Since its spell as the Mediterranean’s wildest resort in the early-noughties Ayia Napa has grown up a little. If you’re in need of pulsating nightlife you’ll still find it in Ayia Napa square, and there are plenty of rowdy activities by day for party people.
But families will also be pleased with this corner of Cyprus. There’s a modern water park and permanent funfair, while Ayia Napa has the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches for any stretch of coastline in the world. Really, Ayia Napa’s beaches, with their soft white sand and crystalline waters, are almost worth the flight alone!
Here are the best things to do in Ayia Napa:
1. Ayia Napa Monastery
This is Ayia Napa’s oldest landmark and mostly dates from the 1400s when Cyprus was controlled by the Venetians.
Although now part of the town, when it was built the monastery would have been remote and hidden within pine forest.
The church, flour mill, cloisters and courtyard fountain were all built with honey-coloured limestone by the Venetians, but the cave and well adjacent to these buildings suggest Byzantine origins.
After the Ottoman invasion in the 1500s the monastery remained intact and has survived the intervening years, although no monks have lived here since the late-19th century.