Visitors arrive at Larnaca International airport which lies 65 minutes west by road from Ayia Napa. Bus routes 3 and 4 run to Ayia Napa.
Protaras can easily be explored on foot but also has a fairly comprehensive local bus service, although the frequency of buses can vary. A handy local route runs from Ayia Napa to Paralimi via Protaras. Longer distance buses link the resort to Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia.
Hire cars are the best way to explore the holiday island. Taxis are readily available.
Protaras accommodation — rooms and hotels
Protaras has developed rapidly in the last few years and now the whole area of Paralimni Municipality is more often referred to as Protaras and stretches from Kapparis, in the north, to Konnos in the south.
Other areas along the coast such as Ayia Triada, Vrysoythkia and Pernera have been similarly swallowed up by Protaras. Accommodation is almost wholly large tourist hotels and apartments designed and built for the package holiday trade. Those looking for more traditional Cypriot accommdation in small hotels and studios will find most around Paralimni.
Protaras restaurants — eating out
The restaurants in Protaras are firmly pitched at the tourist market with anything on the menu — from Thai, Italian, British, Indian, American and even the odd Cypriot dish of fresh seafood. Most restaurants have outdoor dining terraces and many overlook the beach and the sea. Those who prefer more traditional meals will head for Paralimni where there are many good tavernas offering local food.
Protaras has a wealth of bars and clubs to keep the resort buzzing into the early hours, with ever more opening as the main season gets under way. For a seriously wild night out, however, many head for nearby Ayia Napa which has an international reputation for clubbing.
There are several cash machines in Protaras — most of the main banks on the strip has an ATM. There are three cash machines in Pernera which is about 2km from Protaras resort centre.
Police Famagusta: 23 803 030
The Cyprus country code is 357 so to dial Cyprus from the UK it's
UK dial out 00 + 357 +area code + local number
Cyprus area codes are:
|22 Nicosia||23 Famagusta||24 Larnaca|
|25 Limassol||25 Platres||26 Paphos|
Ayia Napa local numbers (23):
There is a range of Cyprus-wide hotline numbers to get help or report stuff .
|Emergency: 112||Police Hotline: 1460||British Police: 1443|
|Hospitals: 1400||Forest Fires: 1407||Narcotics Helpline: 1410|
|Drug Unit: 1498||Domestic Violence: 1440||Night Chemists:1403|
|Larnaca: 24 630300||Limassol: 25 330333||Nicosia: 22 451111|
|Paralimni: 23 821211||Paphos: 26 240111||*Emergency aid is free|
|Larnaca: 24 643000||Paphos: 26 422833|
Cyprus Tourism Organization
|Ayia Napa: 23 721100||Nicosia: 22 37715|
Cyprus Hotel Association
|Ayia Napa: 23 721275||Nicosia: 22 445251|