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Ayia Napa, Famagusta, Cyprus


Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is located on the southeastern coastline of Cyprus, new Cape Greco. It also lies south of Famagusta which helps form an area known for its red soil, Kokkinochoria. Ayia Napa is also 5 miles, or 8 kilometres, away from Protaras, which is newly developed with tourism.

The island of Cyprus that houses Ayia Napa is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The total size of the island is 9,251 kilometres with some of Europe's most clean and clear beaches, as well as thriving olive and citrus groves. Thanks to the location of the island, Ayia Napa has wonderful weather, with very minimal amounts of winter temperatures.
Located around the area of Ayia Napa are several points of interest that only add to the beauty of the landscape. The Panagia Church is a vaulted church with twin aisles in dedication to the Virgin Mary. The church is also decorated in an unusual way with porcelain plates that date back to the 18th century. The church is located in Paralimni Village, which is 10 km north of Ayia Napa. In between Paralimni and Ayia Napa is Cavo Greco. The uniqueness of this National Forest Park is not only to its natural beauty, but also the wide range of interests. Visitors can partake in diving, swimming, cycling, fishing, climbing, and hiking.

For exciting nightlife and entertainment, just off of the main promenade is a harbour with some delicious restaurants and bars. It is a great place to sit, relax, and watch the boats out in the water. The harbour also houses small fishing boats that are in action, and in the mornings you can purchase fresh fish for your dinner.
About 2 miles from the harbour is Nisi Beach. This is the most popular spot for visitors wanting to get sun and play in the water. This is also where all of the young tourists will flock during the day, before enjoying the clubbing scene by night. You can take a bus or walk to the beach. The route along the main road to the beach is lined with bars and shops, so there are shopping opportunities at every corner.

Back in town, make sure to visit the Municipal Town Hall, which is located in the heart of Ayia Napa. The building is newly built with modern features to help accommodate the growing amount of tourists. While learning about the town population might not be your interest, there are many things to see at the Town Hall. Each Thursday, during particular months of the year, there are a number of free concerts, performances, and recitals that you can see. The themes vary from Latin American dances to traditional folk. You can find the performances in the Cultural Centre.

Also at Town Hall, you can visit a number of museums. The Tornaritis is located on the lower level of Town Hall and has exhibits about past and present marine life. Founded in 1992, the main purpose is to show visitors the marine life of Cyprus and the Mediterranean, and the importance of preserving the environment. There is also a cinema which houses the latest films, and a modern, fully equipped conference centre.


Ayia Napa History

The exciting Ayia Napa that we know of today is much more different than it was years ago. According to records, in ancient times the area was nothing but a vast land of wooded valleys, greenery, and natural springs. The monastery and village did not yet exist. The area was not yet called Ayia Napa until the 11th century, when a hunter stumbled into a cave looking for his dog and he found an icon of the Virgin Mary. The virgin was lit in a miraculous manner. The years before this time period were very weary and the Virgin Mary icon had to be hidden due to the controversy.

The news of the newly discovered icon quickly spread to the surrounding villages about the cave of the remote "napa". It was soon transformed into a shrine by the Orthodox Christians of the area and the icon was named "The Icon of Ayia Napa", or the icon of the Saint of the wooded valley. In later years, a stone aqueduct was built in order to bring water to the shrine from the springs. The water still runs today from a fountain shaped like the head of a wild boar.

The well that was found in the cave, which still gives a fresh water supply, leads historians to believe that the cave might have been used by the monks and the locals who were hiding from raids of pirates and other invaders throughout the centuries. The theory by locals is that the people found refuge in the cave during the pirate attack, and the Virgin Mary appeared to show them the fresh water well in the corner of the cave. It is still a mystery why the water has never run out.
At some point, the cave was expanded and changed into a church. Architectural details of the door show that the church must have been built during the 14th century. The extension of the church is built with two sections covered with a pointed arch. The smaller area of the sections has signs that it was once used as a Latin chapel, probably during the 16th century. On the north side of the section, there still remains a painting of three female saints. The Italian influence used in the painting shows that it dates back to the 15th century.

The monastery of Ayia Napa continued to grow and develop through the 16th century until the end of the Venetian occupation in 1581 A.D. Ayia Napa is referred to in manuscripts of this time period and appears on many maps drawn of Cyprus from this time. One of the forts on the south wall of the old city of Famagusta, which was built by the Venetian conquerors, was named Ayia Napa. Historians believe this was because the road leading to Ayia Napa began there.


Ayia Napa Tourist Info

You should never travel to a country or island unprepared. While there is some great information on other areas of our website, there is some info that is too general to list with a specific category. Think of this as your own personal tour guide with some great tips from previous tourists in Ayia Napa.
Entertainment:

1. The amusement park in Ayia Napa has great scenes of the area from the ferris wheel. It is located in the centre of Ayia Napa.
2. Go-Cart centres are located near Makronissos Beach
3. If you want to get a tattoo, then "Easy Rider" is the perfect place.
4. Ayia Napa Athletic Centre houses eight operating football grounds with tournaments in February and April.
5. You can take a relaxing cruise from the downtown Ayia Napa area to Cape Greco. There are also cruises that go to the Holy Land and Egypt.
6. The Ayia Napa Festival takes place the last weekend of September in Seferis Square.
7. The bowling centre is located near Seferis Square and is open from 12:00am until 2:00am.

Beaches and Harbour:

1. The fishing harbour has been newly renovated and is one of the three key landmarks in the area. The other landmarks include the Monastery and Cape Greco. There are plans to build an open-air theatre, fountains, and paved walkways with restaurants. The marina will eventually house up to 200 boats.
2. Ayia Thekla, Macronissos, Nissi Bay, Nissi Beach, Sandy Bay, Kryo Nero, Limnara and Konnos are the beaches of Ayia Napa.

Transportation Services:

1. A bus service runs to all of the towns and villages for a low cost. More than seven buses run each day from Ayia Napa to the Larnaca airport. They run from 7:15 until 16:30 and from 9:30 to 18:00.
2. A Yellow Bus operates in Ayia Napa for tourists on a regular schedule, which is shown below:

09.30 09.40 09.45 09.55 10.30
10.40 10.45 10.55 11.30 11.40
11.45 11.55 12.30 12.40 12.45
12.55 14.30 14.40 14.45 14.55
15.30 15.40 15.45 15.55 16.30
16.40 16.45 16.55 17.30 17.40
17.45 17.55 18.30 18.40 18.45
18.55 19.30 19.40 19.45 19.55


Useful Information:

1. Ayia Napa celebrates Greek Easter with a festival on Good Friday, followed by a midnight church service on Saturday. It is tradition for the young people to light a bonfire in the churchyard to burn Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus.
2. Carnival Festival is the 20th through the 23rd of February. This is a street festival in all of the towns.
3. Wine Festival is the 30th of August through the 10th of September in Limassol.
4. May 24th: Sea side festival in all coastal resorts.
5. The phone number for the Town Hall is: +357 3 721944
6. The electricity supply in Ayia Napa is 240 volts. Sockets are 13 amp square pin. More than one low current appliance can be operated from the same supply by using an adapter.

Emergency Information

For emergencies call: (Fire, Ambulance, Police) 199
Hospitals

Paralimni +357 3 821211
Larnaca +357 4 630300
Nicosia +357 2 451111
Limassol +357 5 330333
Paphos +357 6 240111
Airports

Larnaca +357 4 643000
Paphos +357 6 422833
Cyprus Airways +357 4 623036

Cyprus Tourism Organization

Ayia Napa +357 3 721100
Nicosia +357 2 337715

Cyprus Hotel Association

Ayia Napa +357 3 721275
Nicosia +357 2 445251

For all night pharmacies dial 1403

All major banks are open from 8:30am until 12:30pm with special afternoon services for tourists from 15:30 to 17:30.

Emergency treatment in the local hospital is free.

Ayia Napa Weather

Ayia Napa is filled with long summers of sunshine and very short mild winters. With all of the sunshine, it is hard to believe that the area was once a sleepy and quiet fishing port. It is now a host for more than a million clubbers and other young adults who flock to the area for the crystal clear waters and high temperatures. A superb fact is that the ocean is only a few degrees cooler than the actual air temperature.
The summer months are always the most crowded and popular with average temperatures in the 30s. The later summer months and early fall are slightly cooler but are still warm. The lowest temperatures on average are 20 degrees. There are always blue skies and clouds during the summer months, without very little rain at all.
December is usually the month with the most rain, measuring 80 mm total rain count. The average temperature is 14 degrees, and then cooling down to 12 degrees during January and February. While the winter months are not usually popular for tourists, if you want to escape the crowds and you do not mind cool weather, then that is the time to visit. If you want to arrive right before the peak season, then May is an excellent time to come, and the weather will be just starting to warm up.
For the recent temperature in Ayia Napa, visit:
http://www.holiday-weather/ayia_napa/index.html
Weather:
Month Temperature (C°) Temperature (F°)
Jan      7-16   45-62
Feb      6-17   44-63
Mar      8-18   47-67
Apr      11-22   53-73
May      16-26   61-81
Jun      20-30   69-89
Jul      22-32   73-91
Aug      22-33   73-91
Sep      20-29   69-88
Oct      15-26   62-82
Nov      10-22   55-74
Dec      7-18   47-64


Ayia Napa Sea Monster

Every island or country has their own myths and folklore. In Ayia Napa, the popular story is of a Sea Monster, which is a cross between a porpoise and a dragon. The creature was spotted in Cape Greco and photographed several times. It is also thought to be a descendent from pre-historic times.

The sea monster is known by local fishermen as "to filiko teras", which translates to "the friendly monster". There has been no reports of the creature causing any harm, but it has reportedly ripped and dragged away fishing nets. There is very little evidence that proves that the sea creature exists, except for a few pictures and sightings by locals and tourists.

Many believers like to believe that the creature is connected to the sea monster from Greek mythology called "Skylla", which is depicted in several mosaics in the House of Dionysus. The House is a villa which dates back to the 3rd century AD in Paphos Cyprus. Some witnesses say that it looks like a giant maiden in the torso with a serpent for its lower body. Regardless of the lack of evidence, spotting the monster remains a highlight for tourists on boating trips in the area.


Ayia Napa Holidays - Travel Information

If you are looking for an exciting holiday with sunny skies and warm weather, then visiting Ayia Napa during the peak season is the best time to come. The peak season is in June, July, and August. After August, the temperature starts to drop slightly; however, Ayia Napa has very small winters. The holiday season for Ayia Napa is from the end of October until the beginning of May. The clubs and bars are not as packed during this time, and the overall entertainment is less.
Ayia Napa has changed considerably over the years and is now a multi-cultural town. The Square, which is in the central area of town, is bursting with exciting nightlife, restaurants, and shops. Many tourists prefer to sit out on the harbour at sunset with a drink and watch the boats go by. For a change of scenery, Cape Greco is only a 10 minute drive from the Square and is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots on the island.

Popular locations on the island include Limassol, Paphos, and Protaras, but many tourists still prefer the ocean waters of Ayia Napa for their holiday. Normally, during the off season, the little village of Ayia Napa has less than 1000 inhabitants, but during the peak season, there are more than 10,000 visitors per day. East of the village is Protaras, which is known largely for its nightlife.

The golden sand of Ayia Napa's most popular beach, Grecian Bay, is surrounded with turquoise waters and plenty of water sports to keep your holiday active. There are other beaches in the area that are more secluded with private coves. If you are looking for shopping locations, the old quarter of Ayia Napa has quaint cobbled stoned streets and shops where you can purchase unique souvenirs.

Finding accommodation in Ayia Napa is not very difficult, and you can choose from any style of hotel, from a 2 star to a 5 star resort. The younger crowds generally tend to stay at the Napa Plaza Hotel. Villas are also a favourite of tourists, due to the amount of space and privacy that a villa provides.

Spending your holiday in Ayia Napa is very affordable and the prices are not much different than regular European prices. This is one of the main reasons that the tourist economy on the island has grown considerably. With the cheap prices on the island, and the cost of living going up, it is no surprise that tourists are choosing Ayia Napa for their holiday destination.


Ayia Napa Holiday Costs

With the current economy status, it is becoming more difficult to take vacations both in the summer and winter months. One of the best kept secrets is Ayia Napa on the island of Cyprus. While Europeans are aware of this beautiful destination, many people are not aware that it exists. There is rarely any rain during the peak season, from June to August, and the waters are clear and crisp. Ayia Napa is the only place where you can have clean beaches, warm weather, and exciting nightlife for half the price of other tropical destinations.

When arriving in Ayia Napa, you will find that most of the normal daily items are priced similar to UK prices. However, you will be amazed at how cheap the restaurant prices are. You can literally dine with four people and only spend ?30 or ?40. You should not worry about what type of currency source to carry with you, because there are plenty of cash machines located around the island that will convert your funds to local currency.

