Nights out in Ayia Napa are so epic they often become street parties, as crowds from bars and clubs spill over onto the pavement.
The energy here runs strong from dusk till dawn, as there are some things you just can’t contain. The party atmosphere gathers most heavily in the main square, which has recently – and aptly – been renamed ‘Circus Square’, and down along the strip known as Ayias Mauris.
Once you get to Nissi Avenue at the bottom of the strip and down toward the harbour, the scene gets a little more subdued and plays host to families and quieter evenings.
June to August is the peak season for nightlife in Ayia Napa. This is when the most high-profile performers and DJs take the stage, along with the best parties at local clubs. You’ll still find a couple of places raging on from April to October, and a few that stay open into the winter.
It’s not just about after dark parties in this resort. In fact, Ayia Napa’s pool party scene is becoming just as popular as its nightlife – surely nothing beats dancing beside a huge swimming pool with a fruity cocktail in hand.
Pambos Magic Napa Rocks is one of the best places to cool off. This fun time hotel plays host to some of the biggest pool parties Ayia Napa has to offer. From water-based games to special guests and the greatest music, this is the perfect way to get ready for your big night out.
Plus, following in the footsteps of Ibiza and Marbella, you’ll even find Champagne Spray Parties – pool parties with a more upmarket feel. These usually offer things like VIP tables, chic sunloungers and waiter service.
Ayia Napa square
When it comes to nightlife, Ayia Napa’s 100 something clubs and bars will suit just about every taste and budget. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re into hip hop, cheesy pop, or rock bands, just walk the strip and listen out for your favourite songs blasting out onto Ayia Napa’s packed streets.
But the busiest area of the resort has to be its main square. Packed with atmospheric bars and hordes of revellers looking for their next drink, this lively spot remains the focal point of Ayia Napa’s partying action.
The fun doesn’t stop till well into the morning either – with most clubs closing around 5am. And if that still isn’t late enough, River Reggae and Aquaclub host the best after-parties with their early-morning opening times. That’s right, these clubs stay open when most people are having breakfast.
Party hotels meet buzzing beaches
If you don’t want the fun to end, then you can always stay in one of Ayia Napa’s more lively properties. With stays close to all the action and offering energetic pool areas, the party atmosphere doesn’t have to stop when you get back to your hotel.
Then there’s the beaches, for anyone who loves to dance beside the waves, Ayia Napa is home to some of the best beach parties in Europe. With Makronissos Beach Club and Nissi Beach among some of the liveliest sand spots, you can expect ocean-side performances from some of the world’s biggest name acts.
Make the most of partying in Ayia Napa
Price-wise, Aiya Napa clubs and bars are built to get holidaymakers drinking for less. In recent years, Ayia Napa has developed a classier side with bars whipping up handcrafted cocktails in more artisan atmospheres.
However, on the whole, you can expect cocktails that are dirt cheap, especially if you head away from the main square to bars on the fringes.
There are also bulk deals like the Club 100 Mega Deal, which offers a week of entry into the area’s top clubs and parties for a flat fee. You’ll also find other buy one get one free deals and free shots at individual bars and clubs.
Some bars even offer free entry tickets to nearby clubs if you drink with them for the night.
Another way to make the most of a night out is to join one of Ayia Napa’s organised bar crawls, which get holidaymakers on alcohol-fuelled pilgrimages often featuring free shots, t-shirts and access into top bars and clubs.
There are also street parties that, for a flat entrance fee, will let you drink for free all evening.
If you want to be in the heart of Ayia Napa's never-ending action, then Anthea Apartments are a great choice. Not only can you hit the strip in minutes, but you can head to the beach as well with the closest shoreline just a five-minute walk away. With three pools to choose from, there's plenty of chance to relax in the sun before you get ready for a night of drinking. Also, if you don't want to venture out too early, these welcoming apartments know how to kick things off with their entertaining karaoke nights.
This hotel's 4* rating speaks for itself. Exuding style and sophistication with its fresh-looking interiors and chic sunloungers, Hotel Nestor is the ideal place to retire to after a heavy night out. It scores high on the location front too with Ayia Napa's bars and clubs just a short distance away. Dining-wise you've got a buffet-style restaurant, pool bar and an a la carte option, not to mention the huge selection of restaurants which can be found in Ayia Napa's centre.