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Best Places To Stay In Cyprus: Ayia Napa Holiday Guide

Ayia Napa is a Mediterranean paradise, as famous for its party nights as its white sands and clear waters. Read on for your complete guide to one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cyprus.

Discover whether Ayia Napa is suitable for families and couples, where you can find the best luxury villas, which attractions to see, beaches to visit, clubs to enjoy and more.

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Why choose Ayia Napa, Cyprus?

  • Eastern Cyprus is a haven for beach lovers and Ayia Napa is no different. Sitting on the south east of Cyprus, close to Protaras and Pernera, Ayia Napa is perfectly positioned for all the best beaches and attractions in Cyprus.
  • This infamous party paradise is an international destination for beach-side clubbing when the sun goes down, yet Ayia Napa has lots more to offer.
  • From history to family days out, watersports, award-winning beaches, luxury villas, nature walks, boat trips and more – you'll find plenty here to keep you entertained during the day. When the sun does go down, there are over 80 world-famous bars and clubs to enjoy.
  • Ayia Napa lies in the Famagusta district - the home of endless white sandy beaches and the most popular region for a holiday in Cyprus. Ayia Napa offers access to the best beaches, clubs, bars and attractions in Cyprus, all well-maintained and easy to get to.
  • This is a lively place with lots to do so getting around is simple. Much is within walking distance and buses are available, but you'll find quad bikes, taxis and bikes are the most popular ways to get around Ayia Napa.
  • Luxury holiday villas are a favourite option for accommodation in Ayia Napa, you'll find our top picks for singles, families and couples later on in the guide.
  • With so much to experience throughout the day and night, Ayia Napa is an exciting, must-do beach destination for a fun-filled holiday in Cyprus. Browse Private Villas With A Pool

Best things to do in Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Although it is known around the world for its legendary nightlife, there are lots of things to do and see in Ayia Napa during the day.
From places of cultural interest to water parks, nature reserves, a theme park and the best beaches in Cyprus, here's your guide to the best things to do in Ayia Napa.

Best things to do in Ayia Napa

Top watersports: The Famagusta region in which Ayia Napa resides is stunning. Ayia Napa's clear Mediterranean waters and soft sandy beaches make it the perfect backdrop for watersports of every kind.

Beaches here are busy and well-maintained. You'll find watersports are easily available on most beaches and from the harbour. Everything from jet skiing to paragliding, wind surfing, kayaking, banana boat rides, fishing, boat cruises and sea safaris are available for you to enjoy

Scuba diving and snorkelling are really popular activities for holidaymakers. Whether you are diving off the coast, during a boat trip or whilst visiting a cave, you'll find lots of interesting marine life and fossils underneath the waves.

Best beaches

Ayia Napa has an impressive collection of blue flag beaches. These beautiful, sandy beaches are well-maintained with excellent facilities, including: beach bars, showers, sun loungers, eateries and more.

Nissi Beach is the best beach in Famagusta and one of Cyprus' top beaches. Holidaymakers flock to Nissi beach for its crystal-clear waters and 500m of soft, white sand accompanied by a great selection of bars, watersports and restaurants.

Many visitors to Nissi Beach are families. You'll find Nissi's waters are shallower at the eastern end where it is favoured by families and there is often entertainment for children.

Makronissos Beach and Landa Beach are two of Ayia Napa's other top beaches. Both beaches offer the opportunity to enjoy cocktails on the beach from one of the many beach bars, watersports and plenty of beach-side eateries.

Landa Beach is a short walk on from Nissi Beach, whilst Makronissos Beach is the furthest away so often has the least crowds.

Smaller bays such as Ayia Thekla Beach or Vathia Gonia Beach, offer somewhere quieter to relax away from the crowds.

Best local attractions

One of Ayia Napa's most famous attractions is the medieval Monastery of Ayia Napa. At over 500 years old, this historic structure sits in the middle of Ayia Napa, fronted by a 600 year-old sycamore tree and a pretty park

Built into the rock face with an interior that finishes underground, the Monastery of Ayia Napa is a must-see attraction.

For more history, head to the Thalassa Museum, where you can uncover Cyprus' rich maritime history. Further fun for all the family include Parko Paliatso and Waterworld Waterpark Ayia Napa.

Parko Paliatso is a thrilling amusement park full of all the best rides for the family, such as the: big wheel, pirate ship and bumper cars. Open till late, there are also adult-only rides like the exhilarating, 80m high Slingshot Catapult.

Waterworld Waterpark is one of the biggest waterparks in the Mediterranean. Ayia Napa's Waterworld has over 30 slides, children's areas, chill out spaces, go-karting, trampolines, restaurants and more.

