Famagusta with its superb golden sandy beaches, has become a big draw for sunseekers over the years. But this part of the island traditionally remains the market garden of Cyprus, with the well-known Cyprus potato being the prominent crop. Ayia Napa, once a small fishing village, boasts a superb Venetian decorated monastery with a central octagonal fountain. It lends character and substance to a village thats better known to holidaymakers for its colourful shops, tavernas, discos and bars. Ayia Napa features several excellent beaches with safe gently shelving fine white sand and calm clear water ideal for families with small children. Grecian Bay is a superb long curved stretch of golden sand that starts from the colourful fishing harbour. This is also the focal point of the resort where the tavernas specialize in fresh fish harvested by the colourful fishing vessels. For a quieter beach try Konnos Bay and the small coves on the unspoilt coast towards Cape Greko.
Protaras has built up a deserving reputation for its windmills and glorious beaches. The small, whitewashed town of Paralimni, slightly inland, has a number of open-air, unspoilt tavernas known for their delicious local cuisine.Cape Greko, on the very tip, has its own share of beaches and coves. With its contrasting rugged countryside, the dramatic fiery glow of sunsets from this spot has to be seen to be believed. Small churches dating from the l5th and 1óth centuries are found in nearby villages. The skilful craft of basket making still carries on at Liopetri. The fishing shelter at Potamos Liopetrou, just east of the village of Xylofagou, is a photogenic inlet where fishermen mend their nets by day, before setting sail in the evening to farm the sea. Life in the south eastern corner mostly revolves around the sea, and water sports of all kinds are readily enjoyed.