Hold onto your jet skis, because three of Protaras and Ayia Napa beaches, have been listed as three of the Best 25 Beaches in Europe on TripAdvisor. While Konnos Bay and Makronissos rank 12th and 18th on TripAdvisor’s Best European Beach list, Fig Tree beach, in Protaras, is said to rank 13th on the Best Beach in the World list. And as if that wasn’t enough, Ayia Napa can also lay claim to the Waterworld Waterpark, which is the largest themed waterpark in Europe. So with all this in mind, it’s time to take the kids to Ayia Napa and Protaras beaches.

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Family Fun in the Water

Kayaks, waterskis, parasailing, stand-up-paddle, snorkeling, floating sunbeds, pedal boats, and luxury charters. These are just some of the watersports activities that the whole family can enjoy when on an exciting holiday together to incredible beaches, of Ayia Napa and Protaras. One of the great things about visiting south east Cyprus is its Mediterranean Sea location, offering warm waters for the children to play and swim in all year round. In fact, during the summer months, sea temperatures can reach a beautifully relaxing 28 degrees Celsius. It’s also a really great place to visit if you want to introduce the children to the fascinating experience of scuba diving.


Scuba dive together in Ayia Napa and Protaras

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The warm waters of Ayia Napa and Protaras are clear and blue, making them two wonderful spots for getting to grips with scuba diving, particularly from March to November. What’s more, both beaches offer simple, sandy-bottom dives that are great for beginners, turning them into the perfect training ground for families who are learning to scuba dive together.

The great thing about scuba diving in Ayia Napa and Protaras is that the deeper your dive, the more you see. Aside from the wonders of underwater marine life, families get the opportunity to see ancient pottery, still intact, and swim through timeworn caves. Snorkeling remains a fun watersports alternative for children who just find scuba diving too difficult, too technical, or too overwhelming.


The Blue Flag Certification

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Managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), when a beach is awarded the Blue Flag Certification it means that it meets a number of predetermined, high standards with regards to water quality and beach safety. Parents will be happy to know that both Ayia Napa and Protaras are home to a range of Blue Flag Certified beaches.


When it comes to sea and sand, it’s impossible to go wrong. Despite the very similar nature of both destinations in terms of beach and water, there are some important differences between Ayia Napa and Protaras that make it easier for families to choose the best location for their holiday.

Most importantly, Ayia Napa has fast become Cyprus’s most famed summer tourist hub, whereas as Protaras is all about relaxation and top-notch accommodation options. When choosing where to stay, families must analyze their particular situation. Fast-paced families might really enjoy Ayia Napa, but families who prefer quiet kinds of entertainment should probably look into Ayia Napa and Protaras directly.

Take a look at the list of our most favorite properties near the area to accommodate your upcoming watersports adventures.