15 Best Things to Do in Protaras (Cyprus)

Protaras is Ayia Napa’s laid-back neighbour: It’s a resort for those who want those sublime beaches on the southeast coast of Cyprus without the thumping nightlife.

And when it comes to sun and sand you’ll be spoiled rotten, as white sandy bays and hidden coves make up the entire coastline here, only interspersed by rocky headlands that make for superb walks.

The warm, aquamarine seas off the coast are a dream for water sports and on land you can get in the car to track down any number of historic sites and family attractions in the vicinity.

1. Church of St. Elias

Church of St. Elias

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Church of St. Elias

Moments from the centre of Protaras is this church that you can spot from miles around.

Built in the 80s, St. Elias roosts atop a 100-metre hill that you can scale via a 150-step stairway. It’s not a challenge to take lightly, especially in the summertime, but once you get to the top you’ll know what the fuss is about.

The vistas are dreamlike and extend over the town and out to the sea beyond. Take a moment in the garden up here to look at the trees of remembrance, onto which locals tie ribbons to remember loved ones.

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Church of St. Elias