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Freedom of movement
Taxi: 35 £GBP (45 min)
Bus: 0.7 £GBP (90 min)
Travel insurance is recommended
Ayia Napa is known as Cyprus’ non-stop party capital, located on the southeast coast of the island, the action is not confined to the nightlife. Ayia Napa holidays are a vibrant combination of water sports and sailing, a top water park is nearby while for more laid-back pursuits there are the white-gold sands of 14 beaches and a plethora of waterfront bars and restaurants. By night, Ayia Napa ramps up a gear, with its famous square springing to life with big-headliner party nights, a calling-card of the resort, in the legendary clubs.
Between the clubs run cobbled streets, testament to the history of the resort’s namesake – a Venetian-era monastery located in the centre. Add to these, tavernas lining the harbour and 14 glorious beaches and there is as much to do on land as off it.
All 14 beaches along Ayia Napa’s 8 kilometre coast proudly fly blue flags – ensuring their high environmental and quality standards. Each of them is different from the last. Sandy Beach, with its gently sloping sand, is family-friendly, while for watersports head to Makronissos Beach.
On holidays to Ayia Napa you can party all night. Be it two-for-one drinks, humming clubs and foam parties, you will find them here. However there are also plenty of quieter and trendy beach bars for more relaxed cocktails overlooking the sea.
Temperature: A summer average of 25-27 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Ayia Napa: The high season runs from July to August and is the peak time for both the weather and the nightlife.
The Mediterranean climate of Cyprus means Ayia Napa’s summers are typically long and hot. Temperatures begin to climb around May, when they sit in the mid-high 20s (degrees Celsius).The hottest month to visit Ayia Napa is July, with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Due to its location in the Mediterranean’s far south, Cyprus represents one of Europe’s best climates. Blue skies are abundant because the island has on average 340 days of sunshine per year. Swimsuit weather begins as early as April, when temperatures hit the low 20s.
Things only get hotter come summer, 30 degree heat is standard, but the mercury can also creep up to close to 40 on some summer days. Autumn is a little cooler, meaning so it is perfect weather for sightseeing on Ayia Napa holidays or hiking in the nearby Troodos Mountains. Most of the rainfall in Cyprus is between December and March, but it is light rain and temperatures remain quite mild.
Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, is just an hour’s car trip away. The picturesque old town with its sandstone Venetian architecture is worth exploring, check out the jewellers and fabric shops, and meander around the churches and museums, for souvenirs from your holidays to Ayia Napa head to the pedestrian-only Laiki Geitonia area. Feeling puckish or thirsty after exploring there are plenty of small cafés where you can stop by for a pick-me-up in the form of traditional Cypriot coffee.
Opening in 1996, Waterworld waterpark has since won 25 International awards. More than 4.5 million guests have enjoyed the park, Europe’s largest themed waterpark, since opening. It is one the biggest draw-cards in Cyprus. It features more than 21 adrenaline-filled rides catering to all ages. Unlike the ill-fated Hollywood movie of the same name, this park has an ancient Greek mythology-based theme.
Quad Bikes are readily available for hire and are the best way to get around Ayia Napa, get to the amazing beaches or simply take a day-trip out of town during the holidays in Ayia Napa.
Every Friday, Ayia Napa’s Kandi Beach Party kicks into high gear. It is the resort’s number 1 weekly event and also happens to be Europe’s biggest beach party. It is a definite “must do”.
Another party can be found in the form of the Kandi Boat party which combines a cruise along the beautiful coastline with top-notch entertainment in a party-like atmosphere.
Speaking of cruises, this one is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. In the spirit of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise this is Pirates of the Mediterranean complete with replica Black Pearl pirate ship. Undoubtedly Cyprus’ best themed-cruise Cyprus, Jack Sparrow and his pirates will provide fun for the whole family.
Being on Ayia Napa holidays means you also have easy access to Cyprus’ most famous beach - Nissi Beach. It features everything you’d expect from an idyllic Mediterranean beach, golden sand and crystal-clear blue waters. At night it transforms into a party hub complete with DJ's and even foam parties.
A slightly more laid-back feel can be found at the secluded Konnos bay. Fringed by pine trees this stunning cove is a beach lovers’ paradise.
And still there is more…that’s just a snapshot of what this resort destination has to offer.