Protaras, the tourist area of Paralimni, is one of the most beautiful areas of Cyprus.

Protaras is the name of a picturesque bay with crystal bright sea which is approximately 10km long. It starts from the north at the location 'Kapparis' and ends in the south, at the location 'Konnos'.

Protaras is a popular resort for singles, couples and families. It was formerly known as Fig Tree Bay, hence the name of its most popular beach and it is 8km from Ayia Napa.

Protaras lies on four miles of golden sand nestling next to warm turquoise shallow waters. The best beaches on the island including Fig Tree Bay and Nissi Beach can be found in Protaras. You can also explore the small coves to the north of the island but you will need a car.

There's a great choice of watersports including paragliding, water skiing, jet skiing and diving. A quieter beach can be found at Cape Greko where the rocky shoreline provides some great snorkeling and diving.

There is a good choice of traditional, modern and international cuisine. You must try out the Mezze which is a selection of local foods including dips, bread, olives; spanakopita,vine leaves stuffed with rice and meat; stuffed vegetables, casseroles and stews, plus the famous souvla or kebabs.

Protaras has a varied nightlife with shows and entertainment provided by hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs and the world famous club scene of Ayia Napia is 8km away.

The Troodos mountains, boat trips from the harbour, day trip to Nicosia, sea caves and Roman ruins are all worth trying. Or you can simply walk, jog or cycle along the coastal path to Ayia Napa.

To really explore this wonderful stretch of coast, a car is very useful and a hire car can be arranged from home or locally.