Ayia Napa

  • Originally a small nondescript village on the eastern coast of Cyprus, Ayia Napa has become the place to be on the island. Following the Turkish invasion in 1974, access to the famous nearby resort of Famagouste was closed. The coastal village first served as a weekend destination for the residents of Nicosia before gradually turning into a small tourist village that now extends all the way to Protaras ...
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  • Just as beautiful as that of Nissi, the Makronisos beach has a calmer atmosphere.
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  • Snack bars line the beach of Nissi.
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  • Ayia Napa is famous for its nightlife; in the old city center, whole streets are devoted to nightclubs and bars.
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  • On top of a hill, the Chapel of Prophet Elias Chapel overlooks the resort of Protaras.
    Thierry Lauzun / age fotostock
  • At the southeastern tip of Cyprus, the Greek Cape separates Ayia Napa and Protaras.
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  • The tourist resort of Protaras is far less animated than that of Ayia Napa.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Cyprus

Originally a small nondescript village on the eastern coast of Cyprus, Ayia Napa has become the place to be on the island. Following the Turkish invasion in 1974, access to the famous nearby resort of Famagouste was closed. The coastal village first served as a weekend destination for the residents of Nicosia before gradually turning into a small tourist village that now extends all the way to Protaras on the other side of Cape Greko. Nowadays, Ayia Napa is known for being the most party-oriented destination of Cyprus in the summer.

Ayia Napa: what to do?

The region is mostly composed of plains and the sea and is not very rich in culture. Cape Greco juts out between Ayia Napa and Protaras. A lovely (and easy) walk at sunset. To the north, don't miss the beautiful Fig Tree Bay. Many sea excursions are available from the port of Ayia Napa, which will allow you to discover the most beautiful beaches in the region by heading east, as well as a view of the old seaside resort of Famagusta, which has been a ghost town since the clashes of 1974. Ayia Napa is also the point of departure for big-game fishing trips.

The centre of the nightlife district consisting of several streets filled with bars and nightclubs. They are located in the old village centre, above the monastery.
All the beaches in the resort are public, and it costs 2 to hire a beach chair. This money is used by the local council to ensure the sites are clean and maintained, which they definitely are! The beaches are spotless and have free public toilets, which are very clean.

  • The most beautiful beaches on the island
  • Of little cultural interest
  • The confines of a large, highly urbanised tourist resort

Reminders

Those who have studied Ancient Greek will be delighted to be able to read the signs as it is the same alphabet! No need for the rest of us to worry, though, English signs are everywhere. People drive on the left-hand side of the road in Cyprus.

To avoid

Choose this region of the island for its historical heritage and its authenticity. Despite its rich cultural past, there is very little to see. Incidentally, if you are looking for a place that is buzzing both day and night, keep in mind that Ayia Napa is very quiet in the low season and Proratas is only lively at the beginning of the high season, i.e. from April to October (opening dates of the resort).

Ayia Napa: what to eat?

Try 'kleftiko' if you can find it. This is one of the most traditional dishes on the island, but unfortunately the majority of the British tourists tend to prefer pizza and hamburgers. To enjoy this lamb that is simmered for hours in the oven and served with potatoes, do not hesitate to call a local tavern to make sure they have some. If not, try Cyprus' version of moussaka: served in a stoneware dish, it has a wonderful rustic flavour. To take advantage of the setting, visit the villages.

Ayia Napa: what to buy?

Wine. Cyprus produces very interesting wines that you can bring back home to recreate the ambience of the island. The most renowned include the white wines of Omodos and Kilani in the hills of the Troodos Mountains, and the red wines from Ahera and Semeli. You can also bring home preserved fruits and vegetables (aubergines, quinces), honey, and jams with unusual flavours (green fig or bergamot, for example). As for souvenirs, Cyprus is renowned for its Lefkara lace, basketry and pottery.

Ayia Napa Reviewedhotels
  • 8.5 /10
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    Nissi Beach
    Ayia Napa - Cyprus
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The first hotel built in Ayia Napa, the Nissi Beach offers one ...

  • 8.35 /10
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    Olympic Lagoon Beach Club
    Ayia Napa - Cyprus
    Hotel Hotel 0 Etoile(s)

    Here is a very small, brand new hotel, made up of 19 guest rooms. ...

  • 8.1 /10
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    So Nice Boutique Suites
    Ayia Napa - Cyprus
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The So Nice Boutique Suites is one of the few hotels in Ayia ...

  • 8.0 /10
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    Grecian Bay
    Ayia Napa - Cyprus
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Grecian Bay is a luxury hotel located on the verge of a pleasant ...

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