The Dherynia Folk Museum is shut Sundays but probably offers a better view than the alternatives. If you turn up when the Museum is shut the cafe owner next door will lend you quite good quality binoculars and your allowed to climb up onto the roof balconey and get a pretty decent view.
No strings attached but I did stop at the cafe after which seemed pretty good value and the staff very friendly.
The museum is in a traditional Cypriot house. Exhibits include household items and farming tools. In the yard of the museum you will find an oven. Such ovens are still in use today for making bread and others culinary delights. This is not just there as a tourist attraction, it is used by the owner.
The museum does give you a chance to see how working Cypriots live outside of the tourist areas.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-1pm and 4pm-6pm.
Head to Anita's viewpoint where you can look acorss to Varosha (the former tourist district of Famagusta) where there are now decaying hotels. Inside the viewpoint there are reminders of the division of the island. You can look across and see the Turkish flag slightly in the distance and the nearer flags of the Greeks and Cypriots. It is here that two Cypriots were killed in 1996. News cuttings of the events are on display.
At this viewpoint you are given binoculars to use free of charge. They actually have quite a good magnification and you can make out most buildings quite clearly.
This traditional restaurant is often fully booked at weekends in summer. Eating takes place outside in the courtyard surrounded by trees. Delicious smells keep wafting outside from the kitchens as you eat. The tavern dates back to 1885.
On a Monday evening during the main season there is a Cyprus Night with traditional folk dancing.
Favorite Dish: I went for my birthday and as we were spolit for choice we opted for the meze. This consisted of over 20 dishes including crab, mussels, dips, salad, and a variety of meat dishes. It is accompanied by delicious fresh baked bread. Just be careful not to fill yourself up on the bread and make sure you have room for all of the courses.
The Garden Of Eden Viewpoint lies close to the coastal green line and offers a good view of the sea and Famagusta's coastline. There is a TV presentation which outlines the conflict in the years prior to 1974. There is a cafe which serves snacks and drinks. You can have your refereshments while you watch the video. There are also some displays of rural Cyprus and a good range of free literature for you to pick up.
There is a tower that you can go up for a clear view of the area with some powerful binoculars to enhance your view.
To get to the viewpoint from Protaras, head down the Pernera bypass way and at the roundabout close to the Aquarium go straight across. Follow the road which becomes a dirt track after the green houses. About 0.5km after the dirt track started you will reach the Garden of Eden viewpoint (signpost says Famagusta Viewpoint)
During my numerous trips to Cyprus I have made a multitude of friends and have been fortunate enough to be invited to two weddings within the village. Both have taken place in the main church and have been followed by a reception in the village hall.
Both weddings have been between a Cypriot and a Brit but have followed the traditional ceremony of the Orthodox church with the switching of the bands on the heads of the bride and groom.
Many of the villagers call in at the reception if only for a short time. They greet the families, offer their gifts and then participate in the food and drink. There can be anything up to 2000 guests attending during the whole course of the reception.