The premier beach resort in Cyprus, Ayia Napa brings together ancient burial sites and monasteries with a modern, party-loving vibe. Bars and clubs radiate from the central square of Plateia Seferi, while freshly caught seafood is served at traditional tavernas lining the waterfront.
Things to do in Ayia Napa
Explore the rich seafaring history of Cyprus at the Thalassa Museum, located in the heart of Ayia Napa. This unique museum is set across seven levels, with its underground displays showcasing an array of exhibits, as well as artifacts hanging from the roof.
A highlight of Ayia Napa is its medieval monastery that lies partially chiseled into the earth in the middle of town. It is renowned for its ancient sycamore tree at the southern gate, believed to be more than 600 years old.
Make a day trip to explore the sights of Cape Greco National Forest Park, which extends to the south-east of Ayia Napa. It’s home to one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of sand at Konnos Beach, as well as the photogenic Agioi Anargyroi Chapel and the idyllic Blue Lagoon.
Visit the Makronissos Tombs, which consist of 19 rock-cut tombs within an ancient burial site. They are believed to date from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, with their rectangular entrances and surface pyres being characteristic of Greek burial traditions.
Getting around Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa is around 40 minutes’ drive east of Larnaca and Larnaca International Airport, with regular intercity buses connecting the two destinations. Ayia Napa is an easy town to navigate on foot and there are also a variety of dedicated bicycle lanes and rentals available.