Places to visit in Ayia napa
A recent addition to the area is the beautiful outdoor Ayia Napa Sculpture Park. Sculptors from around the world have worked on some amazing works of art, that are exhibited out in the open. It is also worth visiting the Makronissos Archaelogical Tombs, consisting of 19 tombs from the Hellenistic and Roman era, the Venetian Aqueduct that used to supply water to the monastery and the rural churches, such as the Ayia Thekla Church and Ayia Mavri Chapel. Another place you must visit are the stunning sea caves or ‘Palatia’ at the eastern part of the town. They can be reached by boat or just walk there and go snorkelling or diving. And if you are a romantic, you should most definitely visit the Love Bridge and take photos with your loved one. Lastly, nothing beats the afternoon strolls in Ayia Napa’s picturesque harbour.
Things to do in Ayia Napa
If you fancy swimming in various spots around Ayia Napa and Protaras, you can hop on, on one of the boat trips, that start their all day tour at the harbour. During the night, Ayia Napa is transforming into a party town. The streets and squares are packed with people, walking and enjoying their dinner and drinks. If you are not a clubbing person, or if you have children, or even if you are young at heart, it is worth visiting Parko Paliatso Luna Park. Before you leave town, stop by the ‘I Love Ayia Napa’ sculpture, located at the centre of the town and take a picture to remember!
Best Beaches in
Similarly, on the other end of the town, next to the harbour, you will find the Pantachou (Grecian Bay) beach, a 1.5 km long beach, with golden sand and turquoise waters, our favourite beach in Cyprus. Unlike Protaras, there aren’t many small bays in Ayia Napa, but it is worth discovering those few ones such as Ammos tou Kampouri, Katsarka, Vathia Gonia, and the gorgeous Ayia Thekla beach located 6 km to the west of Ayia Napa.
All the beaches in Ayia Napa are fully organised with umbrellas and sunbeds, rented by the Ayia Napa Municipality. Each sunbed and umbrella cost €2.50 for the whole day, so grab your gear early in the morning for the best spot on the beach. Most of the beaches have at least a kiosk or a beach bar around, and there are many restaurants in close proximity everywhere.
Accommodation in Ayia Napa
All great sandy beaches in Ayia Napa are surrounded by many hotels and apartments, for all wallets, and for a better holiday experience you should book your accommodation in one of them. The main resorts and biggest hotels in Ayia Napa come complete with their own swimming pools, often offering all-inclusive packages.
If you are a family, or a group, or If you prefer a little privacy, there are plenty of private villas to choose from, in more relaxing and quiet areas, often overlooking the Mediterranean. Most villas offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money, especially during the peak season.
The most popular accommodation is quick to fill up during the summer months, and the best hotels should be booked well ahead of your arrival, particularly if you want to be near a beach. Good choices include the Grecian Bay Hotel, the Alion Beach Hotel, the Nissi Beach Resort, the Asterias Beach Hotel and the NissiBlu Beach Resort, all of which stand alongside Ayia Napa’s legendary white sandy beachfront.
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Places to eat in Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa’s culinary scene has been upgraded impressively in the last ten years and now there are quite a few, really good restaurants, casual and formal, worth checking out. Apart from the ones, in and around town, there are some good restaurants inside in some of Ayia Napa’s finest hotels, in which non-residents can also dine in.
Before you head to the beach grab a bite (or take some food with you) in one of the many bakeries in town. You should try the local cheese pie made with halloumi and fresh mint, the traditional olive pie made with black olives, or even take with you a sandwich with halloumi, lountza (local cured pork meat) and tomato. To dine in, many of the restaurants and snack bars are open throughout the day, although quite a few open around 5- 6 pm, just in time for early dinner. As for the choices, there is a wide range of cuisines being served in the town’s eateries.