Ayia Napa sits on the golden South Eastern coast of Cyprus. Once a humble fishing village, it is now the clubbing capital of the island, a popular resort town ideal for young couples looking for a trendy seaside getaway. Whether you're raving until dawn at a beach party, checking out the sculpture park and fantastic street art, scuba diving or walking along the rugged headland, you will find yourself submerged in a sea of tranquillity. Our collection of the best places to stay in Ayia Napa range from luxury resorts to chic boutiques.
Ayia Napa has an infamously wild party scene and the beach parties are legendary - Senior Frog being the most popular - who move their venue twice a week to the Blue Flag beaches of the town. If you're after a good time, you will be sure to find one here: Ayia Napa has over 150 restaurants, 12 clubs, 90 bars and 14 Blue Flag beaches.
The town itself is picturesque, full of boutique designer outfitters and charming little seaside tavernas while the buildings are awash with bright and cheery street murals. While not boasting as many historic sites as places like Paphos, there is a fascinating 14th-century monastery as well as two splendid museums - the National History Museum and the Thalassa Municipal Museum, specialising in naval history. Be sure to check out the Sculpture Park, which makes for a delightful afternoon excursion - a brilliant array of experimental modern sculpture.
Of course, people really come to Ayia Napa for the beach life. Whether you want to partake in water sports or just quietly soak in the sun rays, this is the place for you. With over 14 Blue Flag beaches with sand as soft as icing sugar, you are really spoilt for choice: for things like kayaking or waterboarding, check out Makronissos Beach, but for something more family-orientated head to Sandy Beach. Konnos Bay is quiet, secluded and beautiful - ideal for lounging about in the sun with a good book.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
Go for a walk along the Cape Greco National Forest Park!
Check out the 14th-century monastery for a peaceful break from the bustle of resort life.
Take the kids to the Water World Water Park and jump onto the Minotaur's Labyrinth!
Attend one of the Senior Frog's infamous beach parties!
Lounge at the secluded beach of Konnos Bay with a good book.
Hire an underwater scooter and explore the seabed.
This is undeniably a popular spot during the high season, so to ensure you bag a room at one of the best places to stay in Ayia Napa, we recommend booking well in advance.
THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN AYIA NAPA
Alion Beach Hotel: a luxurious 5* resort sitting on a gorgeous stretch of white-sand beach. The rooms are bright and contemporary; there is a restaurant, tennis courts, a spoiling spa and swimming pools.
Grecian Park Hotel: a glorious 5* overlooking Konnos Bay, offering chic rooms with private terraces, superb restaurants, a pampering spa and tennis courts. There are boats to hire at the hotel, a gym and a local watersports company works in liason with them. Ideal for a carefree stay.
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Fly to Larnaca International Airport and get a taxi to Ayia Napa, the journey taking 40 minutes.
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The best time to go is during the autumn when the temperature ranges between 12 and 27 degrees and you the summer crowds and the extremes of the summer heat have dispelled.
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