Ayia Napa, once a small fishing village, was more recently promoted as a clubber’s paradise with a varied and vibrant nightlife concentrated in the town’s central square. Families are rediscovering the delights of the resort by steering away from the square and spending days on the beautiful blue flag beaches and mellow evenings strolling the pedestrianised harbour area and dining at one its selection of cafes and restaurants.
Ayia Napa also boasts the biggest themed water park in Europe with exhilarating rides providing fun and entertainment for all age groups. Outdoor activities in the area include mini golf, water-sports, go-karting, horse riding and hiking or cycling along the network of nature trails and specialist cycle paths through the Cape Greco National Park.
No Visit to Ayia Napa is complete without some time spent at Nissi Beach. It's not only Ayia Napa's biggest daytime hotspot but one of the most popular beaches on the whole island of Cyprus. The lagoon shaped bay is safely sheltered by a small island, ‘nissi’ in Greek, which gives the beach its name and offers ideal swimming conditions for families with children. Every day from May until October beach parties are held at the Nissi Bay Beach Bar featuring some of Ayia Napa's best-known DJ's as well as guest artists and celebrities. Expect special guest appearances, dance contests, foam parties and all kinds of fun.
Cape Greco, located 10km away, was designated as a National Forest Park in 1993. It is a relatively unspoilt area with great natural beauty which changes and offers something different each season. It is an oasis of tranquillity nestled midway between the busy resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras.
The centre of Protaras is within a 20-minute drive and it is here, right at the heart of the strip where you will find the most well-known beach in the area, Fig Tree Bay. With its clear and shallow turquoise sea and fine golden sand, this beach understandably appeals to both visitors and locals alike. By day Protaras is a sleepy beach resort, coming alive after dark and offering a wide range of friendly restaurants, cosy tavernas, bars and shopping opportunities to suit the whole family.