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Holidays in Ayia Napa
Tucked away down in southeast Cyprus is the island’s non-stop clubbing capital, Ayia Napa. By day, the resort is a buzzing mix of water sports, seafront bars and sailing, with a top water park nearby and your pick of the white-gold beaches. At night, Ayia Napa shifts up a gear, with its famous square coming alive with big-name party nights at legendary clubs.
July to August is the high season, for weather and nightlife.
Larnaca International Airport (LCA).
Experience the picture-perfect golden beaches and the unrivalled nightlife on the square when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Ayia Napa.
Start the day on Ayia Napa’s glorious beaches, each with Blue Flag awards for their pristine golden sand and pure waters. If you’re up for something more adventurous, there is a top choice of water sports available, from jet skiing to banana boats. Sailing trips are another popular way to soak up the Mediterranean sunshine, or else visit the local Water World for a day on the slides and lazy river. When it comes to nightlife, the bars get started early and the clubs finish late, so kick things off with drinks on the beach or head to the square to be in the thick of the action.
Ayia Napa has multiple Blue Flag beaches spread along its turquoise coastline. Famous spots like Nissi Beach attract beach lovers for their honey-coloured sand, with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas to go around. The beaches are backed with a string of lively bars, beach cafes and water sports centres. The best beach activities in Ayia Napa include jet skiing, jet boating and water skiing, as well as hair-raising doughnut and banana boat rides. Ayia Napa is also a fantastic place to dive, with crystal clear waters full of reefs, colourful marine life and the famous Zenobia wreck nearby.
A popular way to spend Ayia Napa’s sun-drenched days is with a sailing trip along the beautiful coast. Head out for a day’s fishing or take a leisurely yacht trip where you can chill-out on the deck with a beer. The resort is also a great place for dolphin-spotting safaris. The perfect place to cool off on a hot day is Water World, a top family attraction in Ayia Napa that also appeals to all ages. The park has dozens of water slides, a lazy river and kids’ playground. You can also hang out at the park’s restaurants and fish and chips bar.
The nightlife in Ayia Napa is legendary, with a fantastic clubbing scene plus bars, pubs, live music and entertainment. The square is the best place to go in Ayia Napa for the highest concentration of venues, and for a more relaxed night, Nissi Bay and the harbour have plenty of laid-back wine bars and restaurants. If you’re here for the clubbing, expect big nights like Ministry of Sound plus A-list DJs, and keep your eyes peeled for special nights like UV paint parties and beach parties. Make sure you fit in a boat party for a wild night out on the Mediterranean.
Beach lovers: Ayia Napa has a tempting choice of gorgeous golden beaches, all with Blue Flag awards and powdery-soft sand.
Clubbers: Ayia Napa has long since been considered Cyprus’ party capital, with a fantastic all-night club and bar scene.
Families: It may be a popular clubbing destination, but Ayia Napa has numerous kid-friendly resorts, restaurants and fun stuff like water parks.
Language: The languages spoken in Ayia Napa are Greek and Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Ayia Napa is the Euro (€)
Local time: Ayia Napa is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Ayia Napa tourist information can be found at www.visitcyprus.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Ayia Napa
Temperature: Average of 25-27°C in summer.
Best time to visit: July to August is the high season, for weather and nightlife.
Ayia Napa’s long, hot summers are typical of Cyprus’ Mediterranean climate. The temperature begins to climb in May, generally hovering around the mid to high 20s (°C). July is the hottest month to visit Ayia Napa, with an average of 27°C.
By taxi: Taxis are widely available in Ayia Napa. They run on a meter and are generally a cheap way of getting about. If you’re getting a taxi from the airport, pre-booking is a good idea.
By car: If you’re planning on making a lot of trips or venturing beyond the resort, hiring a car is your best bet. You drive on the left in Cyprus and the island is reasonably small and easy to get around.
By buggy: Buggies or quad bikes are a popular way of getting around in Ayia Napa. They provide cheap and speedy transport to the beach and around town. You must wear a helmet and you need a driving license to hire one.
Beer festival: The Ayia Napa Beer Festival takes place for a week in August at the resort’s harbour. The festival features live music, with bands and musicians from across Cyprus booked to keep the party going. Expect lots of food and of course, plenty of beer.
Summer festival: If you fancy experiencing some Cypriot culture and traditions, the Ayia Napa Summer Festival takes place every August in the main square, Seferis. The event features a programme of events including exhibitions, free concerts and performances.