The currency on the island of Cyprus is in Cyprus Pounds. The exchange rate starts at ??1 English = ?0.88 Cypriot. So for example, if you are spending ??1 Cypriot pounds, then you are spending ?1.20 Sterling. If you need to visit a bank, there are many in the area. The central banks will usually provide special services during the afternoon times for tourists. The banks in the major airports will also provide service at night for late flights.

The public banking hours are: Monday-Friday: 08:15 - 13:00. The bank holidays are the same for public holidays, including Easter Tuesday. However, Christmas Eve is a working day for banks.

The following are the basic costs for items around Ayia Napa:

Short Taxi Ride: GBP 3.00
Short Bus Ride : GBP 0.50
Litre of Petrol : GBP 0.65
Can of Coke : GBP 0.50
Glass of Wine: GBP 2.00
Bottle of Beer : GBP 2.50
Loaf of Bread: GBP 0.50
British Breakfast: GBP 2.50

one of the main conversations that previous tourists have mentioned after visiting Ayia Napa is how amazed they were at the affordable prices. One important fact to remember is that if you plan on shopping while on your holiday, the shops are closed on Sundays. Many locations with such pristine beaches and exciting nightlife will have a much higher price tag. While in Ayia Napa, you can stay in a much nicer resort, and partake in fun activities for less than the price that you would pay on another developed island.


Finding Cheap Ayia Napa Holidays

The options for a holiday on the island of Cyprus are endless. While Ayia Napa is a slightly small village, this does not limit you from the type of holiday that you choose, or the affordability. With the fantastic climate and impressive beaches, it is not hard to see why so many vacationers choose Ayia Napa for their destination. With the expansion of the Internet, it is also not difficult to pay for an entire holiday on the island without going over your budget.

The resorts or hotels located in Ayia Napa range in value from a 2 star resort to a 5 star accommodation. Many of the hotels are more equipped for large families or guests with children, while other resorts are more tuned towards the older population or the younger generation. Some hotels have large water parks with outdoor bars, and the price tag is not high at all.

Recently, tourists have realized that the most affordable way to travel is to book flights separate from hotels. If you do this correctly, and search for the best deals, then it will lead to a significant savings on the entire trip. The Internet is always a great way to find the best deals, and it allows you to see all of your options with the click of a mouse. With the ability to compare prices on numerous websites, many tourists are taking advantage of the World Wide Web with online bookings and saving large amounts of money.

When it comes to booking a flight to the island of Cyprus and Ayia Napa, you need to remember that in order to achieve the cheapest flight, you will have to be as flexible as possible. Try to avoid traveling during the most popular time of day or the busiest time of the week. Sundays, Fridays, and Mondays are exceptionally busy for airlines due to the passengers returning or traveling to a destination on a deadline.

If possible, try to visit Ayia Napa right before the peak season hits. This would be at the end of May. The end of the peak season is in August. While the weather does start to cool down a bit in Ayia Napa after August, the bars and clubs will not be as crowded and the prices will be more affordable in the resorts and for airline tickets. Some airlines will also offer "last minute deals". If you are able to plan your trip spontaneously and you can be extra flexible, then you can get a great deal on an airline ticket at the last minute and save a considerable amount of money.

Another interesting fact is that there are charter and low-cost airlines that operate to and from Ayia Napa. The flights arrive in Larnaca Airport, and have a flying time of around 4 hours and 15 minutes. The transfer time is around 70 minutes. The cheap holidays to Ayia Napa tend to get purchased quickly due to their popularity. As always, the fastest way to get the best deal is via the Internet. Make sure that you book your holiday quickly to ensure that you receive the best deal for the summer.


Compare Holidays Ayia Napa Cyprus

Finding the best deal for a vacation is even more important now with gas prices on the rise. One benefit is that the overall price for a holiday in Ayia Napa is considerably low. All of the regular items, such as drinks, taxi fare, etc., are based on the same European price scale. However, after purchasing a plane ticket, it is still important to find the best deal for accommodations.

The resorts in Ayia Napa vary depending on the amenities that you need. You can choose from 2 star hotels, 5 star resorts, villas, and apartments that rent by the night. The Internet is full of valuable websites that help you compare deals on accommodations, but it can be confusing about which site to use. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of the top websites to use for the best deal.
Hotels and Resorts

Those who have previously visited Ayia Napa, and stayed in a resort, can tell you how luxurious the amenities are. Many were surprised at how cheap the total hotel bill was, even though the pool was large and other extras. However, it is very easy to spend over your budget when you are shopping for accommodations. Many times, a hotel might look nice in the picture but when you arrive it is a total dud. For this purpose, read our hotels and resorts page for all of the reviews of the best hotels and resorts in the area.



Tourism Increase in Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is located on the southern coast of Cyprus, in the Greek territory, near the dividing line with the Turkish. As more and more tourists have realized the benefits of vacationing in Cyprus and Ayia Napa, the tourism numbers have increased dramatically. While Ayia Napa is still a fairly small village, many buildings, shops, and organizations have had to upgrade or remodel in order to accommodate the new boost in tourists.

The Tourist Office in Ayia Napa has recognized that the greatest customers that they have in the area are the younger generation. Without the clubbing seeking young people, the area would not profit as well as it has so far. Due to this, the Tourist Office has enforced that there be plenty of clubs and bars to accommodate the growing number of young tourists, as well as exciting resorts with plenty of amenities. A water park opened in 1996 to help the tourism count and has become a great hit with the visitors as well as the locals.

One of the main reasons that the economy is profiting so greatly from tourists is not just because of the increase in visitors. It is also a well known fact that the prices in Ayia Napa are very affordable. The price to eat in a local restaurant or shop in the area is much cheaper as opposed to other tropical locations. This is one of the main reasons that the area has profited so greatly. Tourists are able to spend more money on special amenities and food because they do not have to spend as much on accommodation or plane tickets.

While we are in 2008, you can only imagine the increase that is now present. According to other records, Ayia Napa receives around 10,000 tourists each day. This is not counting the locals that already live in the area. According to an income count in 1988, the tourist income for businesses estimated at ?880 million. Currently, the tourism in Cyprus provides an income of around 20% and employs more than 40,000 people. In the winter season, the occupancy for hotels is down to 30%, so the government and tourism offices have been working to promote the area for all seasons.


Transportation in Ayia Napa

If you have found the perfect resort to stay in for your Ayia Napa get-a-way, then your next step is to plan your transportation to the island. If you have not already done so, make sure to enquire with your local airline if they offer any discount rates and when those rates will be available.
Arriving in Ayia Napa

If at all possible, try to arrive in Ayia Napa on any day except for the weekend or on a Monday. These are usually the busiest times for the airports and you will receive a better rate on your flight fare. Most tourists will arrive in Ayia Napa at the Larnaca airport. Larnaca Airport is one of the most popular airports that internationals use who are coming to the island of Cyprus.
Daily Transportation

Your choice of transportation for leaving the airport is up to you and how much money you plan on spending. The airport is about a 50 minute drive from Ayia Napa and if you choose a taxi, then the fare will be around ?35. The cost for night hours is a little more expensive. Make sure that you confirm the fare with the driver before allowing them to leave the airport.
Car rentals are usually a little less complicated and affordable. The prices start out at ?15(Cypriot pounds) for an economy vehicle and around ?40 for a large 4 wheel vehicle. Most of the vehicles are affordable to rent, and the only issue will be availability, especially during the peak season. It is recommended that you book your car rental before going on your trip to save yourself the time of waiting. Another valuable fact is that the longer you rent the vehicle, the cheaper your rate will be. Most companies will grant a daily discount for any rental that is out for more than 5 days.
All of the rental cars on the island are known as "Z" cars, because all of the rental cars have a Z license plate in a distinctive red colour. This let's the locals know that you are a tourist. While many tourists do not like to seem like they are foreigners, this does work to your advantage while driving so that the locals know that you are on a holiday and in no mood to rush around. You should also remember that in Cyprus, everyone drives on the left side of the road.
It is required by law that each rental car be covered with full third party insurance. However, it is recommended that you acquire a Collision Damage Waiver which will cost an extra of ?3 or ?4 per day. This is a small cost for the amount of money that you will be saving in the event of an accident. Make sure that you have your driver's license with you in order to rent a car.
Other Means of Transportation

Once you are in Ayia Napa, you might realize that you do not need a rental car or taxi at all. Everything in the central area of the town is within walking distance. There is a regular bus service that runs during normal business hours and it has a route that connects to the other cities on the island.
Many tourists rent mopeds if they are staying off of the busy roads. This is a fun and inexpensive option. Bicycles have the same concept, and there is a wide variety of bicycles available at all times. There are also bicycle lanes in place for those choosing a more economical method.


Ayia Napa Nightlife

If you are planning a trip to Ayia Napa, then more than likely you have heard about the amazing nightlife entertainment. All of the nightlife excitements are open until daybreak, meaning that the night scene will not typically start again until around 11pm. If you are used to heading to a bar at 8pm and the night is well under way, then you will have to reset your body clock. There are more than 20 clubs and a dozen bars. You could go to a few or all of them. Either way, you will be thrilled with the socializing choices and the fabulous nightlife.

1. The "Square" is deserted until around 9:30pm.
2. Many clubs will not open until after 1am.
3. Admission fees can be a little high so be prepared to budget your funds around. Promo people are usually good in this situation, and if you look hard, you can find some cheap advance tickets.
4. Some bars have arrangements with clubs. One of the bars behind "Castle" offers buy 1 get 1 free on drinks and will give you a free entrance ticket into Castle.

The Square is generally the first place that tourists turn to for nightlife. While the area looks small, there are a lot of entertainment packed into the area, with plenty of bars and clubs. The drink prices in the bars and clubs are generally the same as in other European bars. Inquire about any specials that the place might have for drinks. The clubbing scene in the area is legendary with major DJ's names appearing at the most popular clubs.
While the area is packed with various types of social behaviors, there is usually not any trouble between clubbers or locals. Most people in the area observe general club and bar etiquette. The atmosphere is positive, with everyone in a great mood about all of the exciting entertainment. Make sure that you visit Bedrock for a round of karaoke, and The Heaven Rock Garden for past and present rock music.

Many hotels have their own nightly entertainment, with a band that plays on a regular basis. Hotels and resorts also offer Greek nights and folk dancing. You might even find that the drink prices in the hotels are much more affordable. Be wary about visiting another hotel, other than your own place that you are staying at. The resorts have strict policies about visitors attending without guests. If you are staying at a resort with exciting nightlife, then it might be a better option to stay at the complex. With the price for admission into the clubs, you will save more money for the entire vacation.

All of the bars and clubs are within a minute or two minute walk from one another. It is very easy to visit all of them if you have the time and the money. What distinguishes Ayia Napa from other locations around the island is the variety of nightlife choices. You can go bowling, followed by club hopping for several hours, and ending with several bars. The possibilities are endless and you will soon realize why Ayia Napa is so popular.


Pubs and Bars

There are so many bars and pubs in Ayia Napa, that it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. Luckily, most of them are situated in the same area of the square and the main roads. We have taken the work away from you and reviewed all of the top 10 bars and pubs.
Ambassaden

Tel: +357-23-721783
www.ambassadenbar.com

Located in the heart of Ayia Napa, Ambassaden is not a normal bar. This two story building houses great music, delicious drinks, a dance floor, and karaoke. They play all of the top dance music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. They take pride in their cocktail specialty and, rumour has it, customers come back time and again just for one of their cocktails. If you are looking for a place to hang out the entire night or just to get the night started, Ambassaden is a great place to be.


Bazaar Bar

5, Louca Louca
www.bazaar-bar.com

The Bazaar Bar is a great place to be in the late hours of the night. They offer 2 free shots with each drink to help get the party started. There is also a "pre-party" on the beach from 3pm until 7pm. The club houses a resident DJ who is from the UK to give all of the entertainment seeking tourists and locals non stop music.


Seahorse Bar

39C, Makarios Ave

The Seahorse Bar is only 100 meters away from the ocean front, and is widely known as the most lively karaoke bar in all of Cyprus. Every night is karaoke night, and you can also enjoy dancing, delicious cocktails, imported draft beers, snacks, pizza, and satellite TV on full screens. Happy hour is from 8pm until 10pm.


Guru Bar

11 Odysseos Elitis Street

Step into a foreign land in the Guru Bar. Every design detail is influenced by luxurious Asian styles and oriental traditions. This is considered to be one of the "elite" bars of the area. Relax by the al fresco garden bar, under one of the tents, on a lounger, a garden bed, or a hammock. There is also a private lounge for parties that are guarded by an old house archway. While the Guru Bar is well known for its unique decor and atmosphere, guests enjoy the Latin, Asian, and Oriental genres of music. The bar has even released several CDs with the club house music. The Guru Bar houses an internationally known DJ, as well as percussionists, saxophonists, fire shows, oriental dancers and free style dancers.


