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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Ayia Napa

When to go

Like the rest of Cyprus, holidays in Ayia Napa enjoy a fantastic year-round climate with average annual temperatures of 19°C and approximately 340 days of sunshine a year.

July and August are the hottest months, with the thermometer regularly breaking the 40°C threshold, so if you don't cope well with heat then spring and autumn might be better choices. It's generally quite dry all through the calendar but December, January and February sometimes throw up unexpected periods of rainfall. There are plenty of cheap holidays to Ayia Napa available all year round, so you don't have to sacrifice the weather to get a bargain.

Health and safety

Before you leave you should make sure you've got medical and travel insurance for yourself and anyone else who's travelling with you before going on holiday. Even though Cyprus has modern healthcare facilities, those can cost if you're unprepared and need their services.

It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Cypriot nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you the same rights as a Cyprus national if you need medical treatment during your stay.

You should double check that your insurance policy covers everything that you intend to do while abroad. For example, if you plan to hike or indulge in some extreme sports, it's best to be fully certain your travel insurance has those activities covered in its plan. See our holiday extras page for more information. For up-to-the-minute information on visiting Cyprus from the UK, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/health.

Passports and Visas

You don't need a visa to enter Cyprus – but as with any trip, it's imperative you have a valid passport with at least six months left before it needs renewal.

Getting around

Ayia Napa can be reached from Larnaca airport via a 40-minute taxi ride. There are a number of public buses which ferry passengers to and from the airport as well, though these take longer. If you're booking your Cyprus holidays All Inclusive, your operator will likely include transfers as part of your package, so it's worth asking if you're unsure.

Ayia Napa is small enough to be easily navigated on foot. If you're keen on renting a bicycle, scooter or moped, all are readily available and can be a fun and flexible way to get around. Dune buggies are an exciting method of exploring further afield.

Car rental is only really necessary if you plan on making longer trips outside the town itself but make sure you have the relevant insurance. Within Ayia Napa, parking is at a premium, however taxis are generally quite affordable.

Advice for travellers with children

While the nightlife is Ayia Napa's main draw, this doesn't mean the town is unsuitable for families. Bars generally don't get busy until after 10pm and, though the clubs play loud music until the early hours of the morning, the majority of the family-friendly accommodation is situated at a suitable remove from the action.

As far as activities go, the WaterWorld themed waterpark is fun for all ages, while visitors arriving at the beginning of June can enjoy the Ayia Napa Children's Festival.

Electricity

Fortunately, the plugs and voltage used in Cyprus are exactly the same as the ones we use at home – a hangover from its days as part of the Empire. For the same reason you can also spot red postboxes and Marks & Spencer stores in Cyprus.

Emergency information

For police, ambulance and fire brigade services in Cyprus call 199. English is spoken.

British consulate

You can contact the British Consulate by telephone on +357 22 861100. You can also reach it by email, using UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk.

The British High Commission office is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. The office address is Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia, 1587. If you plan to head there in person, be advised that you'll need to have booked an appointment in advance, as the British Consulate can't provide services over the counter unless a timeslot has been booked.

Hospital

There are a number of clinics and health centres in and around Ayia Napa, as well as a handful of hospitals. The largest and closest one to the town centre is:

NAPA Olympic Hospital Address: 24 Chavares Street, 5340 Ayia Napa Telephone: +357 23723222 Email: napaolympic@cytanet.com.cy

Useful Links

Love Ayia Napa - a comprehensive guide to Cyprus' main nightlife hub, with recommendations on things to do, see and eat when in Ayia Napa.