Ayia napa Travel Guide

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Having a basic guide is always a good idea when traveling to a new country and having an Ayia Napa travel guide is a definite must. A basic guide will let you know the top must sees a new area has to offer, a basic history of the city, the best places to eat, to spend the night and to spend a lazy day in the sun.

Overview

A resort town situated on the eastern end of Cyprus' southern coast, Ayia Napa is famous for its sandy, white beaches and is a popular family vacationing spot as well as one of the most popular party towns of the Middle East. Though packed with tourists in the summer, a visit to these beaches and a dip in the clear, turquoise water is something you won't want to miss. Now more so a clubbers' paradise rather than the quiet fishing village it once was, there is a section of downtown that is littered with every kind of nightclub you can possibly think of.

Shopping

Like all tourist locations, Ayia Napa is a great place to hit up the shops. There are a number of outdoor markets and shops selling local, handmade arts and crafts which make for perfect souvenirs and gifts.

History

The word "Ayia" means "holy" in Greek which accounts for the fact that one of the most visited historic sites in the city is an ancient monastery. The Agia Napa Monastery was built in the 16th century and consists of a famous fountain, beautiful courtyard and stunning ruins. A popular wedding venue, this historic site is a must see when visiting Ayia Napa. A number of museums also dots this town featuring everything from marine life to local archaeological finds.

Beaches/Waterfront Activities

When not hitting up the beaches and visiting historic sites such as the monastery and various museums, there are a number of things to do in Ayia Napa that will make your trip worthwhile. Being right on the water, there are a number of day cruises and boat tours you and your family can embark on and a visit to the stunning sea caves is always a treat. Ten minutes outside Ayia Napa is the famed Cape Greco. Known for it's exciting opportunities for water sports, cliff diving and other sightseeing activities and historic lighthouse, a trip to this pristine location is a must.



Ayia Napa, located southeast of the islands coast, is reputable for its tourist resort all over Europe. It is one of Cyprus's most popular beach resorts. Normally the little village has less than 1000 inhabitants, but during summer season it hosts more than 10.000 tourists per day. The beaches are awesome with thin and fine sand, hidden among a chain of rocky boulders that form many small and cosy bays. The main centre of the district is Paralimni, 3 miles north of Ayia Napa itself. East of the village is Protaras, known for its lively nightlife and partyful people.

Just in the centre of Ayia Napa you 'll find  a spectacular monastery at the entrance of an old fig tree. In the court an octagonal fountain which has on its base the founder of the monastery  a woman's portrait as well as her mother and father whom they have forbidden her to marry.

Ayia Napa has cleaned up it's alternative Ibiza reputation recently and is now much more family orientated.

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March 26, 2010 change by christina tilicki

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