Only Fools and Horses Pub

Located in heart of Ayia Napa.

A nice, relaxing pub to visit if you enjoy the show "Only Fools and Horses". Also known as "Trotters", they offer a good range of drinks and cocktails, as well as snacks. They continuously play episodes from the show, and it is a must see if you are a fan! Karaoke is offered on some nights of the week, so be sure to keep your eyes open for any advertisements. The staff is very friendly, and they make you feel welcome. They also organize theme nights at Christmas and Caribbean nights during the summer. No "bar" dress requirement is required in order to enter.


Blueberries Restaurant and Bar

P O Box 30250
Tel: +357 23722024

Established in 1985, Blueberries has built an outstanding reputation for great food and excellent service. Previous visitors have been amazed at how affordable the bill was, especially with the upscale atmosphere. The owners, John and Chris, are originally from Bristol and Manchester in the UK. With the help of their family, they have created one of the most popular establishments in the area. Both owners speak English in order to communicate with their customers.
The restaurant and bar is located in a quiet area of Ayia Napa, while still being close to the popular nightlife. They recommend that you come to them for special occasions. They can cater for birthdays, weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. They also help organize the cake, champagne, and flowers. To help set the atmosphere, Blueberries hosts live music every Thursday night.


Craigs Karaoke Bar

32 Ayia Mavris

Craigs Karaoke Bar is located on the square and is open 24 hours a day. With large TV screens to watch the sporting events and the latest films, it is no surprise that visitors stay here most of the night. If you want to test your singing voice, Craigs offers karaoke with over 4000 songs to choose from. Choose from draught beers to imported wines and cocktails.
The bar was first established in 1986 near the Town Hall, and is also 150 meters away from Carwash Disco. The bar is one of the only of its kind to stay open 24 hours a day. The owner offers free tequila and peach schnapps from 2am until 7am in the morning for those who tend to keep the party going.
Added benefits include: Free passes to the popular clubs, Discount tickets for bungee jumping, the Skycoaster, the water park, and a meal, pool tables, a dart board, a video game room, and Internet access, Elvis nights, Robin Williams Show , Professional Dancers, Bingo nights on Monday and Thursday.


Deus Bar

38 Archbishop Makarios
www.deusbar.com


Restaurants

Dining out in Ayia Napa is very popular with all of the exciting nightlife to choose from. Visitors do not have to choose a Greek meal. Instead, there are French, Chinese, Italian and Mexican restaurants, as well as a Japanese restaurant that specializes in sushi. Tourists do not have to stick with a restaurant; instead there are plenty of fast food establishments for people on the go.

One of the glorious benefits of vacationing in Ayia Napa is that the prices for dining out are not extremely high. They are actually quite affordable. It is a well known fact that you can take a family of 4 out to eat in Ayia Napa, and spend under 40 Cypriot Pounds. While this may sound explanatory, you can avoid the crowds by dining out during the weekdays. This is also when most restaurants have the best specials. Often, you can find promo people trying to advertise the restaurant and they will give out special coupons. You can save money by dining in a restaurant that is also a bar.

This way you can go to one location for all of your entertainment needs. Many restaurants are also teamed up with local bars and they will give you special coupons for the bar drinks. Finding a good restaurant can be difficult, especially when you are going to a location where everything is foreign.
Traditional Foods

You should try the traditional "meze" just once before leaving. This classic Cypriot meal consists of four rounds of dishes: dips and salads, vegetarian dishes, main meat, and coffee with desserts. The trick is to not overdo it on the starter dishes, in order to save your appetite for the meat. You can also ask for some "kleftiko", which is a wedge of lamb roasted with potatoes in a special oven for 5 to 6 hours.


Restaurant Reviews

Karousos Beach Restaurant

Limanaki harbor Beach
www.karousosbeach

The Karousos Beach Restaurant was one of the first to open in Ayia Napa. Established in 1973, they are also known as the "Fish Meze" specialists. The restaurant offers more than 20 dishes and it is a must see if you are coming to Ayia Napa. Karousos is located right on the harbour beach, next to the traditional Ayia Napa harbour. The restaurant is also open day and night, with a combination of great food and an amazing view. In addition, the restaurant is a great location for a wedding party, with beach access for a unique setting.
You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just a snack. Either way, you will not want to miss the spectacular views.



Chiang Mai Chinese & Thai Restauran

34, Makariou Ave
www.chiangmairestaurant.net

Visit Chiang Mai Chinese and Thai Restaurant for the highest quality Thai food. All of the food is prepared by the resident Thai chef using only the most authentic ingredients from Thailand. You will feel like you are in a foreign location, other than the island of Cyprus when you visit the Restaurant. The decor is tastefully decorated with all of the traditional Thai wall hangings.



Flames Restaurant

58 Ayias Mavris Street

The Flames Restaurant is situated in an outside atmosphere with great food and an excellent staff. The restaurant also caters for special functions. The waiters and waitresses speak English in order to better communicate with the customers. Their motto is that it is the taste that counts and the service that matters. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 9:00am until 23:30pm. The Flames bar has a full size TV which plays films, sports, and other popular shows. You can sing your heart away on the karaoke nights, as well as video games for all ages, cocktails, and a stock bar area to make the evening better.
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Gary's Bar and Grill

31 Nissi Avenue

Situated in the heart of Ayia Napa, on Nissi Avenue, Gary's Bar and Grill is well known all over the island for their delicious food, great service, and a relaxed family atmosphere. For the past five years, Gary's Bar and Grill has been voted for serving the best breakfast in town. Gary's is famous among locals and tourists just the same.
What makes Gary's so popular is their low cost menu. Not only do they serve breakfast, but they also provide lunch and dinner as well. The establishment opens at 9am each day and stays open late in the night for those seeking drinks and a good time. Gary's also offers Sky TV, Eastenders, Daily UK newspapers, and Virgin Radio.



La Belle Epoque Restaurant

6 Vasil Michailides Street
www.la-belleepoque.com


The La Belle Epoque Restaurant is a connoisseur of fine quality French food. Start off with an appetizer of garlic mushrooms or onion soup, followed by a garlic ostrich steak or a house special steak. For dessert, guests love the creme caramel and the tiramisu. They also have an Italian corner if you would prefer a taste of Italy. Whichever pleases you, the La Belle Epoque staff is very friendly and eager to please. The La Belle Epoque Restaurant is only a few minute walk from the Square, while still being located in a location that is not too busy with locals and tourists.
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Valentino's

92 Nisiou Avenue

While this might not be the best location for a night on the town, it has a huge playground for families with children.  This allows the parents to eat while the kids play.



Wild West Saloon Pizzeria

82 Nisiou Avenue

This is a large family restaurant that caters to everyone's appetite. They serve pizza, steaks, pasta, grilled food, fish, and Cyprus specialties.



Hokkaido

35 Ayias Mayris Avenue

This is considered to be the best Japanese restaurant in Ayia Napa. The unique decor alone is enough to stop by this restaurant.



Esperia

Ayia Napa Harbor

Esperia is a well known fish tavern that serves the daily catch in a variety of menu choices. For an added benefit, you can purchase fish that is caught daily.



Napa Castle Restaurant

Located in the square



Ayia Napa Beaches

While Ayia Napa is well known for the exciting clubs and bars, the beaches are just as popular. With the turquoise waters and days of sunshine, it is no wonder that the younger crowd flocks to the sand. You could visit just one beach, or visit all of them. Either way you will be fulfilled with the amazing views and the promise of a great evening in town.
While Ayia Napa was once a small fishing village, it can be said that the beaches were one of the first attractions that brought tourists to the area. There are numerous hotels and resorts that line the sands of Ayia Napa, and they all range in value from 2 star resorts all the way up to 5 star resorts. Some of the hotels have better views of the ocean as well as better placement than others, but everyone will agree that as long as you are close to the beach, then it does not matter either way. The waters are very shallow, much shallower than you would expect. Make sure that you make a note of the boundary limits for swimming and powerboat areas in order to prevent an accident from happening. Umbrellas and lounge chairs are available but they are first come first serve, so you will need to arrive early enough to reserve yours.
To help accommodate the growing number of tourists, the Cyprus Tourism Organization has been working to improve the overall beauty of the area. The Organizations helps supervise the beaches and is responsible for protecting the tourists and their needs. All of the beaches in Ayia Napa have been awarded with the EU blue flag for their level of cleanliness and the facilities that are present.
Nissi Bay

Nissi Bay, or Nissi Beach according to the locals, is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It is located only 3 kilometers west of the centre of town, with live music, party games, and bars. BBC Radio One has been known to host parties from this beach. Other entertainment includes a beach bar, and a DJ that plays all of the latest songs. Nissi is Greek for "small island", which only adds to the beauty of the area.
Makronisos

Makronisos Beach is just as nice as Nissi Beach and is usually a well kept secret in the area. The sands are less crowded and it is more family oriented. In previous years, it has been the choice for MTV beach parties. This beach is much more popular with the locals. It is made of three separate bays which stretch in different directions. One stretches to the west, the second to the southwest, and the third to the south. This means that you will be sheltered away from the wind which often causes sandy problems.
Grecian Bay

Grecian Bay is the closest beach to Ayia Napa, other than Nissi Beach. This is a beautiful beach that stretches for three coves to the east. While this is not as fashionable as the other beaches, it is just as nice and might not be as crowded if you are seeking privacy. The rocky uneven sea bottom of Grecian Bay makes it perfect for snorkeling.
Pantahou

This beach stretches from the fishing harbour of Ayia Napa for a kilometer or more in the eastern direction. Thousands of tourists visit it each year due to the sporting facilities that provide various equipment, as well as snack bars and restaurants. You can watch the boats in the fishing harbour or participate in exciting sporting activities.
Palaces

Close to Cape Greco, Palaces is a rather unique beach in Ayia Napa. It was given its name due to the formations on the rocks. The rocks were sculpted by the sea waves and the years of wear and tear have given the impression of a unique piece of architecture. The site can only be reached by boat, and while there is little sun bathing to be done at Palaces, it is still worth seeing.


Other beaches in Ayia Napa area:


Ayia Thekla

Ayia Thekla is situated 6 kilometers west of Ayia Napa. This is a much quieter beach than the other locations in the area. Even during the busiest time of the summer season, the beach is almost deserted. This is because the beach has very little facilities, but there is a small refreshment shop.
Other Beaches:

* Farther up from Nissi Beach is Pernera Beach. It is famous for its fine golden sand and shallow waters that are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.
* Landa Beach is a long stretch of sand that is in the middle of Makronisos and Nissi Bay. It is only 500 meters from each one.
* About 400 yards east of Nissi Beach is Sandy Bay. Just like Nissi Bay, Sandy Beach is also protected from the winds. Catering services and sea sports equipment is also provided. Make sure that you visit La Bomba for a great steak at the end of the day.
* Stretching from the fishing harbour of Ayia Napa, Kryo Nero Beach is the location for thousands of tourists each year.
* Also known as Landa Beach to the locals, Golden Bay is a less busy beach, but there are still activities present on the golden sand.
* Limanaki Beach, or Pantahou Beach, is one of the longest beaches in Ayia Napa, and is also considered one of the longest in Cyprus. It caters more to families and is a much more relaxing beach than the ones closer to the Square.
* Vathia Gonia Beach is 400 yards east of Nissi Bay. Sea sporting facilities are also present.
* Pernera Beach is over 200 meters long and is located between Vathia Gonia Beach and Katsarka. While there is very little shade, the sand is fine and the water is shallow for easier swimming. There are also five restaurants around the beach.
* Katsarka Beach is 800 meters of beach and is located 500 meters west of the fishing harbour, just before you get to Pernera Beach.



Ayia Napa Activities

While the beaches bring the crowds during the day, and the clubs are popular by night, there are other activities that you can enjoy while vacationing in Ayia Napa. Sightseeing is a very popular activity in the area, especially with all of the historical landmarks and amazing sights to be seen.

Some tourists choose to see the sights on their own; however, there are tour groups that can accommodate you. The services are much like a tour agent; they help arrange the activities, organize meals, and cater events. Most companies work with large groups, while others will work with a minimal amount of tourists.

Usually, a tour group is known as an all inclusive package. This means that the transportation fees, food, and other necessities will be included in the total price. The only downside to choosing a programme like this is the fact that it is not very flexible. If you are touring with other tourists that you do not know, then it is impossible to see the things that you want to see in a specific order.

