Sights of Protaras
If you intend to relax in Cyprus, be sure to check out the town of Protaras in the southeast of the island near Ayia Napa. It stretches 10 km along the coast from Cape Greco to a place called Kapparis. Built specifically for tourists, the resort is replete with interesting places and activities for people of all ages.
Ocean Aquarium is located near the city center. The huge complex is home to more than 300 species of representatives of ichthyofauna with a total number of more than 1000 individuals. Here you can find exotic fish from the Great Barrier Reef, sharks, stingrays, piranhas, moray eels, aravana, which has not changed since prehistoric times, and other bizarre inhabitants of the oceanic depths from all over the world.
At the exit of the aquarium is a cozy park. On its territory there is a mini zoo, which contains raccoons, turtles, ducks, colorful parrots, crocodiles and even penguins from Antarctica.
The complex has a small cafe and souvenir shops.
High season (April to October)
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
Low season (November to March)
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 – 16:00.
Monday is the day off.
Admission: for adults – 15 €, children under 12 years old – 7 €, children under 2 years old – free of charge.
How to get there
By bus number 101, 102, 111, 703, 706, going towards Paralimni. The fare for adults is about 2 €, children are free. Buses in Cyprus rarely run, it is worth knowing the public transport timetable in advance.
There is free parking for guests of the complex.
WIND MILLS VALLEY
This unusual place is located near Cape Cavo Greco, next to the village of Paralimni. The valley of the mills is also known as the “Red Lands”. This is a huge area where fruits, vegetables and berries are grown, which require constant watering. Initially, the system of windmills was designed to provide an uninterrupted flow of water to gardens and vegetable gardens. Later, the valley became a tourist attraction, and its agricultural role receded into the background.
How to get there
An unusual attraction is within walking distance of hotels.
This natural attraction, also known as Fig Tree Bay, is in every guide. According to legend, a giant fig (fig) tree once grew on the beach. Once it got old and fell. Cypriots did not grieve for a long time, and plant a real fig garden along the coastline.
The bay attracts tourists with pristine nature, picturesque landscapes, clean sand and the crystal sea. Diving enthusiasts love to be here. Transparent water not only allows observing exotic inhabitants of the depths, but also visiting a chain of underwater caves in the northern part of the bay. Those who are not ready to make serious dives can take a walk with fins and a mask through the coral forest in the vicinity of one of the beaches.
Opposite the bay lies a small sandy island that protects the coast from strong waves and winds. The shallow bottom and clear water make the bay ideal for families with children. Near the bay there are other famous beaches of Protaras.
The bay is beautiful at any time of the year, especially in the spring, when the rocks are covered with flowers and wild herbs. The multi-colored sea sways with the wind, filling the air with subtle aromas.
The infrastructure is well developed. The beach has umbrellas, sun loungers, toilets, changing cabins. Local authorities maintain perfect cleanliness and order.
Vacationers have a huge choice of entertainment: boat, catamarans, surfboards, banana and jet ski rides are available. There are several well-equipped volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. An excellent playground has been built for children.
Numerous restaurants, bars and cafes invite tourists to refresh themselves and rejuvenate after water activities and sports. The menu offers dishes of local and European cuisines.
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF PROTARAS
Cultural events are an important component of the rest of a civilized person. The Protaras Historical Museum is ideally suited as a source of new knowledge. Both children and adults will like it here. The exposition is divided into 2 parts.
The first hall presents exhibits telling about the life of the ancient Cypriots. Of particular interest are fragments of frescoes and mosaics that adorned the homes of wealthy people, statues, household items, jewelry, tools. All these artifacts were found by archaeologists in the surrounding villages.
The second room, which tells about the modern life of the island, is much richer. There are several exhibitions at once, representing exhibits of the 18-19th centuries. There is a collection of dolls and children’s toys, pottery, clothes, but the most interesting visitors are ancient vehicles – carriages, carts, cars. The oldest specimen dates from the 9th century. AD
How to get there
The museum is located in the very center of the resort. It can be reached on foot.