a fun and fantastic summer resort
The southern coast of Cyprus attracts over three million tourists a year – that’s more than three times the whole island’s resident population! While each beach resort has its distinctive character and atmosphere, there is no doubt that Ayia Napa is the young, fun, and most exciting summer holiday destination, with quieter pockets just outside the centre.
What makes Ayia Napa special? Explore its centre and surroundings and you will discover that it is a concentrate of the best that this Mediterranean island has to offer. Its sandy beaches are among the most beautiful in Cyprus, its clear waters a magical sapphire blue. Everyday amenities such as shops and supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, banks, doctors and churches, are all available. Cafés, restaurants and entertainment hot spots are abundant.
Naturally, tourist-oriented entertainment peaks in the summer, while the tranquility of rural life in the area has a wholesome calming effect all year round. In an effort to further enrich Ayia Napa as a destination, a number of infrastructure projects are already in the pipeline, including a vast marina that will add a new dimension to the resort.
For a change from the beach and the holiday buzz, short drives along the well-developed road network take you to the protected national park of Cape Greco, to rural treasures and national heritage sites, but also to cosmopolitan towns and the picturesque, pine-forested mountains.
There is no doubt: Cyprus offers you that rare combination of a European lifestyle, Mediterranean climate and local hospitality. And you can enjoy it all in Ayia Napa.
During the extended summer season, Ayia Napa is a buzz of activity. Whether you enjoy sightseeing and water sports or simply strolling around, here are the must-sees in and around the resort:
- Ayia Napa Monastery and square
- Fishing harbour
- Nissi Beach
- Thalassa Municipal Museum
- Ayia Napa fun fair and luna park
- Bungee jumping
- Waterworld waterpark
- Cape Greco and the sea caves
- Profitis Elias chapel (Protaras)
- Ocean Aquarium (Protaras)
The actual resort of Ayia Napa is so close to its neighbours that they are often regarded as one location.
Protaras is almost an extension of Ayia Napa and often described as a miniature version of it. It is particularly popular among holidaymakers from the capital, Nicosia, many of whom either own or rent a summer home there.
Paralimni is a fully-fledged local village and the administrative centre of the Famagusta district.
Cape Greco is the signature landmark of the southeastern coast. It is part of the Natura 2000 project, a European Union initiative to preserve natural habitats and threatened species across Europe. In winter it offers migratory birds refuge from the cold of northern Europe.
Ayia Napa and its surroundings have the highest concentration of ‘Blue Flag’ beaches on the island. The EU ‘Blue Flag’ indicates a high level of cleanliness and organised facilities such as water sports, restaurants or snack bars and cafés.
Below is a list of the most popular Blue Flag sands – visit them all, and explore the more secluded small coves in between!
- Nissi beach
- Landa beach
- Agia Thekla
- Makronissos beach
- Pernera beach
- Konnos beach
Larnaca town: 35 minutes, 50km
Larnaca International Airport: 45 minutes, 60km
Limassol: 1 hr 20 minutes, 107km
Nicosia: 1 hr, 80km
Paphos: 2 hrs, 184km
Troodos mountains: 2 hrs, 164km