A Mediterranean paradise for seekers of wild fun in the sun, Ayia Napa is a Cypriot resort you’ll fall in love with from the moment you arrive. A hive of cool nightlife, a bustling shopping and all-around raucous fun, Ayia Napa is also home to some fascinating culture, such as its very own Venetian-era monastery. If Ayia Napa is most famous for its nightlife, it’s stunning beaches are a very close second. Beach-dwellers will love the golden sand stretching far along the coast on Pantachou Beach, while foodie fans will quickly get caught up in the sizzling aromas of freshly-caught seafood and meat that are readily available to enjoy in the town’s many excellent restaurants and eateries.
A splendid blue flag beach in the nearby town of Voroclini, Yanathes Beach is a superb spot to catch some rays, sea views and lots and lots of sun! Plenty of beach cafés and bars are nearby to catch some hydration and scrumptious snacks, and the beach is also a great spot to enjoy some water sports and safe swimming, as it remains very shallow until you get quite far out.
Vathia Gonia Beach
Vatia Gonia Beach is also a great spot to enjoy the best of Ayia Napa – unimaginably clear blue water is kept clean by the sharp horseshoe shape of this beach. The unique shape of this tiny bay also means the beach is very protected from the breeze, keeping the water still, shallow, and very warm. There are free sunbeds and toilets, and there are even some palm trees providing a welcome shade. The nearby Café le Mar is also generally open, selling homemade dishes and cocktails. A lovely way to spend a day!
Head over to the east of Ayia Napa to marvel at the dramatic sea caves – easily reached by land or sea on one of the many boat trips from the town. These natural caverns are also a great location for snorkelling, diving and swimming, and with the area proving a popular spot for octopus you can also have the thrill of searching for these mysterious creatures! There is a local legend that the caves were once a favourite location of pirates to stash their treasures, making for great stories and games for younger members of the family.
Exploring Ayia Napa…
While it goes without saying that Ayia Napa’s main attractions are its sea and sand, Nissi Beach is possibly one of the hottest tourist spots in Cyprus. Crystal clear waters and gently shelving sands make it a great setting for families to enjoy themselves, while little ones can safely paddle in its shallow waters. Aside from its sweeping coastline, there are plenty of amenities and entertainment too. A selection of eateries line the beach, as well as a number of places designated for water sports and activities. Fancy a leisurely sail across the water, or an adrenaline-inducing chance to embrace water-skiing or paragliding?
When the sun goes down, the action really begins. A prime spot for some of the destination’s best DJs and music acts, crowds gather in the summertime to enjoy the island’s excellent nightlife.Ayia Napa Monastery
Located in the beautiful Ammochostros District, Ayia Napa’s monastery is a top tourist sight for anyone visiting Cyprus. Built in the 15th century, there’s a considerable history to the site and it features a cave, hiding place and even a well. Take a stroll around the attraction and you’ll hear many stories from the monastery’s guides. One traditional tale even tells of a daughter of a noble Venetian family who took refuge in the cave after her family refused her marriage to a non-aristocrat. It is said that the woman built the monastery herself, complete with an ornate Venetian fountain and decorative Roman chapel. Whether the story is true or not, it’s well worth a visit on your holidays to Cyprus.Sculpture Park
While Ayia Napa is renowned for its artwork, found everywhere on the island, there’s no better place to view it than the open air. The sculpture park is fairly new to the area and was built in 2014. An outside museum dedicated to some of the world’s best artists, it features the works of over 20 artists and varies in scale – from larger pieces to smaller, more delicate creations. The real attraction is the sculpture park’s setting, just on the eastern edge of Ayia Napa. Rocky landscapes and sweeping coastlines serve as a scenic backdrop for the display. Take your camera and your best pair of walking boots for rewarding views of the shimmering Azure Sea.Waterworld Themed Water Park
A great one for families and groups of friends, enjoy a great, action-packed day in the sun at WaterWorld. There’s a huge choice of wet and wild experiences, from the chariot race to the flumes of Icarus and the thrills of the Titan slides! Younger guests are also well looked after with a great choice of tamer rides and attractions. Strangely, the Ancient Greek theme is a great setting for a few hours of water-soaked adrenaline!Cape Greco National Forest Park
A superb vantage point from one of the highest sections on the east coast of Cyprus, Cape Greco is a perfect place to spend a relaxed afternoon enjoying the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and the rock formations the sea has created over many millions of years. Whether you’re an energetic family, or a group looking for some beautiful views and fresh air to clear the hangover, the park is a perfect picnic spot and place to explore the quieter side to Ayia Napa.Yellow Submarine Boat Tours
Enjoy the spectacular beauty of eastern Cyprus from the sea on a Yellow Submarine excursion. Not actually a sub, these bright yellow boats will whisk you out to sea. The boats are bedecked in slides and diving boards, so once at sea, you can leap into the sea at will! As well as swimming galore, you can take in the beautiful coastal contours of this part of the island, and enjoy a cool drink on deck as the sun sets and you return to shore to see what the evening brings. Perfection.Ayia Napa nightlife
A destination guide to Ayia Napa that doesn’t mention it’s vibrant and eclectic nightlife? That would be criminal. Going out in Ayia Napa really can be as hectic and wild as they say. But the good thing about this town is your evening genuinely can be as relaxed as you like. If you’d rather find a bar to chat the night away, there are plenty. But if boat and foam parties sound more up your street, simply walk along the strip and take your pick of neon clubs and beach parties!
Cyprus is famous for its local delicacies, including sheftalia (a skinless and tasty sausage) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat, pittas and salad), Halloumi cheese, moussaka and mezze platters of sliced meats, onions and olives. Fresh meat, fish, grilled vegetables and hummus are the staples of the island’s diet, and you’ll find many tasty variations of all these in Ayia Napa’s superb restaurant scene.
Zivania or ‘firewater’ is a wonderful local brandy that’s best sampled after dinner. If that sounds too much for you, Commandaria is a sweet dessert wine made from local sun-dried grapes and is wonderful with strong cheese.Ayia Napa restaurants
The town’s restaurants will offer you some of the best seafood and cuts of meat in Cyprus, and with fresh ingredients aplenty you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about with Cypriot food. Sampling some of these local delicacies can really make an Ayia Napa visit, including local wines and beers.
Ayia Napa is great fun for holidaymakers of all persuasions, from night owls to families and groups of friends. The area is home to a great selection of resorts, historical sites and areas of natural beauty such as the Cape Greco national park. This variety coupled with superb resorts for golf, tennis, spa experiences and pools as well as stunning beaches makes Ayia Napa a fantastic choice.
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