History and Nature in Ayia Napa
From Nissi Beach to Sandy Bay
One of the major reasons to visit Cyprus is the beaches, of which Ayia Napa has 14. Nissi Beach and Nissi Bay are particular attractions, but (from east to west) Konnos Bay, Pernera, Sandy Bay, Macronissos and Agia Thekla are popular as well, and most of Ayia Napa’s beaches have lifeguards in the summer, toilets, showers and snack bars. Water sports such as water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, scuba diving and speed boating are great for those who wish to take life at a faster pace.
Ayia Napa Monastery
The 15th century Ayia Napa Monastery is a landmark attraction for tourists to the resort. According to local tradition, the church was built on the site of a cave where a glowing icon (probably dating from between the 7th or 8th centuries) of the Virgin Mary was discovered by a hunter. It is believed that the monastery was built on a site that was founded during the ancient Byzantine era, and for this reason it makes for a fascinating tour into the past.
Junipers in Cape Greco
Although beach parties, boat parties and club trips are an exciting feature of holidays in Ayia Napa, there’s plenty of natural beauty that complements the resort as well. In particular, Cape Greco - designated a National Forest Park in 1993 - is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cyprus. An oasis headland nestled between Ayia Napa and the neighbouring town of Protaras, Cape Greco is covered with hiking trails and endemic plant species including orchids and rare flowers. Keep an eye out for the notorious Ayia Napa sea monster, which allegedly has made its home on this peninsula.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Ayia Napa has transformed into one of the biggest and busiest resorts in Cyprus. Just 25 miles from Larnaca International Airport, it’s famous not just for parties but also its sunny, sandy beaches in Nissi and Sandy Bay.