Experience pristine white beaches by day, and world-famous bars and clubs by night. At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Ayia Napa offers unique escapes with unforgettable culture, cuisine and scenery.
March - November
Perhaps appropriately, given its reputation as a nightclub mecca amongst British tourists, Ayia Napa is steeped in religious lore. The monastery which still stands in the centre of town was built in the 15th Century, after locals claim a hunter saw a vision of the Virgin Mary nearby.
Today, history and modernity coexist happily, and you’ll never find yourself far from either in Ayia Napa. Leave the monastery and you’ll find restaurants, bars and nightclubs adorning the town’s cobbled streets, ready to show you a good time.
As you would expect in a resort frequented by Brits, you’ll have no struggles with the language barrier. Local hoteliers and restauranteurs are unfailingly friendly, and a dab hand at catering for their tourist clientele.
Local Greek and Turkish-influenced cuisine are the order of the day, along with the amazing fresh seafood for which Mediterranean islands are so well known. As the evening sets in, find a quiet spot near the harbour to watch the sunset and relax with a Brandy Sour - a drink originally concocted at the Forest Park Hotel in the island’s interior. Egypt’s King Farouk was a frequent guest in the 1930s and, being a practicing Muslim, could not be seen to be drinking alcohol. The hotel’s barman created the Brandy Sour to look like an iced tea, allowing the King to enjoy an incognito tipple and, in the process, gave Cyprus its unofficial national cocktail.
If you’re out for the night, you’ll find no shortage of nightclubs in Ayia Napa. Centred around Plateia Seferi, the town’s main square, local bars and nightclubs start to fill up from 11pm, and during peak season the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. Situated on Cyprus’ south eastern coast, Ayia Napa has some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches. Pantachou, Nissi and Makronissos beaches are the undoubted highlights. Relax on a sunbed, take a dip in the warm waters, or rent a kayak or pedalo and explore the nearby coves.
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