Protaras is the tourist resort of Paralimni located in the South East of Cyprus within the Famugusta area -only one hour driving from Larnaca International Airport. Protaras is famous for sandy and golden beaches as well as for its night life. It is here within this poetic scene that one can still choose between lounging at any of the luxurious hotels with their tempting swimming pools or escaping to the quiet solitude of a lonely stretch of beach for that intimate picnic.
Historical tradition continues to bean important feature of the culture of Paralimni and its people whose typical Cypriot hospitality is very much in evidence here. Local residents still practice many of their age-old customs and are always eager to demonstrate some of the traditional farming techniques that have lasted for generations. The merry month of May blooms with all the excitement and pageantry of the much-celebrated flower festival known as the “Anthestiria”, a gala procession of brilliant, flower-decked floats climaxing with a spectacular flower show.
The festival of Kataklysmos (Whitsuntide or flood) marks the end of May with the customary songs, dances and playful water games on the beaches of Protaras. For several days in late June music, dance and theatrical performances from around the world thrive at the International Arts Festival as each day offers an exciting new program. For the elite tourist on beach holiday, Protaras has the distinction of offering a wide range of hotel accommodations from which to choose starting with the small, family oriented hotel up to the super luxurious hotel and hotel apt, complexes.