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The name of this famous Cyprus resort comes from a local monastery of the same name. There is hardly anything ‘monk like’ about Ayia Napa today, although the Ayia Napa monastery remains as a landmark.


The clubs and bars frequented by the younger crowd are not the only things to do in this eastern Cyprus resort just south of the city of Famagusta. As it is a seaside resort, there is an abundance of water-based activities plus, Ayia Napa has more Blue Flag beaches per capita than anywhere else in the world. The most popular beaches are Nissi and Harbour beaches. Harbour beach is a better option for families, whereas Nissi may appeal more to younger people.


Water-based activities play an important role in this seaside resort. Jet ski hire is popular and you can also test your prowess with a self-drive jet boat. If you feel like something more sedate, a boat trip out to Ayia Napa’s crystalline waters may appeal. Try the safe way to parachute: instead of jumping out of a plane, you rise up out of the water with a parachute attached to you. If you have kids with you, they’ll love the Flying Fish, or the Crazy Squab ride that resembles bouncing over the waves on an inflatable sofa. There are also the more traditional activities, such as windsurfing and water skiing.

Museums and Ruins

You may not have heard much about Ayia Napa’s museums. But, they do exist and they’re both related to maritime topics. The Museum of Marine Life was opened in 1992 and displays everything connected to Cyprus’s marine heritage and the Mediterranean in general. There’s also Thalassa Museum of the Sea, which holds cultural events as well as exhibitions.


Yes, more water-related fun. The Ayia Napa Waterworld Waterpark is the biggest in Europe. The Greece-themed waterpark has won at least 25 international awards and also provides non-water attractions such as go-karting. The kids, and probably many adults, will enjoy the selection of rides and the management has thoughtfully provided an abundance of adult relaxation areas and playgrounds for younger children. There is even a spa area where the you can have a fish pedicure. It is open seven days and week and season tickets are available.
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