Looking for things to do in Ayia Napa? In Ayia Napa you’ll find some of the countries most beautiful beaches, historic churches, delicious food, amazing nature, and fun activities for the whole family.
It’s in Ayia Napa where you’ll find the best nightlife on the island, as well as the biggest themed water park in Europe. Whether you’re looking for fun night clubs, family-friendly beaches, or exciting activities – Ayia Napa has it all.
Here are my best tips on things to do in Ayia Napa as a tourist:
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Walk the trails in Cape Greco
Cape Greco is a National Park with beautiful walking trails and unspoiled nature. There are around 16 km of walking trails and 4 km of cycling trails for tourists to enjoy.
While exploring this park, you’ll get to see beautiful nature surrounded by its crystal clear waters where you can go swimming and snorkeling.
Some of the biggest attractions in Cape Greco are the sea caves, the chapel Ayioi Anargyroi, and the love bridge.
Visit the Ayia Napa Monastery
The Ayia Napa Monastery is one of the most visited landmarks in town and is home to the icon of the Virgin Mary of Napa.
It was built around 1500 AD looking like a castle, so the architecture is very impressing.
In addition to the architecture, you can have a look at beautiful art, pretty gardens, and a sycamore tree that’s over 600 years old. It’s no doubt one of the best things to do in Ayia Napa!
Eat local food
I can recommend visiting the restaurants Sesoula Kalamaki, En Yevo Tavernaki, ZAATAR Food Arts Lebanese Syrian Cuisine, and Sage Restaurant.
If you like to splash around in the water, then you should consider going scuba diving during your vacation. Ayia Napa is a great place to learn how to scuba dive, and is also a perfect place for the more experienced divers.
In addition to the rocky sea around the city, you also have Cape Greco and Protaras where you can explore both caves, tunnels, canyons, and see beautiful rock formations under the sea.
It’s no doubt one of the best things to do in Ayia Napa for the adventure seekers!
See the sea caves
The sea caves is a natural landmark that you should visit at least once during your stay in Cyprus. The beautiful rock formations of the sea caves was created by the waves hitting the cliffs over the centuries.
Today, the sea caves is a hot spot for snorkeling, swimming and diving to explore the beautiful natural caves. However, some of the caves are also accessible by foot, and the biggest attraction is the cave with a natural window of the beautiful sea caves – it’s one of the most popular photo spots in Cyprus.
NOTE: When going swimming and exploring the caves, make sure to wear proper shoes since the rocks can be very sharp in some places.
Go on a boat trip
One of the most popular things to do in Ayia Napa is to take a boat trip to explore the coast.
There are several boat trips to choose from departing from Ayia Napa every day during high season. Some boat trips are family-friendly, some are romantic, and some are a bit more wild with loud music and drinks.
However, one of the best things about these boat trips is that you get to see the beautiful coast of Ayia Napa from a different angle and get the opportunity to swim in some of the most beautiful places on the island.
Relax at Nissi Beach
Nissi Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus, and also one of the most beautiful in Europe. It’s famous for its white soft sand, crystal clear waters and small islet that you can reach by foot via the strip of sand.
Nissi Beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit in Cyprus, and therefore it’s often very crowded. Make sure to go there early to find an available sunbed or spot to lay down in the sand.
West of Nissi Beach you’ll find another beautiful beach called Makronissos. It’s just as beautiful as Nissi Beach and well worth a visit during your stay in Cyprus.
Party the night away
Ayia Napa is famous for being party destination where you can party at various bars and night clubs all night long. In addition to a lively night life, there’s also various pool parties and party boats if you like to party during day time.
Go to Konnos Bay
Konnos Bay is located east of Ayia Napa and is part of Cape Greco National Park. It’s a beautiful bay with a nice beach and crystal clear waters where you can go for a swim.
In Konnos Bay you also have a great selection of water sports, as well as a snack bar.
See the famous Love Bridge
The bridge of love is located east of the city and is a natural bridge surrounded by crystal clear water.
It’s a popular place among honeymooners to watch the sunset and photographers to snap photos. It’s also a popular place for wedding ceremonies.
It’s believed that if you kiss your loved one while standing in the middle of the bridge and make a wish, your wish will come true.
Visit the sculpture park
Above the famous love bridge you’ll find the sculpture park. It’s a popular place among tourists to visit to see all the beautiful sculptures.
It’s an open-air museum that’s free to visit with panoramic views of the coast.
Have fun at Europe’s largest themed waterpark
If you’re traveling to Ayia Napa with your family, it can be fun to spend a day at the waterpark. It’s the largest themed waterpark in Europe, and features over 30 different Greek mythology themed rides.
It’s a fun place for the whole family with attractions for both kids and adults. While the kids are splashing around and going down the water slides, you can relax in the adult pools or float down the lazy river.
In addition to the various rides, there are also several restaurants and souvenir shops.
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Things to do in Ayia Napa when it rains
If you’re traveling to Cyprus during late spring, summer or early autumn, bad weather is not common and the sun is shining most days.
However, if you’re traveling during low season, rain and colder weather is common. Here’a a few recommendations on things to do in Ayia Napa when it rains:
- Visit the churches
- Go shopping in The Mall of Cyprus
- Visit Thalassa Museum
- Eat delicious food at the various restaurants
- Party at indoor clubs at night
- Explore Ayia Napa’s historic monastery
- Visit the Farm House Museum
- Buy an umbrella and explore in the rain
- Spoil yourself at a spa
Things to do in Ayia Napa with kids
Ayia Napa is a popular destination among families since there’s a good selection of family-friendly beaches and activities. Down below you have some recommendations of things to do in Ayia Napa with kids:
- Go swimming at Nissi Beach
- Have fun at the Water World Waterpark
- Visit Makronissos Beach
- Spend an evening at Luna Park
- Go on a boat trip
- Stroll around in the sculpture park
- Take a picture with the sculpture at Ayia Napa Square
- Try water sports at Konnos Bay
What are your favorite things to do in Ayia Napa? Leave a comment below!