However, planning a day excursion or sightseeing tour with a tour company is convenient and you will not have to worry about any of the details. If some of the plans were to not end up as planned, then many companies will take responsibility for the mishaps.


Water Sports in Ayia Napa

The popular nightlife scene of Ayia Napa does not start until around 10:00pm. Therefore, during the day, it is important that you have fun activities planned. While relaxing on one of Ayia Napa's numerous beaches can be entertaining, after a certain amount of time it does becoming boring. For this purpose, there are many water sport activities that you can partake in.
Scuba Diving

Whether you are certified in scuba diving or not, there are many opportunities for you in Ayia Napa. Most sporting events of day guided excursions are to various places off the coast of the island. For an affordable fee, you can receive instruction as well as equipment. Many companies will also certify you if you take the class for a certain amount of days. Diving in the Mediterranean is the perfect spot because of the wonderful temperatures and the visibility of the underwater marine life.
The Aquaventure Diving School in Ayia Napa is well known for teaching tourists and locals the basics of scuba diving. For only ?20, you can learn how to dive in the turquoise waters that has made Ayia Napa so popular. No experience is necessary, and you do not even have to be a strong swimmer. They offer guided dive tours for qualified divers, and courses to become certified are also available. All equipment is supplied and the instructors are fully certified. Email castell@cytanet.cy for more information.
Waterworld Park

Opened in the summer of 1996, Waterworld has brought a new dimension of fun to Ayia Napa. Not only do tourists enjoy the cool water activities, but the locals are also known to seek refuge at the water park during the hot summer days. There is a high speed slide, two large inflatable tube slides, and a four track multi-slide. The multi-slide is ridden head first on a rubber mat. For guests who enjoy a more relaxing approach, the lazy river is a must see.
There is also a swimming "beach", an activity pool, a volleyball court with sand, and a children's mini slide. Waterworld offers all day admission for one set price. Once inside, guests can ride as many slides as they like, and then sit down for lunch at the cafeteria or at the Mediterranean style cafe. For quick snacks, there is a pool side bar, ice cream parlour, and soft drink kiosks. If you forgot the sunscreen, pick up your supplies at the retail Waterworld shop. The Waterworld Park is a must see before you return home. The waterpark is located on Ayia Thekla Street at the gate into Ayia Napa. For inquiries call: +357 3 523 423.
Tuna Fishing

If you are an early riser as well as have a love for fishing, then tuna fishing in Ayia Napa is the perfect water sport to choose. The participants are usually required to meet at around 4:45 in the morning and then The Scuba Princess departs at 5am for the fishing excursion. The Scuba Princess is a large boat that is specifically designed for game fishing, as well as the safety gear required by marine law. The boat is also fully licensed, insured and inspected by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce.
Typically, the trip lasts for around 6 hours with the boat docked back at the harbour by 11am. The maximum range that the boat will usually travel from shore is around 25 miles. The main species targeted is Albacore Tuna which can be as small as 5 kg and as large as 60 kg. Apart from the tuna, other catches of Marlins, Dolphinfish, Swordfish, Spearfish, and Bonnitos have also been known to take place on the fishing trip. Many participants have spotted porpoise dolphins and the occasional whale.


Ayia Napa Extreme Sports

While many vacationers seek the refuge of Ayia Napa for a relaxing holiday on the sand, others prefer to participate in extreme sports. Activities such as bungee jumping, cycling, tennis, paintball, etc., are very popular on the island. In order to accommodate the growing number of tourists, the tourist bureau in Ayia Napa and other locations in Cyprus have been working to bring more extreme sporting opportunities. They are realizing that the younger generation that flocks to Ayia Napa for the nightlife, also enjoy extreme sports during the day. While there are locations all over Cyprus for extreme sports, many tourists find that they do not have to travel very far at all.
Bungee Jumping

bungeeAbout 10 minutes outside of the centre of Ayia Napa, is an internationally known bungee jump club known as "Bungee Downunder". This extreme sport scene has been popular since 1992 and is an experience that you will never forget.
Suspended from a 200 ft crane is a cord that is tied to your ankles. The bungee jump platform extends out over the Mediterranean Sea. While you do get a bit wet as the cord stretches, this is a relief compared to the hot summer weather. The Bungee Downunder experience is more than a jump. Located at the jump site are barbecues and some live entertainment to enjoy.
Many people who have never bungee jumped before are worried about their safety. Bungee jumping is very safe, and the staff at Bungee Downunder has an amazing safety record. So far, they have carried out over 1,000,000 jumps safely all over the world. For booking inquiries call +357 99 605248.
Cycling

The beautiful scenery of Ayia Napa is a paradise for cycling enthusiasts. There are bicycle lanes on the main roads, as well as coastal routes and gentle cycling treks for those not used to this extreme sport. There are several cycling clubs that operate out of Cyprus. Bicycles can be rented from the clubs, or other independent cycle places.
You can purchase maps from these same places or on the Internet. Road signs are helpful in the area but it is recommended that you become familiar with the Greek alphabet to help decipher signs in the more rural areas. You can choose from a group guided cycling tour or organize your own. You can visit the Cyprus Cycling Federation at www.cypruscycling.
Paintball

Paintball is a team sport that has become widely popular all over the world. The thrill of being able to stalk other players in order to capture their flag is an exhilaration. Paintball became legal on the island of Cyprus in May of 2004. There are a total of four licensed paintball fields that operate on the island.
Use the information at the bottom to find a paintball field in Cyprus:

1. DNA Paintball, Paphos- Tel. +357 99620920
2. Paintball City Cyprus, Paphos- Tel. +357 26 813 999
3. KWEST Cyprus Paintball Park, Larnaca- Tel. +357 99669343
4. Village Paintball Fields, Limassol- Tel. + 357 99656474



Skiing in Cyprus

Many people would not associate the island of Cyprus or Ayia Napa with snow skiing. However, this is a widely known extreme sport around the area. If you are traveling to the island during the winter months, you can relax in the 70°F coastal sun, and then go snow skiing in the Troodos Mountains.
Snow falls on the Troodos Mountains from December through the month of March. The snow accumulates at an altitude of 4500 feet, especially on the north slopes. Mount Olympus, with an altitude of 6402 feet, always has a cap of snow for three or four months of the year. This is also where the Troodos Skiing Resort is based.
You can enjoy cross country trails and alpine skiing at the resort. There are four separate slopes: two on the north side of Mount Olympus, and two in Sun Valley. Each slope has a lift system and you can rent snow skiing equipment on site. The best time to book a snow skiing trip is in February and March. This is when the powdery snow has the most depth.
There are currently no ski shops that sell equipment at the Troodos Resort. There are three ski shops around the island: two in Nicosia and one in Limassol.

Mavros Sports Ltd. - Located at 138-140 Ledras Str., Nicosia, Telephone: 22-680898

Force 8 Sports - The Surf and Ski Shop: Located at 59 Fr. Roosevelt Ave., Limassol, Telephone: 25-579919

ThreeSixty - Located at 43A Stassinou Str., 2003 Strovolos, Nicosia, Telephone: 22-465100
Tennis

Tennis is a very popular sport in Ayia Napa. It is reported that there are over 10,000 tennis players on the island of Cyprus. 5650 of them are registered into the Cyprus Tennis Federation. Marcos Baghdatis is one of the most talented junior tennis players in the entire world and he is from Cyprus. There are over fifty-three outdoor tennis courts in Cyprus to choose from.
There is at least one tennis court in every town, so you will not have to go very far to play a game of tennis. The National Tennis Centre is located in Nicosia, where there is an indoor tennis court complex. Founded in 2001, the Tennis Centre is a luxurious sporting complex that has four clay tennis courts, a multipurpose hall, a state of the art gymnasium and special offices. The tennis courts can hold up to 2000 guests, and since the opening, they have hosted numerous tennis events.
Many hotels will also have tennis courts in Ayia Napa, especially the 3, 4 and 5 star resorts. Guests or residents of the hotels are granted access to the courts for free, while non-paying guests will have to pay a fee in order to play. You can also rent equipment through the hotel.
The places below have tennis courts available:

The Cyprus Tennis Federation - Olympic House, A203, 21, Amphipoleos Str.. 2025 Nicosia

Napa Plaza Hotel - 12, Makariou, Ayia Napa

Grecian Bay Hotel ( 3 tennis courts) - Kryou Nerou Street, Ayia Napa


Ayia Napa Museums


Tornaritis-Pierides Museum

The Tornaritis-Pierides Museum was founded in June of 1992, and is located on the lower level of the Ayia Napa town hall. The Pierides Museum of Marine Life is supported by the Hellenic Bank of Cyprus and is the first of its kind on the island. The main purpose of the museum is to show to the locals and visitors the marine life that exists below the surface of Cyprus and in the Mediterranean. The museum also enforces the idea of preserving the marine environment.
The exhibits of the museum include:

* A reconstruction of the sea bed based on the age of the dinosaurs. There are fossils of shells, corals, sponges, ammonites and rudists from the late Cretaceous period.
* Recent Cyprus and Greek shells.
* Sea and lake birds in a natural habitat.
* Marine organisms, such as sea urchins, crabs, turtles, starfish, lobsters, sponges, corals, marine plants, etc.

There is also a souvenir shop located in the museum that sells minerals, key rings, coffee cups, post cards, books, and fossils. The museum also wants to make sure that visitors know that the exhibits within the museum were collected after they died. There was not a single organism removed from its natural environment. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 until 14:00, as well as Saturday from 9:00 until 13:00. They are closed on Sundays. The entrance fee is fairly cheap, with adult entrance for ?1.00 and children for ?0.50.
Thalassa Museum

The Thalassa Museum is also directed by the Pierides Foundation, and is in association with the Tornaritis-Pierides Marine Life Foundation. The museum opened in August of 2005 and provides a look into the local sea culture of Ayia Napa. It is the first museum in the Mediterranean region that presents to the audience the impact of the sea history upon the island. The exhibits cover a span from ontological to prehistoric periods and present times.
The museum is a three story building made by wood, marble, onyx, and metal that offers unique experiences to appeal to our senses. There are six levels of exhibits, each presented with four different methods of showcase. The first is underground, where the visitors can walk and view the objects from the top or in modern cases. Other exhibits across the museum are hanging from the roof. All of the exhibits are spotlighted with special fibre optics.
You can dine in the cafeteria, shop in the gift shop, or listen to special presentations in the open air amphitheatre. The summer season starts on June 1st and ends on September 30th, followed by the winter season from October 1st, until May 31st. Admission fees are ?1.50 per person. The museum is located at 14, Kryou Nerou in Ayia Napa, and you can contact the museum on the telephone number: 00357-23816366.
Folk Art Museum

Located in Avgorou
While this museum is not in Ayia Napa, it is close by enough for you to visit in a short amount of time. The Folk Art Museum in Avgorou was first founded on October 25th of 2002. The museum helps to preserve the heritage of the area, and hosts various cultural items that have been donated from Avgorou residents. This collection includes 19th century furniture, embroideries from the 18th century, as well as silverware, paintings and pottery. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday, from 8:30 until 14:00, Tuesday from 15:00 until 17:00 and Sunday from 10:00 until 13:00.


Ayia Napa Festival

The Ayia Napa Festival was first held in September of 1985. It has become an annual tradition ever since. Each year it occurs in Sepheris Square in the Ayia Napa Monastery. The festivities that are celebrated symbolize the cultural, historic, and agricultural traditions of Ayia Napa, as well as the island of Cyprus. The programme consists of various theatrical performances, concerts, operas, Cypriot folk dancing, and foreign folk dancing.

Other than the traditional performances, other events are also organized into the programme. The previous painting exhibitions, as well as the photographic exhibitions, have been a highlight for many guests. There has also been a record of flower exhibitions and butterfly exhibitions hosted by the Department of Agriculture.


Ayia Napa Shopping

A shopping experience in Ayia Napa is one that many have never been a witness of. The bargains that you are able to find on designer products are outstanding. If you can spot a genuine brand, then you can find top designer name watches, clothing, cameras, sunglasses and especially jewellery at up to 30 percent cheaper than in the United Kingdom. The shops and boutiques are small but friendly, and are usually open until 11pm during the summer season each night, except for Sundays. You should not leave the island to go home without purchasing one of the local handmade crafts, such as embroidered lace, handmade jewellery, baskets, and leatherwear.

Andrews Jewellery
Nissi Avenue 26
Telephone 23721467
www.akinita/andrewjewellery
The jewellers at Andrews Jewellery take pride in providing first class service and fine quality products. As manufacturers, they are able to cater to all types of customers needs, from repairs to special ordered jewellery. They will also provide a certificate of value for any product that you purchase. The collection at Andrews Jewellery ranges from rings to bracelets, and they also specialize in 18 karat gold. As certified diamond specialists, the precious stone collection is worth a visit. An added benefit is that all of their products are tax free.

