The eastern coast of Cyprus is renowned for its fantastic assortment of beaches considered by many to be the best on the entire island.
From the famous and popular Fig Tree Bay to the more secluded stretches at Cape Greco and Pernera, the Protaras region is lined by glorious beaches, many of which have been awarded Blue Flag status for their outstanding water quality and public facilities.
Fig Tree Bay
The most popular beach in Protaras, Fig Tree Bay takes its name from a solitary fig tree that stands a small distance from the beach. According to local legend, the tree arrived with eastern invaders in the 17th century and has patrolled the coastline ever since.
Protaras’ expansion as a tourist centre owes much to the beauty of Fig Tree Bay. Drawn to the area by this picturesque coastline, developers lined the bay with hotels, bars and restaurants for the bourgeoning tourist population to enjoy.
The beach itself is lovely if not a little crowded at the height of the summer season; its fine-grained white sand yielding to deep blue waters that are both shallow and clear.
Just a few hundred metres from the beach sits a small rocky island that adventurous swimmers can reach and explore. The bay also hosts a variety of water sports - surfing, waterskiing, paragliding etc - and is serviced by a lifeguard between the hours of 10am-6pm.
An ideal place to avoid the summer crowds, Green Bay beach is located to the south of Protaras beach.
While the bay has few facilities save for the obligatory sun loungers and parasols available to hire, it is as good a spot as any for a leisurely swim. The small sandstone platforms to the south of the beach also provide a nice setting for a picnic.
Green Bay is not as well signposted as some of the other beaches in the area making it slightly difficult to locate. For those journeying to Protaras from Ayia Napa, it is worth noting that Green Bay is the first beach you will encounter en route.
The last of the beaches north of Protaras, Kapparis beach has fine golden sands and shallow blue waters. Secluded and unspoilt, the beach has basic facilities but is extremely popular with locals happy to bypass the busier tourist beaches further south.
A secluded little beach at the foot of a rocky climb, Konnos Beach is located around 2km north of Cape Greco.
Awarded a prestigious Blue Flag for its undoubted quality, Konnos is amongst Cyprus’ most picturesque beaches with fine golden sands and beautifully clear turquoise waters. Lined by steep hills, the beach is sheltered from heavy winds, keeping the water practically wave-free and easily swimmable.
The facilities at Konnos are good with toilets, changing rooms and showers all available. Sun loungers and parasols are also available to rent.
For the more active, a variety of water sports can be enjoyed, with paragliding, waterskiing, motor boating and jet skiing amongst the possibilities. The beach is also patrolled by a lifeguard from 10am-6pm.
Close to the resort of Pernera, Louma is a popular sandy beach just north of the main Protaras strip.
Protected by a manmade bay, the sand here is soft and fine: a pleasure to stroll along barefooted.
As one of the district’s many Blue Flag accredited beaches, the water here is unsurprisingly clean and shelves calmly on to the sands. To the north, a cluster of trees provide shelter from the sun: an ideal place to sit back and gaze across the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
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.
Louma also provides disabled access, public toilets and is patrolled by lifeguards from 9am-6pm between the months of April to October.
Pernera P 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.
Lifeguards patrol the beach between 10am and 6pm during the tourist season.
Amongst the busiest beaches in Protaras, the eponymous Protaras beach has a long strip of fine golden sand and shallow waters for snorkelling.
Awarded a Blue Flag accreditation for its cleanliness and water quality, the beach is a short distance from the resort centre and easily accessible on foot.
In addition to the various water sports on offer, boat trips exploring the Famagusta coastline can be taken from the beaches jetties. For the less adventurous, sun beds and parasols are available for hire.
The beach is patrolled by lifeguards between the hours of 9am-6.30am, has disabled access and toilet facilities on site.
A thin stretch of sand just off the road between Ayia Napa and Protaras, Sirena Bay is a tiny secluded cove that has little in the way of facilities save for a tree covered bar and restaurant. From here you can take a break from sunbathing and enjoy splendid views across the sea while dining on traditional Cypriot cuisine.