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The golden beaches of Pernera are located on the south eastern coast of Cyprus. The glorious sun, sea and sand which are best enjoyed in hot spots such as Pernera explain why around two million tourist visitors a year choose Cyprus as their holiday destination.
Pernera is not the most well known of all the tourist resorts along the east coast of Cyprus which for some people gives it a higher preference for an idyllic sunny break. It is a small town located below a large hill and has some smaller secluded beaches. This pretty small town is home to a bustling harbour, several sandy bays and a wealth of bars and restaurants. As with the larger location of nearby Protaras, Pernera rests on the crystal clear shores of the Mediterranean Sea and visitors to its beaches enjoy shallow waters making it perfect for young families.
Pernera's main street sweeps right down to the sea front giving easy access to several sandy bays. Pernera caters for those who like nothing more than to sit back and relax whilst on holiday as well as for the more restless thrill seekers. Whilst the majority of visitors to Pernera are sun worshipers the town has more on offer for those who like to keep occupied.
A walk along the heaving harbour will reveal just how many small businesses in this town run water sports activities varying from the tame to the white knuckle. For the more experienced water adventurers there is paragliding, water skiing and wind surfing to name a few. Something more suited to the family would be snorkelling, which would perhaps not be so popular were it not for Cyprus's thriving subaquatic wildlife. If sea life strikes a chord then the aquarium in Protaras guarantees some time well spent.
The harbour also has many options for other sea based excursions such as day trips on board a boat. If you are not keen on the sea then Pernera is unlikely to be the right place for you as nearly all that is on offer is in some way related to the beach and its shimmering waters.
However, for those who are more into exploring and sightseeing there are some rewarding views for anyone prepared to take strenuous but rewarding walks along the coastline. Head south to Protaras and you will find a five kilometre coastal walk that stretches even further south to Ayia Napa revealing breath taking sea views, unusual rock formations and caves that resemble huge scoops taken out of the landscape. Cyprus is an island of colour and there is plenty more to feast your eyes on even after seeing the gorgeous sea and underwater wildlife. This region of Cyprus is peppered with historic windmills which have survived the tourist developments of the 1980s; indeed one of Pernera's most popular hotels is called The Windmill. Come spring the island is covered in a blanket of endless fields of striking wildflowers. There are also plenty of citrus orchards heaving with fruity smells and local produce.
Come night time the harbour lights up to welcome visitors to its many and varied restaurants and bars. For options of where to eat there are more than most people can work their way through in just one holiday including Mexican, English, pizza, Chinese and even southern fried chicken. Holidaymakers wishing to eat the national food can take their pick from several Cypriot meze houses. The island's location which is part of Europe and also close to the Middle East is reflected in the local cuisine where Mediterranean meze and mousakas feature just as heavily as kebabs and keftethes. Fans of the signature Greek-Cypriot dishes are recommended a visit to the nearby town Paralimni.
The closer of the islands two airports is Larnaca which is forty five kilometres west of the location and has a transfer time of about forty five minutes. Direct flights from the UK to Cyprus generally last about four to five hours. Most of Pernera is accessible on foot due to its compact size, however, car hire is recommended for those who want to visit surrounding areas. Whilst many hotels and package deals will offer cultural and adventurous excursions at an additional price it is advisable to hire a car and take on some of the planning yourself. A rented car will give you access to cheaper supermarkets and cut down on the cost of an airport to hotel transfer. Holidaymakers renting a car for their break are also reminded that petrol prices are cheaper than in the UK.