Ayia Napa Guide
Once a sleepy fishing village where very little happened, Ayia Napa is now the largest holiday resort in the South East of Cyprus. With its fine beaches, exceptional weather and famously raucous nightlife, Ayia Napa welcomes thousands of European tourists every year to soak up the Cypriot sunshine and party in to the early hours.
After Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, the island’s most popular holiday resort Varosha fell under the control of Turkish troops and now sits abandoned. In need of a new tourist centre, Ayia Napa was transformed from a quiet fishing village to a major holiday resort with hundreds of hotels, restaurants and bars drawing in visitors from every corner of Europe and beyond.
The South East coast of Cyprus contains the best beaches on the entire island, many of which – Nissi Beach, Macronissos Beach and Landa Beach included – are found in Ayia Napa. Nissi Beach is the pick of the bunch, resplendent with its fine white sand, azure waters and a variety of water sports to try your hand at.
Ayia Napa is internationally renowned as a clubbing capital, with the biggest DJs in house, garage and grime music spinning discs at the resort’s famous dance venues throughout the summer months. If clubbing isn’t your scene, you’ll find plenty of bars offering karaoke, big screen sports and live entertainment around every corner.
For those with a taste for quieter pursuits, a stroll around Ayia Napa’s picturesque little harbour is a pleasant reminder of the town’s humble beginnings. Alternatively you can take a boat trip to nearby Cape Greco, or wander around the beautifully cloistered monastery of Ayia Napa that dates back to 1570.
Visitors to Ayia Napa will need to make their way to the resort from Larnaca Airport, approximately 45 minutes away.
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