Located in the east of the island, Ayia Napa is known for its crystal blue waters and its notorious nightlife.
History & Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa, located in the district of Famagusta, used to be a village until a small group of fishermen and farmers blossomed the place into a town at the end of the 20th century. In terms of historical sites and attractions, Ayia Napa is home to the Medieval Aqueduct, Hellenistic and Roman Tombs of Makronissos and the unique Municipal Museum THALASSA, (meaning ‘sea’ in Greek).
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The most famous beach is of course Nissi Bay in Ayia Napa, a solid favourite with locals and visiting tourists alike. Nissi translated means “small island”, and the bay is home to a very small island in the middle that you can walk through the crystal clear waters to as the beach is that shallow. It is a favourite for its brilliant blue waters as well as its beach bars and summer tunes, with the bars often hosting foam parties on the beach. Top tip: Nissi Beach can get extremely busy so its best to get there early, and if you’re looking for a quieter serene beach, then probably Nissi beach is not for you!
The Waterworld waterpark which can be seen from the road entering Ayia Napa has been named as the largest themed waterpark in Europe.
Cape Greco was named as a National Forest Park in 1993 which is situated in between both Ayia Napa and Protaras. The tourist attraction covers an area of 385 hectares and has a small white chapel dedicated to Agioi Anargyroi which is popular for wedding photos.
Ayia Napa is one of the biggest hotspots for clubbers with venues to rival that of Ibiza.
Makronissos beach is also very popular beach which is made of a cluster of bays. This particular beach is normally used for the party town’s big concerts and has hosted the likes of Craig David, Sigala, Jax Jones, Luis Fonsi, Example, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Rudimental, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah at the Makronissos Night and Day Beach Club.
Snoop Dogg also performed at the Napa Rocks Festival in 2015 following his return of the name “Snoop Dogg” rather than “Snoop Lion”.