Famous for its decadent clubbing scene, Ayia Napa is widely regarded as the nightlife capital of Cyprus. It isn’t just a destination for the young, free and single however; its beautiful beaches, waterparks, and many restaurants attract families in their droves too.
Ayia Napa is also home to a stunning Venetian-era monastery, which sits pretty in the city square. For the thousands of Brits and Scandinavians that come to let their hair down, the party usually begins early afternoon and goes on until dawn meaning even the most hardened of hedonists will be satisfied.
A hatchback is perfect for Ayia Napa as it’s small enough to squeeze into the tight parking spaces, and powerful enough to handle the surrounding motorways.
A boat trip is the best way to take in some of the stunning scenery along the Cypriot coastline. The water is crystal clear and perfect for diving. Make sure your boat trip incorporates a stop at the sea caves which are a great spot for snorkelling and exploring.
Ayia Napa Monastery is a stunning Venetian-era piece of architecture that feels like a million miles away from party central which it sits alongside. During October they hold an exhibition featuring music and entertainment. Please note that there is little information given on-site.
WaterWorld Waterpark is a cut above the average and offers many winding slides as well as go-karting. It does get busy peak season so make sure you get there early. Nissi Beach is one of the best Ayia Napa has to offer and features relatively cheap water sport options as well as clear white sand.
As you would expect in a town famed for its wild nightlife, fast food joints are everywhere. If you want some decent, traditional Greek food however, there are plenty of options available. Isaac Tavern is one such place, serving up some imaginative food alongside favourites such as moussaka and lamb dishes.
Parking in the Ayia Napa town centre is notoriously difficult, but if you leave your car close to your hotel, the centre is very walkable.
Ayia Napa has a low tolerance to drink driving something which is almost always strictly policed by local law enforcement.
Ayia Napa is connected to other towns and cities in Cyprus by the A3 motorway, although travel times tend to increase during the summer.
Larnaca Airport services the majority of Ayia Napa‚Äôs tourists and is approximately 40 minutes away from the town centre. Around five million visitors use the airport each year, which accepts flights from roughly 30 international airlines.
The airport is connected to the A3, which starts from the cap park and goes all the way to Ayia Napa, making for a pretty easy journey.