Ayia Napa beaches

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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Partying in Ayia Napa

There is no better place to party in Cyprus than in Ayia Napa – the island’s dance capital. What was once an idyllic fishing village is now considered as one of the most popular vacation destinations on the island. During the day, you can head to the beach where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. Come night time, enjoy the bubbly atmosphere at the city’s public square where you can party till the wee hours of the morning. There is simply so much fun waiting to happen that boredom is not a known concept in the area.

Since most visitors going to Ayia Napa are there to experience its legendary party atmosphere, the best time to go is from June to August. But, if you can’t keep up with the wild antics of college kids, it is best to visit between the tamer months of October to May when the resort town is less crowded.

The party is brought to the beaches of Ayia Napa during the day. It’s gorgeous white and golden sand beaches swarm with holidaymakers, many are content simply lying on the sand and broiling under the sun, some take advantage of the warm and shallow crystalline waters while others are engaged in all forms of revelry from daring bikini pageants to drinking contests.

Two of the most popular beaches in the area are Grecian Bay and Nissi Bay because they are closest to the town centre. Nissi is more crowded because it often hosts beach parties and outdoor concerts. If you are interested in water sports then the beach to seek out is Pantahou while those who are looking for dramatic natural sceneries will delight in the rock sculptures of Palaces beach. If you have kids in tow, the family-friendly beach of Makronisos is a perfect alternative.

Of course, there is no leaving town without experiencing its famous nightlife. The main square is definitely the place to go when partying in Ayia Napa. But don’t get there until after 11 pm because the area is practically deserted before that. The site begins to stir close to midnight and after the clock hits 12 o’clock the clubs and bars on site are all pulsating with music, excitement and high spirits that will surely keep you on your feet until daybreak.

Most bars either have arrangements with clubs or are actually owned by the same people and if you will in some of the bars you can buy-one-get-one-free on some of their drinks and will give you free entrance ticket to popular club Castle or Starskys.

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Things to Do in Ayia Napa

Why do tourists like Ayia Napa? Many suns, crystal clear sea, beautiful landscapes – this amazing combination of nature offers Ayia Napa!

In the past, it was a small fishing village, located in the bay .. today is a prestigious tourist center.

Over the last few years, Ayia Napa has become one of the most attractive tourist centers in the country and in the Mediterranean and is often referred to as the “other Ibiza” because it is truly a heavenly place for those who like the sea, water sports and active nightlife. Numerous restaurants, bars, discos, trendy clubs work almost uninterruptedly.

Tourists are mostly attracted by wide beaches with fine golden and white sand, water sports (diving, sailing, rowing, surfing, water skiing, sea fishing), as well as biking, walking, horseback riding, tennis, golf, football courts. .. You can visit the capital of Cyprus – Nicosia, then travel along the coast and by the fishing villages… And, you can enjoy the unusual experience in safari on asses, along with wine tasting, barbecue and sirtaki.

The Ayia Napa tourist destination is recommended especially to younger people, but also to all those who like active holidays. However, you can always find a place for a romantic dinner or a relaxing corner for relaxation. Families with children will enjoy the water park and spacious sandy beaches.

Although Ayia Napa, Cyprus, is famous for its exhilarating nightlife and gorgeous golden sand beaches, there are also plenty of other sightseeing opportunities while you are visiting. You don’t have to spend all your time at the beach or the clubs because there are some interesting attractions worth checking out in and around the famous resort town.

If you plan to drive around the Ayia Napa, there are several rent-a-car companies offering their services at the airport, so it’s best to get one from there. The bus remains to be the cheapest alternative but if you don’t mind paying for convenience and comfort, just get a taxi and get there effortlessly. The city itself is just perfect for walking around but if you want to get to your destination in half the time, go ahead and rent a bicycle because cars are a bad idea if you don’t want to deal with congested thoroughfares, especially in the town centre.

The red bus is the perfect way to get an overview of what Ayia Napa has to offer. Take a tour on-board the vibrant red double deck bus and enjoy splendid views of the coast, the charming villages nearby and the chic resort village of Protaras. It is not only good value for money but also really pretty much entertaining especially if you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the montage of scenic vistas along the way. The cool Mediterranean breeze blowing on your face is definitely icing on cake.

