Ayia Napa

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Ayia Napa [1][2] (now officially transliterated into English as Agia Napa from the Greek) is widely considered the premier nightlife location of Cyprus.

Understand[edit]

Ayia Napa is Greek for "Santa Napa", the patron saint of the town, whose Venetian-era monastery is in the centre of the town, next to the square.

Located in the district of Famagusta, Ayia Napa has become synonymous for Sun, Beach and Fun Holiday Experience. Some consider Ayia Napa to be a completed holiday paradise for all ages, some others know Ayia Napa for its signature Night Life. Definitely, Ayia Napa offers a diversed Holiday Experience and can be considered the Tourist Capital of Cyprus.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Most travellers arrive at Ayia Napa by flights to the island of Cyprus that land at Larnaca airport. From there, it is a 35 to 45 minute taxi ride to Ayia Napa. Some people fly in from Paphos Airport which is about 2 hours away, but sometimes flights are much cheaper.

Intercity buses run from Larnaca to Agia Napa (40-45 min) and on to Paralimni (1 hour), with a single ticket costing €4, a one-day ticket €7 and a seven-day ticket €33. Students get a 50% discount if showing a valid student card to the driver (although only student cards from Cypriot universities are supposed to be valid, in practice this is not enforced by most drivers).

If arriving from the airport, bus 417, 418, 419, 425 and 429 will take you to central Larnaca (ask for the Central police station), where the intercity buses stop (although they actually depart from nearby Finikoudes beach)

Bus 711 also runs from Larnaca to Agia Napa stopping in the intermediate villages (rather than taking the motorway), so it takes about 1 hour 45 min and should be avoided. It's cheaper though (€2.50 one way). http://www.cyprusbybus.com/blogdetail.aspx?id=9

Depending on your negotiation skills and whether you're using a prearranged hotel pick-up service or simply hailing a cab outside the airport, the total fare should be somewhere between €5.50 (if using buses) to €55, but not more.

By road[edit]

  • Service taxis [3][4]
  • Regular bus services [5], [6] connect Ayia Napa to the main cities.
  • Rent a car. Prices are reasonable compared to other Mediterranean destinations, and will allow you to explore the area further. In the summer try and get an air-conditioned vehicle.

Get around[edit]

  • On foot. Ayia Napa itself is small enough to be considered just about walkable.
  • Bicycle. Widely available, lots of bicycle lanes.
  • Scooters. Also widely available, and can be fun. However, these can be death traps if not driven with the appropriate care and responsibility. If in doubt of your driving skills and discipline, avoid them at all costs.
  • Dune buggies. Extremely fun and very useful in going exploring off the beaten path.
  • Car rental. These are useful in exploring the surrounding areas, but traffic and parking in the center of Ayia Napa can be a problem. If you are thinking of drinking don’t risk driving, as local laws are very strict.
  • Taxis. Compared to some European cities are somewhat affordable. Widely available. Make sure the driver turns the taxi meter on, or negotiate the total fare to your destination prior to departure.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ayia Napa Monastery - The cultural site most worth visiting in the town, the present building dates to around 1500.
  • Cape Greco - Cape on the way to Protaras, worth visiting, especially if you love photography as it offers picturesque sceneries. You can visit Crow's Bridge, Ayioi Anargiroi Chapel, Blue Lagoon and Konnos Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
  • Sculpture Park - A unique path on the eastern part of Ayia Napa offering a variety of sculptures offered by various sculptors.
  • Sea Caves - Make sure you take a boat trip to visit the sea caves; Seals have been sighted in the area!
  • Makronissos Tombs - 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.
  • "I Love Ayia Napa" Monument - New addition to Ayia Napa's Square area, near the central bus station, with people lining up to take a photo. Similar to Amsterdam's iconic iAmsterdam monument.
  • Thalassa Museum The Museum is located at the centre of Agia Napa and it has the sea as a subject-matter. It is the first museum of its kind across the Mediterranean region with 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Best Beach Experiences at Nissi Beach, Grecian Beach, Makronisos Beach
  • Spectacular Walking Tour at Cape Greko National Park, located at the very end of Europe
  • Day Tour to Visit Points of Interest such as Monastery (center), Thalassa Museum (150 mt), Aqueduct (300 mt), Fishing Harbor (500 mt)
  • Boat Trips to explore the surrounding coastline
  • Kandi Beach Party
  • Napa Spray Pool Party on Saturday
  • Spend a day at Waterworld Waterpark
  • Lounge at Nissi Bay Beach Bar

