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Protaras Cyprus

Protaras is located on the eastern shores of Cyprus which rests on the Mediterranean Sea and boasts some of the best beaches on the island. As a holiday destination that can tempt with its appeal of luscious sun, sea and sand Cyprus attracts over two million visitors a year thanks to the island's year round warm sunshine. Protaras has golden sand lined beaches making it a perfect choice for anyone looking to lap up some rays and with the additional benefit of its clear shallow waters it is especially good for young families.

This popular tourist destination was developed in the 1980s as a calmer and more sensible alternative to its feistier neighbour Ayia Napa which is located five miles west of Protaras and these days has a thriving club scene. Whilst Ayia Napa promises wild nights out for the carefree and adventurous pent up with boundless energy, Protaras in stark comparison gives people the chance to recharge their batteries, soak up the rays and explore the location's charming sites of discovery.

Cyprus temperatures can reach scorching heights, however, the island is far from parched. Nature is colourful and in abundance on this sunny island which is covered with field upon field of wildflowers in spring and is home to thriving citrus orchards. For the more curious travellers not content with the glorious sand and sea the island has lots to offer those who have a tendency to stray off the beaten track including some charming villages and medieval castles.

Protaras covers around five kilometres of the golden coastline and has some wonderful coastal walks offering spectacular views of the shimmering sea. Fig Tree Bay is the main beach in Protaras and is thought to be one of the most popular on the island. Alternatively Protaras has some pretty coves which are less commercialised and perfect for those who prefer quieter beaches and a bit more personal space.

Beyond the beaches much of the coastline is made of intricate and unusual rock formations, arches and caves. Whilst a lot of the geological crevices are small some of the caves resemble big scoops taken out of the landscape by a greedy giant and can actually be climbed into by inquisitive humans.

Back on the beach more confident swimmers will be pleased to find that Protaras has many small businesses running snorkelling and scuba diving courses for beginners and experienced underwater explorers alike. Perhaps these would not be so popular were it not for the colourful and flourishing subaquatic wildlife.

Heading further north the tranquil waters at Skoutari Beach make it a popular location for underwater explorations. It would be wrong to think that because Protaras has been developed as a holiday resort in the 1980s it has no history. Before it was developed into the popular resort,it was mainly uninhabited and was instead peppered with cute and authentic windmills some of which still stand today.

The bustling nightlife in Protaras has plenty to offer holidaymakers after the sun goes down. The array of hotels offer evening entertainment for holidaymakers in the form of a bar, restaurant, dance floor and in the busier periods live cabaret entertainment. In the town centre there are bars which have widescreen television showing sports and British sitcoms. Although there aren't many clubs the existing bars and restaurants stay open well into the night.

For those with a less tame appetite there are good transport links with Ayia Napa and its multitude of super clubs with a taxis journey lasting about fifteen minutes and being on tap throughout the night. Protaras has restaurants that cater for all tastes ranging from McDonalds to Japanese cuisine. Holidaymakers wanting to eat the authentic Greek-Cypriot food are recommended to take a visit to the town of Paralimni where they can gorge themselves on meze: a banquet of savoury dips, bite-size kebabs, stews and casseroles.

For holiday makers visiting Protaras the closest of the island's two airports is Larnaca which is thirty 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 Protaras 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.