Maps of Protaras
Protaras, located in the south east of Cyprus, is the second largest resort in the Famagusta area and thanks to major regeneration it has gone from an area of scrub and wasteland to what it is today - a hugely popular tourist resort.
Protaras is home to many beautiful beaches and historical sites. Known to the locals as Nissi, the numerous tiny islands off the coast of Protaras have been found to house several important artefacts. Excavations have unearthed lots of remains of houses, pottery, stone implements and tools, and natural resources such as deer horns. The settlement is thought to be Neolithic.
Another historic site in Protaras worth a visit is The Church of Profitis Ilias. Carved into a limestone outcrop, the exterior of the church was in need of refurbishment, which was done in the 1980s. It now sits in the foundations of the original church, which had been lying in ruins. The church contains tiny 'iconostasis' depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The church is well worth the visit even if all you do is just admire the magnificent view from the top of the outcrop.
The coastline of Protaras really is beautiful, lined with numerous geographical features such as sea caves, arches, stacks, jagged cliffs, bays and small isles, they all add to the quirkiness and charm of Protaras. The most well known beach here is Fig Tree Bay, named so because of the fig tree that was thought to be brought over by invaders in the 17th Century.