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7 Tips for Living in Protaras

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Protaras or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Protaras or thinking about moving there.

Protaras is a Mediterranean paradise that has become a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and friendly locals, it's no wonder why so many people are choosing to call this place home. However, living in a foreign country can be a challenging experience, especially if you're not familiar with the local customs and lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Protaras, Cyprus.

1. Learn the Local Language

While English is widely spoken in Protaras, learning Greek can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make daily tasks like shopping and dining out easier, but it will also help you connect with the locals on a deeper level. There are many language schools in the area where you can take classes, or you can opt for online courses if you prefer to learn at your own pace.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Cypriot cuisine is a delicious blend of Greek and Middle Eastern influences. Don't miss out on trying local dishes like souvlaki, moussaka, and halloumi. Protaras is home to many excellent restaurants where you can sample these delicacies. Some of the top-rated ones include The Corner Restaurant, Kalamies Restaurant, and Blue Spice Restaurant. These establishments not only offer mouth-watering food but also stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

3. Understand the Cost of Living

Living in Protaras is generally more affordable than in many European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. Rent, groceries, and dining out can add up quickly. It's also worth noting that the cost of living can vary significantly depending on the neighborhood. Areas like Pernera are more upscale and therefore more expensive, while neighborhoods like Kapparis tend to be more affordable.

4. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Protaras is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. Pernera is known for its luxury villas and high-end restaurants, while Kapparis is a quieter area with a more local feel. Fig Tree Bay is famous for its beautiful beach and vibrant nightlife. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences best.

5. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

One of the biggest perks of living in Protaras is the abundance of outdoor activities. From swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Fig Tree Bay to hiking in the Cape Greco National Forest Park, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the beautiful Cypriot weather. Don't miss the opportunity to take a boat tour to the Blue Lagoon, a stunning natural pool with turquoise waters.

6. Respect the Local Customs

Cypriots are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but it's important to respect their customs and traditions. For instance, it's customary to greet people with a handshake and to say "yasas" (hello) when entering shops or restaurants. Also, keep in mind that Cypriots value their afternoon siesta, so many businesses close in the afternoon and reopen in the evening.

7. Get Involved in the Community

Finally, one of the best ways to feel at home in Protaras is to get involved in the community. This could mean joining a local club, participating in community events, or volunteering. While we won't list specific organizations here, we encourage you to research groups that align with your interests. This will not only help you make new friends but also give you a deeper understanding of the local culture.

Living in Protaras, Cyprus can be an enriching and rewarding experience. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to making the most of your time in this Mediterranean paradise.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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