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Protaras beaches and Fig Tree Bay

Protaras more than outdoes Agia Napa in the range and quality of its beaches. At the far north of the town there’s the fishing shelter of Agia Triada (just past the aquarium), there’s bonny little harbour with a modern church, locals fishing off the rocks, and the ever-present Helen Snacks van providing sustenance. Just a couple of kilometres south, at Paralimni, a paved terrace overlooks a harbour full of fishing boats. There’s a taverna (with no name) with a terrace offering fine views of the harbour, and the photogenic church of Agios Nikolaos on the end of the promontory to the right. Beyond the church, palm trees sweep down to the sandy beach of Louma Bay and its clutch of hotels. Further south a number of other beaches have equally good sand and numerous hotels and restaurants – Pernera Bay, Potamos Bay, Vrissi Bay and, the jewel in Protaras’s crown, Fig Tree Bay, known for its beauty across the island. In some ways Fig Tree Bay (also known as Protaras Bay) is a victim of its own celebrity – the natural allure of its pellucid water, fine sand and, yes, even a few fig trees, has been tempered by wooden boardwalks, concrete steps, showers, and the roar of speedboats and jet-skis – but its setting is still hard to beat.