Cool Watches
Nissi Ave 34,
Tel: +357 23 724565
www.cool-watch
Cool Watches was first launched in 1997 and has been selling the brand "Cool Watches" ever since. The store receives all of their supplies from L.N. Enterprises, including the Atlantic line of watches. The wholesale provider, L.N. Enterprises was first established in 1989 and has become a worldwide name, with a reputation of selling great products and providing good service. The Cool Watches store serves many customers in Ayia Napa, as well as all over the world.

Laniel Jewellery
6, KriouNerou St., Shop 4
Tel: +357 23 724565
www.geolenisilver
At Laniel Jewellery, you can purchase an assortment of rings, necklaces, bangles and bracelets for an affordable price. They also take special request orders and they will try their best to accommodate all of your needs. There are a variety of icons available for your jewellery, from crosses to christening bangles, or a simple charm to take back home. Laniel Jewellery provides a fast repair service, for customers or new customers.



Surrounding Area

The towns and villages surrounding Agia Napa are less touristic and more agriculturally oriented than Agia Napa.

Mild climate and fertile red soil together with underground water has contributed enormously to the increasing development of agriculture and farming. The main produce of the villages is potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh vegetables, watermelons, melons and broad beans. Everywhere throughout the countryside there are hundreds of wells especially board to pump water for irrigation purposes. Farms large and small characterise the charm and purity of these natural surroundings, which are primed for produce.

Paralimni/Protaras
Paralimni is the largest town in the free Famagusta district and is situated in the southeast of Cyprus. The word Paralimni means "settlement by the lake". Historically, Paralimni was built on the shores of a shallow lake, which filled with water only in the wintertime.

In the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of reclamation work, the whole of the lakebed was reclaimed for agricultural purposes. Paralimni has not always been where it is now. Originally it was built on a hill, which was situated between Dherinia and its present location.

However, in the 15th century, it was moved inland to avoid detection by the sea pirates. It is said that the first people to settle at Paralimni arrived just after the capture of the near town of Famagusta by the Ottoman Turks in 1571. The first settlement was called Saint Demetrius and this place still bears his name today.

Not far from Paralimni, at a location known today as Protaras, stood the old city-state of Leukolla. The city possessed a small safe harbour where the Athenian Demetrius Poliorketes in the year 306 B.C. sought refuge, lying in wait for Ptolemeos, one of the successors of Alexander the Great. In the ensuing battle Ptolemeos was defeated and fled to Egypt, leaving Cyprus for a while in the hands of Demetrius. The first inhabitants of Paralimni were farmers. The location of Paralimni is favoured by a very mild climate which is conducive to the early-in-the year produce of vegetables and potatoes. Paralimni has lovely beaches and the most well known in the area is Fig Tree Bay in Protaras area.

Protaras is part of Paralimni which is more familiarly referred to as "the land of windmills" maintaining the nostalgic quality of the past. Picturesque but geared for tourism, Procaras has lovely sandy white beaches, and man/ restaurants, pubs and clubs.

Sotira
With a population of 1500 people, Sotira has taken its name from a church, situated in the centre of the village which is dedicated to the transfiguration of Jesus Christ the Saviour (Sotira in Greek means saviour). The church displays excellent examples of post Komninian art (13th -16th centuries). Near the east entrance of the village stands Agios Mamas, which was initially built in the 12th century and later rebuilt in the 16th. The present frescoes date back to the 16th century. About I Vi miles to the west lays the cruciform church of Panagia Khordajiotissa, which also dates back to the 15th century. Its dome has been restored, A third church bearing the name of St. George is found in the area, which is an early Christian three aisle Syrian-type basilica. In the village of Sotira there is also a small Ecclesiastical Museum worth visiting.

Xylophagou
Built during Ottoman rule, it has taken its name from the first settler called Xerophagos (dry food eater). During the Byzantine years when the area was uninhabited several monasteries were built there. Today only their names remain. Efstathios and Saint Barbara were perhaps the two most important.

Liopetri
Its name is derived from the fact that there are no rocks at Liopetri. The mediaeval church of Panagia is of interest and the church of Agios Andronikos is believed to have been built around the 15th century. It has an octagonal dome and some remnants of its murals can Still be seen in the apse.

The "river" of Liopetri is a picturesque fishing refuge. Nearby are the remains of a Venetian watch tower. The French poet Arthur Rimbeaud worked in this area in the 1880's. The traditional craft of basket making can be seen here in Liopetri.

Phrenaros
It has been named after the Lusignan monks that lived in Panagia of Hortanion, a nearby monastery, and they were called Fremenors. As Nearchos Clerides mentions in his book "Villages and Cities of Cyprus", the monks could not support themselves and in 1468 they turned to Jacob, the Lusignan King of Cyprus, who gave diem a substantial sum of money. The village of Phrenaros has its own small Byzantine churches. Two of them, the Agios Andronikos and the Archangebs Michail date back to the 12th century. The church of Agia Marina has some interesting frescoes.

Dherinia
A small town next to Famagusta. Originally the village was called Yeninia but the people in their everyday use of the language changed it to Dherinia. History tells us that there is a strong possibility that settlers arriving from Yerinia in Cyprus after the Trojan War established a settlement, naming it after their mother city.

In the village there are three churches, which would be of interest to those who appreciate Byzantine art. The 15th century church of Agia Marina Panagia a church dedicated to the Holy Mother preserving some 17th century icons and finally, just near the village centre, stands the church of Agios Georgios, a small mediaeval church. In Dherinia there is also a Folk Art Museum of great interest.


Culture Life - Festivities
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During the extended tourist season in Agia Napa, various festivities 'are organised which reflect the customs and the traditions of the local people as well as the historic, cultural and agricultural practices of the region as a whole. Chronologically, the major religious and cultural events in Agia Napa are the following.

Green Monday
Originates from an old Dionysian custom during which people leave their homes and visit the countryside, usually Cape Greco, and picnic with seafood, vegetables and wine to symbolise the start of 50 days of fasting before Easter.

Easter
Greek Easter Festivities include the procession of the "Epitaphios" Holy Sepulchre - on the evening of Good Friday. On Saturday, midnight church services celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is customary for young people to light a huge bonfire in the churchyard to burn Judas, who betrayed Jesus. On Easter Sunday, after the Easter Service at 12 midday at Agia Napa Church, traditional entertainment with the participation of all the inhabitants of Agia Napa is organised at Seferis Square in front of the Monastery. Tourists are encouraged join in and participate in the festivities. On Easter Monday, Cypriot dance groups present gala traditional Greek and Cypriot dances at Seferis Square.

The Festival of the Flood - Kataklysmos
Kataklysmos coincides with Pentecost which is a reli-gious and popular feast celebrated only in Cyprus. These celebrations are of unique splendour and magnificence. The Agia Napa Municipality organises folk dancing performances and much more. Performances include variousgroups of musicians and artists from Cyprus and abroad.

Agia Napa Festival
The Agia Napa Festival is, unequivocally, the most popular and well anticipated event that takes place throughout the year in Agia Napa and one of the better known events on the island. The first festival was held in September 1985. From then on, it was established as an annual event and is held during the last week of every September at Seferis Square at the Agia Napa Monastery. These festivities reflect the historic, cultural and agricultural traditions of Agia Napa and Cyprus as a whole. Visitors have the chance to watch and participate in the customs of our local people, their traditions in music and folk art and above all their hospitality and warm-heartedness. During these festivities thousands of people from Cyprus and abroad visit Agia Napa. The programme includes, among other things, theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot and foreign folk dancing.

Within the framework of the festival other events are also organised. Painting exhibitions, photographic exhibitions depicting the present and past life of Cyprus as well as shell, flower and butterfly exhibitions and Agricultural displays of produce are organised by the Department of Agriculture. Stalls exhibiting traditional folk art are also set up. At these festivities a warm friendly atmosphere is generated that reflects Agia Napa's love and respect for friendship. The Agia Napa Municipality holds in June a number of events under the General Title "Music from all over the World" to which world renowned artist are invited to perform.

Cultural Winter - Christmas Events
Agia Napa is not only colourful in terms of its touristic momentum, it is also very impressive in terms of what it provides as regular cultural entertainment throughout the year. A rich and varied "cultural winter" programme from November to April every year, includes symphonies, concerts and recitals by talented local and foreign musicians whose performances are thoroughly enjoyed and anticipated with enthusiasm. The programme is well organised and highly publicised throughout the island to attract local as well as foreign audiences.

Cultural winter, first initiated in 1997 by the Agia Napa Municipality in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has been extremely well received by its audiences and has most assuredly become one of the most talked about cultural events programmes on the island of Cyprus.

The Cultural Department of the Agia Napa Municipality organisers firmly believes that culture and tourism go hand in hand and therefore should complement one another.

Tourists are not content with simply sunshine and beautiful beaches, visitors want to know what lies beneath the surface, what makes this small place so special and so unique.

Through art, music, theatre and dance. The Cultural Winter Programme successfully addresses this question, this curiosity and for many, this fascination with Agia Napa and Cyprus.

Cultural Winter is part of the Ewdless Sun program. Organised along with the local Hotel Association, Ewdless Sun features a different daily activity such as excursions around Agia Napa, Wine Tasting, Golf Competitions, Lessons to learn the Greek language, Greek dances, and many others.


Agia Napa Medieval Festival
Travelling back in time we will wonder with music and dance in the medieval years.
At the medieval monastery of Agia Napa reality blends with myth and the medieval music and dance carries us back in time.
The first Agia Napa Medieval Festival took place in June 2006 and since then it has been established as an annual festival every October at the yard of the Medieval Monastery.

And More Festivities
Besides the above-mentioned festivities, the Agia Napa Municipality organises late afternoon performances of folk dancing, singing and band music at Seferis Square every Sunday beginning in April through to the end of October.


Beaches - Agia Napa Harbour
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Agia Napa Harbour
The Agia Napa Harbour has had a complete facelift renovation, making it one of the three key landmarks of Agia Napa which also includes the Monastery and Cape Greco.

Colourful and typically picturesque the Harbour is currently building an open - air theatre, fountains and cobble stoned pathways with quaint cafes and restaurants that overlook the Mediterranean. Fishing boats and fishermen dot the landscape with a quiet, restful atmosphere that bathes the mind and the spirit.

Agia Napa Harbour is also the venue for celebration and festivity throughout the year, especially during Kataclysmos in June when folk music, performers, dancers and fireworks are the usual fare for tourists and locals alike. A time of fun and laughter for all, the harbour is a charming romantic background for these festivities. The Agia Napa Harbour is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner and bask in the sun or moonlight.

Beaches
The Agia Napa coastline is considered the finest with regard to beaches in Cyprus.

Extensive golden, sandy beaches cover the area, which attracts the majority of tourists. All along the beaches of Agia Napa facilities for all sea sports are provided including water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing canoes, pedals, motor boots, scooters, speedboats, parachutes, scuba diving and more.

The Cyprus Tourism Organization supervises the beaches and is responsible for protecting the interests of all tourists. The average sea temperatures (C) in Agia Napa throughout the year are as follows :

Jan. 17o
Feb. 17o
March 18o
Arpil 19o
May 21o
June 24o
July 26o
Aug. 27o
Sept. 26o
Oct. 25o
Nov. 21o
Dec. 19o

All beaches in Agia Napa have been awarded with the EU blue flag for their level of cleanliness and the brilliant facilities offered in line with the uniform standards set by the European Union.

Traveling from west to east one comes across the following beaches:

Agia Thekla
Situated six kilometers west of the centre Agia Napa is petite Agia Thekla, It has a small island within its grasp and is within walking distance from the main road taking you to Agia Napa. It has taken its name from a tiny old church in the area.

Makronisos Beach
A cluster of bays forms Makronisos beach. The three bays stretch out in different directions, one to the west, the second to the southwest whereas the third one stretches in a south easterly direction resulting in well sheltered beach areas.

Landa
A 300 meters long beach is found in the middle of Makronisos beach and Nissi Bay - only 500 meters away from each beach.

Nissi Beach - Nissi Bay
Only three kilometers west of Agia Napa. These closely connected twin beaches attract thousands of tourists every year. Nissi, which in Greek means "small island", gives a new dimension to the beauty of the landscape. It is well sheltered from the wind and facilitates all sea sports.

Vathia Gonia
Vathia Gonia is found 400 yards east of Nissi Bay. The beach is also fully protected from winds. Sea sport facilities are provided.

Pernera
This beach stretches up to 200 meters long and is located in between the beaches of Vathia Gonia and Katsarka.

Katsarka
A rocky beach 800 meters long, situated about 500 meters west of the fishing harbour, just before the Pernera Beach.

