Protaras is a cosmopolitan town that mixes influences from every corner of the globe in its cuisine. From fusion dining to cosy taverna dinners, Protaras keeps the tastebuds of both Cypriots and holidaymakers satisfied with its enormous selection of places to dine out during your Cyprus holidays. Sushi restaurants and steakhouses will wrestle for your attention against Italian and French cuisine, while fast-food chains from around the world keep the quick-fire eats coming.
You can, of course, expect to find lots of Cypriot fare in Protaras, which mixes Greek and Turkish influences to great effect. Try souvlaki meat skewers or gyros sliced meat with salad for lunch, or with pitta, rice and tzatziki sauce for dinner. What's more, as Protaras is on the coast, there's going to be a wealth of seafood to sample here, particularly calamari, and the freshness is pretty much a given.
Sea views and hot sweet sunshine – what a fantastic setting for some of the best seafood you'll find on holidays in Cyprus. From prawns and mussels through to oysters, sea bass and more, the menu is bursting with choices. What's more, those of you who aren't so keen on the spoils of the sea can choose lamb, goat's cheese or any number of vegetarian options – all topped with crisp wines and sensational service.
Chinese, Japanese and Thai treats come together in this delicious celebration of the finest foods of the Far East. Sushi and fried rice are joined by pork-belly cutlets and barbecue ribs, and there's dim sum and curry aplenty to taste. Service is renowned as fast and friendly, so you're not going to be waiting around with your tummy rumbling – and the classy surroundings lend an exotic touch to your Cyprus holiday experience.
It's hard to say 'no' to Italian dining, and just as difficult to stay away from Italian dining with a twist of Cypriot seafood. That's exactly what to expect from Nautilus Trattoria, with its cute red Vespa in pride of place, mounted by the bar. The meals here will get your motor running, too – pizzas and pastas, all homemade, joined by chicken and risotto, salads and mussels. A selection of wines will round off the meal splendidly, leaving you to relax in the Mediterranean charm of your surroundings.
This is the more-international sister restaurant to its neighbour, the traditionally Cypriot Andama. Here in The Corner, you can expect massive steaks cooked over scorching flames, backed up by fish, French crepes and a diverse kid's menu. It's a slick and modern dining experience, but not without that famous Cyprus holiday hospitality – expect smart, lively, attentive service to complement those hot steak flavours.
You'd expect that paying less would get you less, but that's not the case in Vangelis Tavern. This light and airy Mediterranean restaurant is affordable, yet famous for piling your plate high with some of the best mezes, halloumi and baklava in town. Seafood and game dishes are also available, to say nothing of the immense T-bone steaks. Vangelis Tavern may have been passed down the generations, but it's as modern and contemporary as they come – though never at the expense of comfortable home-grown warmth and heart.