The sea caves along the Protaras coastline are brilliant for those who like to explore. There are unique rock formations, arches and hidden coves to appreciate and photograph. While some can only be classed as small crevices, others are ample caverns that you can actually go into. There are also little islets just off the shoreline to admire and one in particular is big enough to serve as a retreat for those who prefer to avoid busier beaches, or who enjoy swimming in quiet waters. Snorkelling or scuba diving is a must for any water lovers, with the chance to see turtles whilst exploring the underwater world of the Mediterranean sea.
The coastal location of Protaras lends itself to various interesting day-time activities. Boat trips to Cape Greko, the south-easternmost point on the island, or Varosha, located in the Turkish part of Cyprus, are available daily during the summer months.
Cape Greko is a protected nature park and is for this reason a popular stop-point for boat trips, allowing passengers to dip in the turquoise waters to cool off. The town of Varosha is a regular destination for boat trips as it is deserted yet it’s houses, offices and shops are still fully furnished and equipped as if frozen in time. The town was evacuated in a hurry by its Cypriot citizens in 1974 due to the Turkish invasion and has been sealed off by the Turkish army ever since, hence its “ghost town” reputation.
Despite the sudden commercial development of Protaras, hiking is still a popular day-time activity at this resort as the rugged coastline towards Cape Greko remains mostly untouched. There are a couple of nature trails from Protaras which are worth undertaking. The longer trail of the two, is 8.5 kilometers long, taking approximately 3 hours to complete. The trail begins at the limestone chapel of Profitis Elias, which was rebuilt in the 1980s on the foundations of an ancient church. The chapel’s lofty location on the summit of an enormous rock, offers hikers breath-taking views of the entire town of Protaras. The trail then moves south along the coast ending at Konnos beach.
The second trail is 2.3 kilometres long, taking approximately 45 minutes to complete. The trail is circular and therefore begins and ends at the chapel of Agioi Anargyroi. Exotic plants are the most memorable feature of this trail, particularly the fragrant shrubs of Phoenician Juniper, which are commonly used as incense in the Mediterranean.