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Unique beaches with clear blue waters, religious and historical sites, & nbsp; magnificent gastronomic proposals & nbsp;
Undoubtedly, Protaras and consequently the area of Paralimni are one of the most popular areas that combine a natural beauty and a sense of incomparable elegance.
Starting north of the enchanting beaches of Kappari and ending south in the state forest of Cape Greco, the area of Paralimni has to offer countless options to even the most demanding visitors.
As much as one can describe the world famous beaches of Protaras, nothing can compare to the unique experience of a swim in the clear blue waters of Fig Tree Bay, Vrisi beach or Konnos. In fact, the latter is perhaps one of the few beaches on the island that combine the unique element of the untouched state forest of Cape Greco which ends up in the blond sand of this picturesque beach.
However, when one mentions Protaras, one can not forget to mention the famous beach of Fig Tree Bay, which according to the Trip Advisor guide is among the 25 best beaches in Europe for 2022. With its clear, shallow waters and its fine, golden sand is especially popular with locals and foreign tourists, while the islet that is a short distance from the coast contributes to the idyllic landscape and is at the same time a point of exploration for young and old.
It is worth mentioning that the beach got its name from the fig tree at the back of the beach, which was brought with them by the conquerors from the east in the 17th century. The rocky islet that is located a short distance from the coast contributes to the idyllic landscape and is at the same time a point of exploration for young and old.
Next to Fig Tree Bay beach, is the largest beach of Protaras with a length of one kilometer. Vrisi beach, although many know it by the names of nearby hotels, is one of the few beaches in Cyprus that provide full accessibility for people with disabilities. Specifically, it provides & nbsp; parking spaces with spaces for the disabled, ramps both to the beach and to the entrance to the water, the innovative autonomous sea access system for the disabled (Seatrack), a wheelchair and toilets for the disabled. This beach along with ten other beaches of Protaras as well as seven beaches of the Municipality of Syros – Ermoupolis, Greece, have been included in the co-financed program “Hermes 2, Tourism Without Barriers for All”. The program was co-financed by the European Union and national resources of Greece and Cyprus with the main beneficiary the Cyprus Paraplegics Organization and Beneficiaries the Municipality of Paralimni and the Municipality of Syros – Ermoupolis with the aim of creating an accessibility guide for people with mobility problems and installation on beaches. show a strong tourist traffic of special access infrastructures for people with mobility problems. You can find the eleven accessible beaches of the Municipality of Paralimni as well as the useful accessibility guide on the website pamepantou.eu.
In 2021 the Municipality of Paralimni managed to win twelve Blue Flags which demonstrate the quality of bathing water, environmental education and information, as well as the safety and proper management of beaches, while in 2022 a total of eighteen flags are expected to be awarded, proving Paralimni that emphasizes both the safety of bathers and the quality of services offered as well as the sustainable development of tourism.
Among the beaches where the Blue Flag is waving, are the now well-known beaches of Kapparis, such as the homonymous beach and Skpoutarospilioi beach. Of course, the beach of Agia Triada stands out, where the homonymous chapel is located as well as the small fishing shelter. In fact, this is the first beach without plastic, a title which was awarded in 2021 by the Ministry of Tourism and the project “Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free” in collaboration with the Municipality of Paralimni. A water cooler was installed on the beach, offering free, icy and filtered water to all visitors to the beach, a smoking area, as cigarette butts are the first waste collected from the beaches worldwide as well as information signs in prominent places on the beach. guiding visitors how to actively contribute to the solution rather than the problem in simple steps. The “Kalypso” turtle was also installed, a work inspired by the artist Vangelis Evangelou and created from plastic waste collected from beach and seabed cleaning campaigns encouraging the disposal and recycling of disposable plastics.
>Of course, the beaches of Luma, Pernera and Potami, in the area of Pernera of Protaras, also stand out, which stand out for the purity of their waters, the fine sand, as well as for the dozens of adjacent options that the visitor has to choose for dining and entertainment. .
Among the beaches worth discovering are Vyzakia and Lombardi as well as the enchanting area Nissia which is famous by locals and foreign visitors as a diving spot. Speaking of diving, one can not fail to mention the well-known artificial reef that has been created after the sinking of the shipwreck Nemesis off Vrysoudia beach.
< Speaking of sights in the wider area of Paralimni, one can not miss the famous, now, chapel of Agioi Saranda. You will find it in the area of "Fanos" and it is a chapel which is located in a cave, with a stone dome at the top and nuggets of paintings that date back to the 12th century.
Among the chapels worth discovering is Panagiotissa, which is built on the hills of Protaras. In fact, recently, as the church was being renovated, antiquities of the Hellenistic period came to light referring to the last king of Salamis, Nicocreon, and the reign of Emperor Heraclitus, as well as the foundations of an ancient basilica dating back to the 6th century AD. It is worth mentioning that behind the window of the sanctuary, the bones of Father Zacharias were found, who, according to tradition, was martyred by the Ottomans at the end of the 17th century.
Particularly important for the history of Paralimni and the port of Lefkolla which was recorded by Strabo and in which a large number of tombs, members of statues and inscriptions invoking Apollo have been found. The name of Lefkolla has been associated with a crucial naval battle of 306 BC, during which the hundreds of ships that participated sank in the area. Recently, in the area, a great discovery was made, of a wreck of & nbsp; Roman times, with a load of commercial amphorae, most likely from Syria and Cilicia.
Among the well-known sights of Protaras, and the famous Cyclops Cave, a natural cave between rocks, near Konnos beach, where there are signs of life dating back to the pre-Neolithic era.
The name of the cave comes from the mythology, which states that the cave was inhabited by a family of cyclops who sank on the island after a storm. The area is also a great diving spot, while many believe that perhaps once near the spot there was built the sanctuary of Extreme Aphrodite which was recorded during his tours by the Greek geographer, philosopher and historian Strabo.
What to discover
The only sure thing is that a visitor to Paralimni, as well as to the tourist areas of Kappari, Pernera and Protaras, will always have something new to discover, whether it is a well-known or a hidden beach, a traditional tavern in the center. of Paralimni or a famous fish tavern by the sea, a luxury hotel with all amenities or a picturesque accommodation overlooking the sea, a diving discovery in the crystal clear waters of Protaras or a trekking in the forest at Konnos and Fanos, a visit to the chapel of Profitis Ilias or a relaxing walk in Protaras square. In fact, the Municipality of Paralimni takes care to make these discoveries even easier and more accessible, since the large project of reconstruction of Kappari Avenue is being completed slowly, the three phases of the coastal sidewalk that today connects the fishing shelter of Agios Nikolaos with Fig Tree Bay beach, while soon it will be a single coastal pedestrian street that will start from Agia Triada and will end up at Konnos beach and will be connected, consequently, with the urban center of Paralimni.
< At the same time, there is no lack of large investments in the region, as the large-scale development project of Marina Paralimni is in full swing and its cost will amount to 110 million euros and is expected to bring multiple benefits to the Cypriot economy in general. It is worth mentioning that the Municipality of Paralimni prepares in collaboration with the Youth of Paralimni a rich program of artistic and cultural events during the summer with those that stand out are the Summer Film Festival, the MoonWalk, the big concert on Sunday of the Flood and other events.