Ayia Napa is located on the southeastern coastline of Cyprus, new Cape Greco. It also lies south of Famagusta which helps form an area known for its red soil, Kokkinochoria. Ayia Napa is also 5 miles, or 8 kilometers, away from Protaras, which is newly developed with tourism.
The island of Cyprus that houses Ayia Napa is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The total size of the island is 9,251 kilometers with some of Europe’s most clean and clear beaches, as well as thriving olive and citrus groves. Thanks to the location of the island, Ayia Napa has wonderful weather, with very minimal amounts of winter temperatures.
Located around the area of Ayia Napa are several points of interest that only add to the beauty of the landscape. The Panagia Church is a vaulted church with twin aisles in dedication to the Virgin Mary. The church is also decorated in an unusual way with porcelain plates that date back to the 18th century. The church is located in Paralimni Village, which is 10 km north of Ayia Napa. In between Paralimni and Ayia Napa is Cavo Greco. The uniqueness of this National Forest Park is not only to its natural beauty but also the wide range of interests. Visitors can partake in diving, swimming, cycling, fishing, climbing, and hiking.
For exciting nightlife and entertainment, just off of the main promenade is a harbor with some delicious restaurants and bars. It is a great place to sit, relax, and watch the boats out in the water. The harbor also houses small fishing boats that are in action, and in the mornings you can purchase fresh fish for your dinner.
About 2 miles from the harbor is Nisi Beach. This is the most popular spot for visitors wanting to get sun and play in the water. This is also where all of the young tourists will flock during the day, before enjoying the clubbing scene by night. You can take a bus or walk to the beach. The route along the main road to the beach is lined with bars and shops, so there are shopping opportunities at every corner.
Back in town, make sure to visit the Municipal Town Hall, which is located in the heart of Ayia Napa. The building is newly built with modern features to help accommodate the growing amount of tourists. While learning about the town population might not be your interest, there are many things to see at the Town Hall. Each Thursday, during particular months of the year, there are a number of free concerts, performances, and recitals that you can see. The themes vary from Latin American dances to traditional folk. You can find the performances at the Cultural Centre.
Also at Town Hall, you can visit a number of museums. The Tornaritis is located on the lower level of Town Hall and has exhibits about past and present marine life. Founded in 1992, the main purpose is to show visitors the marine life of Cyprus and the Mediterranean, and the importance of preserving the environment. There is also a cinema which houses the latest films, and a modern fully equipped conference center.