Blessed with beautiful, golden-sanded beaches and the clear, blue waves of the Mediterranean lapping at the shore, it's no wonder that Protaras is one of Cyprus' most popular holiday hotspots. By day, you'll see couples and families topping up their tans, getting to grips with white-knuckle water sports, shopping, or enjoying a leisurely lunch. By night, however, Protaras becomes a different animal altogether. Protaras clubs, pubs, bars, and discos blaze into life, creating a party atmosphere that lasts well into the small hours. If you're looking for a resort with outstanding nightlife but don't fancy the hectic hedonism of nearby Ayia Napa, Protaras clubs offer more than enough to keep you partying, but without the intense crowds and lengthy travel-time back to your hotel.
Protaras karaoke clubsA popular place for honeymooners and weddings, the clubs, pubs and bars have a definite feel-good vibe about them. You'll find the majority along the main road, although there are some smaller watering-holes tucked away in the backstreets. In the early part of the evening, you'll find the largest crowds in the various karaoke bars along the main strip. Many of these kick the night off with a seasoned singer or two, just to get the party started, and then hand the mic over to anyone brave enough to have a go. Some of the larger karaoke bars use tribute acts to get things rolling, which can turn a singalong into a night out with a show!
Bars for lounge lizardsOn the occasional night when you want to enjoy yourself, but in a more laid-back way, a great alternative to the clubs and karaoke bars are the lounge bars. These are a little more sophisticated, with chic surroundings and superb drinks' lists. In addition, you'll find that many of the lounge bars play the classic chill-out music that made the region so famous back in the early 90s. Put on something smart and comfortable, order a cocktail or a glass of wine, and watch the sun set, to the backing of some ambient beats.
Nightclubs in ProtarasIf you like it lively, then hit the clubs. While there aren't as many as you'll find in neighbouring Ayia Napa, Protaras clubs put the emphasis on fun, with a much more relaxed feel to them. Although most of the clubs open their doors in the early evening, things don't really start to get going until around ten o' clock at night and go on until the early hours of the morning. Along the main strip, you'll find clubs playing an extensive and eclectic range of music, from dance and dub to reggae and rock 'n' roll. Most of the clubs are easy enough to get into, with only a few of them charging an entrance fee; the majority rely on the fact that you simply want to come and have a good time!
Look after your money on a night outIf you are out and about, , it's a good idea to take your Thomas Cook Cash Passport out with you, rather than carry lots of cash or your regular credit or debit card. The Thomas Cook Cash Passport can be preloaded with the budget of your choice, so you don't blow your holiday funds in one night! It's all too easy to lose money or cards on a hardcore night out, but in the event that your Thomas Cook Cash Passport is either lost or stolen, at least you know that the money in your regular account is safe! Should you run into one of these situations, there's a Global Assistance service on hand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Thomas Cook Cash Passport can be used just like any other card. If you need to get your hands on some euros, just head to the nearest ”hole-in-the-wall' and withdraw what you need. Alternatively, if you want to use the card as you would your regular debit or credit card, just punch in the PIN and the fee is deducted from your budget. While the Thomas Cook Cash Passport is a great way to keep an eye on your spending, you can also add more funds if you find you're running a bit low.
The main dragWith the resort being so popular with newly-weds, it's also something of a hotspot for hen nights. As a result, a few of the clubs and bars have a surprise up their collective sleeve, in the form of drag bars. Inside, you'll find garishly made-up drag artists entertaining crowds, which tend to consist of women, with bawdy stand-up routines, outrageous songs and lip-synching contests, all rounded off with endless dancing. Virtually all the clubs advertise what's going on inside, on chalk boards outside so, if drag bars aren't your thing, you can go elsewhere. However, it's worth noting that the Protaras drag artists are some of the best you'll find and you might be walking away from one of the best nights-out of your holiday!
Beach clubsIf you've never been to Protaras before and don't know where to start, there are a few hotspots that are a major draw throughout the holiday season. The main road can look a little loud and daunting to first-timers, but you'll find a few beach clubs scattered along the sands, between Konnos Beach and Trinity Beach. These are slightly more laid-back than nightspots in town. While the music is as loud and lively as anything you'll find in the town, the beach clubs benefit from the party being on the beach itself. Alongside the beachside bars and DJ decks, you'll also find stalls and shacks selling sizzling, delicious food to keep you going through the night and, if you need a break, you can stroll along the shore and look at the stars. Protaras is quickly becoming a real find for families, couples and those looking to party by night and rest-up by day. Whether you're going with friends or for a hen-night or a stag-do, there are plenty of Protaras clubs, offering a huge variety of entertainment and fun.