Known over as a mecca for holidays of sun, sand and wild nights out, Ayia Napa is a diverse resort on the island of Cyprus is one of Europe’s top party capitals. Stunning beaches host sun-worshippers throughout the day on holidays to Ayia Napa, who can kick back on the golden sands and enjoy a cheeky cocktail in a beachside bar.
By night the resort really comes alive with music, strobe lighting and general high spirits, as the clubs throw open their doors and keep the party going until the sun comes up. Experience the world-renowned Nissi Beach parties, with music and dancing on the sand and along the seafront promenade.
Ayia Napa’s resort status is not unfounded, as the town, its outskirts and its coastline host a wealth of indulgent and lavish 5-star hotels, as well as sleek and modern alternatives. The town centre offers a brilliant selection of smaller hotels and guesthouses, perfect for those looking to soak up all the fun on their holidays. Apartments in the heart of the main strip allow easy access to the main attractions for those looking to take advantage of the nightlife on their holidays in Ayia Napa. An added bonus for those in search of liberation without a designated driver!
Most popular hotels in Ayia Napa
Pambos Napa Rocks
Anthea Hotel Apartments
Adams Beach Hotel
Cosmelenia Hotel Apartments
Dome Beach Hotel
Tsokkos Paradise Village
Makronisos Holiday Village
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 45m
When to go
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Of course, Ayia Napa’s main draw is its explosive and unstoppable nightlife. From the swanky cocktail bars that line the beautiful Nissi beach, to the simmering energy of the central clubbing district, nights out are not to be taken in any half-measures on Ayia Napa. Head to either the main square or to Limassol and Larnaca to join a young crowd lapping up clubs and bars. Commence your evening on the lively Makronissos beach for a party like no other. DJs and live acts grace the stage over summer adding some variation to the night’s entertainment. You may want to pace yourself however, as many of the main clubs stay open until the early hours.
You could easily be forgiven for assuming Ayia Napa holidays are only suitable for students and young adults looking to drink the bars dry! However, the region which is home to Ayia Napa offers plenty of opportunities for daytrips away from the hustle and bustle. Head to the Cape Greco National Forest Park. The rocks and cliffs overlooking the ocean display unmatched natural beauty, with pathways of a similar ilk leading to the culmination of the rock. Pine and juniper trees lace the nature trails and cycling paths. If you’d like to admire the craggy landscape from the other side, boat trips are available, perfect for families and couples.
Wine and Dine
Whether you are travelling to Ayia Napa as a family, couple or with a group of friends – there are a whole host of eateries to suit all, and the local food is certainly one of the key Ayia Napa attractions. If you are keen to sample some traditional Cypriot mezes or indulge yourself with some locally-caught and prepared seafood, there are a range of fine restaurants serving up fantastic cuisine as well as providing stunning sea views while you dine. For those looking to grab a cheap and cheerful meal before heading out to the main strip for the evening, there are a number of great eateries serving up everything from Italian, American grill and burgers and chips!
The options are endless when it comes to things to do during Ayia Napa holidays. If family fun floats your boat the island’s amazing attractions are sure to leave you in awe. Whether you enjoy snorkelling or napping by the bay, the family friendly Landa Beach will cater for all your needs. The contrast between the white sand and blue sea is as exotic as it gets.
Action and Adventure
If you consider yourself an outdoorsy-type you will find much satisfaction in the many things to do in Ayia Napa, found out in the warming Cypriot sunshine. Asides from the obvious stunning coastlines from which you can soak up the sun, the Cape Greco National Forest Park offers visitors the chance to explore Ayia Napa’s luscious greenery, amid unique flora and fauna. Depending on the time you visit, Cape Greco will offer a very different experience with its scenery changing to match the seasons. One thing that does not change though is the abundance of activities to get stuck into - from walking, hiking, and cycling to fishing, diving, or simply just admiring the sunrise - you will not be left short of action here.
Life's a Beach
Ayia Napa has 14 fantastic beaches that have all been given the Blue Flag status so you can be sure that the water and sand will be clean and beautiful. Most will have life guards as well and facilities such as sun loungers, snack bars and toilets.
Beaches are the central focus of Ayia Napa and Nissi Beach is a popular one due to its extremely shallow waters and long stretches of uninterrupted sand. This is the perfect beach for walking or floating on an inflatable, maybe hiring a pedalo or just enjoying the feel of the sand beneath your feet. One end of the beach hosts DJS and beach parties as the sun goes down so this is the place to head for entertainment in the evening. Harbour Bay Beach is the most well known as it is a perfect place for swimming with families, with water that is shallow enough to be safe but deep enough to swim. You will find snack bars and amenities all along this stretch of beach but expect crowds as well.
For complete seclusion from the tourist appeal, take the short journey over to Paphos for soaring summer temperatures and award winning beaches. Alternatively, you could explore more of Cyprus by heading to Larnaca, funnily enough, located on the other side of Larnaca Bay.
Out of all the things to do in Ayia Napa, nightlife is not done by halves. Renowned for having some of the best nightlife in the whole of Europe, you will find a number of karaoke bars, pubs, and nightclubs situated within the main square where you can dance until the early hours of the morning. If you are keen to carry on the party once the sun has risen, you can head on to one of the late night clubs which are open until breakfast! For couples and families seeking a quieter evening there are many less crowded spots where you can enjoy a nice meal and a few drinks with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Couples embarking on holidays here will enjoy the endless options of Ayia Napa attractions to spend their days exploring. If it’s sun-worshipping that’s on the top of your list then you will be hard pushed to settle on just one seaside location; with Ayia Napa being home to 14 Blue Flag beaches, you will be left spoilt for choice. For a slice of culture and history be sure to take a trip to the monastery, a 15th-century sandstone Venetian building hidden among the modern bars and clubs of Ayia Napa, it is well worth checking out during your visit.
Those choosing Ayia Napa for its undeniable party atmosphere will fit right in on an Ayia Napa boat party. With many companies offering these daytrips you can easily book upon arrival. What’s not to love about spending a day cruising along the coastline of Cyprus while playing games and having your fill of local beer? If you prefer to stay on land then why not check out Nissi Bay Foam Party – the island’s biggest foam party on the beach with live DJ’s, competitions and bars right in front of the ocean.
If it's a different sort of culture you're after, Cyprus is also covered in history. The popular resorts of Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol all have traditional elements and ooze evidence of Cyprus' varied historical past.