Discover Ayia Napa Town Cyprus
By Andrew Sharpe
Ayia Napa town in Cyprus was once a sleepy fishing village, not that you would believe it now. It is full of life with an abundance of bars, restaurants, clubs, nightclubs and clubbers. This resort is more for the younger generation. If it's a quiet relaxing holiday you're after, then it would be advisable to stay clear of Ayia Napa. Roughly, one third of all tourists who visit Cyprus go to Ayia Napa, mainly for the clubbing and nightlife it has to offer.
The Best Beaches in Cyprus
Ayia Napa has some of the best beaches on offer in Cyprus, in particular Nissi beach with golden sands and clear blue water. Like most beaches in Cyprus, there are a great variety of water sports on offer. The small harbour of Ayia Napa is the perfect place to sit with a nice cool drink and do a bit of people watching.
Inside Ayia Napa Town Centre
In the centre of the town, you will find plenty of shops selling everything from food, drinks and clothes to souvenirs. In the town square there is a 16th century medieval monastery and you'll also find a Marine Life Museum, the first of its kind in Cyprus. As the day ends and the sun begins to set, this is when things really start to get going. All the young clubbers head off back to their accommodation; to put on their evening clothes, ready to party the night away at Ayia Napa's range of bars and clubs. The nights are very noisy with lots of bars playing a range of reggae, house and dance music until the early hours of the morning and the perfect place if you're a party animal, or just want to enjoy yourself.
Waterworld in Ayia Napa Town
There is also a new water park in Ayia Napa town called Waterworld the biggest of its kind in Europe. The water park has a theme based on 'Ancient Greece'. You can find yourself floating down 'Odysseus River' or taking a nice relaxing soak in 'Aphrodite's Bathes'. If it's thrills you're after, then there are plenty of fast slides and water rides. If you have little children, or even big ones, there is a special dedicated pool just for them.
Places to visit in Ayia Napa Region
Ayia Napa Monastery
1500 AD. Originally, a convent later a monastery and recently used as the Ecumenical Conference Centre for the churches of Cyprus and the Middle East.
The small village of Liopetri is famous for the ancient craft of basket making.
The burial tombs Makronissos dates from the Hellenistic and Roman periods excavated by the Department of Antiquities.
The Farmhouse Monastery Square
Here you can see an authentic reconstruction of a Cypriot farmhouse depicting the rural history of the area, featuring everyday utensils, clothing and furniture.
This very pretty fishing village was once the home of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud in the 19th century. You must visit this cove, a stunningly beautiful tiny fishing habour with numerous small boats lining the estuary. A must visit.
The park's theme is Ancient Greece, with stone bridges, fountains and statues. The children are well taken care of by trained staff, so just sit back and relax.