Budget-friendly clubbing and culture in the Cypriot sun
With flight times averaging just under five hours from the UK, you’ll have just enough time to catch up with a couple of the latest film releases on your tablet before touching down in this stunning coastal region.
Internationally recognised as a clubbing capital, Ayia Napa boasts much more than foam parties and late night raves. With 14 Blue Flag beaches along the coast, you’re guaranteed to find your own piece of paradise under the Cypriot sun.
For an off-the-beaten-path experience, take a look at the small horseshoe bay of Ayia Thekla. It’s home to a collection of ancient tombs in the rocks, a charming church and weekly market.
If beach bars, restaurants, top DJs and paragliding are more your style, look no further than the popular Nissi Beach.
Cheap things to do around Ayia Napa
Away from the golden sands and delightful Mediterranean Sea, Ayia Napa is home to a surprising number of historic and culturally significant sites waiting to be explored.
Escape the midday sun with a stroll around the medieval Ayia Napa Monastery, weaving between ancient arches in this calm haven and taking shade under the 600-year-old sycamore tree in front of the south gate.
For an interesting and detailed look into the history of Cyprus, with a focus on sea life, peruse the exhibitions at the Thalassa Museum before taking a stroll through Ayia Napa Square in the old quarter.
No trip to Ayia Napa would be complete without exploring the spectacular landscapes surrounding the vibrant town.
Take a day trip to the breathtaking Cape Greco National Park, which is filled with nature trails lined with pine trees offering panoramic views of the coast. The national park is also home to the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite and the island’s most photographed juniper tree.
How to get a great Ayia Napa holiday deal
If you want to combine a great deal with warm weather, the best time to travel to Ayia Napa is from early spring through to late autumn. Summer temperatures average a glorious 27°C but if you’re not limited to school holidays you’ll find some of the best deals in slightly cooler June and September.
If you’re looking for the ultimate last minute deal, start your search around eight weeks before departure. Ayia Napa boasts a great selection of both Self Catering and All Inclusive options depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for, so be sure to compare prices on both options.
If you’re seeking a more secluded resort in the Larnaca region, take a look at Pernera where you’ll enjoy laid-back evenings tucking into authentic cuisine while getting to know the locals.
The coastal town of Protaras is a little livelier with plenty of bars offering entertainment come night fall, with rolling countryside and ancient ruins to explore by day.
But if we’ve whet your whistle for a holiday in Ayia Napa, find out more in our travel guide and check out the top cheap hotels in Ayia Napa below.
The chic, white, cube buildings surrounding the serene outdoor pool of the Petrosana Hotel are home to 48 luxury apartments, just a stone's throw from the centre of Ayia Napa. With a fully equipped kitchenette, enjoy a relaxing breakfast on your private veranda before taking a 10-minute stroll to Nissi Beach where you can relax on a sunlounger gazing out to sea or partake in a multitude of watersports. After working up an appetite in the gym or out on the volleyball courts, you'll find plenty of dinner options along Ayia Napa's main square ranging from street food to fine dining.
Alongside its a la carte restaurant and sleek pool scene the Nestor Hotel boasts an ideal location five minutes' walk from the centre of Ayia Napa and its golden coastline. Offering exceptional service, guests are invited to lounge under the hot sun by the pool sipping cool drinks from the poolside bar, enjoy a game of tennis or sweat it out in the fully-equipped gym. Stay in and take advantage of the delicious international buffet on offer come night fall or stroll into town and take your pick from Cypriot treats to McDonald's.
This elegant 4* hotel in the heart of Ayia Napa is proof you don't have to skimp on quality when booking a cheap holiday. With a no under 16s policy, guests can relax around the cool and calm lagoon style pool under the shade of a palm tree and during the summer months get involved in DJ-hosted pool parties.
Keep up with your fitness regime in the state of the art gym finishing with a stint in the sauna, visit the neighbouring 14th-century monastery or spend days on the golden sand just 10 minutes from the hotel.
Water babies will be well catered for at this charming holiday village located within walking distance of Ayia Napa's vibrant centre. With an outdoor pool along the sun terrace complete with a separate paddling pool for kids, the indoor pool boasts a luxurious hot tub and sauna to relax tired muscles. Guests benefit from unlimited access to the fun-filled waterpark next door and if you fancy a dip in the sea, five minutes' stroll takes you to a rocky cove. Let the kids run wild in the playground while you enjoy a cool drink from the poolside bar before tucking into international cuisine at the family-friendly buffet restaurant.