NEARBY SIGHTS


Cyprus attractions range from historical religious sites to places of Natural Beauty. Many are well known over the world, including Unesco world heritage sites like the Tombs of the Kings in Pafos. The Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia is also a prominent part of the history of Cyprus.

With the country surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean sea there are more than enough beaches for you to experience. Protaras has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Cyprus: the blue flag awarded Fig Tree Bay which the only beack in Cyprus which has earned a position in the top 10 beaches in Europe!
  • Dherynia Folk Art Museum
    Dherynia is situated a little way out of Protaras. It is said to be over 700 years old and is approximately 9 km from Protaras, close to the town of Paralimni. Dherynia folk art museum is an attraction not to be missed during your stay at Capo Bay Hotel. Dherynia is a traditional Cypriot village with modern amenities.

    The Dherynia folk art museum is a major attraction in the area and is a very popular venue for weddings. The museum is hosted in a traditional house in Dherynia and this museum shows how functional Cypriot houses are. It has an interesting collection of authentic domestic utensils, farm implements and other items in a charming old house of traditional architecture, surrounded by a spacious yard. Artefacts have been donated by the people of Dherynia and the surrounding area. The museum curator is always more than happy to give guided tours of the museum. In fact the curator donated the museum to the community of Dherynia.

    The museum is open Monday to Saturday 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours then 16.00 hours to 18.00 hours. The museum has a basic entrance fee. The village of Dherynia has more than the museum to visit. It has churches and chapels of historical interest. An old church dedicated to the Virgin Mary stands in the centre of the village. Originally it was a small church with a Byzantine dome. Work on the church has gone on from the late 15th century to 1727. A chapel in the centre of Dherynia has a beautiful Byzantine dome and is dedicated to Ayios Georgios. The town hall has a library, and the hall within the town hall is used for conferences and cultural shows.

  • Liopetri Fishing Refuge
    Liopetri is one of the red soil villages ( Kokkino Horia ) of Cyprus. The term describes the rich red soil that Liopetri is surrounded by – the red soil is synonymous of eastern Cyprus. This red soil helps grow the tastiest potatoes in the country.

    The region has a mild climate, its rich red soil and a good supply of underground water has helped Liopetri become more than a fishing village. There has been an increase in agriculture and farming. Products cultivated in Liopetri and the surrounding red soil villages include potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, kolokassi (a root vegetable) and watermelons.

    In Liopetri you will find that the fishermen mend their nets by day while setting sail in the evening. The remains of a Venetian watch tower, 16th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and a 15th century church of Agios Andronikos with an octagonal dome and murals, can be found in this picturesque village. Liopetri is also where the french poet Arthur Rimbaud worked during the 1880s. It is a potato growing village but still carries on the traditional craft of basket making. 

    Liopetri is an ideal place to visit for a day out from Protaras. It has a variety of shops, banks and traditional tavernas. It also has a beautiful natural fishing shelter at Potamos Liopetriou – it’s where the local fishermen bring in their catch, with some saying the best fish on the island!

  • Ayia Napa Monastery
    The Ayia Napa monastery was built around 1500 AD and is a prominent landmark in the town. It has a tranquil courtyard and marble fountain. 

    The monastery stands in what was once a fishing village, surrounded by thick forest. In fact the term “Napa”, which means forest, is an ancient Greek word. So Ayia Napa monastery is steeped in history. Legend has it that the original icon for the building was discovered accidentally by a hunter in a cave – the icon was named as the Virgin Mary of Ayia Napa, and the monastery was built around the cave.

    An ancient sycamore, believed to be over 600 years old sits outside the south gate, of the Ayia Napa monastery. 

    The monastery was restored in 1950 and 1978 and is now a conference centre serving churches in Cyprus and the Middle East. Inside there is a cave which tells of the history of the monastery as a place of worship for early settlers to the island.

    The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and was long regarded as a convent for women. Later converted into the monastery and now a conference centre, it serves the church’s activities in Cyprus and the Middle East. The monastery is open in summer from 9.30 hours to 21.00 hours and during winter is open from 9.30 hours to 15.00 hours.

  • Thalassa Museum
    The Thalassa museum is a major Cyprus attraction located in Agia Napa.The museum is dedicated to the marine heritage of Cyprus and displays marine artefacts from prehistoric times to the present and also hosts cultural events but its main goal is to promote interest in the island's rich marine history. The main exhibit of the Thalassa museum is the ancient wreck of the “Kyrenia II” which was discovered in 1963. A replica was built in 1982 using traditional methods and after sailing the world it is now to be seen here.

    Another main attraction is the replica of an ancient Mesolithic raft ( 9200 B.C. ) which would have been used to transport obsidians to the Greek Islands from the mainland. The museum also houses statues, idols and vases that stretch back into the long history of Cyprus.The museum is also used as a venue for concerts, events, art exhibitions and educational programmes.

    The Thalassa museum has been designed to be as interactive as possible. Laid out over six levels, the first level gives the visitor an audio visual introduction to the history of Cyprus. The other levels display Cypriot antiquities, including a vase from the Bronze Age. The fifth level has fossils of fishes, shells and corals from the Cretaceous period ( 130 to 65 million years ago ). It also exhibits the marine fauna of the Mediterranean which is helping to record the natural history of this beautiful Island.

    The museum is open in the summer from 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours and then again from 18.00 hours to 22.00 hours Tuesday to Sunday. On Saturday it is open 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours. During winter the museum is closed on Sunday. Tuesday to Saturday it is open 9.00 hours to 17.00 hours and on Monday 9.00 hours to 13.00 hours.

  • Profitis Elias Church
    Profitis Elias church is situated on the hill in Protaras. It is said that it takes 156 steps to climb up to the hilltop church. The church offers stunning views of Protaras and its surroundings. There are trees of rememberance that sit close by – a local custom is to tie something to one of the branches in rememberance of a loved one. The church itself is an insight into the Orthodox Church in Cyprus

    The interior of the church is quite and unique. The walls and ceilings of Profitis Elias church are decorated with vivid biblical images. If you visit in the late evening you may experience a fantastic sunset over Protaras. To get to this location, take the main road out of Protaras. At night the church is lit up so that it is even more breathtaking in its beauty. It is worth visiting Profitis Elias church for a chance to experience the spiritual as well as historical side of Protaras.

  • Capo Greco
    Cape Greko is a picturesque protected National Forest Park and is famous for its sea caves, which lie off the Protaras-Ayia Napa coast road. Follow the road to Ayia Napa and take the first road to Cape Greko. The scenery is spectacular – stunning drops down to crystal blue sea. 

    From the cliffs that lie on Cape Greko you can see the amazing Mediterranean sea all around. The beautiful waters surrounding the area have made it a huge draw for scuba divers. People are also known to dive from the cliffs at Cape Greko, but be warned that some of the currents in the serene looking waters are stronger than you can imagine.

    Cape Greko has magnificent sea cliffs and some amazing plant life. There are more than 36 Orchid species that grow in the park there. Here you can also find crocuses and irises which add beautiful colour and fragrance to the park.

    Cape Greko sits on more than 390 hectares of land and offers visitors the chance to enjoy numerous activities as well as scuba diving. Some of the activities you might be interested in are swimming, fishing, rowing, riding and cycling.You will also find the remains of an old Venetian lighthouse which is popular amongst bird-watchers.

    It is also said that at Cape Greko during ancient times, there was a temple to Aphrodite.