Ayia Napa is located on the South East coast of Cyprus, less than a one hour drive from Larnaca International Airport and 12km from the neighbouring resort of Protaras.
The name ‘Ayia Napa’ derives from the Greek words, ‘Ayia’ meaning ‘holy’ and ‘Napa’ meaning ‘wooded valley’. Many centuries ago, the area was covered in thick forest, greenery and natural springs, which today are the sites of the well known monastery, built in 1500AD and the village.
Over the years, Ayia Napa has slowly developed into a very popular holiday resort, due to its beautiful beaches and many tourist attractions. It is well known internationally for its clubbing scene.
The coastline at Ayia Napa hosts some of the best beaches on the island, including Nissi Beach, Nissi Bay and Sandy Beach. These golden sandy beaches are spread along the resort and many water sports are available such as water skiing, windsurfing, paragliding, scuba diving and sailing. All 6 beaches in Ayia Napa have been awarded the EU blue flag for their level of cleanliness. There is also a large established water park in the resort.
There is a well known popular annual Festival in Ayia Napa which takes place during the last week of September. Events include theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot folk dancing. There are also varying exhibitions of photography and painting, depicting the present and past life of Cyprus.
Ayia Napa is the perfect holiday destination for those who enjoy beautiful beaches and lively evenings in the many bars and clubs.