Nissi Bay holidays

The family-friendly, fun-packed Nissi Bay has the best white sand beach in the area leading down into a beautifully clear turquoise sea. Unsurprisingly, this makes it very popular with beach lovers and families, but this resort on the edge of Ayia Napa on the south coast of Cyprus still has a laid-back, relaxed vibe, rather than the usual crowded chaos! The party town of Ayia Napa is within walking distance, perfect if you want to dip into and out of its vibrant nightlife on your Nissi Bay holiday. There are also plenty of activities for the kids nearby, from go-karting and mini-golf to the multitude of slides and pools at Water World, Cyprus’ biggest waterpark.

Things to do

The soft white sand of Nissi beach is the perfect place to play games or hire a sun lounger to relax. The vibrant blue sea beyond will tempt you in for a refreshing dip or to try out one of the many water sports on offer, from jet skiing to banana boat rides. This is also a great place to explore under the water, scuba diving on the famous Zenobia wreck. Away from the water’s edge there’s also lots to keep everyone entertained on holidays in Nissi Bay. From sampling delicious local or international cuisine in the cafés and restaurants of Nissi Avenue or in neighbouring Ayia Napa, to the exhilarating thrills of the waterpark, there’s plenty to see and do on a holiday to Nissi.

Diving and snorkelling

The beaches of Nissi bay are some of the best in the Mediterranean and like all good beaches, there are a number of great spots for diving and snorkelling along the coastline. One in particular, the Zenobia Shipwreck in Larnaca is a popular diving spot and has been ever since the large cruise vessel first sank in 1980. As it rests in shallow waters it’s easily accessible to divers and is rated as one of the best shipwrecks to explore in the world.

Fantastic boat trips

The long beaches of Nissi Bay have a number of excursions to suit all groups of people whether you’re into diving, water sports, fishing, or even just relaxing on a catamaran cruise. Perhaps the most exciting boat trip you can take is to hop on board the yellow submarine in Ayia Napa for an underwater adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. The day begins with a dive down to the ocean floor and finishes with a visit to the crystal blue waters of a stunning sea cave. The glass bottom of the submarine offers the opportunity for some amazing views of the marine life.

Festivals and nightlife

Nissi Bay is near to the legendary nightlife of Ayia Napa town but the resort itself features a great combination of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops along its main street. Why not join in the celebrations at the Ayia Napa Festival in September and Children’s Festival in June? While July plays host to both the Paralimni and Larnaca Summer Festivals.

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Nissi Bay is best for...

Families: From the beautiful sandy beach and shallow waters to fun-filled water park and go-kart track, Nissi Bay holidays are packed with kid-friendly attractions.  

Beach lovers: The award-winning beach is one of Cyprus’ best, with powdery white sand and a colourful seafront promenade.

Couples: Nissi Bay is a beautiful spot for a couples’ getaway, with Ayia Napa’s famous nightlife on your doorstep.

Fast facts for Nissi Bay

Language:  Greek and Turkish.

Currency: Local currency is the Euro (€).

Local time: Nissi Bay is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Nissi Bay.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Nissi Bay is 4–5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitcyprus.com.

 

 

Getting around Nissi Bay

By taxi: It’s easy to find a taxi in Nissi Bay and they provide a quick and convenient way to get to Ayia Napa or the surrounding areas. If you want a taxi airport transfer then it’s always advisable to book in advance. 

By car: Hire a car in Ayia Napa or at the airport for the freedom to explore off the beaten track. Cyprus is relatively small and easy to get around, and renting a car can be a good way to see a different side to the island, from archaeological ruins to the wild mountain areas in the north.

On foot: Compact and flat, it’s easy to walk around Nissi Bay. The beaches, Nissi Avenue and Ayia Napa are all within walking distance of most accommodation.

Events in Nissi Bay

Ayia Napa Summer Festival: Every August you can experience traditional Cypriot culture and customs at the Ayia Napa Summer Festival. A series of free music concerts and exhibitions take place in the town’s main square.

Wine festival: Cyprus is home to many fine wines. For 12 days in August and September, the Limassol Wine Festival takes place in the town’s Municipal Gardens. It’s around an hour’s drive from Nissi Bay and you’ll pay a small entrance fee to get into the festival. Once there, you can sample unlimited local wines as well as find delicious local food and great entertainment on offer.

Nissi Bay safety and security

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 Nissi Bay.

Nissi Bay weather

Temperature: Around 27°C in the peak summer months.

Best time to visit: June and July for daily sunshine.
Cyprus experiences a typical Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and mild winters. The weather in Nissi Bay starts warming up around May, staying around the mid 20s (°C) before hitting its peak in the hottest months of July and August.

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