Pernera, Protaras and Cyprus

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Pernera

Pernera is a small yet pretty harbour town on the eastern coast of Cyprus.

Pernera is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday.  Nestled against a sandy bay, Pernera radiates a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, so typical of the Mediterranean.  Despite this, there are still plenty of great cafes and bars that lay on nightly entertainment, and an abundance of restaurants to choose from, including those serving Mexican, Italian, Chinese and various other Mediterranean cuisines, and flame-grilled steak houses.

Pernera’s main street winds its way down to the sea front, lined with many places to have a quiet drink and dine to your taste.  The surrounding area is rich in sandy coves and beaches, ideal for soaking up the sun.  Water sports are also popular in the warm and clear Mediterranean waters surrounding the town, with many companies operating along the sea front.  Excursions by boat can also be arranged from the harbour.

Pernera is ideal for families and couples who desire a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Protaras

Protaras, a larger settlement, lies just a short distance to the south of Pernera.  A coastal path between Pernera and Protaras has recently been opened, meaning the traveling time by foot between the two towns is now twenty minutes.  This path is lit at night and also offers many places to drink.

Protaras is a thriving tourist resort, and mainly known for its many sandy beaches.  Fig Tree Bay, a large expanse of white sand offers many water sport facilities, whilst the more tranquil Skoutari Beach is suited to those seeking a more relaxing seaside experience.  The coast surrounding Protaras also hosts many islets and caves for those with an exploring bent.

Cape Greco, a protected nature reserve, lies close to Protaras, and boat trips to the Cape can be arranged from the town.  Similarly, boat trips can also be arranged to the ghost town of Varosha, evacuated in 1974 during the Cypriot Crisis, and sealed off by the Turkish Army ever since.  Hiking is also a common past time in the rugged countryside surrounding the town.

Protaras also has a large number of bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants giving ample opportunities for night time entertainment.  Though the town itself has few nightclubs, plenty of taxis are available to make the trip to the much larger and busier “party capital” of Ayia Napa, with its extensive array of clubs and bars.

Cyprus

Cyprus is a large island in the Eastern Mediterranean.  It’s warm climate, sandy beaches, extensive history, and friendly inhabitants make it a popular tourist destination.

Cyprus has a varied geography, from the high peaks of the Troodos mountaints in the west of the country, housing tiny mountain villages, the large Mesaoria plain that dominates the centre of the country, to Cyprus’s many famous sandy beaches and quiet, undiscovered coves around the coast.  Though Cyprus’s official languages are Greek and Turkish, English is widely understood, owing to Cyprus formerly being a British colony.

Cyprus is highly developed, and Cypriots enjoy an extremely high standard of living.  Cypriot cuisine typically consists of sea food, including but not limited to dishes incorporating squid, sea bass and mullet, or traditional meat dishes such as souvlaki (chargrilled pork and chicken).  Lokum, known in the English speaking world as Turkish Delight, is also a speciality, specifically that from the town of Geroskipou.

Cyprus has an extensive history, owing to the island’s strategic position in the east of the Mediterranean.  Throughout it’s history, the island has been held by the Hittite, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires, amongst others.  This rich history is reflected in the numerous sites of historical interest that pepper the island, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the historical old town of Paphos, a collection of nine remarkable Byzantine churches and one monastery in the Troodos region (the Painted Churches), and the extensive Greco-Roman ruins surrounding Kourion.

Climate

Cyprus has a sub-tropical climate with very mild winters and warm summers, though snow is possible in winter on the Troodos mountains.  Monthly average highs for the island are as follows:

MonthImperial (°F)Metric (°C)
January5915
February6016
March6518
April7322
May8429
June9234
July9837
August9736
September9032
October8228
November7122
December6217