For an easygoing beach break, family-favourite Protaras ticks a lot of boxes. Fig Tree Bay is the centre of all the beach action, but the entire shore front has been beautifully manicured with a wide seaside pedestrian promenade that wriggles its way up the coast, past hotel lawns and patches of golden sand, all the way to Pernera.
The town unashamedly caters to the tourist crowd, so you’re more likely to find all-day full English breakfasts on menus here than Cypriot flavours, and many of the bars tout faux-British pub names. During summer the beaches pack out and the promenade bustles with strollers and joggers. In early November many hotels and restaurants shut up shop and Protaras presses snooze, rolls over and goes back to sleep until April.