If you have kids in tow take them to the Water World Waterpark where they can spend hours on end playing on the water slides, cool off at the pool or simply have fun at the children’s playground. While the kids play, adults can take in their share of blissful sunshine at the pool lounge. Moreover, at the end of the day, you will not have to force your kids to go to sleep because they will be too exhausted to put up a fight. The water park opens at 10:00 am and it is best to get there first thing in the morning to avoid the crowd and the ensuing long line ups.

The park is one of the biggest themed water parks in Europe, with over 25 rides and attractions and is a member of the World Water Park Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Located next to the sculpture park (This park by January 2018 included more than 200 sculptures from 140 sculptors from all over the world) the Cactus Park includes over 10,000 cactus and dessert plants. It was created with voluntary work.

An interesting place to visit is from the period of the Venetian authorities, a monastery built in honor of the Virgin. The church holds weddings and baptisms. In the territory of the monastery, there is a source of water that dates back to ancient times. A house near the monastery is also interesting. In the house can be found remains and traces of former life in Cyprus. The house is made of mud, brick, in a traditional Cypriot style, with stylish furniture and filled with home appliances.

Visit the Unusual museum of the sea flora and fauna Thalassa which visits thousands of tourists each year. The Museum is located at the centre of Agia Napa and it is the first museum of its kind across the Mediterranean region with the main principle to present the impact and the significance of the sea upon the history of the island. The exhibits of the museum cover a chronological span, from paleontological to historic periods until present times.

Located west of Ayia Napa, is an ancient burial site with rock-cut tombs. Nineteen tombs have been excavated to date together with a small sanctuary to the east of the burial grounds and part of an ancient quarry adjacent to the cemetery.

In the season, visitors will complement their time with various cultural programs: concerts, theatre performances, folklore evenings, art and photography exhibitions, fairs, traditional crafts and arts. The main open stage becomes the main town square Seferis. Among the most interesting events in Aja Napa are Carnival February, Green Monday (the first day of the Great Post), Easter celebrations, May Day festivals, Kataklismos Festival or Festival of Water …

Ayia Napa is known for it’s nightlife so as you can imagine – it’s full of bars and restaurants. Off The Eaten Track – City Walking Food Tour will take you to the very best for authentic cooking to try the traditional cuisine and learn about the culture.

Cruise ship

Boat cruises are also popular in Ayia Napa. All you have to do is to head to the harbor and take your pick from the many boat operators touting their services to interested tourists. Ply the waters around Cape Greco to admire the scenic coastline and the neighboring pretty harbor towns. Another popular boat trip is The Black Pearl Pirate Ship which sails from Ayia Napa Harbour at approx. 11:30 am and returning at around 3:30 pm. The trip includes all the sights of Famagusta, 1-2 Swimming Stops, Treasure Hunt for the Children, a Full Pirate Show, Cannon Show and Dress Up for everybody.

Late afternoon is the best time to head to Cape Greco, so that you are just in time to catch sight of the glorious sunset that the area is famous for. You can also take a dolphin boat safari for a chance to see these playful creatures put on a show for you. For those who are looking for dramatic excursions at idyllic and remote places, join the fast boat safari to check out the island’s striking sea caves. Of course, boat trips to the stunning beaches of Pernera and Protaras also make for worthwhile jaunts during the day.

In Cape Greco there is one of the most amazing natural bridges in Cyprus, the bridge of the lovers. It is a masterpiece of the best creator, nature. This particular spot is very popular with photographers and honeymooners due to the romanticism inspired by the location, especially at sunset.

Scuba diving enthusiasts will also delight in the underwater offerings of Aiya Napa. With crystal clear, calm waters, the dive sites are just perfect for beginners but experienced divers will also discover something special in the area. The remarkable Zenobia shipwreck, less than an hour’s boat ride away, is a definite must-see for diving enthusiasts.

Finally, for a bit of sightseeing inland, take a short drive to the picture-perfect village of Sotira to admire its 15th-century churches then go all the way to the village of Liopetri to experience its exquisite basket-weaving industry. The picturesque village of Paralimni and the ghost town of Famagusta should also be on your list of must-see places near Ayia Napa.

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