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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Ayia Napa is Cyprus’ undisputed party capital. Its name is on the lips on every twenty-something as soon as the summer rolls around and it never fails to disappoint. Rivalling the likes of Ibiza, Marbella and Magaluf, Ayia Napa is the playground that every reveller has ever dreamt of. On top of that, it is blessed with incredible weather.
However, if you thought Ayia Napa was all about partying until the early hours you’re wrong (well, only slightly). This once quiet fishing village has managed to retain some of its original charm. From white sand beaches to the Ayia Napa Monastery and the Thalassa Musuem – there is a little more to Ayia Napa than meets the eye.
Holidaying in this lively part of Famagusta may seem all about the bars and clubs but scratch the surface a little and you’ll why more and more people are planning 2017 Cyprus holidays.
A night to remember
Ayia Napa has not gained a reputation as being the ultimate party destination in Cyprus for nothing. The streets of the resort are lined with hundreds of bars and clubs providing an overwhelming amount of choice for any reveller. If you’re looking for epicentre of it all then take a stroll into Monastery Square.
Sat in the shadow of the famous monastery, which dates back to 1500, the square comes alive once the sun goes down. Chill out with a couple of drinks in the numerous open air bars to get your night started and then venture a little further into Ayia Napa. The resort welcomes some of the biggest DJs in drum and bass, R’n’B, dance, dubstep and everything inbetween so strap in for one of the best nights of your life. As the sunshine of a new day peaks through the curtains, it’s time to start catching some rays. The place to be is Nissi Beach where the party comes to the shore. Get your place early as this stretch of coastline becomes busy as DJs and bands play throughout the day – even Radio 1 has called this place home during the summer months before.
If you’re looking something a little quieter then take a trip to Makronissos Beach or for true natural beauty then Konnos Bay is an absolute must. Split between Ayia Napa and neighbour this pine fringed beach is a popular destination with hikers heading for Cape Greco national park, divers and people who simply want a break from the craziness of Ayia Napa. It is not all about partying as you can enjoy a spot of culture by visiting the Thalassa Museum, a gallery dedicated to the impact of the sea on the Mediterranean region. You can also stop by the Makronissos Tombs – a reminder of this party town’s humble past.
Why go to Ayia Napa?
Ayia Napa is everything you could expect from somewhere described as the “Disneyland of Cyprus”. It is a clubbing paradise with the biggest and best acts lighting up the town on a nightly basis but can also boast a beautiful shoreline and stunning scenery.
At just 30 minutes away from the airport, you can be kickstarting the party just moments after stepping off the plane.
Attractions in Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa Monastery: This quaint little monastery is right in the centre of Ayia Napa, amid all the hustle and bustle of the bars, restaurants and shops � not what you�d expect on holidays here! Built in the 16th century, the monastery is a charming refuge from the loud and lively nature of Ayia Napa holidays. Inside, there�s a yellow sandstone chapel, and a leafy shaded courtyard with a stone fountain surrounded by olive and pine trees. In fact, the verdant gardens and Moorish buildings are so beautiful; many people choose to get married here and then spend their honeymoon holidays in Ayia Napa!
Makronissos Tombs: A fascinating, little-known site well worth checking out on your holidays to Ayia Napa. There are a total of 19 rock tombs here, all dating from the Roman and Hellenistic periods around 2,000 years ago. You can actually walk down the steps into the tombs themselves � they�re extremely dark and narrow, and make a complete contrast to the open, dusky plains of the area above. They make a very memorable visit on your holidays to Ayia Napa.
Activities in Ayia Napa
Thalassa Museum: Based in the heart of Ayia Napa, this museum is focused on all things marine. Inside you�ll see a full-scale reconstruction of a 4th century ship, and there�s also a reconstruction of an 11,000 year-old papyrus raft.
Waterworld: This huge themed water park is said to be the largest in all of Europe. Its design has been based on ancient Greek mythology, with towering columns and whitewashed sculptures all adding to the experience. The slides in this watery wonder world include The Fall of Icarus, Apollo�s Plunge and Drop to Atlantis � all great fun on family holidays to Ayia Napa!
EMW Go Karts: Right next door to Waterworld, you�ll find this action-packed go-karting course which is another favourite for family holidays in Ayia Napa. There are several speeds of karts, going all the way up to high-octane, full-throttle engine for thrill-seekers. Of course, there are some slower vehicles too for children and those who want to hold onto their breakfast!
Bungee Jump: We just had to mention the bungee jump located on Nissi Beach. It�s very well known with people who spend their holidays in Ayia Napa every year, as it�s a thrilling 200 foot drop towards the Mediterranean Sea. The cord is the perfect length so you�ll dip your head into the sea too! Plus, after your holidays you can boast to all your friends back home about conquering the Nissi Beach bungee jump!
