Protaras Useful Information
My Useful Tips on Protaras
Protaras has quite a few beaches that are all green flag with the best quality and safe non-tidal water; also it has a few secluded smaller bays.
Scuba diving can be found at the larger bays along with peddle boats, canoes, jet skies, excursions by boat, you can charter your own boat from my boat share.
Private fishing trips for tuna or other species can be found locally, along with the deep sea fishing.
Did you know that you might see Dolphins in Cyprus? One wet winters day I went out on a friends boat just 2 miles outside of Larnaca Marina. We were octopus fishing (I didn’t catch any) but we were circled by 3 Dolphins, which more than made up for my lack of catch, so it’s well worth taking a boat trip to see dolphin and other marine life around Protaras.
For land lovers there is an aquarium centre at the far end of Protaras near the Kapparis roundabout, which is inexpensive and great indoor entertainment for the family when the weather isn’t so good or too hot!
The Protaras Local night life is vast from relaxing in The Lounge Bar to taking in the live entertainment in The Barley Mow/Spenders Bar, Only Fools & Horses Bar, Blue Spice Bar and many more.
There are many local mini markets, but advice is to do your main shop at one of the larger supermarkets in Paralimni like Orphanides, Carrefour, Lidl (yes, Lidl has opened in Cyprus now and is extremely competitive), Kokkinos all within a five to ten minute drive, it will save you a lot of money. Also in Paralimni you will find Bakeries, doctors, private hospitals (holiday insurance advised)
A children’s water park and another new water park are located by the Anastasia Hotel, plus a small one on the beach to the hotel.
Restaurants from Culture De-Gusto to the Kebab house serving Local kebabs, Knights bar serves good food as does Mojito’s Bar, there are good quality local Cypriot cuisine serving good food at reasonable prices next to the Lounge Bar you can have a starter, main & a sweet for about ten Euro’s, local food El Greco, Wan Chai Chinese, Mik’s bar & restaurant.
Other useful Protaras info worth knowing is a kiosk or newsagents as we know them called Scooby’s name after the TV dog, an off license called Bootleggers where you could pick up a bottle of Grouse 1ltr whiskey for €8.95 Euro and many more local spirits from €4.60 Euro which is much cheaper than the Larnaca Airport or Paphos Airport Duty Free shops.
Free local magazines and Newsletter & Daxi (meaning OK) advertises most of the local events and has very informative articles about the local Protaras area.
Car hire can easily be found as is motor bike hire, scooter hire, buggy hire and bicycle hire you will often get cheaper car hire from the Local Protaras or Pernera strip than you will by booking the car hire online.
Recently opened is a new coastal walkway from Pernera to Protaras which only takes thirty minutes to walk, along the way enjoy the sea and have a drink or even something to eat as there are very good value places to dine, all of which have great views of the Mediterranean Sea. You can also walk to Kapparis along the coast but it is not decked or paved as the Pernera walk way.
Many tourist Gift shops can be found in Pernera selling the usual toot, fake Machino handbags to Cypriot delight (commonly known as Turkish delight). You can have a pedicure by fish where they nibble at the dead skin.
Snooker and pool can be found at the que club and watch all the premiership football live on huge screens as you can in most of the bars. Internet access is widely available free of charge in the bars if you have a drink.
A night club is situated opposite the Karma Hotel in Pernera. A gallery is at the Blue Spice Restaurant, local paintings & such like.
Taxis can be found all over, but beware they are artists of the trade of ripping the tourist off so wherever possible try local busses which run every 20 minutes whereby you can purchase a ticket that will last up to the last bus runs for 2 Euro’s and get off and on as many times as you like it and it runs from Paralimni to Ayia Napa. If you don’t fancy the bus and prefer a taxi ask the taxi driver for a price, then ask another and then ask them to put the meter on…you will be in for a great saving!
So no matter if you are staying in a hotel in Protaras CYPRUS or even a villa in Protaras, you can rest assured there is plenty to do and see for all the family.
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