Although Ayia Napa, Cyprus, is famous for its exhilarating nightlife and gorgeous golden sand beaches, there are also plenty of other sightseeing opportunities while you are visiting. You don’t have to spend all your time at the beach or the clubs because there are some…
Although Ayia Napa, Cyprus, is famous for its exhilarating nightlife and gorgeous golden sand beaches, there are also plenty of other sightseeing opportunities while you are visiting. You don’t have to spend all your time at the beach or the clubs because there are some interesting attractions worth checking out in and around the famous resort town.
The red bus is the perfect way to get an overview of what Ayia Napa has to offer. Take a tour on-board the vibrant red double deck bus and enjoy splendid views of the coast, the charming villages nearby and the chic resort village of Protaras. It is not only good value for money but also really pretty much entertaining especially if you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the montage of scenic vistas along the way. The cool Mediterranean breeze blowing on your face is definitely icing on cake.
If you have kids in tow take them to the Water World Waterpark where they can spend hours on end playing on the water slides, cool off at the pool or simply have fun at the children’s playground. While the kids play, adults can take in their share of blissful sunshine at the pool lounge. Moreover, at the end of the day, you will not have to force your kids to go to sleep because they will be too exhausted to put up a fight. The water park opens at 10:00 am and it is best to get there first thing in the morning to avoid the crowd and the ensuing long line ups.
Boat cruises are also popular in Ayia Napa. All you have to do is to head to the harbor and take your pick from the many boat operators touting their services to interested tourists. Ply the waters around Cape Greco to admire the scenic coastline and the neighboring pretty harbor towns. Another popular boat trip is The Black Pearl Pirate Ship which sails from Ayia Napa Harbour at approx. 11:30 am and returning at around 3:30 pm. The trip includes all the sights of Famagusta, 1-2 Swimming Stops, Treasure Hunt for the Children, a Full Pirate Show, Cannon Show and Dress Up for everybody.
Late afternoon is the best time to head to Cape Greco, so that you are just in time to catch sight of the glorious sunset that the area is famous for. You can also take a dolphin boat safari for a chance to see these playful creatures put on a show for you. For those who are looking for dramatic excursions at idyllic and remote places, join the fast boat safari to check out the island’s striking sea caves. Of course, boat trips to the stunning beaches of Pernera and Protaras also make for worthwhile jaunts during the day.
Scuba diving enthusiasts will also delight in the underwater offerings of Aiya Napa. With crystal clear, calm waters, the dive sites are just perfect for beginners but experienced divers will also discover something special in the area. The remarkable Zenobia shipwreck, less than an hour’s boat ride away, is a definite must-see for diving enthusiats.
Finally, for a bit of sightseeing inland, take a short drive to the picture-perfect village of Sotira to admire its 15th century churches then go all the way to the village of Liopetri to experience its exquisite basket-weaving industry. The picturesque village of Paralimni and the ghost town of Famagusta should also be on your list of must-see places near Ayia Napa.