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POPULAR AREAS OF EASTERN CYPRUS
Ayia Napa – The resort town of Ayia Napa is now well known for its nightlife, and has been renowned for its long golden sandy beaches for many years. You can spend your days on the lovely Nissi beach or on one of many other lovely beaches, swimming in the crystal blue waters, sun bathing, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings and atmosphere.There are a good range of water sports available; again you will be spoilt for choice. This is a beautiful location with plenty of activities on offer. If you take a walk around the harbour area you will find some good fish restaurants well worth trying. Sitting in a bar next to the beach as the sun goes down drinking a brandy sour is also highly recommended.
Originally a small fishing village, this is now a major tourist centre. The interesting mediaeval monastery dedicated to out Lady of the Forests stands in the middle of the village, surrounded by a high wall. Its 16th century church is partially underground, cut into the rock. The hostel, west of the church, belongs to the World Council of Churches. The ancient sycamore tree, in front of the south gate, is believed to be 600 years old. The area around the monastery of Ayia Napa was not inhabited until 1790, thus beginning the village, which was named ‘Ayia Napa’ after the shrine. The small harbour is busy with fishing and tour boats heading for Cape Greco peninsula, and nearby occupied Famagusta. The town beach, Grecian Bay, is a gorgeous crescent of golden sand, with many watersports. Nissi Beach is a popular choice with families due to the excellent long fine sandy beaches – without doubt one of the best beach loations Europe, if not worldwide. Situated away from the nightlife of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is still within close proximity to a number of attractions including Waterworld waterpark. Many restaurants and bars are close by or if you fancy a night on the town, take a short taxi ride to Ayia Napa centre.
Ayia Thekla – The church of Ayia Thekla is one of the oldest spots in the area. The area is surrounded by natural beauty and flora and considered by many as ‘the place to live’. There is a small sandy beach looking out to the clear blue Mediterranean sea. Situated six kilometres west of Ayia Napa is the quieter area of Ayia Thekla. It has a small island across from the beach and is within walking distance from the main road taking you to Agia Napa. It has taken its name from a tiny old church in that area bearing the same name. It is an area with lots of high quality private villas, and if you are looking for complete seclusion and privacy, but within a short distance of Ayia Napa and Protaras, then Ayia Thekla is the place for your Cyprus Property.
Paralimni – With the Turkish military occupation of Famagusta in 1974, this small town of 6,000 inhabitants, is now the main administrative town of the district and is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing, modern towns in Cyprus. Here, you will find an abundance of modern shops, bars and Tavernas, all around the outskirts of the lovely central square. The twin aisled vaulted church of St. George is decorated with unusual 18th century porcelain plates. Parts of the church belong to the 13th century. Some other interesting churches can also be found in the area.
Protaras – The resort of Protaras is about 45 minutes east of Larnaca airport and has grown over the last 20 years, from a simple fishing village into a superb resort for holidaymakers. It is one of the most picturesque parts of the island of Cyprus.
With its blissful golden sandy beaches lapped by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean it is little wonder that Protaras is getting bigger all the time – more and more visitors are coming here every year. The most famous of all the beaches in Protaras are both Fig Tree Bay and next door Flamingo Bay. The resort itself spreads over 10 miles of coastline, most of it fringed by stunning bays and little idyllic coves.
Protaras is a modern, purpose-built resort, popular with watersports fans of all kinds, Watersports and scuba-diving being available all along the sands, although generally, the pace of life in Protaras is one of unbroken relaxation and tranquillity. Equally calm but growing is the nightlife. Restaurants offer international and local food and the few discos are also popular with locals.
There are plenty of bars, tavernas and choices of eateries around the area, with a vast choice of international cuisine. Why not explore the area around Protaras and nearby Paralimini, browse around the wonderful shops, visit a medieval monastery, churches in the surrounding villages, stop for a drink or meal at a local taverna before returning to your Villa or Apartment in Protaras, for your choice of evening entertainment or that simple al fresco dining at your own ‘home in the sun’.
This area is the main potato producing area of the Island of Cyprus, and is known as “Kokkinochoria” which means “red soil villages”. The villages of this area are equally known for their folk poets, who are regarded as the best on the island. The area is also renowned for the famous windmills all over the region in Protaras and Paralimni.
Cape Greko – Explore the rugged coast toward Cape Greko, with all its beautiful sandy coves, and experience the famed Cape Greko sunsets. Cape Greko (or Cavo Greko to locals), is a National Forest Park and occupies a huge area of outstanding natural beauty. The Cape’s nature trail is an experience not to be missed.
Fig Tree Bay – This beach is the most popular within Protaras Beach . The British christened it ‘Fig Tree Bay’ and the name was given after the single fig tree that stands back from the beach and is claimed to have been brought from the east in the 17th century. The beach has fine-grained sand, the sea is crystal clear and there are plenty of recreational facilities like water-skiing, paragliding, jet-skis and more.
Konnos Bay – A secluded little beach at the foot of a rocky climb, Konnos Beach is located around 2km north of Cape Greko. Konnos is amongst Cyprus’ most picturesque beaches with fine golden sands and beautifull crystal clear waters. For the more active, a variety of water sports can be enjoyed, with paragliding, waterskiing, motor boating and jet skiing.
Green Bay Beach – To avoid the crowds, visit this beach. The beach offers a good swimming spot and provides umbrellas and sunloungers to rent. An ideal place to avoid the summer crowds, Green Bay beach is located to the south of Protaras beach. Sun loungers and parasols available to hire, it isa great place for a leisurely swim.
Louma Beach – Close to the resort of Pernera, Louma is a popular sandy beach just north of the main Protaras strip. The beach has good facilities, with sun beds and parasols available to hire and a variety of water sports to try including banana boat rides, waterskiing and paragliding.
Pernera Beach – Surrounded by an assortment of restaurants and tavernas, Pernera P is a Blue Flag accredited beach located on the northern border of Protaras. Sun beds and parasols are available to hire and a variety of water sports can be enjoyed.
AYIA NAPA BEACHES
Macronissos Beach – Several small bays forms Macronissos Beach. The three bays stretch out in different directions and give very well l sheltered beach areas. This beach is the closest to Waterworld Waterpark, just outside Ayia Napa.
Landa Beach – A 300 meters long beach is found in between Macronissos beach and Nissi Bay – only 500 meters away from each beach. Fabulous little Bay, crystal clear water and very good cafe bars. Sunbeds and parasols for hire. No watersports.
Nissi Beach / Nissi Bay – Only three kilometers west of Ayia Napa. These closely connected twin beaches attract thousands of tourists every year. Nissi, which in Greek means a small island, gives a new dimension to the beauty of the landscape. The beaches are well sheltered and offer an abundance of watersports for every taste. There are also plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area. Plenty of watersports available.
Sandy Bay – Sandy Bay Beach is found 400 yards or so east of Nissi Bay. The beach is also fully protected from winds. Facilities for watersport are provided together with lots of restaurants and tavernas.
Limnara Beach – About four kilometres east of Agia Napa you will find Limnara Beach. Although it is small it is one of the loveliest beaches, and is well-protected from the wind.
Konnos Beach – This wonderful sandy strip of beach is situated two kilometres east of Ayia Napa on the road between Cape Greco and Protaras. It’s one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, well sheltered from the prevailing winds. You can try plenty of water sports, including water ski-iong, paragliding, hire a motorboat, or you can hire a jet ski.
Kermia – Situated two kilometers east of Agia Napa on the main road leading to the Cape Greco, Kermia Beach is located on the west side of Cape Greco. It is private and remote.