Ayia Napa was originally a fishing village but has now expanded from a quaint harbourside village into a major tourist resort.
The beautiful, historical mediaeval monastery situated in the main square is a well-known centre point to all locals and visiting tourists. The charming octagonal courtyard fountain with its surrounding cobblestoned path and plants, make this place a must to see. The 16th Century church is quite unique as it is partly underground and cut into the surrounding rock. The ancient sycamore tree, which is a prominent part of the monastery grounds, is believed to be over 600 years old. The tiered outer courtyard has been made into a social gathering area where concerts and plays have been held.
During the summertime, the square is a hive of activity with the surrounding cafés and pubs being open till late into the night, talented craftspersons and artists are present in the evenings to offer their talents for you.
Ayia Napa is well known for its never-ending nightlife, clubs and discos as well as its vast array of popular and intercontinental restaurants to tempt everyone’s taste buds.
Make sure to check out in the local English newspapers or at the Municipalities for current shows and activities that are available to the public.
RECOMMENDED SITES / ACTIVITIES
- Nissi Beach- one of the best beaches in Ayia Napa. Recommended to go early so that you can find a good spot to lay your towel down or grab the closest sun lounger to the sea. Can get quite busy during the summer period especially in August, the Cypriots main holidays.
- The Marine Life Museum – can be of some interest to the little ones for a day out and can be found within the premises of the Agia Napa Municipality. Open Monday – Saturday from 09:00 –14:00 hrs.
- Cape Greco – A large cliff overlooking the sea and Ayia Napa town. It has some wondrous cave formations along part of the cliff called the Palaces; A fantastic photo opportunity. There is also a nature trail and a small church where you can walk down to a sea cave.
- Harbour Promenade –a lovely newly renovated area, where you can sit at one of the may harbour cafés and look out at the fishing boats. The kiddies can sit with a hand line and catch some little fish.
- Water sports – There are a variety of water sports companies around on the beaches that can offer you a multitude of different rides.
- Water World” Water Park - well renowned overseas for its facilities and amazing rides. The Water Parks’ theme is based on Greek mythology. Catering facilities are available. You can see a local travel agency where you can buy tickets with return transfer to the park, or you can make your own way there and buy your ticket at the door. Open from March to Mid-November from 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs daily. Tel: 23 24444.