Regular followers will perhaps know that we have an apartment in the Cypriot village of Peyia, which is in the Western part of this wonderful island, near the popular holiday resort of Paphos – but with a weeks break to plan, we wanted to spend part of the time visiting somewhere new – and for this, we decided to head in an easterly direction from our arrival point of Larnaca Airport.
Checking the map, the first major town to be encountered would be the famous ‘clubbing’ venue of Ayia Napa – and whilst this may have had some appeal in my younger days, it certainly isn’t somewhere that features on my ‘must visit’ list today!
But further on from Ayia Napa is the resort town of Protaras, which promised ‘clear sky-blue waters and sandy beaches’, according to Wikipedia – it seemed ideal. We planned a 3 night stay at the newly opened ‘adult only’ Sunrise Jade Hotel, where we booked a ‘deluxe sea view Swim-up room’ – meaning that there was pool access directly outside our room, it sounded perfect and when we got to the room, we certainly weren’t disappointed. From our decking we had access to our own pool, 2 main hotel pools, and of course the stunningly blue Mediterranean Sea.
We found the hotel to be a great choice, but one particular aspect that really stood out was the mix of the guests; a real hotchpotch of age groups, that all seemed to get on really well – all adding to the charm of the place.
The rocky shoreline in front of the property offered some excellent tracks for walking, which is something I love to do, especially in the latter part of the day and of course with camera at the ready. The next few shots were taken on a couple of these early evening walks – everything within a few minutes from the hotel.
A few kilometres south of Protaras is Cape Greco National Forest, which includes a wonderful headland that we discovered almost by accident whilst driving around the area.
A focal point of the area is the tiny chapel, Agioi Anargyroi, which overlooks the sea; there can’t be many places of worship that have a more stunning vista. We noticed that the headland was popular with local fishermen, and that they visited the chapel prior to setting up their fishing gear, or heading out onto the waters.
In addition to our drive around Cape Greco, we also spent a day on an organised tour visiting the nearby town of Famagusta – which included the opportunity to cross the border into Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus, as the dividing line runs through the town. I’ll be publishing a separate write up about this trip in a forthcoming post.
Our short break in Protaras was definitely eventful, and passed quickly. As hotel check out time came, we packed up and drove westbound on more familiar roads, destined for Peyia. It had been a great few days, and hopefully we will get the chance to visit the area again.