Ayia Napa on the east coast of Cyprus is unlike anything else you are likely to experience in Cyprus! Over the past 30 years, this previously serene fishing village has grown into a thriving tourist hub with some of the most famous nightlife in the Mediterranean.
Visiting the area during summer is not an experience that you are likely to forget any time soon, but if you are hoping for quiet beaches and quaint villages this is probably not the area for you!
While the nightclubs draw a crowd of teenagers and young adults, the good facilities, restaurants and activities for kids mean that this area has also recently become popular for families.
The beaches here offer some of the best water sports and diving opportunities in Cyprus, as well as ‘booze cruises’ which offer food; live DJ’s and games on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Call Stathis on +357 9962 1955 to book a trip aboard the Napa Queen.
Inland you will find a range of activities to get your adrenaline going, like bungee jumping into the stunning blue Mediterranean Sea or riding the ‘Sky Coaster’, an attraction from Colorado that’s kind of like a giant swing!
Flyers swing at around 100 feet in the air and can reach speeds up 80 miles an hour. The experience feels a lot like hang-gliding. There is also the ‘Sling Shot’, a ride that drops you face first into the ground at lightning speed from terrifying heights!
Yes, this is the sort of thing that you can expect on the south east coast of the island, but if it all sounds a bit scary to you don’t despair! There are still some quieter places you can retreat to, for example the Marine Life Museum.
You can find this museum at Ayia Napa Town Hall. It is open from Monday to Saturday and houses both modern and ancient marine life exhibits, including a reconstructed dinosaur seabed and fossils of prehistoric fish!
The museum is popular with tourists, and helps to promote the importance of conservation of marine life to its visitors. There is also a very pretty 16th century Venetian monastery nestled among the souvenir shops and modern restaurants.
But these quieter attractions can’t hide from the fact that Ayia Napa offers one of the hottest nightlife resorts in Europe!