Ayia Napa Holidays
Ayia Napa Holidays – Stunning string of gorgeous sandy beaches
Ayia Napa attracts a young partying crowd in summer but that really is only a small part of the story. The nightlife image tends to obscure the fact that Ayia Napa is a richly varied resort in the heart of a region famed for its fabulous sandy beaches, idyllic turquoise seas and incredibly sunny weather. There is an especially wide choice of accommodation in every price range. The resort is easy to get around and prices are remarkably cheap. Recent years have seen Ayia going determinedly upmarket, with sophisticated cocktail bars, an amazing choice of world cuisine and a music scene catering to every taste and all ages.
The real joy of the resort is a string of outstanding sandy beaches linked by enjoyably lively coast paths and promenades. The pretty Cypriot restaurants of Paralimni village and the charming harbour resort of Pernera make excellent excursions. Ayia Napa also offers richly rewarding boat trips, fantastic dive courses, fun family attractions and superb coast walks in the Cape Greco national park.
When to go
If you plan a more active holiday we recommend spring. The weather is wonderfully sunny but not too hot. There’s plenty of beach space and the mountainous interior is at its colourful best. You will also find a nicely relaxed holiday atmosphere as summer runs into autumn. Winter visitors and a significant British community keep the resort alive throughout the winter.
For the liveliest clubbing scene it has to be peak summer. Tremendous fun for a predominantly under 30 crowd. Serious clubbers may prefer early season before the resort begins to fill with families in late July and August. For a quieter holiday scene with the same hot summer weather choose June or September.
The weather in Ayia Napa
All Ayia Napa holidays between June and October should have near-constant sunshine. Summer daytime highs are well over 30ºC.The hottest days in July and August may hit 40ºC. Being outside at night is a pleasure, with temperatures in the 20’s.
If you are planning to see some more of Cyprus we recommend spring or late summer running into autumn. Nights are comfortably cooler too. Spring temperatures in the 20’s are much better for walking and touring. An incredibly long season sees sunbathing weather well into November. Many winter days see people dining outside and relaxing on the beach.
Getting the best deal
Ayia Napa often has the cheapest holidays in Cyprus. The resort has plenty of budget accommodation. Search and book early if travelling in peak summer. Those looking for upmarket resort hotels will find a much wider choice and lower prices if booking in advance. We frequently offer savings for early bookers.
Holidays to Ayia Napa are cheaper outside the school summer holidays. April to June is much cheaper than July and August. Terrific bargains in early autumn. Eating out is cheap but the best all-inclusive offers are worth looking at. Keep an eye on our special promotions and late deals. Our email newsletter has our current best offers. Book early and make your holiday more affordable by paying only a low deposit amount at time of booking.
Airport and transport need to know
Most package holidays to Ayia Napa head for Larnaca Airport (LCA). An efficient airport with a smart 2009 refit. Plenty of shops and bars. Flight time to Larnaca is 4-5 hours. Year-round low-cost flights from major airports and summer flights from a wide choice of UK regional airports.
Transfers to Ayia Napa take about 45 minutes. A taxi should cost €60-70 (£49-57). Taxis are metered but best to confirm price to avoid misunderstandings. Private transfers can be booked online. Getting to Protaras by bus is possible via Larnaca Finikoudes bus interchange but buses on to Ayia are infrequent. There may find cheap flights to Paphos Airport (PFO) but this will involve a 2 hour transfer.
Ayia Napa is a straightforward motorway drive (on the left like the UK). Take care on narrow mountain roads. Good local bus services to outlying beaches and resort neighbours like Protaras. Taxis within the resort are cheap and easy to find.
The best beaches in Ayia Napa
Cyprus caters brilliantly to all ages and every holiday style. Ayia Napa has traditional family beaches, quiet sunbathing beaches, cool beaches for the young and trendy and pretty coves with idyllic diving and snorkelling. Soft pale sand and beautifully clear turquoise water is the norm. The sea is incredibly warm! Main resort beaches are very clean and well-equipped. There are 14 Blue Flag beaches in Ayia Napa alone!
Beaches follow on one from another so it’s easy to sample a number of different atmospheres in one holiday. Local buses and cheap taxis make it easy to explore smaller resorts like Pernera. It’s also easy to pop into Protaras. Family attractions, water parks and traditional villages are within easy reach.
Nissi Beach is the most famous in Cyprus. Beautiful pale sand and amazingly shallow water. So shallow you can walk to an offshore island at low tide. Nissi Beach is typical of Ayia as a whole. One end is popular with older couples and families while the other is a non-stop beach party in the summer season. If DJ’s and beach games are not your thing it’s still worth wandering along to the beach bar for very entertaining people watching! Lots of watersports too.
Grecian Bay is the closest beach to the centre so has a wide choice of restaurants and bars. Another very long stretch of soft pale sand that shelves very gently into calm water. You’ll find every age group here and lots of families with children in the summer. People are here to sunbathe not party.
Moving away from the resort centre can mean much quieter beaches in the peak summer. For scenic beauty head for Konnos Beach. This sheltered spot is one of the most photographed beaches in Cyprus. There’s a nice beach bar and a far more genuinely Cypriot atmosphere. The Cape Greco national park has some of the best snorkelling and diving in Cyrus. Excellent dive courses for beginners. Coast paths and cliff walks visit sea caves and pretty sandy coves.