Welcome to Paralimni (Famagusta Region)!!!

Paralimni is situated at the south-east coastline of Cyprus, just in a few kilometers from the sea. After Famagusta had become a part of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, it appeared to be the center of the Greek part of the district.

The word «Paralimni» can be translated from Greek as «by the lake», and in fact the first settlement here was really built by the lake. Now, Paralimni is probably the fastest growing town in Cyprus!

Hundreds of windmills dot the landscape, and the area is famous for its beaches of crystal-clear waters and soft, powdery sands. The Natural Forest Park of Cape Gkreko – located southeast of Protaras – is especially beautiful with its coves, caves, rare flora and fauna and stunning views.

Paralimni is a main holiday area of the Ammochostos (Famagusta) region and incorporates the subdistrict of Protaras, which is a popular tourist resort, combining clean and equipped beaches for relaxing, historical landmarks, museums, restaurants, bars and cafes. Ayia Napa and the Cape Greco are easily accessible by car with only 10 minute driving from Paralimni.

Begin your exploring by considering the following list of attractions and things to do in Paralimni (Famagusta Region) and you will definitely enjoy your stay. Paralimni is a great town, all year round!!!

Paralimni Square, Paralimni

Paralimni square is one of the biggest square centers in Cyprus, that includes 3 churches, surrounded by shops and cafeterias. There are two St George’s Churches, where the old one was built in the times of Ottoman occupation, in the middle of the 19th century, and the new was finished in 1965. These two churches are located in the same square, along with the third one — the Church of Virgin Mary (that is sometimes referred to as the St Anna’s Church), that was built in the 13th century. Inside the church visitors can see old wall-paintings, and small porcelain dishes that were ingrained in the walls in the 18th century.

Church of Prophet Elias, Protaras

Prophet Elias Church is located on the hill in the center of Protaras, that may be reached through a 150-step stairway. The church was built in the 14th century in the place where prophet Elias once lived, according to the Holy Bible. The church was reconditioned in the 1980s.

The church is difficult to reach due to its location at the top of a hill. Still, once you get to the summit, you’ll understand why everyone is so excited. It’s certainly worth the effort because of the fantastic vistas. The views are breathtaking, spanning the entire town and out to the sea beyond. Take a look at the trees of remembrance in the garden up here, where locals tie ribbons to remember loved ones. The Church of Prophet Elias is really a sight to behold, especially in the evenings when its lights twinkle against the night sky.

Relax at Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

A trip to Protaras would not be complete without a pleasant day at the beach! Fig Tree Bay, is the most well known beach in Cyprus, offering soft, fine sand and mild, blue waves, with top-notch amenities and a stunning seaside location. You may relax by the beach and soak up some sun, or you can try your hand at fishing, snorkeling, boating, or other fascinating outdoor sports.

The waters are spectacular, as a tiny island divides the beach from the open sea around 50 meters away. This creates a large expanse of waist-high water so clear that every grain of sand on the seafloor can be seen.

Visit Cape Greco

If you prefer sightseeing and a little outdoor adventure, then Cape Greco is a must-see on your next visit to Protaras. Cape Greco is famous for its breathtaking views of nature and historical landmarks.

You can reach the cape by land or water, and both routes will put you close to its movie-like beauty. On foot, follow trails up to a viewpoint that offers views of the rest of the headland and the deep blue Mediterranean. You can hop between the hollow cavities chiseled out of the granite by sea currents from the water.

Boat Trip around Cape Greco

Marvel at the east coast of Cyprus on a panoramic boat ride around Protaras. Visit the caves of Cape Greco, admire the breathtaking Blue Lagoon, and enjoy the chance to swim with sea turtles. Some excellent boat trips starting in Protaras which head out to Cape Greco along the same coastline.

You’ll head out to visit Lovers’ Arch, Sea Caves, as well as the stunning Cape Greco. You’ll stop a few times to jump from the boat and swim to cool off in the amazingly clear waters of Cyprus. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Protaras Cyprus.

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa, known for its magnificent nightlife, is just a short cab ride away if you’re in your late teens or twenties and want to let your hair down. It’s long been recognized as one of the liveliest party spots in the Mediterranean, attracting young people from all across Europe.

Many of Ayia Napa’s 80 pubs and 12 nightclubs are centered on the town’s square, with most open till dawn seven days a week throughout the summer. Ayia Napa has a plethora of businesses selling anything from souvenirs and beachwear to jewelry and brand label goods, in addition to the beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Ayia Napa isn’t just about the raucous nightlife, despite its image. It also has a rich history, including the archaeologically noteworthy Ayia Napa Monastery (dedicated to the Virgin Mary).

This incredible Venetian monastery, which is much the same today as it was 500 years ago, is located in the middle of the town, making it easily accessible to everyone. The church, cloisters, and flour mill of the monastery are all made of limestone and are joined by a new church built in 1990 after Ayia Napa’s flock outgrew the previous one. Couples having difficulty conceiving a child come here to touch the Virgin Mary statue, which is credited with multiple local childbirth miracles! If you enjoy historical landmarks, the Ayia Napa Monastery is a must-see.

Sculpture Park, Ayia Napa

A unique combination of art and local nature, the Sculpture Park is an important cultural project and a new landmark and jewel of the town. The Sculpture Park is exactly what it sounds like: a public park scattered haphazardly with an array of statues, sculptures, and art installations. This spot is atop a cliff, making the view out over the sea a wonderful backdrop for photos.

The park has only been open since 2014, making it an anomaly among the ancient structures usually found in Cyprus. Sculptors from all over the world contributed to the ‘museum’, and the spot covers an area of over 20,000 square feet, with no shortage of artwork to look at.

Sea Caves, Ayia Napa

Sandy beaches aren’t the only claim to fame for this part of Cyprus. Its incredible coastline is dotted with massive, formidable rock formations, which are often found in natural sea caves and hidden passageways.

The Ayia Napa sea caves are a hugely popular spot for diving, snorkeling, and swimming, making this area a perfect thing to add to the list of things to do in Ayia Napa. According to legend, ancient pirates would hide stolen booty in these caves and use them as hideouts.

There’s only one main spot where you can cliff jump from safely, although I’m sure the locals may know of a few hidden gems. The jump down is about 10 meters, and you will have to face your fears if you’re scared of heights.