Meet Ammochostos, the land of breathtaking views.
In Greek, this district’s name translates to “hidden in the sand”, which hints at its local treasure of heavenly beaches. Ayia Napa and Paralimni-Protaras make up the free, non-occupied part of Ammochostos, also known as Famagusta.
This area is located on the south-eastern peninsula that extends into the azure Mediterranean waters. It is perhaps the most famous touristic destination of the island and is known for its beach resorts. However, there’s more than sea, sun, and sand to be discovered here: Inland you’ll find the Kokkinochoria, or red villages, famous for the Cyprus potato. Medieval churches, charming fishing harbors, and traditional villages await your exploration.
During the summer, you’re in for a treat of many concerts and festivals of all kinds. Don’t miss out on these 4 things you must do when you visit Ammochostos!
Things you "Must Do" in Ammochostos
Ammochostos Highlights: Beaches, Nature
1. Swim in some of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus like Nissi Beach, Konnos Bay, and Fig Tree Bay! These captivating seasides will make you feel as if you just entered a postcard. You’ll encounter every shade of blue in these crystal clear waters. But as ethereal as these golden, sandy beaches feel, they are real and full of life. Ayia Napa and Paralimni-Protaras are not only known worldwide for their picture-perfect views but also their vivid nightlife!
2. Discover the sights by taking a boat trip! Set sail on one the plethora of boats available to cruise along the dramatic, rugged Ammochostos coast. With several types of boats and trip durations, there is something perfect for all ages and occasions. Most rides will make stops at the famous sea caves, the peak of Cavo Greco, and the blissful Blue Lagoon. This is arguably the best way to take in Cyprus in all of her beauty. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the various stops & splash in the beautiful waters to swim or snorkel. Most boats offer food and beverages onboard. If you're cruising during the late months of summer, you may catch glimpses of dolphins or turtles!
3. Get entertained at the Ocean Aquarium to get eye-to-eye with hundreds of species! Turtles, stingrays, crocodiles, piranhas, and penguins are some of the many creatures that can be seen in the aquarium in Protaras. Take in the exciting underwater world or take a walk in their enchanting 12,500m2 tropical gardens! Cool down with a drink, enjoy a snack, or indulge in ice cream at their Open Air kiosk.
4. Visit the Church of Profitis Elias to get a magnificent view of the town Protaras! This Greek Orthodox Church sits high on a rocky outcrop which is visible from miles away. Before you trek up the stairs of the cliff, you can buy a ribbon to tie around the trees above in remembrance of a lost loved one. Hundreds of visitors come back to climb the 156 stairs for the grand panoramic view up top. Make your way inside the chapel to revel in the vivid frescoes and mosaics of the interior. We recommend making this visit either early in the morning or near sunset to avoid peak heat times. At night, Profitis Elias grabs your attention as it is illuminated during the dark hours.
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