Protaras, the tourist area of Paralimni, is one of the loveliest areas of Cyprus extending along the eastern coast of Paralimni. To be precise, Protaras is the name of a picturesque bay with crystal-clear waters, white-gold sand and a small island about 100 metres from the beach. This bay is known to foreigners as the Fig Tree Bay.
 
  In recent years, due to its rapid development, the whole tourist area of Paralimni Municipality has been called Protaras. This extends for approximately 10 kilometres beginning in the north in the Kapparis locality and ending in the south in the Konnos area. Other areas along this coast are the Ayia Triada bay, Vrysoythkia bay, Pernera bay, the islands and others.  
  This area was, and still is, the most productive region of Paralimni. Hundreds of windmills there testify to the productivity of the past half century whilst affording quaint, nostalgic as well as tranquil beauty to the landscape of today.  
     
 
On the magnificent beaches, attractive centres have been in operation for many years, opening only during the summer months and drawing quite a large clientele from Famagusta and the villages nearby.
A healthy construction boom began and continued to the present time. Now, many Nicosians have built their country homes here and many others have purchased apartments in large complexes, many of which are being built annually.
 
Paralimni has always been known for its dancers and folk poets. It produced some of the best in Cyprus. These dancers and poets were in great demand at every social event, especially at weddings, fairs, religious and other festivals and contests. They were particularly proficient in love songs and «tsiattismata». The love songs are rhyming couples or four-line stanzas on the theme of love, passion, women and the trials and torments of lovers. The folk poets declaimed them at every event and each tried to sing the best and most original song, in order to win the prize.
 
Paralimni is a community with a rich cultural tradition. Until the 1950?s it was a typical, closed rural society. Tradition had and still has a tremendous influence on the life of its inhabitants. Customs and traditions were preserved and all the cultural activities of the people were a living representation of age-old Greek tradition.
 
Traditional skills and crafts were proudly handed down from father to son, from mother to daughter. In this way, the social environment of Paralimni was ideal for the preservation and conservation of its tradition. Under these conditions culture flourished particularly in the expression of folk dances and poetry which proved extremely popular.Some areas of Cyprus are famous for their architectural heritage. Paralimni has always been known for its dancers and folk poets. It has produced some of the islands best.

Some areas of Cyprus are famous for their architectural heritage. Paralimni has always been known for its dancers and folk poets. It has produced some of the islands best. These dancers and poets were in great demand at every social event, especially at weddings, fairs, religious and other festivals and contests. They were particularly proficient in love songs and ³tsiattismata². The love songs are rhyming couplets or four-line stanzas on the theme of love, passion, women and the trials and torments of lovers.
       
         
 
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