Attractions[edit]

  • Cultural Attraction: Sculpture Park
  • Cultural Attraction: Thalassa - Sea Life Museum
  • Cultural Attraction: Medieval Monastery (center of Ayia Napa)
  • Cultural Attraction: Medieval Art Festival - always October
  • Natural Attraction: Cape Greco National Park
  • Natural Attraction: Sea Caves
  • Natural Attraction: Liopetri Natural Fishing Shelter (10 min)
  • Entertainment: Night-Out in the Center of Ayia Napa
  • Nightmare Horror Maze
  • Waterworld Waterpark
  • Watersports in most beaches
  • Bungee Jump


Beaches[edit]

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.

  • Nissi Beach 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 This 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.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Clothes shops, shoe shops & furs can be found along Nissi Avenue and Archiepiskopou Makariou Avenue, as well as a large number of souvenir shops.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Glasshouse Fine Dinning Restaurant, On the Rooftop of Adams Beach Hotel Ayia Napa. Exquisite Cuisine, cozy enviroment and fantastic view overlooking the Nissi Beach.  edit
  • Sage Restaurant, Next to Thalassa Museum, Ayia Napa. One of top 3 restaurant of Ayia Napa.  edit
  • De Medici Restaurant, Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa. Contemporary Italian Cuisine with excellent service.  edit
  • Taverna Napa, Demonkratias Str, Ayia Napa. One of the few traditional tavernas of Ayia Napa.  edit
  • Fiji Polynesian Cuisine, Main Road, Ayia Napa. Exotic fruits, vegetables and meats with unusual herbs and spices, grilled in a traditional wood fired oven.  edit
  • Blue Spice Restaurant, aphrodites 29, +357832088, [7]. A restaurant located right by the sea, in Protaras area. International and local dishes with an arty touch. Many fresh seafood and vegetarian options too. Often they have live music and events on their adjacent cocktail pool-bar. 7-25 euros  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Square should be your first choice for nightlife in the area. Although the area is a lot smaller than you might expect, there is a lot packed into the area and there are plenty of cheesy places to drink. Main bars include Bedrock, the Castle Club and Ice. Be aware that competition between various bars is phenomenally fierce and most if not all bars employ promotional staff who will constantly accost you on the street with special offers such as "2 for 5" (2 drinks for 5€) with free shots or drinks. These people are exceptionally persistent and will even go as far as to grab you should you refuse to acknowledge them. Although they pose no threat they can be very annoying. Be particularly aware of those trying to promote Toga Toga or Moulin Rouge, the main strip clubs on the island. Toga Toga has agents who are very persistent and will harass you multiple times on their moped during your stay. However, if you're interested, it is always worth haggling with them as they sometimes give you tickets for free.

Moulin Rouge are less intrusive but be very careful about insulting their PR staff. By all means, listen to the various PR people if you're partially interested because they can get you genuine deals in bars and clubs, but remember that ultimately these people's sole aim is to make you poorer and them richer, so politely tolerate but don't fall for their efforts to try and "make friends with you". However, it can be amusing to distract them from their job and try to engage them in long conversation. Watch out for two guys that come around asking if you want to come on a boat party, as in 2004 several boat party operators were arrested for organizing drunken orgies aboard their boats [8].

Clubs and bars are open until daybreak and as a result, the 'scene' doesn't really begin to pick up until around 11-ish. Patrons who are used to attending bars from 8PM and heading to a club around midnight will need to reset their body clocks. The square is practically deserted until 9.30PM while most clubbers don't even bother going out until after 11, and most clubs close after 2AM and after party clubs open from 4AM till early morning. Those expecting a cheap night out are also going to be slightly disappointed. Drinks prices are generally the same in most bars and aren't dissimilar from prices in continental Europe.

Watch out in clubs - in Castle Club, even something as casual as a bottle of beer can be painfully expensive. Admission fees can also be high, but canny clubbers should be able to find a good deal. Promo people can be quite helpful in this regard, they will often find them approaching people during the day on the beach, handing out flyers with invites or coupons and such and if you know where you're planning to go, you can usually pick up cheaper advance tickets. Also worth mentioning that most bars either have arrangements with clubs or are actually owned by the same people, a sort of a "cartel" if you will - one of the bars behind Castle (Red Square) offers buy-one-get-one-free on some of their drinks and will give you free entrance ticket to Castle or Starskys.

