Ayia Napa is a brilliant resort for young groups looking for a very vibrant nightlife. During the summer months, the resort is mainly taken over by young groups and couples, although families are also seen here. Families are also seen a lot in the resort, especially during the lower seasons. Many families still visit during the summer months, but tend to stay further away from the 'square' where all the bars and clubs are. Transfers from Larnaca International airport take around 45 minutes. On the journey, you will see a lot of scenery as well as seeing the resort itself as you drive through it. It may seem quiet if you have a night transfer, however that is because you will not be going directly next to the 'square'. There are several beaches in Ayia Napa and all have fine, pale sands leading to the turquoise warm waters. They do get very crowded during the peak summer months and parasols and sunbeds disappear quickly. Nissi Beach is probably the most well known and is very attractive. Makronissos is also a popular beach with calm waters making it safe for children. Ayia Napa has a lot of accommodation to cater for a lot of tourists. You will find everything from B&Bs to self-catering apartments to 5-star hotels in Ayia Napa. Whether you are on a budget or looking to splash out, there is something for you. You will find self-catering, half-board and all-inclusive in Ayia Napa, making it a brilliant resort for everyone to try. Flights to Ayia Napa (Paphos) take approximately 4.5 hours.
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Ayia Napa is home to some fabulous beaches which means that there are some fabulous water sports available. You will find water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, sailing, parasailing, or rides on banana boats, doughnuts and pedalloes. There are also plenty of boat trips such as booze cruises. These tend to last all day and are very enjoyable. The boat will stop in the sunshine for over an hour and you have the chance to jump off the boat into the sea and swim around. There are normally banana boat rides and doughnut rides as well. There will also be plenty of fun and games on board as well as a bar. The boat stops in two different places, however be careful when swimming as the underwater current can be quite strong. If you prefer to stay on dry land then why not try go-karting? There's a big track for you to enjoy and it is easily reachable. Other sports that you can enjoy are tennis, cycling and horse-riding. A must-see in Ayia Napa is the Aqua park - a brilliant place for friends, families and couples of all ages. You will find a wide variety of slides and tubes and swimming pools, including one with a wave machine. There are also plenty of places available to get refreshments. All pools and rides are supervised and all staff are trained on how to operate the rides and on how to give first aid. Many people also choose to laze around the pool all day in the intense heat. There are also many excursions to go on. There are more boat trips available as well as tours of the local villages. If this is not enough, then why not try the jeep safari or a tour to the Troodos Mountains?
It has to be said that in Ayia Napa you are guaranteed to find a restaurant with food that you enjoy. You will find many restaurants with a wide range of cuisines in Ayia Napa. There is a lot of familiar international cuisine for you so you are definitely catered for. You will find Italian, Chinese, British, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Spanish and of course a lot of seafood. There is also plenty of fast food such as McDonald's or kebab huts. The nightlife in Ayia Napa is unbeatable. Head to the square for an endless amount of bars and nightclubs. All of the bars have happy hours for you to enjoy and plenty of space for you to dance. The bars are open until very late, however the nightclubs tend to open around 1am and then do not shut until the morning. This really is the perfect resort for you if you enjoy partying all night long. All of the bars and clubs have music, karaoke, cocktails and professional DJs. There is even a Lineker's Bar there which has entertainment on every evening. There are plenty of shops for you to find clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. There are also plenty of supermarkets for you which is particularly good if you are travelling on a self-catering board basis. There is a good bus service in Ayia Napa with regular buses taking you in and around the resort. An hourly bus service takes you into Larnaca and taxis take you anywhere you want to go for very reasonable rates. Taxis are the best way to get to the water park. Many people also hire out motorbikes and cars.
Ayia Napa is a very hot resort with temperatures sometimes reaching above 40°C. Ayia Napa is known as the sunshine beach capital of Cyprus. You are guaranteed to need high factor sun cream when visiting this destination. July and August are the hottest months in Ayia Napa with average temperatures of 35°C. You will also have 13 hours of pure sunshine a day. Winters are very short and mild with January and February being the coldest months. Even though they are cold, they still have temperatures of at least 15°C. Rainfall only occurs 40 days out of the year but this is very short lived and the sun still tends to shine. There is not always a breeze in Ayia Napa so many people decide to keep to the shade at times. The temperature will not fall below 30°C from June to September, leaving you with warm sea temperatures, making it perfect for water sports. The night also remains warm so it is advised that you get air conditioning in your accommodation. The warm evenings however make the famous beach parties even more popular.