Protaras and its Beautiful Coasts and Beaches!

Trip Start Sep 27, 2011
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Trip End Oct 12, 2011


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Friday, October 7, 2011



Now what you see is very different to what it was back then, however the waters retained the glassy clarity of those days. The resort's beaches are among the most beautiful in Cyprus ….if not the very best in the Mediterranean! Back-to back hotels line the waterfront, with hundreds of other smaller or bigger hotels, restaurants, beach bars and shops scattered all over. It is a touristy resort for sure and it is still charming and very inviting, a resort worth visiting.  Personally I feel lucky to be a Cypriot and to have the opportunity to come here wherever I feel like coming.

 

On the north you will find some isolated coves bitten from the coastline, and if you move 8 kilometres to the south you will come to Ayia Napa, -the other coastal resort, the 24-hour party Mecca. I plan a visit there when hotels open again. You see, the majority of hotels close the end of October and open again the first week of May. There are very few open in winter but I don't recommend coming here then. I have had a very bad experience when I decided to take the bus from Larnaca and go to Ayia Napa for some photos.  It was like a haunted city with just a few people in the streets and all restaurants, hotels and pubs under renovation.  I wanted to leave as soon as I had my photos taken, but I had to wait for 3 hours for the next bus to Larnaca.



Of course it is not like nobody is here, it is just too quiet. I do realize there are people who seek this, who would come and spend their holidays in a hotel, have long walks in the nearly empty resort and still feel happy. I just mention this because I don’t want to be blamed and have people come here and then be disappointed.  Of course star hotels offer the best facilities and service so I believe there is at least something to keep busy and excited. Having a massage for instance at the hotel’s Spa, or spoiling in a Sauna, a Jacuzzi or a Steam room! But don’t blame me if you come here and expect other than what I mentioned above!



Sunbathing is coming first in visitors’ agendas.  There is much excitement on the beaches, with a variety of water sports to choose from. I mentioned that on another entry as well, and families with children coming here should count on   visiting the aquarium in Paralimni and the Fun Parks in the area.



Local buses can drive you to Paralimni or Ayia Napa or even Larnaca for just a euro, so I also urge people coming here to visit the beautiful Church of Paralimni, as well as the Ancient Monastery of Ayia Napa, and then have a stroll towards the small port and marina with the many fish taverns and bars. These buses pass every 20 minutes and they have become tourists’ best friends! There are so many buses passing by that you can move here and there with very little avoiding spending money on taxi rides.



Cypriots are very fond of Protaras and you will see many coming in August when they have their holidays. The resort is favored byBritish and Germans as well as Russians, and of course other nationalities but the first three I mentioned is the majority. For me the best months to come here is the end of May, September and October.



Although Protaras is billed as a predominantly 'family-oriented’ destination, it is also a resort that knows well how to party. Of course if you are hoping for a sound night’s sleep it is essential to check that the hotel you have booked is not next door to one of the many bars or clubs. Otherwise this might spoil your holidays and tempers can quickly get frayed. Don’t miss visiting the Aquamania Water Park which is located next to the Anastasia Beach Hotel with the 7 waterslides to ride, and a lazy river to relax. I trust it will be a fun filled day for the whole family!!!





Now, see the photos I have taken and who knows, there might be a possibility of you visiting Protaras soon and really have the chance to swim here.

Personally if I have my flippers along and snorkel I love rocky beaches, but I just as well love swimming in open stretches of sandy beaches like the Fig tree bay. In a couple of photos I posted in my previous entry I forgot to mention that the fig tree still exists. If not the old huge fig tree but there are smaller fig trees in that specific area, trees that come from the old fig tree! They are looked after by the Community in Paralimni. They have them watered and lopped.

NOTE:  The photos you see below show the southern coast of the Fig Tree Bay. 
           

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geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

Agh , lovely Protaras that little gem by a pristine clear blue sea .
I have had many holidays of every kind , and all over the world but Protaras is more than just a place to me . For me , Protaras is a state of mind : calm and tranquil . It is a state of heart : relaxed and contentedly happy .
Although , I have only been their the once I feel that my next visit will be like going home . There is something about this ancient island that calls to one in a very real way . If you are a northern European Celt as I am , be very wary of the intense sunshine . My skin is very white , yet after a week of appying sunfactor fifty everyday to my exposed skin I actually had a very brown tan .
Thank you Popi for another great post ......

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Thanks for the tips you add in my entry Geoffrey. I wish I were there now this minute....I long to the trip I will have again to Cyprus soon!
You see no matter what season you travel there, it is still interesting and always very different from the previous. Thanks pal.

rossport
rossport on

again a wonderful Blog Popi and i agree with Geoff a beautiful place and yes like down under it is now important for the sunscreen we to are at 50+ and yes even tho i am brown most of the year i still burn and at my age grouping sadly a lot of us are now paying the penalty of years of sun worshipping and are being treated for skin cancers , Also Popi did they keep the Fig tree that the bay was named after, and here too most of out tourist areas are struggling in winter to get visitors but then on the other hand other locations struggle in the summer as they are too hot for the local tourist so it is only overseas visitors that come and get burnt in the outback

geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

Hi mate , you aussies are having it rough at the moment : droughts and the like . How do you fellas cope with all the world`s most venomous snakes and killer spiders , rock fish , crocs , and jelly fish . I would never let my eyes leave the ground it I ever get the chance to visit your great country .

rossport
rossport on

g'day Geoff , and no it is the flooding rains now sadly but when it is dry it is dry when it is wet it is wet and more people are killed by hippo's then any of our pets, they are there in fact i have a couple of red-back spiders under my window sills at the moment they don't worry u an u don't worry about them unless u disturb them, and the sharks only take people that dress as seals and the crocs are opportunists they wait for you to come to the same spot over a 3 day period then they say ok meal time.

geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

Hi Digger ,
From my own limited contact with wild creatures I agree with you . If you respect them and their young , keep off their patch , and don`t go looking for trouble then trouble won`t come looking for you .
The only time I feared for my life was in the Army years age in a jungle in Berliez in South America during rookie training . A thirty foot python wanted me in my sleeping bag , for its evening meal .
Luckily my two mates got the bugger off me . Moral of the story : no matter what never sleep on the floor in the jungle , no matter how tired you are .
Luckily I lived to tell the tale , and to learn .

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Hi pals, I just got on the net with my morning cup of coffee and it is nice seeing you chatting under my entry...and suddenly I hear of spiders, hippos, and everything.In Cyprus we used to find huge black hairy spiders in gardens and it was so scary when one of them got indoors. If they bite they can cause death. It is Monday morning here, so I wish you all a Happy New Week, or how we say it in Greek....Kali Vdomada!!!

mmbcross
mmbcross on

Funnily enough, the high season in Miami is winter. Our average winter temperature is 25C. Summer is hot and humid, with a chance encounter with a hurricane. Too much sun, Rossport? Me too. Keeping the dermatologists in business. Indeed had we known back then what we know now we might have protected ourselve a little more.

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

The 25 Centigrade(I thought you had F there...but probably you have made the calculation Martin reminds me of the winter of Kenya. lol
The people were trembling with 23 degrees, and if you remember I had an entry from my mission trip in Kenya where the driver put the water next to the radiator to heat it and later he drank that water because he was feeling cold!!
At this moment we have 19 degrees outside, it is partly cloudy, but I am not in the mood of running to the beach becaus of the economic crisis and the problems here. Each single person is sad here these days....I think the EU is playing us badly. We are lucky that at least we STILL have our beautiful climate and the beauty of the country. But we have fallen in the huge trap at this moment and we can do nothing to get out I guess!

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