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Ayia Napa – A vibrant town of character, history and culture

5342 Ayia Napa City center: 0.7 km
Dbl. from 35.00EUR
5330 Ayia Napa City center: 1.5 km
5340 Ayia Napa City center: 1 km
Ayia Napa City center: 1.4 km
Ayia Napa is shaking off its reputation as a party town and growing into a fashionable area with up-market boutique hotels, relaxing spas and fine dining restaurants. It is also beginning to attract business visitors with some excellent conference and exhibition facilities in a number of five star hotels and the Cyprus International Convention Center in nearby Nicosia. The history of the town stretches back into antiquity with historic finds displayed in the two museums. Of special mention, and a must-see item on your agenda, is the 11th Century Ayia Napa Monastery. As the story goes, a young man was out hunting and took shelter in a cave where he found a beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary; a small church was built around the cave and can still be seen today in the Monastery grounds.

Location: In the far south-east of Cyprus

Near the tip of Cape Greco on the south-east coast of Cyprus, Ayia Napa has many beaches of which all have been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness. The main arrival point for many travellers is Larnaca International Airport, 58 kilometres west on the A3 road. The A3 also connects the town to the rest of the south coast road system (A1, A5 and A6) all the way to Paphos in the West.

Business: Becoming a popular meeting and event area

With local hotels offering conference facilities for up to 700 delegates and two International Conference Centres in Nicosia, under an hour away, Ayia Napa is welcoming more business travellers each year who realise there is more to the town then its reputation for nightlife. Many hotels have recently undergone changes to make them more appealing to the discerning guest and there are now many options of welcoming places to stay in the town.

Culture: Witness local traditions in dancing and music

In September each year, the town hosts an international festival to highlight the traditional Cypriot music and arts. Beginning in 1985, it has welcomed thousands of performers who showcase local opera, concerts and dancing. Since its inception, it has grown to include photography, paintings, and sculptures of local artists as well as stalls selling local produce for you to sample a taste of the true Cyprus.

Activities: Fun in the sun for all ages

Beach activities are everywhere along the coastline, from jet skis, windsurfing and kayaking to off-road tours along deserted beaches on quad-bikes. Why not try something a bit more adventurous and take a trip to Cape Greco where the Paragliding School will take you on an aerial tour to see the coastline and beaches from above? If you prefer your entertainment in the evenings, head to the centre and wander in and out of the bars, clubs and restaurants, and get a taste of the heady nightlife. Be warned, in July and August, it can be very busy with younger tourists enjoying life and having fun.