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Review of "Protaras (Cyprus)"
Protaras is a modern, purpose-built resort located 14km east of Ayia Napa. The resort stretches over 6km along the sandy-beached coastline, interspersed with rocky coves. The resort has two main focal points - Fig Tree Bay and Pernera Beach - where the majority of hotels and bars are to be found. Protaras attracts families and couples wanting to enjoy the stunning beaches of the eastern coastline but without the frenetic nightlife of neighbouring Ayia Napa!The fine beaches shelve gently into the sea and so are particularly good for families with children.
We travelled with Argo (who were useless and I would not travel with them again, we never saw our rep once!).We stayed at the Capo Bay Hotel which is near the lower end of the strip. Our hotel was right on the beach of the fantistic Fig Tree Bay. I have written a separate review on that to include more detail in each review.
Protaras has a great selection of bars, tavernas and supermarkets/souvenir shops. There is really something for everybody there.My favourites were:
Only Friends Pub
The only trouble was we could never fit in a dessert as we were too full from the huge meals that they served up!Diva
Diva is a "posher" restaurant, which was recommended to us by the locals. They said that it is expensive, but you get what you pay for and that this fish is so fresh it is practically swimming on your plate!The Love Boat
The selection of food here was good, although mainly English. The entertainment was the main thing here. We were able to "see" Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Elvis. (Elvis is very popular in Cyprus). This place was extremely popular with families, and also did Kareoke.These were just our favourite places. There were loads more, all selling good English food and great cocktails. Another popular bar was Only Fools & Horses, which showed the tv show, along with football. There were a lot of kareoke places and also several Elvis bars!
When I go abroad I do like to eat different foods and not just eat pie and chips every night, but if that is what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed as there is plenty of English food available. There are also several Cypriot tavernas and restaurants which sell a great variety of food.
Our hotel was on the fantastic Fig Tree Bay beach, which is rated as one of the best in Europe. It has a blue flag and two lifeguards watching over you.
The tide is minimal, and the waves are small but powerful. The beach shelves quite steeply initially, which gives the minimal tide. There are plenty of sun loungers (which you have to pay for)There is a great selection of watersports. Stavros is very friendly and helpful. There is the banana, the ringo, parasailing, boat hire, pedalo hire and much more.
The beach is down some quite steep steps, but there is also disable access ramp.There are other beaches all the way along the strip with the other hotels.
This is described as "a magical show which is a spectacular combination of dancing lasers, laser show, volcanic eruptions, fire and smoke show".
MAGIC DANCING WATERS
This is a very accurate description. We paid £5 each to go in and the show lasted for one and a half hours. It was fantastic, lasers, and water fountains bathed in lights along with real flames and fire. It was really breathtaking and I would recommend a visit.CHURCH WITH GREAT VIEWS
On the outskirts of Protaras is a small attractive stone church set atop a rocky crag - the Church of Ayios Ilias. It is well worth a walk to the church and the climb to the top. From the top there is a panoramic view of Protaras and the surrounding countryside. According to the guide books there are 171 steps up to it. I didn't count them but it did not seem that far and was well worth it for the views.DAY TRIPS AND THE REST OF THE ISLAND
We went on a jeep safari to Northern Cyprus. Our driver was a refugee from the North and we heard in great detail about how the turks invaded and destroyed everything. We had to take our passports and be issued with a visa as it is treated as a separate country by the turks. We went to the ghost town of Famagusta and walked on the beach in front of empty destroyed hotels, whilst being watched by gun-toting Turks which was a bit scary. No photos are allowed there. We also went to Kyrenia which was nice, we went up through the mountains to get there which was a bit scary too!We also went on a bus trip to Paphos which included the Kourion ampitheatre and mosaics in Paphos.
It is worth going over to the Northern part of the island just to see what it is like. You won't believe your eyes with the ghost town being so empty and destroyed. It is very unfriendly over there, nobody looks at you or speaks.
A lot of refugees live in the Famagusta area as it is the closest that they can get to where they lived before the 1974 invasion. These people ended up with nothing. They fled the northern part of the island under threat of murder and rape and left behind everything. A lot of people went missing and were never seen again. In the ghost villages, the tables are still set for breakfast that will never be eaten. We heard of one man who had just finished paying a 30-year loan on a hotel that never even opened. These people want to get back their land and their homes, but are realistic that it may never happen.It is well worth researching into this on the internet as it is a fascinating subject and having talked to some refugees I want to find out more about it now.
DOWN SIDE OF STAYING THERE IN LAST WEEK OF SEASON!
Protaras is purely a holiday resort. No locals live there, so when it closes, it closes completely. By the 6 November when we left, Protaras was nearly in darkness! Most of the hotels were shut, all of the villas were closed up and the restaurants all followed suit.So if you go there, make sure it is no later that middle of October!
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Listed on Ciao since: 13/07/2000