Protaras & Ayia Napa
Protaras and Ayia Napa are famous for their golden sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. The Eastern coast of Cyprus is a true paradise for the lovers of the sea, watersports and night life..
Apart from the sun and sea there are many other points of interest in the area:
Cape Greko National Park
It is believed that a temple dedicated to Aphrodite once existed in the Cape Greko area. The cape is an area of unique natural beauty, where one can admire magnificent cliff formations. Many of the 36 different orchid species growing on the island are found here, as well as crocuses and irises.
Ayia Napa - Panagia ton Dason (Our Lady of the Forests)
This imposing medieval monastery, dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Forests' stands in the middle of Ayia Napa surrounded by a high wall enclosure. Its 16th century church is partially underground, carved into the rock. The guest house to the east of the church belongs to the World Counsil of Churches. An ancient sycamore tree, believed to be over 600 years old, grows in front of the south gate.
Ayia Napa - Thalassa Maritime Museum
The museum is housed in a modern multi-purpose building. Its theme is the sea and the marine heritage of Cyprus from prehistoric times to the present. Pride of the place among the exhibits is a life size functioning replica of a 4th century trading vessel, the original of which was found off the coast of Keryneia.
The estuary of Potamos is a picturesque fishing shelter. The remains of a Venetian period watch tower are nearby. Arthur Rimbaud, the French poet whose work influenced the surrealists (1854-1891) worked in this area in the early 1880s.
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