Ayia Napa

What was once a small fishing village in the south-eastern corner of Cyprus is now a hotspot for holidaymakers looking for a lively break; over 250,000 clubbers throng into this party capital each summer and the phenomenal atmosphere in its scores of bars and nightclubs is nothing short of explosive. But this cosmopolitan town isn’t all about bars and clubs for the young. If you look closely, you will discover that Ayia Napa is full of history and tradition.

The centre of the town is built around a medieval monastery. This has been well preserved over the centuries and a visit here is like stepping back in time. Just to the side of the main square, traditional folk dancing takes place during the summer. At the end of September, the Ayia Napa Street Festival takes place and features singing and dancing performances. Special acts from all over the world are brought here to perform at the festival.

One of the most beautiful locations to visit in Ayia Napa is the fishing harbour.The entire harbour has been transformed into a pedestrian zone, with cafes and seafood taverns lining the area. A wooden walkway spans the length of the harbour. At night, beautifully designed lights illuminate the area, setting the perfect scene for a romantic meal or a stroll along the harbour.

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