Pantahou
This beach stretches from the fishing harbour of Agia Napa for more than a kilometer and follows on easterly direction. Thousands of tourists visit it every year. Facilities for all sea sports are provided for and cafes, snack bars and restaurants abound in the area. The fishing harbour of Agia Napa with its small colorful boats adds character to the view and is a happy reminder of the past.

Glyky Nero
The starting point of this beach is where the Pantahou Beach ends and it is extended up to the point where the sea-caves are situated.

Ammos tou Kambouri
A coastal hay beach found in between Agia Napa village and the remote Kermia Beach.

Kermia
Situated two kilometers east of Agia Napa on the main road leading to the Cape Greco, Kermia Beach is located on the west side of Cape Greco. It is private and remote.

Konnos
Konnos is situated four kilometers east of Agia Napa on the road between Cape Greco and Protaras and it is the last beach which determines the boundaries between Agia Napa and Paralimni. It is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island and well sheltered from heavy winds.


Seaside Passion and Palaces
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Endless sandy beaches, secluded coves and wide bays set the scene in this attractive sun laden sandy seaside resort where lively sea sports play out across the horizon almost year round.

The coves are great for snorkeling and diving and the wide bays are conducive to windsurfing in safety. Sailing, parachuting, waterskiing and jet skiing are all daily colorful activity.

The crystal clear Mediterranean waters offer sunbathers and swimmers virtual paradise inviting delight.

Recreational facilities make Agia Napa a complete family holiday centre inclusive of all the leisure trimmings.

The coastline offers calm, transparent waters in which to make the most of sea and water sports while on holiday. Local beaches are usually lifeguard supervised and Blue Flag rated for service quality conditions.

Some of the largest resorts cater to guests with special interests, such as ecology, diving or sailing. Marine life is also rich and varied so whatever your passion, Agia Napa will not likely disappoint. The beaches, from west to east across Agia Napa, are each exceptional in their own right.

Palaces
One of the most intriguing landmarks of Agia Napa is known as the Palaces.
Situated between Kermia Beach and Cape Greco, the Palaces are actually an original rock formation which, over the time, has been miraculously sculpted by the waves of the sea. It is not an architectural work, as may, on initial sight be perceived.

A spectacular sight where swimmers dive off the rocks into the crystal clear waters, the Palaces can only be reached by boat.


Cape Greco
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Take a day away from the beach and get some healthy exercise walking in the fresh air and exploring the countryside where a whole "other" world exists beyond the discos and pubs of lively Agia Napa.

Be well prepared. Dress comfortably wearing a sunhat, a comfortable trainers and sunscreen. Take plenty of water and a snack of two and do not forget the camera. Begin bright and early before it gets too warm and follow the track along the coastline leading from the end of Kryou Nerou Avenue into the easternmost boundary of Agia Napa. A famous area for collecting snails and limpets, Cape Greco is also a popular place to hike and discover nature's glorious flora and fauna. People cycle and walk along the nature paths where juniper is in season throughout the year and miniature pine trees line the trails.

The magnificent beauty of che mountain sea cliffs combined with the indigenous flora of Cape Greco is impressive. Annuals and perennials, bulbs and tuberous, assure almost year round flowers and lovely aromas.

Varieties of Colchicum, Narcissus, and others also enrich the beauty of the area. Also unique are the seashore plant communities with mainly summer flowering species doing very well despite the salinity of the soil, the aridity and the high temperatures of the summer. Some of these species are Limonious sinuatum and Limonioum deifolium, Crithmum maritimum and the rare endemic Taraxacum aphrogenes, growing exclusively in Cyprus.

Cut away into ten-metre sea - cliffs are caves which nature has adorned with palatial trimmings. Benches allow the opportunity to rest and gaze down into crystal clear waters. For those more ambitious, there's a further 100 metre climb that leads to the central depression. Excavations in 1992 revealed evidence that this site was one of the earliest Neolithic settlements on the island.


Flora Cape Greco
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Equally interesting are the natural surroundings of the Agia Napa area and especially its flora. The flora of this area is interesting not only for the amateur observer but for the scientist as well.

The undisturbed, natural Cape Greco habitat is notable both for its structure and its diversity.

Many of the 36 different orchid species growing on the island find this area a safe land, while Crocusses, Colchicuns and Irises add vibrant colour and a magic fragrance.

In addition to its surprising wide variety of species the Agia Napa landscape is also the area where the botanical elements of the neighbouring, Asian, Europe and African continents come together to create the special flora of Cyprus.

Also unique are the seashore plant communities of the Agia Napa area, with a few special features.

The flowering spikes of Urginea maritime, or Sea Squill as it is commonly known, emerge from the sunbaked sandy soil in mid-August before the appearance of any leaves, while Medicago marine covers the sand with golden-yellow carpet. Crethmum manlimum or Rock Saphire is here a common plant and Mathiola tricuspitaia with its fragrant rosy-pink flowers decorate the eroded maritime sands.

Among the many wild flowers of the Agia Napa area, none has greater appeal than the famous Pancratium maritimum, or Sand Lily. Also known as the Famagusta Lily, with its large bulbs-up to 25cm in diameter, deeply buried in the coastal sands of the area on which the plant grows, the lovely Sand Lily flowers during August and September. Its attractive funnel-shaped snow-white flower is noticed even in the evening by its unmistakable sweet smell. Respected and well appreciated, the Sand Lily is now an integral feature of the Agia Napa landscape.


Underwater Kingdoms
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The Agia Napa seabed is a wondrous world in and of itself especially in the area of Cape Greco.

The sea temperatures, which range from about I6C in winter to about 28C in summer, forms a thermocline at a depth of 20-30 metres.

The presence of a thermocline has significant effects on the vertical distribution of marine life.

The richest areas in terms of quality and variety of life are below the depth of the thermocline during the summer. To the underwater visitor the bottom fauna in the shallow waters of Cape Greco may initially seem somewhat disappointing but one quickly discovers the many hidden sea creatures, which are indigenous to the area. Many bury themselves in the sand like several species of sand urchin and starfish, the Souries and the occasional spectacular Flying Gurnard. In the shallow rocky areas the common fish are Peacock and Rainbow Wrasses. Two-banded Bream (Haradjida), blennies, gobbies and small parrotfish. Near rocks small groups of bearded Red Mullets (barpouni) stir up the sand for tiny shrimp. Deeper down the Pasidonia meadows provide a characteristic Mediterranean seascape. In these sometimes extensive meadows, fish fife is rich and varied including small wrasses, bream, sea perches, groupers and the odd Bullnose Ray.

Some might argue that the most interesting terrain is that of the deep-water outcrops starting at Cape Pyla, and ending north of Cape Greco. The delicate filac incrustations of Lithothamnia contrast sharply with huge dark sponges. Sponges are everywhere, bright and almost luminous. Axinellas (finger sponges), in all shapes and sizes defy gravity. Feathery, pink Aeolid sea slugs are delicately balanced against the current. From crevices and caves, even in shallow waters, Red Soldier fish and the black-eyed, red bodied Anihias peep at you, almost too shy to come out and be photographed.


Museum and Historical Monuments
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Agia Napa has unique sites for sightseeing, which they are related with civilisation, culture and monuments. Among the most important visiting places are, the only one of its kind Municipal Museum THALASSA, the distinctive historical monuments of the Medieval Aqueduct, the Hellenistic and Roman Tombs of Makronissos, and the traditional Farmhouse.


Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea
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The THALASSA Agia Napa Municipal was opened in August 2005 and it is directed by the Pierides Foundation, in association with the Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition and the Tornaritis-Pierides Marine Life Foundation.

The Museum is located at the centre of Agia Napa and it has the sea as a subject-matter. It is the first museum of its kind across the Mediterranean region with main principle to present to the audiences, the local and foreign visitors, the impact and the significance of the sea upon the history of Cyprus, from pale ontological to prehistoric periods until present times.

The museum is a three story building made by marble, onyx, wood, metal and offers unique experiences appealing to all our senses with its 'bird eye view'. It incorporates six levels and the exhibits are presented with four different methods: in underground showcases, where the visitors are able to walk and view the objects from the top or in modern showcases. Other exhibits are freely placed in the museum whereas other they are hanging from the roof. All exhibits are spotlighted by fibre optics.

At the museum the visitor gets informed from audiovisual panels on all the historical periods of the island throughout the centuries and could admired Cypriot antiquities, which cover 7000 years, from the Neolithic period to the Venetian rule (5000 B.C. to 1600 A.D.). Among the most important exhibits are a composite vase with vertical handle of red polished ware of the Early Bronze Age III (2100-1900 B.C.), a spectacular clay model of a ship with sailors and captain of the Cypro-Archaic II period (600- 480 B.C.) and four red figured plates decorated with fish of the Classical and Hellenistic periods (475-30 B.C.); and the replica of a Mesolithic (9000 B.C.) papyrus vessel, which was used for obsidian carrying. The main exhibit of the museum, it is the 'Kyrenia II' vessel, a life size exact replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia, of the Classical period (400 B.C.), which was built in 1985 for scientific experimental purposes. Moreover, the visitor walks on an exciting glass floor, where a reconstruction of the old shipwreck is displayed and a documentary film is screened, about the excavations of the ancient ship and the preservation of it, which took place in the now occupied castle of Kyrenia.

Furthermore, the museum hosts pale-ontological exhibits, which include fossilised fishes, shells, corals, ammonites and stuffed sea animals such as fishes, mammals, turtles, seal, corals, sea-urchins, starfish, sponges, marine plants and others found in various parts of the island.

An attractively designed cafeteria, a gift shop, an open air amphitheatre for the summer that serves the community for concerts, dances and other cultural performances; and a multipurpose hall for periodic shows, educational programmes, lectures, seminars and workshops, supplement this contemporary Municipal museum complex.

Opening Hours:

Summer Season (01 June - 30 September)
Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 13:00 then 18:00 - 22:00
Sunday 09:00 - 13:00

Winter Season (01 October - 31 May)
Monday 09:00 - 13:00
Tuesday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

Contacting the Museum:
Tel: 00357-23816366
Fax: 00357-23816369
E-mail: thalassa.museum@agianapa.org.cy

Location:
Kriou Nerou 14, P.B.: 30707
5345 Agia Napa, Cyprus

Semi Basement Floor
Agia Napa Museum of the Sea

The Tornaritis - Pierides Marine Life museum is located on the semi-basement floor.

It presents the marine fauna of the Mediterranean, contributing to the study and research of this geographical area's natural history, and also stresses the importance and necessity of preserving the marine environment.

The exhibits include shells, corals, sea-urchins, lobsters, sponges, stuffed fish, mammal, sea turtles, birds, and other marine organisms.

It must be stressed that all exhibits were collected following their death from natural causes.


Ground Floor
Agia Napa Museum of the Sea

The ground floor is the home of 'Kyrenia II' vessel; a life-size exact replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia from the Classical period (400 B.C.).

A reconstruction of the old shipwreck is displayed under the glass floor beneath the feet of the visitors, while a documentary film is screened about the excavations of the ancient ship and its preservation.

Cypriot antiquities covering 7000 years from the Neolithic period to Venetian rule (5000 B.C. to 1600 A.D.) and the replica of a Greek Mesolithic (9200 B.C.) papyrus vessel are also found here.


First Floor
Agia Napa Museum of the Sea

On the first floor the visitor will find the cafeteria, the gallery room for periodical shows, 12 large audiovisual panels, which provide information to the visitor on the history of the island through the centuries, stuffed fish and palaeontogical exhibits, which included fossilised fish, shells, corals, ammonites, trilobites and rudists from the late Cretaceous period (130 to 65 million years).


The Farm House
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Get acquainted which Cypriot tradition and visit the farmhouse in the Monastery Square.

The farmhouse symbolises the nostalgic rural traditions of Agia Napa's past in authentic reconstruction.

The Farmhouse is an excellent insight into the peasant farmer's simplistic life and his special relationship with the land. The home was the focal point of the farmer's activities. It was therefore arranged in such a way that served his every need. On the plains, the farmhouse was built of mud-bricks with a big yard and high fence. The houses were single-storey and sometimes two-storey. Their main features were the arches and the large veranda at the front. The spacious double rooms were furnished and decorated with the farmer's wife's furniture and utensils; the loom in one corner, the carved cupboards, the consoles, and the high bed with embroidered bedspreads and ornamental plates. In another room, perfectly arranged around the fireplace, were the Cypriot farmer's wife's utensils; the loom in one corner, the carved cupboards, the consoles, and the high bed with embroidered bedspreads and ornamental plates. In another room, perfectly arranged around the fireplace, were the Cypriot farmer's wife's utensils. In the yard there was the oven, the thread-wheel for water and the plouth.

