Having a great time splashing about in the crystal-clear waters of the east coast? But perhaps your feet are a little itchy and you’d love to enjoy a spot of sightseeing before or after your next beach visit? The My Cyprus Insider team has narrowed down three of our favourite little churches in Ayia Napa and Protaras to pop into during these blissfully long summer days.
1. Ayii Anargyri Chapel, Cape Greco, Ayia Napa
Luring visitors from near and far, visit this gorgeous whitewashed chapel that claims pride of place as one of the few buildings in Cape Greco National Park , with its rather magical location luring couples who choose to wed here. When you’ve had a look at the chapel, walk down the nearby steps that take you to the sea and into a cave that used to be a shelter for fishermen and where holy water is said to run.
2. Profitis Elias Chapel, Protaras
The walk up 153 steps to get to the chapel of Profitis Elias is well worth it, with breath-taking views of Protaras once you reach the top! Constructed in the early 80s on the site of a destroyed church that once stood there, step inside to take a look at the frescoes. And if you head here at night, you can enjoy the illuminated site, with the twinkle of lights across Protaras shinning bright and lighting up the skies.
3. Ayios Nikolaos Chapels, Protaras
Right next to the popular Kalamies beach, and actually situated on Louma Beach right by the Protaras harbour, this idyllic chapel is a very popular spot for both weddings and christenings. The idyllic whitewashed church – calling out to greet visitors with splashes of vibrant blue – is definitely one for the summer bucket list. And once you’ve popped inside the church, you can kick back and relax at the beach, with municipal sunbeds and umbrellas in the area, backed by the Golden Coast Beach Hotel if you fancy a nibble or drink.