Ayia Napa once a small fishing village, is now known to holiday makers for its colourful shops, tavernas, discos and bars. The focal point of the resort is the small harbour, where the tavernas specialise in fresh fish harvested by the colourful fishing vessels. Life in the south-eastern corner mostly revolves around the sea, and water sports of all kinds are readily available from scuba diving to paragliding.
Protaras has a reputation for its windmills and glorious beaches. The small, whitewashed town of Paralimni, slightly inland, has a number of open air traditional tavernas known for their delicious local cuisine.