The district over the years has played a major role in the tourist industry of Cyprus having a continuous leading role and holding the majority of the tourists in the country. Sparkling, crystal waters and powdery, golden sands are one of the defining features of the region, with its scenic landscape further dotted by quaint windmills, and its mineral-rich earth growing some of the island’s tastiest, fresh produce.. The stunning coasts of the region are further enhanced by its famous, vibrant nightlife, a large variety of tourist accommodations, idyllic fishing harbors, Medieval churches, and picturesque, traditional villages. Together, they offer the perfect recipe for a fantastic holiday. One of the main attractions of the area is the Natural Forest Park of Cape Greko with its cliffs, caves, and coves. Aside from its breathtaking views, the park is ideal for swimming, diving, boat trips, walking, and cycling, all in beautiful natural surroundings. From sun-seeker to party-seeker, foodie to explorer, everyone will fall in love with the area and its charm.
Paralimni is the largest community of the rich valley of the region. It is located in the southeastern part of Cyprus, a spot from where one can enjoy the earliest sunrise in Europe. Paralimni became a municipality in 1986 and has since been the largest municipality in the area. It owes its name to the nearby lake (Limni) which is among the protected natural habitats of NATURA 2000 Network. In addition to the commercial / housing area, Paralimni includes a coastal tourist zone, called Protaras, with sandy beaches, clear seawater, and many hotel complexes.
Ayia Napa Municipality
Ayia Napa is located to the East coast of Cyprus. It is an autonomous municipality since 1986. Ayia Napa is one of the most popular tourist destinations, due to its sandy beaches. It is named after the Monastery of the same name, which, during Venetian times was located in the center of the town. The name itself (Ayia Napa) translates into “Holy Forest”. The area was named after the holy Icon of the Virgin Mary of Napa, i.e. the Saint of the Forest. The name Ayia Napa is derived from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name, located in the center of the town. The word "Ayia" (Ayia) means "holy" in Greek. "Napa" is archaic and means "wooded valley" or dell. In ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest. Geographically, Ayia Napa lies near Cape Greco in the eastern part of Cyprus, just south of the area. Ayia Napa is about 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from Protaras.