Protaras, a lively town that stretches along the famous Fig Tree Bay in Cyprus.
With consistent growth during the last three decades it has emerged as an alternative resort to the abandoned Famagusta city since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Nowadays, Protaras has become one of the main tourist attraction locations in the South East coast and in the whole of Cyprus.
By plane: The closest international airport is in Larnaca where it serves many international routes. From there, it 50 minute taxi ride to Protaras. Depending on your negotiation skills and whether you're using a prearranged hotel pick-up service or simply hailing a cab outside the airport, the total fare should be somewhere between €50 to €65, but not more.
By Bus: Bus service 711 goes from Larnaca (foinikoudes beach) to Protara and should cost around 2 euros. From the airport several buses(407,409,418,419,431 etc) take you to foinikoudes beach where you can get 711. http://www.cyprusbybus.com/blogdetail.aspx?id=9
You can easily get around the main Protaras area by foot. To anywhere from anywhere it shouldnt take you more than 25 mins. A newly created wooden pathway right by the sea takes you from center of protaras to pernera area protaras in less than 10 mins. Great for romantic walks or a nice run at anytime. The pathway is lighted at night.
The offshore rocky islet that can be seen from the beach offers the chance of some seclusion although you have to be a fairly strong swimmer to be able to reach it. After the beach, the town itself has much to offer. With a large variety of shops, picturesque houses and a relaxing seaside pedestrian route stretching for as long as 15km, you can enjoy some delightful walks in the area. The Profitis Ilias church is a town landmark, located on top of a hill 100 metres high which offers a glorious panoramic view over Protaras and the Sea. Climb the 300 steps up the hill, view the breathless sight and go inside the small church which is definitely worth a visit. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants and traditional Cypriot taverns where you can try a large variety of Cypriot dishes, fresh fish and international cuisine. The staff are usually friendly and welcoming and many times they will be able to speak two or three languages including English. At night you can test your singing skills at one of the many karaoke bars in town, meet up with the locals and holiday makers at the busy “Flinstones” bar or even watch your football team playing live at the “Fools & Horses” among many other great places to go out and enjoy a fun night out in Protaras.
For the most adventurous children, parents and groups of friends, there are also a variety of watersports provided at the beach. Just to name a few are Parasailing, Self Drive Speed Boats, Jet Skis, Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Crazy Squab, Banana, Pedal Boats, Private luxury yacht, among many others.
Protaras, has some of the most beautifull beaches and dive sites for all tastes. You can scuba dive year round at Cyclops Bay, Green Bay, the Chapel, the Canyon, the Blue Hole and the two wrecks of the area Nemesis III and Liberty Wrecks.
When planning your holidays you have to take in consideration not only the location, but also the best accommodation that will provide you and your party with value for money according to your requirements.
If you are looking to get away from it all and relax with your family in privacy, a holiday villa may be an option for you. Renting a villa provides you, not only, with more space and privacy but is also a more economical option rather than staying at a small hotel room.
A villa can usually accommodate a minimum of 4 people, and the rental price is charged per week making it more cost-effective than staying at a hotel.