Flights to Protaras
Protaras is a lively resort town situated on the south east coast of Cyprus. Over the last 3 decades Protaras has grown to the sizeable resort town it is today, and offers some great beaches, great weather, lively nightlife and a splash of culture.
Flights to Protaras come to the Larnaca International Airport (airport code: LCA), and you will usually get a 1-stop flight with several major airlines. Most flights to Protaras from Johannesburg are around 18 hours long though some are longer than 25. A flight with Lufthansa will go via Munich, and British Airways makes their connection in London. Virgin Atlantic and British Midland also have a connection in London, while a flight to Protaras with South African Airways and Egyptair will transfer in Cairo.
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The Tourist Attractions of Protaras:
Though Protaras has really grown in recent years don’t let this put you off. It is still smaller and quieter than the nearby resort town of Ayia Napa which is really well known for its nightlife and club scene and accordingly attracts the young crowd. Protaras is lively but has not yet reached the heights of Ayia Napa and hence will appeal more to families and couples looking for a slightly more laid back holiday.
Fig Tree Bay
Protaras, and indeed the whole coast of Cyprus, has some lovely beaches, and of these Fig Tree Bay is one of the best. Even the name makes this sound like a wonderful and relaxing place to spend some time, and when you get here the clear blue waters and soft sand beach will make you want to stay all day! There are umbrellas and sunbeds available and a coffee bar provides drinks and food.
If you enjoy great scenery there is plenty of it in the Protaras area. Cape Greco is a well known headland that is situated about 10 minutes from Protaras between the town and the neighbouring Ayia Napa. It’s a scenic, beautiful place that has been protected as a nature park and offers great views out to the Mediterranean. Most sights of the Ayia Napa sea monster occur just off Cape Greco, but don’t worry, it’s a friendly monster!
Church of Ayios Ilias
Set on top of a hill overlooking Protaras is one of the local landmarks, the Church of Ayios Ilias. There are about 300 steps to climb to get up to the church, but the climb is worth it for the beautiful views you can enjoy from the top. You can see a panorama over Protaras itself and the surrounding countryside, while the small church itself is pretty and usually open for you to wander inside.
When Should You Visit?:
The warm Mediterranean climate of Protaras makes this somewhere you could visit throughout the year, but summers are definitely the most popular time. July and August can be too hot for some, with average highs around 33C. It’s warm enough for swimming and sunbathing from May through October though, so you could come in the autumn. For sightseeing, temperatures are lovely over the winter though this is the rainy season; the average high in January is 16C.