Maps of Ayia Napa
Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of Cyprus, Ayia Napa was once just a small fishing village. Today Ayia Napa is a hotspot for holidaymakers looking for a lively time.
Ayia Napa is about half-an-hour from Larnaca airport. Buses between Ayia Napa and the airport are reliable and cheap, if not too regular, even in the peak season when so many clubbers descend on the resort - at the time of writing there are just seven buses a day between Ayia Napa and the airport. Most people book a taxi, or reserve a space on a shuttle taxi or minibus. If you are hiring your own transport from the airport, you will find Ayia Napa well sign-posted.
More than 250,000 clubbers swarm into this party capital of Cyprus each summer, and the phenomenal atmosphere in the bars and nightclubs of Ayia Napa is nothing short of explosive. The clubbing season in Ayia Napa kicks off in June and lasts all summer long until October, though a few clubs, such as Black & White for example, are open all year round.
Gloriously golden beaches
Located in the centre of the market garden area of Cyprus, Ayia Napa also boasts a string of superb golden sandy beaches, and there remain vestiges of its cultural heritage such as the Venetian decorated monastery and a quaint harbour filled with colourful fishing vessels.
There are some excellent beaches close to Ayia Napa, the most famous being Fig Tree Bay. Other popular beaches include Nissi Beach and Nissai Bay, two miles west of Ayia Napa; Cape Greco to the east, where the challenge is to leap from the rocks into the sea; and Konnos Bay, just past Cape Greco, where there is a beach cafe and speedboats for hire. Nissi Beach is about a mile away from Ayia Napa to the west. It is by far the most popular stretch of sand in Ayia Napa, with loads of bars and hotels facing it. There is music, water sports, a 50m bungee jump, and there is a small island not far away which you can wade out to.
Water sports are very well catered for around Ayia Napa. The breezes that sweep in from the sea make it one of the best locations on the island for windsurfing, though you’ll find practically everything else you can think of. Scuba diving is great, too, and is promoted by quite a few companies.
Bursting with shops
Ayia Napa, like all major towns in Cyprus, is bursting with shops and markets. Leather, clothes, jewellery and CDs are particularly well stocked and are generally a fair bit cheaper than they are at home. There are cash points all over the place in Aya Napa, so carrying plastic is a good way to get at your money.