• The decorated entrance to the St Varvara Cathedral in Paralimni with golden icons, Cyprus.
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Fig Tree Bay

Fig Tree Bay

Fig Tree Bay is the most precious gem on this coastal tiara and is named after the solitary fig tree that was planted here by eastern invaders in the 17th century. On the headland of the bay one can see the recently revealed, glass-covered Hellenistic tombs. A selection of watersports abounds at these beaches, ranging from skiing and paragliding to snorkeling and scuba diving, and boats wait on the piers to take you on unforgettable trips. The bay also has excellent facilities, with sun beds and parasols available for hire. It provides disabled access and is serviced by a lifeguard.
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The Agios Georgios Churches

The Agios Georgios Churches

The town square of Paralimni is dominated by the metropolitan, three-aisled church, dedicated to St George, the patron saint of the town. The church was finished in 1966 in a traditional Byzantine style and is full of contemporary frescoes. The impressive fresco which decorates the dome depicts the “All Powerful” surrounded by the Archangels, the Prophets and numerous saints. The gothic church of St. George is located next to the metropolitan church in the main square of Paralimni. According to a marble inscription, it was erected in 1859 in the place of an older byzantine church, parts of which have been incorporated in this one. Part of its northern wall is covered with a large fresco depicting St. George killing a dragon.
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Agia Anna Church

Agia Anna Church

This 13th century Byzantine chapel in the center of Paralimni, built using local limestone, is dedicated to Mother Mary but it is referred to as ‘Agia Anna’, a name that was given to it when it was restored. The original chapel was decorated with frescoes, which were tragically destroyed and only some remnants betray their previous existence. The chapel now serves as an ecclesiastical museum where icons of the 16th and 19th centuries, holy relics and old books are exhibited.
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Kapparis Beach

Kapparis Beach

Kapparis beach (a recipient of the Blue Flag accreditation) is found north of Protaras, in the homonymous district of Kapparis. It is also known as the beach of MMAD, named after the training center of the Police Rapid Response Unit (MMAD), located nearby. It is a small, fine golden sandy beach with clear waters and is very popular with locals and tourists happy to give the hectic beaches a miss. There are sun loungers and parasols available for hire, and the area is patrolled by a lifeguard.
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Paralimni Lake

Paralimni Lake

Paralimni is situated next to a seasonal lake which forms west of the community, between Paralimni and Sotira. This is actually a natural hollow which collects rainwater from all parts of Paralimni and the neighbouring hills during the winter season. The lake has been part of the NATURA 2000 network since 2009, as it forms the natural habitat of an abundant and important population of the protected grass snake, Natrix Natrix Cypriaca, and as a large number of migrating and nesting birds find shelter here.
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Windmills

Windmills

The windmills made their first appearance in Paralimni in the beginning of the twentieth century and were used by farmers to pump water up for the irrigation of their fields. Soon they multiplied in number, and as a result, Protaras, its most productive area, is often referred to as the land of windmills. The windmills were later replaced by mechanical pumps. Today, the large number of windmills testifies the productivity of the past while affording a quaint, nostalgic beauty to the landscape of the area.
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Traditional Taverns

Traditional Taverns

No stay in Protaras-Paralimni would be complete without a visit to a traditional tavern. In the taverns of Protaras and the main town of Paralimni you can enjoy authentic, traditional Cypriot cooking. The local cuisine is rich and has a huge diversity of dishes. Most of the chefs use locally grown ingredients, a multitude of herbs and vegetables and recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation, always adding new touches. “Meze”, the national speciality, is in essence a culinary cross section, consisting of a variety of dishes. It starts with dips and salads followed by grills, side dishes and desserts. Koupepia are vine leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice, and Tava is tasty stew of meat, herbs and onions. Enjoy your meals while sampling an excellent selection of local wines. So “Kopiaste”, relax and discover the flavours of Protaras.
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Coastal Promenade

Coastal Promenade

The seaside promenade extends for more than 4 kilometers, joining the area of Pernera with Fig Tree Bay, as well as Ayios Nicolaos Harbor with Louma Beach. It allows the visitor further to explore the area and at the same time come across a wealth of attractive beaches. This lengthy promenade is perfect for a sunset stroll or jogging while enjoying stunning views across the Mediterranean. All along the coastal promenade there are platforms that extend from the main path towards the sea. Some of these resting points look as if they hang over the sea. These stops are also marked by benches and people make frequent stops to rest, enjoy the view, the sunset or sunrise or read a book.
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The Traditional Cypriot House

The Traditional Cypriot House

Τhe Traditional Cypriot House is located in the old center of Paralimni. It was built in the 19th century and has been carefully renovated to maintain its distinctive character. Its traditional arches together with the local flowers planted in its fore-yard make the house particularly beautiful. Household utensils and farming tools used by a typical rural family of the region are on display in the three rooms as well as in the courtyard. Besides serving as a museum, the house is at the disposal of couples wishing to have a traditional backdrop for their wedding.
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