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Protaras is situated 8km north of Cape Greco on the east coast. Buses run from Ayia Napa in the summer hourly from 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am -5pm on Sunday.

Protaras is also known as Fig Tree Bay because of a fig tree that was once its only landmark. Now Protaras is a popular beach resort in its own right with a wide selection of hotels, bars and tavernas. It has a lovely sand beach which can become quite busy in summer as it attracts tourists lured by its excellent water sports facilities. In fact it has one of the best beaches for swimming in Southern Cyprus.

Travel tip: if the beach gets too crowded you can swim to the offshore rocky islet for a more peaceful time. You do need to be a strong swimmer to reach it.

Further north of Protaras are more beaches including Pernera, Minas and Agia Trada. These are smaller, more secluded coves.  Close to Agia Trada, on the road to Paralimni is an Aquarium where you can see penguins, crocodiles and a variety of Sea Life.  Open daily. Entrance fee.

The area which includes Ayia Napa, Protaras and Paralimni is called Kokkinohoria which means red villages. You will see plenty of windmills around here as they drive pumps which draw water from deep underground.

Paralimni became the administrative hub of the district  after 1974. Following the Turkish invasion it received many refugees and now has a population of approximately 11000.

Paralimni is famous for its three churches, the oldest dating from the 18th century. It is also worth visiting the village’s Byzantine museum.



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