For an area that's fueled by alcohol and tourists determined on going wild, Ayia Napa seems to suffer very little from anti-social behavior. Provided you observe general bar and club etiquette you are extremely unlikely to encounter any trouble from other clubbers, locals or the police. The atmosphere in general is a very laid-back and positive, which offsets the fact that your night out is probably going to be more expensive than the one spent in your hometown.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Ayia Napa has a huge amount of accommodation facilities ranging from 5 star luxury hotels, to boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels, tourist accommodation and holiday villas.

  • Adams Beach Hotel, Nissi Ave (Near Nissi Bay), +357 23840000, [9]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. The Adams Beach Hotel and Adams Beach Deluxe Wing, command a superb aspect, located as they are on the spectacular beach at Nissi Bay with its fine white sand and turquoise waters. To add to this, we also have our own secluded cove for our guests to enjoy! The Adams Beach Hotel and Deluxe Wing is the ideal choice for your visit to Cyprus for its enviable location, unbeatable facilities, great service and value.All the rooms and suites at our hotel are perfectly formed and intuitively designed to place an array of amenities at your fingertips in the height of luxury.. TBA.  edit


  • Alion Beach Hotel, Kryou Nerou Ave (Near Grecian Bay), +357 23722900, [10]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A luxurious, welcoming and discreet five-star hotel, the Alion is noted for its modern refinement and its stunning natural beauty as it borders the sea and a natural park. Here, hospitality is enhanced with a commitment to personal service... TBA.  edit


  • Dome Beach Hotel, Macronissos Area (west of Ayia Napa), +357 23721006, [11]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Dome Beach Hotel & Resort is located on two sandy beaches, west of Ayia Napa, in a quiet setting, set amid well landscaped, exotic gardens. Combining a high quality of service with warm, friendly Cypriot hospitality, the Dome Beach Hotel & Resort is well suited to holiday makers of all ages and is most popular with families, due to the wide range of sports and entertainment on offer. This impressive, modern hotel offers a choice of accommodation with standard rooms and bungalows available. Both have a stylish and spacious interior and come well appointed with all the necessary amenities required for an enjoyable stay. TBA.  edit


If you are looking to get away from it all and relax with your family in privacy, then a holiday villa may be the right choice for you. By renting a private villa, you will have your own kitchen, living/dining room, bedroom and in many cases your own private swimming pool. Renting a villa provides you, not only, with more space and privacy but may also be a more economical option rather than staying at a small hotel room. A villa can usually accommodate a minimum of 4 people, and the rental price is charged per week making it more cost-effective than staying at a hotel.

  • Cornelia Homes Luxury Villas, Asprovounou Street, +35723721916, [12]. A family owned luxury villa complex situated on Asprovounou Street just off Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa's main road. 5 Minutes' walk from Nissi Beach, it's unbeatable for location, for a very affordable price. Ideal for families or large groups, 4 villas can be booked so wedding parties can take place here easily. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.  edit
  • Kaos Hotel Apartments, Nissi Avenue 44, +35723721916, [13]. A family owned apartment complex situated on Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa's main road. Popular with tourists of all ages, from all countries, whether same-sex groups, couples or families, due to its prime location close to the beaches and the bar strip. Served by bus stops, quiet surroundings, often regarded as the best "value for money" apartments complex on TripAdvisor. A good option for those looking for a great beach location but in a less noisy and crowded environment. Closest beach is 3 mins walk, Nissi Beach 15 mins, Harbour Beach 15 mins, Bar Strip 7 mins, many restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and souvenir shops close by. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.  edit
  • Alexia Hotel Apartments, 1st October 14 (Near Grecian Beach, Ayia Napa Harbor), +357 23722211, [14]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Family owned and run hotel apartments, situated near Grecian Beach. 40. (34.98381205504191,34.00236904621124) edit
  • Aphelandra Hotel, Cavo Greco Str, 5344 Ayia Napa, +357 23 72 19 06, [15]. 50 tastefully-furnished apartment complex in Ayia Napa. All the apartments have private balcony and air conditioning. 600 metres from the sea.  edit

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