Ayia Napa – Cyprus’s leading holiday resort23 October, 2011
For anyone looking for buzzing nightlife and beautiful weather, Ayia Napa is one of the best choices out there. Popular with a younger crowd of holidaymakers thanks to its lively atmosphere, the town’s nightclubs are great for music fans, and the countless beaches will come in very handy whilst recovering from the night before.
If you want to take a day trip, the town has plenty to offer all tastes and budgets. WaterWorld Waterpark is a fun day out for big groups of friends or families; with 21 rides, an ice cream bar and a crepe restaurant, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to really blow off steam. There’s also go-karting and paintballing for action fans, and if you’re feeling really brave head to Nissi Beach to try out bungee jumping. Napa Bungee has been running since the early 80s and has famously maintained a 100 per cent safety record; you can even try a tandem jump with an instructor if you’re feeling nervous, and fancy dress jumping is always encouraged. Remember to take a camera to capture all the action!
Ayia Napa holidays are famous for the clubs and nightlife in the town centre, and music fans will be keen to catch the DJs that often take up residence in the bigger clubs for the summer. The square in the town centre is the main hotspot for bars and clubs, with many of the most popular venues located here. Evening entertainment in Ayia Napa is a little different to that in Britain, with many of the bars not opening until around 10pm and most revellers beginning their nights around midnight.
Luckily, this gives you plenty of time to explore the area and grab a leisurely dinner from one of the many restaurants in the town. There are plenty of seafood places to enjoy some locally caught fresh fish, or for something a little more exotic try Fiji Cuisine on the Main Street. This fabulous Polynesian restaurant offers plenty of exotic meat and vegetable dishes, cooked in a traditional way and flavoured with plenty of spice. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely rewarding if you like trying something a little bit different.
While Ayia Napa’s evening entertainment is definitely enjoyable, there’s plenty to do in the daytime as well. The town and surrounding area boast a total of 14 beaches, all of which have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety. Nissi Beach is generally the busiest, offering the option of bungee jumping, water sports and even beach parties to its visitors. For a more relaxed pace, try Grecian Bay for stunning views and plenty of quiet sunbathing: great for topping up the tan. The Bay also offers water sports such as diving, jet skiing and parasailing; big groups find it great to keep everyone occupied and happy throughout the day.
And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, don’t worry: Ayia Napa has plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets. From cheap hotels to secluded villas, you’ll soon be able to find something to suit you, although remember that summer can be incredibly busy for the town. If there’s a hotel you particularly want to stay in, or you have special requirements, try to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
However you choose to spend your time in Ayia Napa, the town’s lively nightlife and the endless activities on offer are great for those who like plenty to do on holiday. You may not get too much rest while you’re away, but the beautiful beaches are great for the odd day of relaxation if need be, especially if you’re prepared to head away from the town centre a little bit. All you have to do now is book!