Cape Greco: Just a short drive from the centre of Ayia Napa, Cape Greco is considered to be the �Land�s End� of the south-eastern side of Cyprus holidays. It�s also worth noting that the famous sea caves of Ayia Napa are located here too, where you can actually wonder between the labyrinths of interconnecting holes in the rocky cliffs. Being a natural sight, it�s completely free to visit, making it a great place to visit on cheap holidays to Ayia Napa.
Beaches in Ayia Napa
Nissi Beach: The liveliest and busiest beach on Ayia Napa holidays enjoys great popularity with the thousands of clubbers who come here during their summer holidays every year. So expect loud music, fun and frolics in the sand and action-packed water sports out to sea. And don�t forget to see the bungee jump � it�s not for the faint-hearted!
Liminaki Beach: A much quieter beach than Nissi, Liminaki also has the advantage of being nearer to the centre of Ayia Napa. It�s a very attractive place to spend your holidays sunbathing, thanks to the soft golden sand and a rocky shrub-covered headland which helps calm the waves out to sea. It�s this and the gently sloping sand which leads to shallow waters that make the beach ideal for children on family holidays.
Makronissos Beach: You�ll find lots to interest you at Makronissos Beach, and it�s not just because of the lovely soft sand and sapphire sea! Makronissos is also the home of the famous tombs we mentioned in the �sights worth seeing� section of this Ayia Napa holidays guide. So after you spend some time enjoying this gorgeous beach on your holidays to Ayia Napa, you can go and brush up on your history by viewing these ancient Roman tombs too!
Restaurants to Ayia Napa
Hokkaido: Being a resort which attracts tourists from all over the world, the cuisine on Ayia Napa holidays is suitably international as well. Hokkaido is one such example of this. It�s an authentic Japanese restaurant serving ultra-fresh sushi, and much of the raw fish is caught locally. But apart from the sushi, the restaurant�s real claim to fame is the Tepanyaki-style cooking. This is basically where highly-trained chefs cook your food in front of you on metal hotplates.
Los Bandidos: This Mexican restaurant in the heart of Ayia Napa has been a firm favourite with tourists on their holidays here for many years now. Everything is served with a smile and super-fast too! Expect a large choice of Mexican classics such as burritos, enchiladas, and tacos accompanied by spicy rice and guacamole. The large portions actually mean your money goes a long way, making the prices very low for cheap holidays in Ayia Napa.
Clarabel Restaurant: For a more traditional, low-key eating affair during your holidays in Ayia Napa, how about Clarabels? The restaurant may not look like much, with simple wooden furniture and a rather plain decor, but the food sure makes up for it! The menu is eclectic and international, serving favourites such as spaghetti Bolognese chicken Kiev and perfectly cooked steak in Dianne sauce. And at just over 10 euros for three courses, the set menu is exceptionally good value too; ensuring cheap holidays to Ayia Napa are definitely possible.
Nightlife in Ayia Napa
Monastery Square: When it comes to nightlife on Ayia Napa holidays, this open square is where all the action is at. The lively Buzz Bar is within walking distance � it serves huge buckets of cocktails for surprisingly cheap prices, so you can be certain of enjoying cheap holidays to Ayia Napa if you haven�t got a very big budget! But mainly, it�s all about the clubs in Ayia Napa holidays, and current big names in dance music have all been here recently, including Freemasons, DJ Tiesto and Stonebridge as well as famous MCs from the Grime scene such as the Boy Better Know and Roll Deep crews.
The best clubs for Grime include Club Ice and the Abyss Club, while the Castle Club will be your best bet for house music. Many people think Ayia Napa holidays are all about hip-hop, Grime and R�n�B, but there�s actually a surprisingly diverse array of music played here. For example, the Starsky and Hutch bar plays 70s soul and funk, whilst Carwash plays pop classics from the 80s! And how could we forget Bedrock Inn � as you may be able to tell from the name, it�s designed like a Flintstones cave and has a lively atmosphere for karaoke singing and playing recent chart hits.
Shopping square: As well as being the best nightspot, the Monastery Square is also the main place to be for shopping on Ayia Napa holidays. Interspersed between the bars, clubs and restaurants, you�ll come across shops selling all kinds of designer labels and High Street brands. Clothes and Jewellery can be very cheap, so it�s well worth shopping around on streets such as Nissi Avenue and St. Makariou Avenue to discover those bargains for bringing back from cheap holidays in Ayia Napa!