Population: 20,000 Religion: Greek Orthodox Christianity Language: Greek Currency: Euro Time Difference: +2 Flight duration: 4hrs 30mins
The summer months between late May and mid-September are the most popular times for tourists to visit Protaras on holidays to the Larnaca region. You can expect temperatures around that time to climb as high as 30°C and beyond, and there are plenty of festivals throughout the warmer months to get you in the party spirit. Cyprus holiday deals to the winter sun are not to be missed either – temperatures rarely drop below 15°C, so it's a welcome reprieve from the chill of home.
You should always take out travel and medical insurance to cover yourself on your holiday. You can also apply for a free European Health Insurance Card before leaving the UK. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as national in Cyprus. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
If you like to give sports or watersports a go during your trip you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/health.
A valid UK passport will get you into and out of Cyprus without any hassle, so make sure it's up to date before you travel.
The entire island is connected by a reliable and inexpensive bus network, and you can also rent vehicles if you're after mastering the Cypriot roads for yourself. However, Protaras is popular with holidaymakers who enjoy walking through the scenic countryside that connects the towns and villages of the area, so don't discount the chance to take in the sights on foot.
When you're booking Cyprus holiday deals, check to see whether airport transfers are included. Most tour operators offer these as part of a package, making getting to your resort effortless.
The electric sockets in Cyprus are identical to those used in Great Britain, right down to the level of voltage they put out. What that means is that any of the little appliances or devices you're thinking of taking should work perfectly in Cyprus, without you having to go hunting for adapters.
If you need the attention of the emergency services during your stay, most holidaymakers already know how to use the European dial code of 112. However, during your stay in Cyprus, 199 will put you through to the island's own emergency services line.
During your stay in Protaras, we can appreciate you might require some help from the British Consulate of Cyprus.
You reach the Consulate via telephone on +357 22 861100 – or if you prefer email, you can reach them via UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk.
It's also possible to visit the British Consulate of Cyprus personally, although it's best to make sure you book an appointment well in advance of a trip. It's located in the Cypriot capital city of Nicosia, so although it's easy to reach, it's still busy enough that you're extremely unlikely to receive counter service if you show up without a booking. The office address is Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia, 1587.
Protaras is snugly situated in the far southeast of Cyprus, but it's not so remote that you won't be able to get to a hospital if needed. The closest major hospital is Famagusta General Hospital, which you can reach on +357 23 200 000.