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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 which today is the clubbing centre...

Located in the far eastern end of Cyprus, Ayia Napa has become synonymous with clubbing on the island, becoming a popular destination for families, young party-goers and couples of all ages, being a "dance party capital", similar to Ibiza in Spain. In particular, it has become popular as the summer holiday destination for followers of London's UK Garage & Grime music scene since the late 90's, whereas more recently it attracts House music crowds and DJs such as Paul Van Dyk, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Fresh and acts such as Example, Lethal B, Tyga, Flo Rida, LMFAO & Boy Better Know. British tourists were traditionally the most prevalent here, along with a fair share of Scandinavians, Germans, Swiss and some Lebanese (due to proximity), however in the past few years there's been a considerable surge of Russian and East-European tourists, as well as Italians & French. Beyond its raunchy clubbing scene, Ayia Napa attracts tourists world-wide on account of its fun-loving (some would say, totally hedonistic) outlook by night and its sandy, Mediterranean beaches and clear blue waters by day.

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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.

Bus service 711 goes from Larnaca (Foinikoudes beach) to Protaras and should cost around 2 euros. From the airport several buses(407,409,418,419,431 etc) take you to Foinikoudes beach where you can get 711. 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 €40 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.
  • "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.
  • 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!

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Crawl
  • Kandi Beach Party
  • Spend a day at Waterworld Waterpark
  • Lounge at Nissi Bay Beach Bar

Attractions[edit]

  • 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. Blonde beauties and well oiled hunks flock here. 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. Also Nissi Bay Beach bar features the club and bar DJ's spinning the decks each day.
  • Makronissos Beach Just as nice (if not nicer) as Nissi Beach, a bit further away. At times less busy and more family orientated. In the past this has been the choice for MTV’s and Kandi beach parties.
  • Grecian bay Also known as Harbour Beach or Limanaki, 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 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]

  • 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]

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, [9]. 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, [10]. 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, [11]. 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, [12]. 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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