Ayia Napa is Greek for “Saint Napa”, the patron saint of the town, whose Venetian-era monastery is in the centre of the town, next to the square which today is clubbing central…
Located in the far eastern end of the Cypriot Republic, adjacent to the UK Sovereign Base, Ayia Napa has become synonymous with clubbing on the island, having made a transition in recent years from a popular, all-ages family holiday destination to a “dance party capital”, similar to Ibiza in Spain. In particular, it has become popular as the summer holiday destination for followers of London’s UK Garage music scene. British tourists are still the most prevalent here, but recent years have also seen a significant increase in the number of Russians holidaying in the area. It is also a long-time favourite among Scandinavians.
Beyond the clubbing, however, Ayia Napa attracts tourists world-wide on account of its fun-loving (some would say, totally hedonistic) outlook by night and its sandy Mediterranean beaches by day.
Most travellers arrive at Ayia Napa by flights to the island of Cyprus that land at Larnaca airport. From there, it is a 45 minute taxi ride to Ayia Napa. Total fare should be around €55.
- Service taxis
- Regular bus services , connect Ayia Napa to the main cities.
- Rent a car. Prices are reasonable compared to other Mediterranean destinations, and will allow you to explore the area further. In the summer try and get an air-conditioned vehicle.
- On foot. Ayia Napa itself is small enough to be considered just about walkable.
- Bicycle. Widely available, lots of bicycle lanes.
- Mopeds. Again widely available, and can be fun. However, these can be death traps if not driven with the appropriate care and responsibility. If in doubt of your driving skills and discipline, avoid them at all costs.
- Car rental. These are useful in exploring the wider area, but traffic and parking in the centre of Agia Napa can be a problem. If you are thinking of drinking don’t risk driving, as local laws are very strict.
- Taxis. Compared to most European cities these are quite affordable. Widely available. Make sure the driver turns the taxi meter on, or negotiate the total fare to your destination prior to departure.