Apart from working in the fields, the farmer's wife worked in the house, weaving cloth to clothe her husband and children. She also prepared food and drink for her family. Cypriot women prepared zivania, trahanas, halloumi, soutzioukkos, raisins, must (new wine) and vinegar. Rural life it was a different world from what most of us know today, but here in Cyprus the visitors will notice that many of our rural traditions still continue today. Rural life, as it was, is fully reconstructed at Farmhouse at Agia Napa Festival the last week of September every year.


Agia Napa Aqueduct
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One of the most important monuments preserved within the boundaries of the Agia Napa municipality is the aqueduct, which for hundreds of years supplied with water the monastery and the whole region. Archaeological remains found west of the monastery, in the vicinity of the Agia Thekla chapel, but in particular at the locality of Filina, provide evidence for the presence of an earlier aqueduct dating to the Roman period.

The monument in its present state of preservation is a alteration of the original Roman aqueduct, occurred during the Frankish period when the monastery was build. The source of the water is to be found somewhere on the hills between Agia Napa and Protaras. Up to the year 1974 the original visible route of the channel was marked by a barrel-shaped structure at the locality of Mana tou Nerou, known by traditionally as the House of the Greeks.

From that point the aqueduct ran all the way to the monastery following the natural contours of the bedrock. The builders exploited the principles of gravity in order to deliver water to the Monastery. At two locations, along its route, monolithic troughs incorporated in the channel were acting as settling chambers in order to collect heavy impurities. At the same time these intercepting chambers facilitated the smooth running of water at the start of each courve.


The Makronisos Tombs
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One of Agia Napa's most interesting discoveries found west of Agia Napa village in the locality of Makronissos, was the discovery of an ancient burial site. Between November 1989 and earl/January 1990. the Municipality of Agia Napa sponsored intensive excavations of the rock-cut tombs, which have been the target of illegal digging since 1872. Nineteen tombs have been excavated to date together with a small sanctuary to the east of the burial grounds and part of an ancient quarry adjacent to the cemetery. Recent studies indicate that some of the tombs suffered as a result of the continuous use of the quarry.

The tombs generally consist of a stepped road, which leads down to a rectangular entrance. The entrances were originally closed with one large or two smaller calcarenke slabs. Most of the chambers are almost identical. They are all provided with a rectangular trench in the middle, slightly lower than the floor of the road and three benches at the sides of the chamber. Some of the tombs have additionally one loculus carved on the longitudinal axis of the tomb opposite the entrance, while another is provided with four benches at the sides and one opposite the entrance, thus providing room for five internments. Although all tombs were looted and disturbed, some logical scientific conclusions may be drawn.

The dead were placed in clay sarcophagus, which were originally covered with three flat titles. The tombs were used during the Hellenistic and Roman period.

The pyres found on the surface by the roads show clear evidence of practising Greek burial customs.

The sanctuary is a simple rectangular enclosure constructed with large irregular blocks. The few offerings found during the 1974 archaeological survey as well as those found during the latest excavations dace the sanctuary to the Cyprus-Classical and Hellenistic period.


Agia Napa Monastery
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Brief History of the Monastery of Agia Napa

The monastery of Agia Napa is located in the homonymous village in Ammochostos District. The village got its name from the "Icon of Virgin Mary of Napes", which means "the Saint of the woods" and thus, she was named "Agia Napa". This is how the village got its name, Agia Napa, "Holy Forest".

There is not sufficient evidence as to when the Monastery was originally founded. The cave, the hiding place and the well, all testify to the existence of the Christian community, from the time of the Byzantine era. Agia Napa was given its name before 1366. The Monastery though, as it is today, is a building of the 15th century, when Cyprus was under the sovereignty of the Venetians.

According to local tradition, in the cave that has now become a church, the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was found by a hunter. The hunter's dog was first to see the glowing icon and began barking, insistently calling over his master. A considerable number of believers started visiting the holy place of the cave, as soon as they heard about the discovery of the icon. The icon had probably been placed in the cave during the period of iconoclasm (7th-8th century) and thus, it was rescued. In the 14th century, the remaining half of the cave was built into a church.

Another tradition mentions that the daughter of a noble Venetian family took refuge in the cave out of obstinacy, because of her parents' refusal to allow her marriage with a non-aristocrat. It is said that around the year 1500 the wealthy Venetian built the church, the cells and a flourmill, on her own expenses. (The flourmill was probably installed in the Monastery during the period of the Turkish domination). A women's Monastery and a Roman chapel were gradually created. The right aisle of the church, right after the entrance, operated as the Roman chapel. The enormous sycamore tree of the Monastery, which is found next to the reservoir, is said to have been planted by the Venetian woman. When the time of her death approached, she built the stone, vaulted monument. She wished to be buried in this monument, next to the dew of the reservoir. On the northern side of the courtyard, there is a fountain with the shape of the head of a wild boar. Above that, the two-floor building is standing, in which the Venetian daughter initially lived.

Up on the hill, on the west side of the church, there is a small, ancient church, that again according to tradition, the Virgin Mary lay down for a while to rest.

In 1571, Cyprus was governed by the Ottoman domination. Unlike other Monasteries and churches, this Monastery was not destroyed. The description of Pietro Della Valle, during 1625, corresponds precisely to the condition of the Monastery as it is today. We are also informed from Pietro Della Valle that Agia Napa used to be a nunnery and owned large amounts of land.
At different periods in time, the Monastery has served as both a nunnery and a Monastery. Just before 1668, the nunnery was changed to a Monastery but for some unknown reason, it ceased to have any permanent inhabitants after the year 1758.
The Monastery used to be located in an uninhabited area. Around the mid-18th century, the first house of the village was built. The first inhabitants of the village were people from Thessalonica, who abandoned their homeland because of the plague epidemic. Later, in 1813, the monastery was repaired but it did not own a monastic community and therefore, the property of the monastery was rented to local farmers. The buildings of the monastery were used for several needs of the community.
After 1878, when Cyprus was under the British domination, there were no monks in the monastery. By this time, the church of the monastery had become the parish church of the village. In 1950, extensive repairs took place in order to maintain the historic buildings.

Upon the years of the Archbishop Makarios III, the monastery was recommended as the most suitable one to become the Ecumenical Centre of Conference. During 1978 to 2006, the conferences between the Christian Churches of the Middle East were held in the Monastery. With the re-establishment of the Constantia Metropolis - Famagusta (2007), the Monastery came under the management of the Metropolis. The reverent Metropolitan bishop of Constantia, Mr. Vassilios, was the first to initiate the establishment of the Cultural Academy "Saint Epifanios" and the monastery itself is its center. The Academy aims at the cultivation of theological and historical studies, and the organization of meetings and conventions. An ecclesiastical museum will also operate within the buildings of the Monastery.

The increasing number of the village's population raised the need for the building of a new church in 1990. The new church, built on the southwest of the monastery, is also dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Both churches celebrate on the 8th September, the day of the feast of the Virgin Mary's birth.

By the grace of the Virgin Mary, couples who are infertile and women who are experiencing difficulties during pregnancy, arrive at the monastery everyday to pray for help and request to gird the miraculous belt of the Saint of Agia Napa. The monastery is a particularly graceful place, where anyone and everyone with faith, can find comfort and spiritual peacefulness. Our loving All Holy Mother, everyday opens her arms to us all, in order to take away our worries and troubles, no matter how severe they seem to be. The Virgin Mary everyday prays for us, for the salvation of our souls.


Chapels
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The Agia Napa Monastery is the most popular symbol of Agia Napa but there are several other symbols, small rural churches and chapels in and around the area that reflect the unspoiled character of the countryside and the ever traditional inner human spirit that still has a special significance in today's modern changing world. These, in some cases, tiny rural churches, are subsidised and supported by Agia Napa inhabitants. Every chapel is dedicated to a patron Saint, where once a year, there is a day of celebration in honour to that Saint.

Agia Thekla
Agia Thekla is a chapel located a few kilometers west of Agia Napa and lies on the boundaries between Agia Napa and Sotira village. It is thought that there was an ancient settlement or graveyard on the premises. To the west of the church there are indications that quarries were once present. The Catacomb of Agia Thekla, not literati)' a catacomb, is a cave or tomb carved in stone. It is believed that in 1571, the Turkish General Piele Pasha landed here with his troops and marched to Famagusta where they assisted General Moustaffa in the siege of the town.

Agii Anargiri
The chapel is situated in the eastern part of the village and Is devoted to Saints Cosmas and Damianos who were both doctors and cured the sick people without receiving payment. Under the chapel there is a cave where it is believed the blessed water of the saints is contained.

Agios Antonios
Agios Antonios chapel is situated on the boundaries of Paralimni and Sotira. A Byzantine chapel built in the 16th century. There is a newer adjacent chapel that was built in the 1980's which is dedicated to the same Saint. Built on the rocks, this area was a favourite shelter for shepherds who used ?? spend the night there with their flocks. On January 17th, the annual celebration of the Saint's name day is recognized.

Agios Epiphanios
Saint Epiphanios is a chapel which is devoted to the Byzantine Bishop of Salamis. From this location there is an excellent panoramic view of 'Paliochori,' a Byzantine settlement which was destroyed during the Arab invasion of 632 to 964 AD.

Agia Mavri
Agia Mavri is a monolith in the western part of Agia Napa. In the middle of this pillar there is a hole where it is believed that anyone suffering from an illness will be cured if passed through. Archaeologist L. Cesnola refers in his writings to this monolith and said that women who came to the monolith and broke jars, could regain their lover's affections. A small church at the monolith was built recently to commemorate the Saint.

Agia Varvara
The chapel of Agia Varvara is in the western part of Agia Napa and was built during the Byzantine period. The chapel was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt only recently. There are many cells around the chapel that were once catacombs where the early Christians sought and found refuge when chased by heathens.


Walks in Agia Napa
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Whether you come to Agia Napa for a short stay, long stay or even just for the day, the municipality hopes that as you walk in and around Agia Napa, you will learn some of its history and understand why this area developed in recent decades as one of the largest tourist centers of Cyprus.

Join one of two, each approximately three hour walks, that combine the discovery of history with its natural unspoiled landscape. Both walks start and end at the Agia Napa Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) Information Office. Bookings should be made in advance. Tour guides generally wait a few minutes for latecomers but it is advisable to be on time. Casual clothes and comfortable shoes are advisable alone with a sunhat in the summer and an umbrella in the winter.

Both tours are combined with a ride on a well-maintained traditional wooden bus (typical of old times when such buses were used for transporting farmers to Famagusta, Larnaca and Nicosia.)

Tour One:
"THE AGIA NAPA YOU DON'T KNOW"
This tour has been designed to see Agia Napa's historical development from Medieval times to today. This tour includes a visit to the old aqueduct and the Monastery in the center of the village. A coffee break in a traditional coffee shop continues with a ride on the wooden bus which stops at a couple of churches.

Tour Two:
"AGIA NAPA AND THE SEA: A DIFFERENT DIMENSION"
This walk interprets the historic connection of the area with the sea. The archaeological remains suggest that the area has been inhabited since Neolithic times.

The walk begins at Cape Greco where the archaeology of the area is talked about in relation to its natural beauty. Following this, participants will be driven to a chapel in the northern part of Cape Greco. After a coffee break at 'Limanaki' (the picturesque fishing harbour) the walk continues along the coast of the archaeological site of Makronnissos and Agia Thekla church. Commentary focuses on familiarizing parti-cipants about the area and offers further information about various other sites that the visitor may wish to explore on his own or with an organized tour.


Shopping in Agia Napa
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Holidays could never be complete without experiencing the sheer delights of shopping. Take a stroll down any winding street and you will be immediately impressed by the vast variety of attractive items. As one of the leading tourist centers in Cyprus, and indeed all of Europe, Agia Napa can easily accommodate the shopping needs of just about everyone in every capacity. Here the visitor has an opportunity to purchase anything from the typical handicrafts of the island, such as "Lefkaritika" the world famous embroidered linen, original ceramic pottery, copper, brass, and wood carvings, artistically designed silver jewellery, woven cloth and silk goods to contemporary fashion wear and leather wear of exceptional quality.

One should also try the famous local wines of Cyprus, which are highly recommended and now internationally recognised throughout many countries in the world. Casual shopping in Agia Napa is delightful. The small shops and boutiques with their friendly shopkeepers and informal shopping hours welcome everyone and make "browsing" a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Just stop in at any one of the hundreds of shops and boutiques you pass along the street. You won't be able to resist the temptation of "just looking". Agia Napa's diversity, quality and prices are comparable to the European market and major credit cards are accepted everywhere. So be on your way.

Good shopping.


