Ayia Napa ~ Cyprus Beach Resort
This very popular resort was once a small fishing village which took its name from the Greek word napa meaning wooded valley.
The nearby Luna Park fairground has a variety of rides which include the Skycoaster and the Aerodium Atlantis Waterpark is the largest theme park in Europe and about 3km from the center of town. (see Water Parks in Cyprus).
Amidst all this activity is a beautiful monastery where they say a miraculous icon was found and given the name – Saint of the wooded valley, hence the name of the resort.
A well was also found in the cave and in 1530 the shrine became a church and later a monastery. Outside is a huge fig tree wich is said to be over 600 years old.
The Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea is in the center of Agia Napa and as well as showing marine artifacts, it is also a center for community and cultural events.
Where To Stay In Ayia Napa …
Ayia Napa Beaches
The beaches are excellent and some of the best in Cyprus, however during high summer they do become very crowded.
The waters are calm and turquoise blue and the beach is golden soft sand so ideal for all the family.
There is also a tiny island about 50-100m from the shore which people love to swim to.
The 4 star Nissi Beach Resort is great for holidays and weddings.
An ideal location on Nissi Bay with a white sandy beach, edged by the sparkling Mediterranean sea. Perfect for suba diving, snorkelling and swimming.
About 3km from the center of the resort is this lovely golden sandy beach which shelves gently into the sea. It’s an ideal location with beach facilities, watersports and a restaurant.
Ayia Napa Blue Flag Beaches:
Kermia, Ammos tou Kambouri, Glyki Nero, Patachou, Katsarka, Vathia Gonia, Nissi Bay, Lanta, Makronissos, Agia Thekla.
Where to Stay…
If you want to stay in the heart of Ayia Napa then the Napa Plaza Hotel is a great place to stay.
Just a walk away from town and Ayia Napa Monastery and the beach are less than 10 minutes’ walk.