Famagusta Coastal Resorts
The coastal region of Famagusta used to be one of the most popular seaside tourist destinations in Cyprus, before Turkish invasion in 1974. The district is now divided into the Greek controlled southern part, while the northern part is still occupied by Turkish forces. The Greek controlled area includes the towns and villages of Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Protaras and Ayia Thekla. The white sandy beaches and the crystal clear waters of these areas have been awarded Blue Flags for their quality and cleanliness. The area also includes Cape Greco which is a beautiful national park that is well worth visiting.
Ayia Napa has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cyprus. Ayia Napa used to be a small fishing village and was only declared a municipality in 1994. Today it is known as a cosmopolitan seaside resort, worldwide. Located on the eastern coast of Cyprus, Ayia Napa is a town built around the Ayia Napa Monastery which is situated in the middle of the main square. This unique structure is testament to the presence of Christianity during the Byzantine years in the 11th century. The monastery was completed in the 15th century and stands today as a prominent landmark in the area. The monastery is built around a cave and has a new and old church which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There are many places of interest to visit in Ayia Napa, the picturesque harbour, the municipal museum, the Makronissos archaeological tombs and the Sculpture Park being some of the most important. You will also discover the golden beaches which provide all types of water sports and be able to take cruises along the coast to marvel at the sea caves and amazing coastline. Explore the natural beauty of Cape Greco through numerous biking and hiking trails and admire the wildflowers and scenic beauty. Ayia Napa has a lot to offer locals and tourists with a variety of restaurants and tavernas that specialize in fresh fish meze. At the end pf 2016 the foundation stone of the Ayia Napa Marina was laid. This is one of the largest private project currently being built in Cyprus. The cost of this marina is estimated to be over €220 million and it is expected to be completed in 2021. This is expected to include luxury homes and a first class marina with private berths which will provide sea access to this world class holiday resort. Another point of interest in Ayia Napa is the Waterworld themed waterpark. This is one of the biggest themed waterparks in Europe with over 25 rides and attractions.
Protaras - Paralimni
Protaras is an area just 12 kilometers from Ayia Napa and is situated on the southeastern side of Cyprus. The main town of the area is Paralimni which combines the tranquility of a traditional village with the conveniences of a modern town. This seaside resort has hundreds of windmills and crystal clear waters along the coast, with most of the beaches being awarded Blue Flag status. One of the most renowned beaches is Fig Tree Bay which takes its name from the solitary fig tree that was planted by invaders in the 17th century. Recently discovered Hellenistic tombs are covered with glass and well worth visiting. There are two small harbors in this area, Ayia Triada and Ayios Nikolaos which offer beautiful scenery and tavernas were you can enjoy fresh fish. There are quite a few small chapels in this area, the most popular being the chapel of Profitis Elias which is situated 153 steps uphill and offers the most amazing views of the area. This Byzantine church was built in 1984 around an older ancient chapel and stands out as an amazing landmark in the heart of Protaras. Once you reach this chapel you will be able to see Famagusta and the Pentadaktylos mountains which are still part of the occupied areas of Cyprus. This area also offers luxury hotels, self-catering apartments and a variety of pubs and clubs. Cape Greco is also a short 1o minutes away for those who want to explore this amazing national park.
This area is a short drive from Larnaca town and Larnaca International Airport. Luxury villas with glorious sea views dot the coastline and are enjoyed by locals and foreigners who have decided to make Cyprus their home.