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Protaras - Cyprus

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Protaras - Cyprus

Protaras is a lively town that stretches along the famous Fig Tree Bay. With consistent growth during the last three decades it has emerged as an alternative resort to the abandoned Famagusta city since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Fig Tree Bay is one of the best beaches of the area where you can enjoy bathing in the calm clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For the more adventurous, there are also a variety of watersports provided at the beach. After the beach, the town of Protaras itself has much to offer. With a large variety of shops, picturesque houses and a relaxing seaside pedestrian route stretching for as long as 15 km, you can enjoy some delightful walks in the area. Hundreds of watermills situated in the area provide a special picturesque image are at the same time a testimony of the way the land was used in the last fifty years. Protaras has become one of the main tourist attraction locations in the South East Coast and in the whole of Cyprus. The Church of Ayios Ilias that lies on the outskirts of Protaras is a small attractive stone church set atop a rocky crag. It is well worth a climb to the top, as from there is a panoramic view of Protaras and the surrounding countryside. Protaras has a main shopping and entertainment strip which stretches alongside the main strip of beachfront hotel resorts. The town of Protaras is tamer and more family orientated than the party town of Ayia Napa, which is only a short 8 km away. Cape Greco also known as Cavo Greco is a headland in the southeasten part of the island of Cyprus, and a 10 minute drive from Protaras. It is at the southern end of Famagusta Bay. It lies between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras, both of which are popular tourist resorts. It is frequently visited by many tourists for its natural beauty, and is a protected nature park. To visit Protaras and its surrounding towns car hire is essential. Cyprus has a well developed network of roads, making driving in Cyprus very easy with all the road signs being in English, and driving on the left hand side. Avid car rental offers affordable and reliable vehicles to suit everyone’s needs. The currency of Cyprus used to be the Cyprus pound, CY£. As of 1st January 2008 this has been replaced by the Euro. With emphasis on fresh local ingredients, a pungent mix of herbs and spices and a light spattering of olive oil, Cypriot food is essentially Mediterranean. It is not surprising that home cooking is an important feature of everyday life, with recipes passed down through the generations. Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-September, and quite mild winters from November to mid-March. This makes it ideal to explore at any time of the year. Greek and Turkish are the main languages spoken by the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities respectively. English is widely spoken.