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Ayia Napa attracted its first tourists (mostly Scandinavian) on the back of its incredible beaches. There is a selection of idyllic powder white sand beaches. The water is crystal clear with a lovely blue-green color. The water tends to be quite shallow. Even if you are a swimming pool person, visiting Ayia Napa’s beaches will surely convert you. Every beach will have a water sports center so make sure you know the boundaries of the swimming and powerboat areas. Food, drinks, umbrellas and sun beds are all available for 2.5€ each but you need to get there early to reserve yours. Paragliding is widely available while bungee jumps come in and out of fashion.

Ayia Napa resort has 27 beaches, of which 14 have been awarded the blue flag award, more than any other resort in Cyprus.  In 2018, it was announced that Nissi Beach, ranked as 3rd in the list of the most popular beaches in Instagram A CNN feature ranked Nissi Beach as the best beach to visit for the month of July 2018. In 2011, it came first in the TripAdvisor list of the best beaches in Europe. In 2017, Makronissos Beach was chosen by Travel weekly as the third (3rd) best beach for Cyprus and Greece.

Nissi Beach is the most infamous of them all. In the height of the summer you need to get there early to reserve your patch. About 4 km from the central square. BBC Radio One has staged its beach parties here.

Makronissos Beach Just as nice (if not nicer) as Nissi Beach, a bit further away. At times less busy and more family orientated.

Grecian Bay Also known as Harbour Beach or Limanaki, or Pantachou Beach it is the closest sandy beach to the centre of Agia Napa. This is a beautiful beach that stretches along three coves to the east of the small fishing harbour. Not so fashionable as the two above, but just as nice a beach.

Sandy Bay (or Vathkia Gonia) a sheltered beach nestled between two headlands, It is popular with families and is more low key and quieter than its busy neighbor (Nissi)

Konnos Bay is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and is very popular with locals and tourists alike, due to it being surrounded by mountains and having crystal clear waters. It is in the Cape Greko area and half of it is in Ayia Napa territory, while the other half belongs to Protaras.

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