Ayia Napa or Agia Napa as the Greek more accurately translates is one place every Cyprus holiday maker should visit. Not may I add just for its fantastic night life, great bars and restaurants. But just because it is a great town and thriving holiday resort too. The beaches are absolutely fabulous with miles of soft golden sand lapped by the warm clear Mediterranean ocean making them perfect for sun worshipers and bathers alike.
There is a bustling harbor just off the main promenade which is fronted by some great restaurants and bars where you can relax with a cool beer whist watching pleasure craft arrive. The Ayia Napa harbor is also home to a sizable fleet of small fishing boats and if you are around in the mornings you could even pick up some fresh fish for dinner. Then again you are on holiday so what the hell, let the restaurant do the cooking. The boat trips out of the harbor are very reasonably priced so be sure to book a nice relaxing cruise up the coast which usually includes lunch and a stop off for a swim. If you are feeling a little more adventurous there is a fabulous catamaran with full sail or even of all things a yellow submarine. No I am not joking, you can get a great view of the local sea life from this semi submersible and they don’t charge an arm and a leg either.
Be sure to visit Nisi beach which is about 2 miles along the coast from the Ayia Napa harbor area. You can either hop on the bus or take a leisurely walk. The route along the main road is lined with shops and bars so there is plenty of opportunity to stop off for a relaxing drink or a quick snack. Then there is the scenic route along the brand new coastal path with plenty of quaint bars to quench your thirst along the way. The Nisi beach area is almost a resort in itself with a beautiful golden beach fronted by dozens of bars, restaurants and shops. This is where the younger generation seem to gravitate and there is a bungee jump and lots of water sports available. Another great event that is hosted regularly here is the foam party. Held in a kind of discotheque marque with sides that gets pumped full of foam it’s great fun for all age groups.
I have got to tell you about the Ayia Napa water park. It is awesome! This water park has won several major European awards for safety and is one of the biggest and best in Europe. The staff at waterworld are superb and amongst the most helpful I have ever come across. The park is spotless, professional and very well managed The water slides are amazing and will provide an exhausting day out for young or old alike. There is something for every age group from toddlers to hardened water park freaks. You can just relax on the lazy river or take on the bottom clenching drop of the terrifying Kamikaze water slide. For pure thrills and spills for all the family take a trip down the “drop to Atlantis” and be sure that there is someone at the bottom to capture your expression on camera. Even at the age of fifty plus I still rise to the challenge of trying every slide in the park at least once during the day.
Lets not forget of course that Ayia Napa is first and foremost renown for its fantastic nightlife. All the famous clubs are there such as the ministry of sound and seignior frogs. Check out “the square” which is home to most of the top clubs and party until dawn then treat yourself to breakfast in one of the many cafe bars in the area. No trip to Cyprus would be complete without a visit to Ayia Napa even if its just to the water park or a day at the beach so happy holidays and enjoy Cyprus.