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Ayia Napa Mini Guide
Ayia Napa is the perfect place for a family holiday or a weekend break with your mates to enjoy sunny weather, sandy beaches and all kinds of water sports.
Located to the south of Famagusta city on the eastern coast of Cyprus, every year the beach resort of Ayia Napa welcomes thousands of visitors from all over Europe.
Only 25 minutes from the nearby Larnaca Airport, Ayia Napa is easily accessible for tourists who can also get to many award-winning beaches and nature parks in the area.
The name Ayia Napa means 'Holy wooded valley' and it is also the site of an ancient monastery and icon of the Virgin Mary. The three main beaches Nissi, Makronisos and Grecian Bay must all be seen, though the latter two are far less crowded than the famous Nissi Beach. If you long for somewhere much quieter, head north to Paralimni and find Konnos Beach, set in a beautiful natural parkland and much quieter, even in peak season.
If you do want to go to Nissi you need to arrive early if you want to get a good spot. Scuba diving, snorkelling and water skiing can all be done on the white sands of the famous Nissi Beach during the day, while at night there are many clubs such as the Bedrock Inn and the Black and White club for revellers to visit.
This once sleepy fishing village was famed throughout the 1990's as a clubbing hotspot. For those who are not into clubbing and dance music, there are also Ayia Napa seasonal festivals which display all the best acts which perform Greek cultural songs and plays.
Water World Park in Ayia Napa is the biggest water based theme park attraction in Europe and therefore it is a great place to take children for a day out.
Hiring a car is the cheapest way to get from Larnaca Airport to the resort and is an excellent way to explore the surrounding areas of Ayia Napa. Whatever you do don’t drink and drive though as the local authorities are cracking down on this.
Once you have arrived in Ayia Napa it is possible to rent bicycles, mopeds and even quad bikes so that you can zip around the main strip while keeping your tan going. If you need somewhere to stay in Ayia Napa there is something for every taste including self-catering villas and bungalows to rent within the bustling centre and luxury apartments in the quieter surrounding areas such as Paralimni and Protaras. Ayia Napa has become a popular place to invest in property as well and much of this is due to its ever increasing facilities, such as the planned marina which will hold 600 vessels when completed.
- During the traditional siesta time Ayia Napa's centre is completely dead,. you won't find a restaurant bar or shop open, even in the height of summer. If you need anything at that time, usually 1pm to 3pm but sometimes as late as 5pm, the coastal road is your best bet.
- It's a little early for a holiday but if you're in the resort in March, look out for the Children's Carnival that takes place on Sunday 10th March. A little like the main carnival but with children taking the starring roles, expect processions, singing and dancing together with a riot of colour, or if things go wrong - just a riot!!