Ayia Napa's open-air Sculpture Park is a big draw. You'll find large, white stone sculptures by artists from all over the world, around the theme of ancient gods and mythical creatures. The Sculpture Park is a much-loved attraction in a tranquil setting, with stunning views out to sea.

For adventures in the water, be sure to visit Ayia Napa's Palatia sea caves. Rising 10m high above the water and 80m underground, these rock formations contain hidden caves and tunnels that can be explored on foot, by boat or when diving.

The Palatia sea caves are situated at the beginnings of Cape Greco National Park. Cape Greco National Park sits on the coast between Ayia Napa and Protaras. Once home to ancient juniper forests, the area is now covered in shrubs, rare flowers, wildlife and over 80 species of birds.

For a more immersive experience in nature, head to the Troodos Mountains. The Troodos Mountains are home to Troodos National Forest, an incredible area of natural beauty, covered in 750 types of plants and rare wildlife.

A jeep safari will take you on an exciting journey from Ayia Napa into the mountains, with plenty of stops at vineyards, restaurants and scenic spots along the way.

As one of Europe's top party destinations, Ayia Napa hosts a number of festivals every year. Featuring live music, performances, food and drink, top festivals include: the Ayia Napa Beer Festival in September and the Ayia Napa Summer festival.

Best nightlife

After 8pm, Ayia Napa is transformed into a giant party. There are over 80 bars and 12 clubs, mostly concentrated around the strip. Many bars open from earlier in the day and you can party till the early hours in Ayia Napa's bars or until the early morning in the clubs - the last of which closes at 6am.

Ayia Napa is world- renowned for its beach-side clubbing so you can look forward to DJ sets by famous DJS from all over the globe. There are also lots of celebrities who fly out to Napa to do PAs.

Nissi Beach is host to many incredible beach parties throughout the summer, there are also foam parties, special club nights and an endless schedule of events. Some of the best clubs in Ayia Napa include: the 5-room Castle Club, Carwash and Club Aqua.

With bars located on most beaches in Ayia Napa, you can party all day if you wish. You'll find bars and clubs to suit every musical preference, as well as rooftop bars, stylish cocktail bars, karaoke bars, sophisticated and live music

Some of the best bars in Ayia Napa include: Pepper, Liquid Cafe, Cafe Central and Jello.

Best restaurants

Ayia Napa has a fantastic choice of restaurants. From fast food to Chinese, Italian, Japanese, traditional meze and Mexican, you'll find every type of cuisine here.

Top restaurants include En Yevo,a traditional Cypriot taverna famous for its meze, sheftalia and kleftiko. For pizza and pasta Quadro is the place to go whilst Limelight is makes the best chargrilled steaks, lamb and seafood. For something completely different, Friji serves up thai-style food in fun, tropical-themed surroundings.

Top places to visit near Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa's idyllic coastline leads on to Protaras – a beautiful and popular beach haven, with miles of white sands and plenty to do. Protaras is connected to Pernera.

If you want to spend some time in a quieter location, take a trip to Pernera where you'll find a charming harbour flanked by serene bays and beaches.

In the other direction, Larnaca is close by and the town of Paralimni is only 10 minutes away.

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Best places to stay in Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Luxury villas in Ayia Napa are incredibly popular. You'll find a fantastic range of luxury holiday villas for rent with and without pools, in a wide variety of room sizes. From four bedroom villas to a villa with sea views, three bedroom villas and more, you'll find the right villa for your family.

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Flights to Ayia Napa

Nearest airport to Ayia Napa, Cyprus: Larnaca International Airport is the nearest airport to Aiya Napa. It is the biggest airport in Cyprus so finding flights that land here is easy.

When is the best time to visit Cyprus?

It is possible to visit Cyprus almost all the way through the year and still enjoy warm weather. November and March both enjoy temperatures in the twenties. The hottest weather lasts from June to September and remains in the thirties throughout the four-month period.

March sees the start of the hot weather with temperatures ranging between the twenties and thirties. In October and November it is still warm, with temperatures in October often as high as 27°C. By November, you can expect temperatures to drop down to around 22°C.

December to February is winter in Cyprus. However, in this beautiful, sunny isle, winter means temperatures of around 18°C. Be warned though, that this is the rainy season so you may still see some sun but it will be accompanied by a lot of rain.

A large proportion of travellers to Ayia Napa are in their twenties so much of Ayia Napa shuts down in winter. For the full Ayia Napa experience, you need to hit the shores in the summer months for the international DJs, events and club nights.

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