern Mediterranean
Protaras is an elite, family-oriented beach resort on the south-east coast of Cyprus known for some of the most picturesque beaches on the island, extending for about 10km from Kapparis in the north to Konnos further south.
Secluded golden sandy beaches stretch along this ruggedly beautiful coast, interspersed with rocky inlets where many colourful fishing boats go for their daily catch.
The entire length of the main coastal road here is lined with a wide pedestrian route that is ideal both for walkers and bikers. A trip along this nature trail takes you first from Paralimni to Ayia Trias on the coast, then past Pernera Bay, Potami Bay, the lovely village of Vrissi, through Protaras itself and on past Loumbardi Bay, Nissi Bay, Konnos Bay, into the National Forest Park at Cavo Greco and on to Ayia Napa beyond.
Wonderful panoramic views of Protaras and the surrounding countryside can be seen from the top of Ayios Llias.
It is in Protaras that you will find the famous and magnificent Fig Tree Bay, considered to be one of the best beaches in Cyprus; the safe, shallow, crystal clear waters are ideal for sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Just a short distance from Protaras is the small rural town of Paralimni. Retaining much of its traditional magic with its local crafts, souvenir shops and picturesque narrow streets, as you meander along it is not unusual to come across fishermen quietly mending their nets in the shade of the vine-covered courtyards.
The inhabitants of the Protaras area enjoy festivals. May is the time for the flower festival. At Whitsun is the festival of Kataklysmos, with folk songs and dances as well as water games on the beaches of Protaras. In late June music, dance and theatrical performances can be enjoyed at the International Arts Festival.
For a detailed guide containing everything that one would want to know about Cyprus, we recommend the DK Eyewitness Cyprus Travel Guide which is full of maps and beautiful photographs of every area of the island.