Ayia Napa – a little haven in Cyprus

Story by: Lydia Michael     Date: 5 October 2020    Image by: Unsplash | LSD for Society

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When you think of summer in Europe, your mind wanders off to the Mediterranean Sea‘s beautiful crystal-clear waters. The blue waters of the sea are filled with myths and legends. Nowadays, tourists can enjoy amazing beaches and relish escapades of exploring and discovering or merely relaxing and enjoying the hot sun. At the far east of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll come across the island of Cyprus. Like every other island, Cyprus is the perfect destination for swimming and diving escapades, discovering ancient civilisations, getting lost in medieval monasteries, or having gourmet tours. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. That being said, you should expect to experience everything and anything. Today though, we will introduce you to Ayia Napa, a paradise for sea lovers!

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is the most popular resort in Cyprus. It is located on the southeast coast of the island and is part of the Famagusta region. The closest airport is Larnaca International Airport, an hour away by bus, or a thirty-five-minute trip by car. As the town is located in the southeast part of Cyprus, the sea is relatively calm and safe. The entire coast of Ayia Napa is a map of countless exquisite beaches and majestic sceneries of sea caves, ancient ruins from long-forgotten empires, and little chapels.

Popular Attractions to Visit in Ayia Napa

Agioi Anargyroi Path, Cyprus

1. Agioi Anargyroi

As you travel from Ayia Napa to Protaras through the coastline. You’ll stumble upon the little chapel of Agioi Anargyroi. The chapel is dedicated to Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. They once upon a time were practising at the sea cave under the chapel. The majestic scenery of Agioi Anargyroi above the sea is remarkable. Hence, it is also a top choice for many couples to get married at this very chapel. Other than that, access to the sea and sea cave is easy and safe. So, many swimming and diving lovers choose this area for exploring sea life in the Mediterranean Sea.

2. Thalassa Municipal Museum

As an island, the sea has an enormous part in Cyprus’ history and lifestyle. Thus, to explore the island’s sea life, and Cyprus’ civilisation development from prehistoric times till now, Thalassa is a must on your bucket list. The museum is divided into three parts. Firstly, there is an exhibition of people’s lifestyles throughout time. Here you’ll find the replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia. In the next section, you will explore the sea life in the waters of Cyprus and its evolution until today. Here you’ll come across a collection of fossilised fish, shells, corals, and ammonites. Lastly, there is an exhibition of several minerals found on the island.

3. Sculpture Park

If you are an art and a sea lover, then there is nothing better than a walk around the International Sculpture park of Ayia Napa. The park is located on the Kavo Gkreko (Cape Greco) Avenue. It has hundreds of stone statutes from various artists around the world. It is open 24/7, and the entrance is free. All the statues have their story, and the views of the blue sea are stunning. However, when exploring the large artistic park, don’t forget to put on sunscreen. The sun can get too hot!

4. Ayia Napa Monastery

Right in the heart of the town, you’ll find the monastery of Ayia Napa. The monastery dated back in the 11th century and was built during the Byzantium era. Now it is converted into a museum where you can explore and learn Cyprus’ journey of Christianity and colonisation by different empires.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa What to do

1. WaterWorld Themed Water Park

WaterWorld is one of the biggest themed water parks in Europe with more than 25 rides and attractions. The water park is themed after ancient Greek mythology. The beautiful fountains, statues, and columns will surely transfer you to a magical world full of adventures. It is only 2km away from the centre of Ayia Napa, and it can be easily accessed by bus. Furthermore, being in a water park while facing the blue sea is fantastic.

2. Paliatso Luna Park

Paliatso is the biggest funfair in Cyprus, with 25 rides for both adults and children. The most popular ride is the Sling Shot, one of Europe’s highest ejection seat rides. The funfair is within walking distance from Ayia Napa’s main square and harbor, making it easy to access. Even if you don’t take a ride on any of the attractions in the luna park, you can always stroll around the various rides, have a meal, and enjoy a relaxing yet exciting walk.

3. Ayia Napa Square

At the square, you’ll see the famous I love Ayia Napa sculpture. A popular attraction to take photos with and show everyone you were once at Ayia Napa. The square is surrounded by bars, shops, eateries, and accommodation for all tourists. Also, as you go up north from the square, you will get into the club zone of Ayia Napa. During summer and especially at night Ayia Napa comes to life with the numerous vibrant outdoor clubs. It is a must area for all the party lovers!

Top Beaches to Visit in Ayia Napa

1. Cape Greco

Although it is not a sandy beach, I couldn’t not include Cape Greco on the list. You’ll enjoy majestic views of the blue lagoon at Cape Greco, sea caves, cliffs, and wild vegetation. It is definitely a must!

2. Nissi Beach

Nissi Beach is a golden sandy beach with a small islet within walking distance. The crystal-clear waters of Nissi Beach always attract thousands of tourists every summer.

3. Makronissos Beach

A picturesque beach with amazing views and ancient tombs on site. History and nature together!

4. Konnos Beach

It is located at Cape Greco and is favoured for the shallow waters and water sports.

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