Looking for a 2019 / 2020 holiday that’s got nightlife to rival Ibiza, white sand beaches and a host of activities to entertain you? It has to be Ayia Napa. This legendary resort boasts 14 Blue Flag beaches, a dozen first class nightclubs, chic restaurants and fantastic bars. Perfect for groups, couples and families looking for a memorable holiday, Ayia Napa may be best known for its flamboyant nightlife and vibrant parties, but it’s got some hidden aces up its sleeve to impress a whole range of holidaymakers. Natural wonders, a world class museum, open air sculpture park, and, of course, some fun filled theme parks to enjoy.
Set sail from Ayia Napa’s harbour and you may well find yourself on a wild boat party, lazing the day away on a private catamaran, heading out for some deep sea fishing or looking out over the horizon to spot dolphins. With a superb range of accommodation to choose from, you may just want to relax by your hotel pool and soak up the Cypriot sun.
Party animals come for the world famous clubs and nightlife scene, and families and couples head to Ayia Napa for a beach holiday filled with pristine sands, turquoise waters and fun in the sun. With over 80 bars and a dozen clubs you could easily be forgiven for assuming Ayia Napa holidays are only suitable for young adults looking for a wild fortnight in the Cypriot sun. But away from the Ayia Napa’s pubs and clubs there’s a wealth of attractions to impress even the most discerning holidaymaker. Truly breathtaking beaches are at the top of the list, along with ancient monuments and captivating architecture. Theme parks and water parks provide the fun, while the Cape Greco natural park provides the wilderness for nature lovers to explore. With walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, diving and horse riding just some of the many activities you can enjoy, a holiday to Ayia Napa promises much more than a booze fuelled fortnight of foam parties and neon lit bars.
A holiday in Ayia Napa can deliver a full English and a pint, fast food, or some authentic Cypriot food served up with a dose of Ayia Napa hospitality. If you’re in the party capital to dance ’til dawn and soothe a hangover with a fry up, you’ll find no shortage of cafés and expat run restaurants ready to cure you. Away from the Square, the outskirts of town is where the locals are serving up impressive meze, including the ever popular feta based Greek salads, and a whole menu stacked with Cypriot dishes. For a chic and stylish evening, head to the Sage Restaurant on Kryou Nerou. The extensive wine list – stocking the best vintages from around the world – perfectly matches the first class food and luxurious decor. For a 24/7 eatery that can satisfy a sweet tooth, provide a wholesome breakfast or quench the late night munchies, Zorba’s Bakery is the best on the island. Strong coffee, pastries, sandwiches and delicious hot food – perfect for a day, or night, exploring in Ayia Napa.
Families on a holiday to Ayia Napa will have a whale of a time. With a huge range of gloriously sun kissed beaches, calm, clear seas and family friendly attractions this Cypriot town is perfect for families looking for fun in the sun. Water parks, theme parks and a dinosaur park are all on hand to entertain little ones and fun seeking adults, too. The marine themed museum has plenty to ignite imaginations, with a life size ship replica, a collection of preserved marine life and some intriguing fossils found nearby. In nearby Protaras, there’s an excellent mini golf course complete with trampolines, a mini train and bumper cars. The Parko Paliatso funfair has rides for everyone to enjoy, from amusements to entertain little ones, to a monster ride that even the toughest dads might not be brave enough to take on. The naturally formed sea caves at Cape Greco are ideal for intrepid explorers to swim in or walk around, and the Makronissos Tombs are fascinating places to explore for inquisitive minds.
Action & Adventure
If you’re looking for a more rugged adventure on an Ayia Napa holiday than a wild time at a paint party, head out into the surrounding countryside. On the shoreline there’s the stunning sea caves at Cape Greco to explore. The turquoise waters of the sea have carved honeycomb like structures into the rocks, perfect for swimming into or scrambling over to discover new spots to delve into. Divers can explore deep into the caves and take advantage of the crystal clear waters. If you prefer to make a splash in a water park, the thrilling collection of slides and pools at WaterWorld will keep visitors of all ages happy for hours. For more thrills and spills, the Parko Paliatso boasts the highest ejection seat ride in Europe where you can be catapulted into the air at high speed along with some serious g-force.
With 14 Blue Flag beaches near Ayia Napa, there are plenty of places to enjoy the bustling party atmosphere in the sun. Try your hand at a range of water sports on the beautiful Nissi Beach, including water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and speed boating. DJs keep the summer vibe going by playing sets from the Nissi Bay Beach Bar, providing the soundtrack to your summer. If you’ve had enough of Europop beats and want a more peaceful and remote escape, head to the beautiful sands of Cape Greco. Just outside Ayia Napa, Cape Greco’s beaches are stunning, but it’s the sea caves that really steal the show. Rocks have been worn away by the tide, leaving a network of coves and caves to swim through, dive under or walk around. The crystal clear waters are fantastic for snorkelling and diving, and give you a glimpse into the underwater world of Ayia Napa’s coastal marine life. If you want to make a splash, but the beach isn’t for you, head to WaterWorld. Slides, plunge pools and water based fun make this a great day out in the sun.
For some, Ayia Napa holidays take place exclusively in the Square, the party district that’s packed with around 80 bars and an impressive collection of nightclubs. Shots, fishbowl cocktails and hedonism are all here for anyone looking to party the night away. Though the Square still blasts out the latest dance tracks, it has calmed down a little since the height of the noughties. Families and couples in town for the gorgeous beaches and friendly atmosphere can avoid the Square to enjoy an evening of Cypriot hospitality. Bars and restaurants on the harbour offer a more laid-back atmosphere to relax in. Back in the Square, Ayia Napa’s party season usually covers eight weeks from June to August. World famous DJs and special guests join in the fun at the town’s biggest venues and the parties spill out into the streets until the clubs open at 1am. With some staying open until 8am you can unleash your inner party animal at the paint and foam parties, themed club nights and beach events.
Whether you want to take advantage of the endless attractions, spend your days exploring, or laze on the white sand beaches, Ayia Napa has something for every type of couple. If sun worshipping is on the top of your list, then Ayia Napa’s 14 Blue Flag beaches will leave you spoilt for choice. A sunset catamaran cruise could be the perfect end to a day topping up your tan, or maybe an intimate candlelit dinner for two in one of Ayia Napa’s chic restaurants. Soak up some Cypriot culture with a a trip to the town’s monastery, a 15th century sandstone Venetian building hidden right among the modern bars and clubs in Ayia Napa’s Square. For a night to remember, away from the pulsing beats in the town’s clubs, head out to a moonlit concert. Open air concerts are held regularly in venues in the resort and across the island.
A holiday to Ayia Napa has much more in store for visitors than just foam parties and free shots. While the town’s current vibe definitely leans towards the hedonistic side, there are hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Venture into the wildest part of town, the Square, and you’ll find Ayia Napa’s oldest landmark, a 15th century Venetian monastery. The monks have long departed, but it still offers a quiet place of reflection amid the whirlwind of revellers nearby. Ayia Napa’s Thalassa Museum of the Sea is one of the best museums on the island with a life size replica of a merchant ship alongside some natural exhibits. Preserved sharks and starfish seem like the stars of the show until you find the intriguing fossilised remains of the dwarf elephants. Found in 2002, the fossils date back a whopping 250,000 years. For a more recent addition to Ayia Napa’s cultural offering, head to the Sculpture Park. Overlooking the sea on the eastern edge of town, a wild and rambling space is slowly being stocked with a diverse range of sculptures created by artists from across the globe.