Ayia Napa is located on the coast of south eastern Cyprus, south of Famagusta town near Cape Greco. The first people are coming to live here around 1790 from Thessaloniki, Greece. The oldest building in the town is the Ayia Napa monastery which is build around 1500. The name “Ayia Napa” means “Holy wooded valley”. Far in the past the area around the town was forest.
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Ayia Napa is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every summer season, mostly from Western and Northern Europe. In the summer the resort attracts mainly two types of people; young singles usually under 25 years old who are attracted by the Ayia Napa’s reputation of nightlife and party center. They are coming to experience the Napa lifestyle and usually they have their best time ever. The other type of tourists are couples and families with children who are visiting the resort mainly because of the perfect weather and sandy beaches.
With It’s more than fifty bars and ten nightclubs Ayia Napa deservedly is named party capital of Europe along with Ibiza.
Visitors are coming also in the winter season mostly from the Scandinavian countries, also European football teams are practicing on the sixteen football fields build by Ayia Napa municipality. The resort is suitable also for winter tourism, because of the relevantly high temperature amplitudes, which are almost never below +10 C. Ayia Napa average temperature. During the long summer season the tourists in Ayia Napa are enjoying the sunny days and the numerous sandy beaches. Among them the most famous beaches are Nissi Beach and Limanaki Beach another one beach which is more quiet is Macronissos Beach. All of the beaches are covered with soft golden sand, the sea water is turquoise and clean, there is sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and wc. Most of the beaches have life guard on duty from 09:00 until 17:00 and almost all of them have water sports on site.
Ayia Napa is located about 50 kilometers away from Larnaca international airport. Because of the absence of public transport to the resort, the most easiest way to get to your accommodation is by booking a taxi or rent-a-car at the airport.
Very popular thing in Ayia Napa is hiring a moped or buggy, all you need is your driving license.
One of the things which has to be done is visit the Water World Waterpark. This is great experience for both young party makers and families.
All kinds of restaurants are available around the town. Traditional Cyprus taverns, Italian, Mexican, Chinese restaurants also fast food restaurants like McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, there is something for each and every taste.
To be honest there is not a lot that you need to know before visiting Ayia Napa as everything works more or less in a similar way to most European countries. Shopping you will find almost everything you can buy at home, so don’t waste your valuable luggage allowance packing Tetley Tea Bags and Jackie Collins novels! The following information is quite boring, but we are sure some of it will be useful so have a read.
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Passports & Visa:
For anyone entering Cyprus the only acceptable form of identification is a valid international passport or ID card. For the EU travelers a visa is not required.
The only legal entry ports are Larnaca or Paphos International Airports, or the ports of Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.
The ports under Turkish Occupation since 1974 are prohibited ports of entry.
How to get here in Ayia Napa:
Today virtually all-major European airlines including Cyprus Airways have daily flights to and from Cyprus. By boat Cyprus can be reached from Greece, Egypt, Israel and other neighboring countries.
Legal currency is the Euro.
Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 08.30 – 12.30. All magor credit cards are widely accepted. The Currency in Cyprus is EURO.
Visitors with a valid International license or their National license are allowed to drive in Cyprus. The Green Insurance card is not acceptable and the law requires at least a Third Party cover issued by an authorized motor insurance company based in Cyprus.
Buses in Ayia Napa:
During the summer buses run regularly across, almost 24 hours a day throughout the week and the weekend. A good way to go from Ayia Napa to Nissi Beach is by bus. Check the buses time table at www.osea.com.cy.
Driving in Ayia Napa:
Same as in the UK – left hand side of the road. International traffic signs are in use. General speed limit on normal roads is 50 kmh unless a lower limit is indicated. The limit on Motorways is 100 km (60 mph). Seat belts for front seat passengers are compulsory and children under five must not sit in the front passenger seat. Being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit is an offence. Helmet is needed to drive a scooter.
The standard of telecommunications is Cyprus is very high, similar to that of any western European country. Card or coin operated telephones can be found in the major streets and most of the Ayia Napa hotels. Prepaid cards can be purchased from post offices, shops, kiosks or the telephone company office (CYTA). All public telephones can be used for national and international calls with instructions and dialing codes clearly printed above the telephone. Mobile phones registered abroad but operating on the GSM system can be used while in Cyprus. You can buy also local sim card.
Local chemists are all highly trained and speak fluent English. To spot a pharmacy look for a green cross on a white background.
The Ayia Napa Postal office is open from 7:30 until 13:30 Monday to Friday and few hours on Saturday morning. Money transfer service is also available there.