Top ChoiceBeach in Protaras

Fig Tree Bay

The most popular, and best, of Protaras' sandy strips, Fig Tree Bay lies at the southern end of the Protaras seaside promenade. It has a small sand island just off the coast, which is great for snorkelling, with...

Top ChoiceMediterranean in Pernera

La Cultura del Gusto

This fashionable and highly popular restaurant is known for its steaks and a menu that's more innovative than others in the area. Dishes such as monkfish served with a spicy mango sauce and organic Black Angus...

National Park in Ammochostos Region

Cape Greco

This national park has sweeping views of the sea and coast, and is excellent for leisurely day hikes and cycling. Although much of the park is accessible by road, there are also 14km of nature trails rimmed by...

Beach in Ammochostos Region

Konnos Beach

This little swath of sheltered sand, bordered by a high cliff behind, is one of the nicest beaches in the area. There's an excellent cafe-bar on the hill bordering the sand where you can lunch with great views of...

Museum in Paralimni

Traditional House

Although small, this local folk museum is well worth a stop if you're passing through Paralimni – if only for the exceptional enthusiasm of host Andreas, who guides visitors through the rooms, explaining the uses...

Cypriot in Ammochostos Region

Mousikos Tavern

This stone-cut house built in the 1930s, and its large outdoor courtyard, gets chock-a-block with diners on summer evenings. The meze (minimum two people) is what you're here for, and as well as the usual parade...

Church in Paralimni

Agios Georgios

Paralimni's town square is dominated by two churches both, dedicated to St George. The older church (tucked behind the modern church) was built in the 19th century and is home to a large, beautiful fresco of St...

International in Pernera

Blue Spice

A vast menu that covers all the bases, from jacket potatoes to grilled seafood platters and kebabs, along with one of the best vegetarian dish selections we've seen in all our Cypriot travels. There's also a...

Cypriot in Protaras

Nicolas Tavern

Well-priced, consistently good Cypriot favourites, with friendly service to boot. Kleftiko (oven-baked lamb) is the speciality, but Nicolas is also good for afelia (pork cooked in red wine) and tava (lamb and...

Cafe in Ammochostos Region

Konnos Bay Bar

A great place to chill out after walking in Cape Greco National Park or following a long day at the beach. This cafe-bar has snaffled prime position on the hill above Konnos Beach, shaded by pine trees and...

Cafe in Paralimni

Senso Cafe

There's a reason this cafe-bar is always full of young locals: this may just be the best coffee in the area. With a prime view of the main square and plenty of people-watching appeal, Senso is a relaxed place for...

Beach in Pernera

Louma Beach

A small, curving strip of beach that drops away gently and is protected by an artificial bay. The sand is fine and the water clear. Sunbathing comes with a rather picturesque view of the blue-and-white, domed...

Greek in Protaras

Kyklos Restaurant

Offers authentic and flavourful Mediterranean dishes. The stand-out item is the lamb souvla (large chunks of meat cooked on long skewers over a charcoal barbecue) tenderised with garlic and lemon. It’s located at...

Church in Protaras

Agios Elias

Rebuilt in 1980, this church is situated on a rocky peak just off the Protaras–Pernera road. A long set of stairs leads to the top, where you can enjoy magnificent views of Protaras and the bay. Follow the signs...

Cafe in Paralimni

Express Coffee

This small family-run place on the edge of the main square rustles up a mighty fine piece of cake and some good sandwiches, accompanied with chatty, friendly service.

Beach in Pernera


Tiny Pernera beach is a curvy sliver of good, soft sand with shallow waters and a beach restaurant. It’s highly popular with families.

Beach in Pernera

Agia Triada

This cute little beach with low water levels and coarse sand is an excellent boat-launching site.

Beach in Pernera


An isolated cove encircled by a cliff, with hard-packed sand and rocks. Ideal for snorkelling.

Museum in Deryneia

Famagusta Cultural Centre

This centre is a sober reminder of the island’s ongoing separation. It has an audio-visual presentation about Famagusta, but the real reason to visit is for the panoramic views (binoculars provided) across the...

Beach in Protaras

Protaras Beach

The patches of golden sand that stretch north from Fig Tree Bay up to the pier are collectively known as Protaras Beach, Vrisi Beach or Sunshine Beach (just to confuse things). Water-sports kiosks and cafes are...