Spain has Ibiza, Cyprus has Ayia Napa. Now, I haven’t been to Ibiza, but I’ve seen what’s in Ayia Napa in the summer. And I can tell you is the best place to have fun on this island!
Ayia Napa is a popular choice for travelers of all ages.
Accommodations are for all budgets and for all tastes. We have from hotels by the sea to ordinary apartments for rent.
And of course we also have villas with pool. You will find these either on the beach or on the hills, far from the beach. That’s why it’s good to check the place where the house you want to choose is located. Otherwise, you might end up somewhere you can only travel with a rented car or a taxi. But most of the time, you will have a gorgeos view.
Ayia Napa’s beaches
Nissi Beach appears in all European charts among the best beaches. Here you will find the island that you can reach by walking through the water.
It is also the main beach on the island where the fun is maximum. The bars play loud music and maintain the atmosphere with various competitions. The water is not deep suddenly, so it is perfect if you want to play ping pong with the locals. You have a place to eat if you are hungry and you certainly have a place to hydrate.
If you don’t like the prices from the beach just go out on the main street. In two minutes walk you will find a bakery across the street. From there you can get the famous hot Cypriot sandwiches, snacks and coffees. Everything at normal prices for Cyprus.
📽Here you can see how it looks 👉 Nissi Beach
Makronissos and Landa Beach
The next beach after Nissi is Landa, a little quieter. The beach looks good, has new and modern toilets at the entrance and offcourse you will find water sports. The entrance to the water is smooth, somehow too smooth for my taste. I admit, I got used to walking a long way until I reached deep water. But Landa may be to the liking of those who want to have fun in the shallow water or who come with their kids. And the restaurant on the edge has been recently renovated and looks very inviting.
Within walking distance from Landa you will find Makronissos beach. Highly sought after by Cypriots who come on holiday and by tourists who know about it. In front of the hotel there are canopies that can be rented and where you can also benefit from serving at the bar.
But you will also find regular sunbeds, for 2.5 euros each. The sand is so pleasant there that it goes even more classic, to the towel. The water is only good for swimming and even snorkeling, and if you want to go for a walk, follow the sandy path and you will reach the tombs dug in the rock by the sea. The area is worth exploring if you get there.
On the right you will also see the Marina that is still being built and the yacht port that is already in use.
📽And here is the link to a video with this gorgeous beches 👉 Makronissos și Landa
The harbour and the main beach
🚩The old harbor of Ayia Napa is used by local fishermen but also by boats with which you can go at the sea.
In Ayia Napa you will also find the famous Black Pearl and Jack Sparrow. The price is a bit higher compared to the other boats, but you are also offered food and drink. I’ve never been, but my friends have told me that is perfect if you have children. In the evening, the ship turns into a bar.
In the port area you also have fishing taverns, also very popular with Cypriots and tourists. You will also find regular restaurants in the area, some clothing stores and some souvenir shops.
🚩Near the port is the main beach of Ayia Napa. It is best to go further in the middle if you want to have good sand and a normal entrance to the water, because there are stones closer to the harbor.
From the habor area you can start walking on the seafront arranged only a few years ago. The area is also preferred by tourists to watch the sunset.
📽Check here how the harbor looks like 👉 Ayia Napa Harbor
Where to eat
When it comes to food, you have plenty of choices. The biggest concentration is in the central area, from the harbor as you go up to the entertainment area and to the monastery.
You will find Cypriot restaurants and taverns, a few Asian food places, such as Wagamama, but there are also international fast food chains. In the same area is one of the places you visit often – Karamelomeno kremmidi – where they have giros and souvlaki and many other grilled goodies and the prices are good. So is Mr Tzatziki, on Nissi Avenue.
If you want something fast, cheap and good, you can also check it at Bakery, also on Nissi Avenue.
If you are an Ocean Basket fan, you will find it at one of the entrances to the harbor. Summer at lunch time is usually on a waiting list, so crowded it is.
Wherever you are staying in Ayia Napa, you have every chance of having at least one goodplace nearby where you can eat.
Water park and Luna park
🚩Parko Paliatso Luna Park is an amusement park that you can’t miss in Ayia Napa. The high-lighting installations at night will guide you to reach it from any corner you come. You’ll find everything from the 45-meter-high wheel, the largest Sling Shot in Europe, to children’s trains and other entertainment. Admission is free and you only pay if you choose to go to try the machines there.
🚩You will also find Waterworld Waterpark in Ayia Napa. Here you will pay an entrance ticket that you can get directly on the park’s website or from the various car rental offices or directly from the entrance. You can get here by public transport buses.
There have been incidents in recent years, but generally I don’t think is a dangerous place to be. In the good old days, in the morning before sunrise, you could see young people sleeping on the streets in Ayia Napa after they had not been able to reach the accommodation. But, this is Ayia Napa at night, in the crazy area.
Where you shop
What you can visit if you are in Napa
🚩By bus or taxi you can go to Liopetri River, where there is a small fishing port and a tavern much sought after by locals. You will also find a pristine beach where tourists come with caravans.
🚩From Ayia Napa you can reach the Cape Greco National Park by bus and then also to Protaras.
🚩With the same busses you can explore the resorts of Pernera and Kapparis, but also the center of Paralimni, which is also the administrative center of the Famagusta region after the Turkish invasion in 1974 when the city was occupied.
🚩You can also reach all the big cities of the island by bus – Larnaca, Nisosia, Limassol and Paphos. The last one is 180 km away on the highway and the road to get there is justified only if you take and overnight accommodation to be able to explore the area.
📽 I invite you to see the area where the monastery and aqueduct is 👉Ayia Napa Monastery &Aqueduct
🚩Ayia Napa is 50 km from Larnaca Airport, just over a 30-minute drive on the motorway in the Famagusta region. The distance from Paphos airport is 168 km, ie at least two hours of driving on the highway, where the maximum limit is 100 km / h.
🚩It is the most famous resort in Cyprus and has almost 3,000 permanent inhabitants. In summer there are tens of thousands of people in the area.
🚩In 1974, when the Turks invaded the island, Ayia Napa was just a fishing village and the first hotels had just begun to appear.