Warm and hospitable Cyprus has long been almost the most popular beach holiday destination. One of the most famous resorts of the island is Ayia Napa, which is increasingly called the "youth capital" or "Cypriot Ibiza". Such fame came to the city because of the large number of bars, discos and noisy entertainment. It is home to the largest water park in Europe, a huge amusement park, several gorgeous beaches and countless natural attractions.
The coast of Ayia Napa is white sand and limestone cliffs, in harmony with the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. What else do you need for the perfect vacation? Unless unhurried conversations in Cypriot taverns and evening walks along the embankments. Or maybe fun parties and dancing to incendiary music until the morning.
What to see and where to go in Ayia Napa?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
One of the most popular beaches in Ayia Napa. Unlike neighboring Nissi Bay, it is more focused on a relaxing holiday, it will be comfortable to be here with children. The beach is located in a beautiful bay surrounded by palm trees, it is covered with white sand, and the water here has a pleasant azure hue. The entry into the sea is gentle, so some tourists do not like that it is rather shallow here.
Port of Ayia Napa
The city port is located in a small closed bay, reminiscent of a quiet and serene harbor. Along the coast are elegant yachts, modest fishermen's boats and pleasure boats, waiting for those who wish to take a boat trip. Cypriot taverns are hidden in the streets adjacent to the port, where you can have a hearty and tasty lunch. You can also buy fresh sea delicacies here.
Water World Water Park
A huge water amusement park created based on ancient Greek mythology. Its attractions are named after the Olympian gods and are stylized as ancient legends: there is the "Libyrinth of the Minotaur", "Trojan Horse" and "The Labors of Hercules". In total, there are 18 slides in the water park, where you can ride all day long without fear of getting bored or tired. Playgrounds are organized for children.
The amusement park is practically in the center of the city, where several dozen attractions are open for visitors - from simple carousels for the smallest to extreme ones for thrill-seekers. Especially popular are the "roller coaster" and "catapult", which throws a person to a great height with incredible force. The local Ferris wheel reaches a height of 45 meters and offers a panoramic view of the city.
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, located in an open area. Masters from all over the world took part in the creation of its exhibits. The park was opened in 2014, so far its collection continues to grow. Basically, all the sculptures are made of local limestone and marble. Sometimes in the park you can watch the process of sculpting the sculpture, which takes place right before the eyes of visitors.
Sea Museum "Talassa"
The Maritime Museum was founded in 1984. The main purpose of its creation is to acquaint the guests of the island with marine flora and fauna, as well as draw attention to the problems of ecology and conservation of species. The collection is located on three floors. In addition to natural exhibits, paintings by local artists and paleontological finds are exhibited here. The most important exhibit is the remains of the ancient ship Kyrenia-Elefetria.
Ayia Napa Monastery
Previously, the monastery belonged to the Cypriot Orthodox Church, now there is a museum on its territory. It is believed that the name of the city of Ayia Napa came from the name of the monastery. The complex was founded in the 15th century. Unlike the religious buildings of Cyprus, it has survived to this day in almost perfect condition, avoiding serious damage. The last restoration took place in the 1950s.
Tombs of Makronisos
Graeco-Roman burial, which consists of sanctuaries, a quarry and several tombs. The latter are burial chambers covered with stone slabs. Excavations have been carried out on the territory of the archaeological site for a long time, but access to it is still allowed. The tombs are located on the western outskirts of Ayia Napa near Makronisos beach.
Pirate ship "Black Pearl"
In the port of Ayia Napa, tourists are waiting for the ship "Black Pearl" - a copy of the famous ship from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". A boat trip on it takes place in the presence of everyone's favorite heroes - captains Jack Sparrow and Barbossa. During the excursion, the crew organizes an interesting animation program for children, costume shows and a search for a lost treasure.
The Blue Lagoon is a picturesque bay with clear azure waters near Cape Cavo Greco where you can sunbathe, snorkel and scuba dive to observe the life of the underwater world. The attraction is located between Protaras and Ayia Napa. The bay is surrounded by limestone cliffs of unusual shape. This is one of the most photographed places in Cyprus.
The beach is located in the bay of the same name, about 4 km from Ayia Napa, next to the Cavo Greco park. This picturesque piece of the coast lies among the rocks, so you will have to get to it along an inclined slope. Here you can sunbathe and practice water sports. Although the size of the beach is small - 200 meters long and 100 meters wide, a sufficient number of people can fit on it.
Like most beaches in Cyprus, Makronisos lies in a wind-sheltered bay, which ensures calm seas without high waves. The coastal strip is covered with an even layer of sand, gleaming invitingly in the sun. The beach has everything you need for a comfortable stay: sun loungers, umbrellas, swimming equipment. There are several hotels along the coast.
"Bridge of Lovers"
Rock arch in the Cavo Greco nature reserve, which was formed as a result of natural processes. All tourists who have visited Cyprus must have several photos of this place. It is also very popular to hold wedding photo shoots here. Some young people on the "Bridge of Lovers" propose to their girlfriends. Perhaps that is why he received such a romantic name.
The coasts of Cyprus are made up of limestone rocks that have been exposed to winds and waves for thousands of years. As a result of natural processes, the coast has acquired a rather rugged appearance, strewn with bays. Not far from Ayia Napa there are sea caves and bizarre grottoes, where the elements showed their talents in full force. You can admire them from a pleasure boat.
The cape is located on the southeastern tip of Cyprus, on the edge of the bay of Ayia Napa. On part of its territory there is a national park with an abundance of viewing platforms, walking and cycling paths, as well as picnic areas. You can sunbathe on the coast, in the azure waters of the sea, tourists go diving and fishing, some even book a parachute flight. According to legend, a local monster lives in the waters surrounding the cape.