Located on the south eastern coast of Cyprus, Protaras is an incredibly popular holiday destination that boasts a fabulous selection of beaches, crystal clear waters and marvellous year round weather.
The resort offers a variety of bars, restaurants, tavernas and leisure facilities to please all manner of holidaymakers. We’ve tried to pack as much as possible into our 24 hours there to give you a taste of what Protaras has to offer.
Getting up to the sunshine we decided to take a walk into the town for a bit of a leisurely breakfast and there were quite a few places to choose from. We settled on a café right near the beach with a lovely view of the water. We decided to go for Anari cheese which is produced in Cyprus, it's a white, soft creamy cheese with a lovely mild sweet taste, which closely resembles ricotta, and it was delicious.
Penguins & a bird’s eye view
Ready to face the day we decided to start our 24 hour adventure at the Aquarium Park which is just a few minutes outside of the tourist area in Protaras. It was really lovely to stroll through the tropical garden outdoor area in the sunshine looking at all the animals, and we spotted crocodiles and turtles before heading inside to check out the tropical fish and Antarctic penguins - such magnificent creatures. A chap we bumped into buy the crocodile enclosure told us about this church nearby that was well worth a visit if we were feeling energetic. It was quite a hike but well worth it, the beautiful little Church of Profitis Elias was very quaint and the views were something else.
We headed back down the hill and over to Fig Tree Bay for a spot of sunbathing. It is simply stunning there, with the white sandy beach and the clear, turquoise sea, we could have stayed forever. We did a spot of swimming and even popped to the little nearby taverna for some Cypriot coffee, which is pretty strong stuff! We also did a spot of snorkelling before deciding to take a walk along the promenade, as the sun started to set. The route took us from the Fig Tree Bay area to Pernera Beach and it really was a relaxing way to move into the evening.
We popped in to a restaurant for a bite to eat and enjoyed what was probably the best taramasalata we have ever tasted! We then sampled the stifado, a kind of rabbit stew with onions and a wine sauce and it was really flavoursome. The dish came with a side of koupepia, vine leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice, and it was delicious. For dessert we went for these delicious little doughnuts all covered in honey called loukoumades. In fact, we’d recommend giving any traditional Cypriot dish or delicacy a go, they are all exquisite!
After dinner we had planned to head to a few local bars along the main road, where the best of the live music and entertainment can be found, followed by a nightclub in the nearby at Ayia Napa, but we'd decided to give something else a go instead......
Night time excursion
We’d heard the diving in Cyprus was incredible so we booked a night time dive excursion and we’d chosen the Liberty shipwreck. It was just amazing, so haunting and serene, unlike anything we’ve ever done before. It was the perfect end to our day in Protras, we only wished we had a little more time to try everything else the resort has to offer a go!