Diving
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Scuba diving... You've always dreamed of crying it. Now you can. Take advantage of the excellent Cyprus weather where one of the longest dive holiday climates in the world is on offer. The waters surrounding the island are warm and clear with even tides and visibility reaching 30-40 metres. If you have never dived before, Cyprus is a wonderful place to experience the initial exhilaration of the underwater world. In safe conditions and under professional supervision, learn the basics of breathing underwater; visit the underwater remains of ancient archaeological ruins and explore rock gardens encapsulated in sponge.

The first divers collected sponges off the southern coast of Cyprus. Both certified and amateur scuba divers with varied ranges of experience and varied cultural backgrounds are at home in the sparkling clear Mediterranean dive sites in Agia Napa, Introductory daily instruction as well as intermediate level diving courses which meet the highest international standards are available. Divers from the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Russia and across the E.U are frequent visitors to Agia Napa diving centers which are ideally suited for complete beginners or experienced divers.

In the meantime, Agia Napa as part of the greater island of Cyprus, continues to upgrade its diving standards; their motto being, 'Safety through Education'.

Trips, lessons, tuition, guides and equipment for scuba or snorkelling are offered for all levels of experience and can be easily arranged at the hotel where you reside. There are four major diving centers in the Agia Napa area which can provide all required instruction and equipment depending upon your level of diving expertise. Experience the thrill of the deep!


Cruises
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Kick back and experience a change of pace that relaxes the body as well as the spirit. Consider taking a cruise around the Agia Napa coastline to Cape Greco or to Larnaca and back. Family cruises are available on a daily basis and are a splendid way to casually enjoy the pulse and natural beauty of the Cyprus landscape and see colourful marine life from glass bottom boats as gentle sea breezes blow our cares and worries far into oblivion. But do remember your sun hat and sunscreen for plenty of protection from the Cyprus sun.

Cooler temperatures at dusk invite both tourists and locals alike to cruise the Mediterranean in a lively romantic way to spend a summer night in Agia Napa. Music, laughter and friendship permeate the air as cruise ships sail the coast under the starlit sky.

Popular cruises are also available to Lebanon and Egypt for two and three day excursions. Ask any travel agent or at the hotel for schedules, prices and further information.


Training

Agia Napa's warm sunshine and year round temperate climate - the best in Cyprus - combined with its excellent sports infrastructure with football grounds, (athletic centre, multi sports hall), provides the essential basic ingredients for one of the most successful sports training locations in the Mediterranean.

Already a popular European tourist destination for many years now, Agia Napa is continually recognised as a viable training centre for sports teams, especially during the mild winter months of November through March when the natural greenery of Cyprus is at its very lushest.

During this period, hundreds of European soccer teams from Scandinavia, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, etc. regularly utilise the sixteen fully equipped playing fields with changing rooms and modern facilities in Agia Napa. Every detail is considered as an important element of an entire package including special menus, individual training programmes, night lighting and any other specific team requirements.

As a tempting incentive to coincide with these facilities, luxurious hotels in the immediate vicinities of the playing fields make special offers which include usage of their gym, sauna, and general health club facilities in addition to organised, well promoted sponsored tournaments and enjoyable theme night events.

All sports grounds in Agia Napa are the property of the Agia Napa Municipality.


Agia Napa by night

When the sun goes down in Agia Napa there is a special ambience that attracts people of all ages and persuasions. On every narrow street of Agia Napa the visitor discovers scores of interesting restaurants, pubs, taverns, cafes and clubs. If variety is the spice of life, then Agia Napa has it all.

The Cypriot appreciation for the good life along with an innate love of fine simple foods, is reflected at the table and in the leisurely style of entertainment. Cypriots love their food with a special passion for souvia which is succulent pieces of lamb marinated and sprinkled with herbs over a low rotating spit. Cypriot food is generally a healthy Mediterranean diet rich in grains, pulses, fresh fruit, salads and olive oil.

Dining out in Agia Napa is a very popular and pleasant pastime. Apart from the typical Cypriot meze, which is composed of about 25-30 traditional island dishes served in colourful charming taverns, there are also countless restaurants that specialise in French, Italian, Mexican Arabic and Chinese food. For quick snacks there are always cafes and pubs that will welcome you, and not to mention the popular international fast food chains that are now well established across town.

Cafes, Bars and Clubs are lively and plentiful. A wide choice of hotels from every category also provide excellent evening entertainment under starlit skies in the summertime. Live music and dancing is the usual fare with a resident band where there are Greek nights and Creek folk dancing for the enjoyment of all.

The new local cinema at the Town Hall provides a variety of the latest film releases as another alternative to evening entertainment for all ages.

This perky, cosmopolitan town has it all. A vibrant, diverse and in many ways, extraordinary spot with a magnetism ail its own, Agia Napa enthusiastically invites locals and tourists together to come together as one, and enjoy at the favourite nightspots. Fine casual atmosphere, live music, good food and warm hospitality make anywhere you choose to spend an evening a memorable occasion. Agia Napa by night is sensational.


Leisure Activities
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Agia Napa is the first and foremost in Cyprus when it comes to entertainment and events. Summer entertainment has always been more than rich in variety because of the exciting beach life and all the trimmings of outdoor sport and adventure.

Many hotels offer live nightly entertainment and there are restaurants, pubs, bars and dubs where people mix, meet and mingle. Agia Napa is renowned for its beaches, entertainment and friendship. Horseback riding, mini golf, go carts, and bowling are some of the other delightful pastimes that tourists can enjoy, even during the winter.

There is a special ambience in Agia Napa that attracts people and offers a unique kind of holiday experience. Informal, friendly and always welcoming, people look forward to returning back, time and time again.


Agia Napa Amusement Park
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The Agia Napa Amusement Park is one of the most impressive in the Mediterranean. A large playground where exciting rides and colourful adventure are guaranteed for children, teenagers and adults.

Seen from miles throughout Agia Napa, the huge Ferris Wheel popular attraction. Located in the center of Agia Napa this spacious adventure park offers safe rides for small children as well as more daring rides and games for the older and more adventuresome.

A cafe serves drinks and refreshments in the center of all the action. Enjoy an afternoon or an evening and bring your friends!
Don't be shy. Adventure is not for the faint-hearted! Dare to have fun!


Water Park

Innovative and exciting-water entertainment has been successfully attracting all ages in Agia Napa where tourists and island residents are enjoying tons of fun in the splashing waters under the sun. Water Park boasts a whole range of waterpark slides, pools and adventure. There is a high-speed slide, a free fall or "Kamikaze" slide, two giant serpentine inflatable tube slides, a serpentine body slide and a four-track multislide. The multislide is ridden headfirst on a mat. This ride is the newest and most popular ride at Disney's latest water park. There is a "lazy river" ride where guests float along the river in an inflatable tube, a swimming "beach", an activity pool with "rolling logs", "lily pad walk", a sand volleyball court and a children's pool with "mini" waterslides.

Water-Park offers a full day's entertainment for the price of admission. Once inside, guests can ride the slides as often or as little as they like.

Slide, float, swing, relax, sunbathe, grab a quick bite at the fast food cafeteria or enjoy a sit down meal in the Mediterranean style cafe. There is also an ice cream parlour, soft drink carts and retail shop which sells a range of swimwear, towels. Water Park souvenirs, sun care products and water activity toys. Water-Park is located on Agia Thekla Street at the gateway to Agia Napa. You can't miss it!


Weddings
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Whether you're about to marry, just married or been married for more years than you care to remember, Agia Napa is the perfect location for serious romantics. It's no wonder that weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries are popular here. The irresistible natural beauty of Agia Napa seems to have been created for those in love. Hypnotic sunsecs. fresh breezy tropical air, tantalizing aroma of local cuisine and music that plays rhythmically into the night, all create the romantic climate that is a backdrop for a perfect wedding package designed to make your special day one to remember for a lifetime.

Select perhaps a fairy tale horse drawn white carriage to celebrate the enchantment of your dream come true wedding day.

Civil Ceremonies take place in either, at the Agia Napa Town Hall, at the gardens (Amphitheatre) of Agia Napa Town Hall or at a specifically designated hotel room which has been reserved especially for civil ceremonies. The ceremony itself is a short, civil service conducted by the Mayor or one of the Municipal Members from Monday to Friday between 11:00-14:00 except on Bank holidays.

Required documents include: Passport, Birth Certificates, Decree absolute (in the case of divorce), Death Certificate (in case of a widow/widower) and a Certificate of No Impediment from the authorized department of each native country.

Reserve registration and wedding appointment either by phone, fax or email. For further information please contact at:

Tel:+357 23816309
Fax: +357 23722607
Email: aynapamu@logos.cy.net


Relevant Documents for civil marriages in Agia Napa

Civil Marriages 2009 page 1
Civil Marriages 2009 page 2
Civil Marriages 2009 page 3
Civil Marriages 2009 page 4

Papers Needed for Civil Wedding


I want to get married

If you wish to get married in Agia Napa, please contact Agia Napa municipality by email to: weddings@agianapa.org.cy advising us about:


1) Your full names for both of you
2) Your nationalities ( in order to be advised about the required documents )
3) Date/Venue of your wedding


As soon as we receive your email we have to contact the Hotel ( if the wedding will take place at the Hotel ). Advising them about the date/time of your wedding. As soon as we have their reply ( confirmation ) we will confirm to you the date and the time of your wedding.


I want to be informed about the fees

Wedding license ( wedding at the Town Hall ): ?281.92 ( subject to change according to the Law )

Wedding at the Hotels/other venues : ?431.92 ( ?281.92 + ?150.00- subject to change according to the Law ).

Certified Copy of the Wedding Certificate: ?13.67 (subject to change according to the Law ).


I want to have Certified or True Copy of your Wedding Certificate

If you wish to have extra certified true copy of your wedding certificate you need to send us a signed letter with your details by post and the amount of ?13.67 for each copy. The amount has to be in Euro cash.

As soon as we receive your letter we will issue the certified true copy and it will be sent by registered Postal Mail to the address that you will write in your letter.


I want to get divorced

If you wish to get divorced you have to contact a lawyer in your country in order to be advised about the procedure as Agia Napa Municipality is not authorised to issue divorces.


Useful Info

Radio and Television
If you want to keep in touch with both local and international news during your holidays, CyBC's second radio programme on 91.1 fm provides a series of programmes for English speakers, including news at 13:30 and at 18:00.
Additionally, you can tune in to BBC World Service on 1323 AM, while the two broadcasting stations of the British forces are on the air 24 hours a day. CyBC television, in addition to three private channels, broadcast throughout the island daily American and British films, documentaries, comedy series and also cartoons, with Greek subtitles.

Written Press
Newspapers for English speakers, as well as other European publications are available one day after their circulation. There are two English speaking newspapers circulating in Cyprus; The Cyprus Mail comes out daily, except Mondays and The Cyprus Weekly comes out every Friday.

Banks
The currency here is EURO. Banks in Agia Napa are open from eight in the morning till 12.30 noon, Monday to Friday, while some remain open for tourists in the afternoon from three thirty to seven thirty. Banks are closed during weekends, Traveller's cheques can be cashed in any hotel while credit cards are an accepted just about everywhere.

Postal Services
Cyprus has regular postal connections with all countries. Post offices are open from Monday through Friday from 07.30 to 13.00 with certain offices remaining open for service during the afternoon.

Bus and Taxi Services
A thriving tourist attraction like Agia Napa makes good use of efficient transportation services to and from the area. Easily accessible buses and taxis run regularly throughout the week and weekend.

International Calls
Australia 0061
Austria 0043
France 0033
Germany 0049
Greece 0030
Sweden 0046
United Kingdom 0044
Russian 007
Finland 00358
Italy 0039
Switzerland 0041
Ukraine 0038

Local Calls
Nicosia 22
Limassol 25
Larnaka 24
Pafos 26
Agia Napa 23
Enquiries 192
Malfunctions 197
Emergency {Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance} 199
Agia Napa Police 23803200
Paralimni Police 23803030


AGIA NAPA MUNICIPAPALITY
Agia Mavri Street 25,
5340 Agia Napa, P.O.Box 30026
Cyprus
Phone number: (+357) 23 816300, Fax:(+357) 23 722607
Email:info@agianapa.org.cy
Website: www.agianapa.org.cy
www.ayianapatv.tv

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Our journey to the Famagusta area will take us first of all to Liopetri and its quaint fishing harbour.

Next on the list will be the small town of Derynia where you can visit the folkloric museum before continuing to the pleasant zoo and gardens where we will stop for a bite to eat.

We will visit the towns of Paralimni and Agia Napa before heading home via a few of the smaller villages of the area.

For those of you who would like to spend an evening at the fun park in Agia Napa, we can arrange this as an additional trips (bookable in advance).



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