Ayia Napa, once just a small fishing village, is now as lively a resort as any in the Mediterranean. But historic sites such as a 16th-century Venetian monastery lend character to a town that’s best known for its colorful shops, tavernas and buzzing night-life, which may not be to everyone’s liking.
Ayia Napa is fast becoming known to many as the ‘party-capital’ of the Mediterranean, with its several night-clubs and already packed bars attracting an ever increasing number of tourists to this part of the island.
However, Ayia Napa should also be considered for it’s culture. It’s focal point being the crescent harbor, crowded with bright fishing boats and the many popular sea-food restaurants nearby to serve-up the succulent fresh ‘catch of the day’. Life in this southeastern corner of Cyprus also revolves around the sea, with water sports such as scuba diving, water-skiing and paragliding readily available. Explore the rugged coast toward Cape Greko, with its string of calm soft sandy coves, and stay for the indescribably beautiful sunset. Or head north, toward the basket-making community of Liopetri, stopping at Sotira to take in the pretty village churches that date to the 15th and 16th centuries. East to Protaras, more glorious beaches spread out under the sun, while just inland the white-washed town of Paralimni boasts open-air tavernas known for their succulent grilled fish.
Only a few miles from the most contemporary of resort scenes, you’ll feel eons away. The Ammochostos region has many luxurious resorts which offer modern conveniences, complete with ocean views. In this area you’ll find three wonderful beaches, Nissi Beach and Makronissos beach in Agia Napa, and Fig Tree Bay in Paralimni.