Many Other Places To Visit
The area is not only for the sea lover – it is an area where everyone can enjoy action holidays by visiting interesting sites both in Ayia Napa and Paralimni/Protaras, but also around the small picturesque villages of the region. In Ayia Napa you can visit the Monastery which is the well known landmark not only of Ayia Napa but of the Eastern part of Cyprus. In the Ayia Napa area you can visit also the “Makronissos Tombs”, the Municipal Museum “Thalassa” (Sea), the Municipal Museum of Marine Life, the “Argotospito” (Agricultural House) in the central square, the sea caves and the Ayia Mavri chapel.
In the centre of Paralimni, the most important sites to visit, are the three churches, one next to the other, of different structure and age of construction. Or the newly opened museum of a “typical village house” of the early 90s. The tiny Byzantine chapel of Prophet Elias is the landmark of Protaras, the tourist area of Paralimni. Built on the top of a hill it overlooks the sea coast of Protaras and the view from the top is magnificent once you climb the 105 steps to reach the church. Going up may take a while, but coming down is not easy because you will not want to come down and miss the view.
Some of the other interesting sites to visit in the are the Folkloric Museum of Dherinia, the Ecclesiastical Monuments of significant archaeological interest of Sotira, the Ethnografic Museum and St. George Teratsiotis, the Monastery of St. Kendeas of Avgorou and the St. Andronicos and St. Marina chapels of Frenaros.
For those who like to visit old churches and chapels the area has more than 40 of these to offer, each one with their own unique style, structure and year of construction – most of them going back centuries.