Joining the ranks of legendary Mediterranean beach resort destinations like Ibiza and Mykonos is the relatively new hot spot of Ayia Napa. Set on the stunning southern coast of Cyprus, Ayia Napa is a favourite for everyone from families to partying singles. There is plenty of sugary, soft sand to go around on its 14 beaches and a lively town centre offering an array of world-class restaurants, bars and boutiques for all tastes and budgets.
Ayia Napa is gaining a solid reputation for high-class nightlife and lively socialising akin to other well-known beach destinations such as Ibiza. Nightclubs like the Castle Club have been around for years and regularly host big name DJ celebrities, footballers and jet-setters. In fact, the entire downtown core, known simply as the Square, is filled with upscale restaurants, boutiques and clubs. This is the place to see and be seen, especially after dark.
The other social nexus of Ayia Napa is the beach. There are several to choose from, and all have been awarded the coveted EU Blue Flag award for cleanliness, safety and modern facilities. Each beach has its own character, so travellers can choose the scene they prefer, from the youthful spirit of Nissa Beach to the family-friendly vibe on Makronissos. Water sports are a major component of all Ayia Napa beaches, so finding a fun activity is never an issue.
In town, everyone seems to gravitate towards The Square. This multicultural enclave of shopping, dining and partying resonates with energy day and night, offering the best selection of upscale retailers, fine dining and hot nightclubs. Plenty more amenities of a less luxurious nature can be found just by wandering the side streets that run off the Square.
Like most coastal towns in Cyprus, Ayia Napa began life as a humble fishing village. While these traditional roots are all but gone, visitors can still enjoy a number of interesting cultural and historic sites. From the Ayia Napa Monastery to the Thalassa Museum, there are ruins to wander and maritime museums to discover. Every September, the Ayia Napa Festival showcases the colourful culture and heritage of the town with a series of special events.
As one would expect, Ayia Napa contains a wide range of accommodation from beachfront hotels to self-catering apartments in town. There are rooms in all budgets and sizes, which helps keep the tourism scene refreshingly diverse. Every holidaymaker can find a place to stay and a reason to visit Cyprus’ buzzing beach resort of Ayia Napa.