Once a fisherman's village, Ayia Napa lies at the eastern edge of Cyprus and has grown to become the island's most popular resort. The stunning central beach of Liminaki, lies alongside the fishing harbour with glorious Nissi Beach to the west and Makronissos Beach on the outskirts of the town. The golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters offer activities and watersports galore. For those looking for a quieter and more peaceful experience, there are smaller beaches and romantic coves to explore within easy reach of the resort. Ayia Napa is young and lively, an excellent choice for families and couples alike.
The town centre of Ayia Napa is dominated by the 16th Century monastery and the Holy Church of Ayia Napa. A visit to the town square fountain, surrounded by cafes, bars, local craft stalls, portrait painters and other attractions, makes a lovely break from the hotel and beach. There are many shops to buy souvenirs or local handicrafts such as leather goods, jewellery and pottery. Ayia Napa provides visitors with an excellent choice of cuisine, from elegant international restaurants, serving Chinese, Italian and Mexican to local tavernas serving typical Cypriot dishes of lamb and seafood. The harbour area is lined with excellent fish tavernas serving a selection of locally caught fish of the day. There is plenty of nightlife in town with local bars, and discos, or for those who prefer to stay close to home, the hotels have an excellent programme of entertainment with their own nightclubs and discos.
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