Summer, from June to September, signifies the peak season in Ayia Napa. Tourists flock to the resort during this season, as many people take their summer holidays. Travellers visiting during July and August will find the resort at its busiest and high daytime temperatures of around 32°C. The shoulder summer months of June and September are slightly cooler but still draw large crowds. Flights to Ayia Napa and accommodation will be at its most expensive during the peak season, so it’s best to book far in advance. Visitors may be able to find some end-of-season rates in September.
Winter is mild, with average low temperatures around 7-8°C, and sunny days can even see the temperature increase to around 20°C. This is a great time to visit for some winter sun and take advantage of cheap flights to Ayia Napa and off season room rates. Keep in mind that this period also experiences wet and windy weather, so it’s best to pack for all eventualities.
A holiday in Ayia Napa during spring or autumn can be perfect for those who want to avoid the large number of tourists during the peak season but also enjoy lovely weather. If you book a flight to Ayia Napa in spring, expect
Once renowned as the “new Ibiza,” Ayia Napa is shaking off its reputation as a destination only for late-night clubs and dance parties. Nowadays families are just as likely to book flights to Ayia Napa as 18-30s, ready to enjoy the town’s natural beauty: long golden sand beaches, the warm aquamarine Mediterranean and rows of palm trees, all located in what was once a small fishing village amid panoramic scenery.
One of the most popular beach resorts in Europe, Ayia Napa is located on the southeastern coast of Cyprus. During the summer months a steady stream of tourists arrive: though the population of the town is just under 3,000, more than 250,000 holidaymakers arrive each year.
The town's popularity extends beyond its myriad beaches and excellent nightlife. Its roots as a small fishing village are still to be seen in daily life and ancient buildings remain among the new hotels and apartment blocks. One of the most impressive is the Venetian-style monastery that stands in the middle of the main town square, and from which the resort itself takes its name.
Getting around Ayia Napa
Flights to Ayia Napa arrive at Larnaca International Airport (LCA) – just a 30-minute drive away.
Ayia Napa insider information
Seferis Square is a good place to sit in the day, and stalls selling jewellery and copper appear in the evenings. At the end of the summer it gets extra busy during the local Ayia Napa festival when the place is filled with music, dancing and drinking.
There are a number of beaches at Ayia Napa and the surrounding areas so you should be able to find one that suits. The place to see and be seen, Nissi Beach is about two miles from the centre of town and is always fun. There is an array of watersports (rings, bananas, jet skis and so on) as well as bars and restaurants all the way along the stretch of sand. Grecian Bay is right in front of the town and oust be one of the best "town beaches" in Europe. Perhaps the most famous beach, though, is Fig Tree Bay, closer to Protoras than Ayia Napa, but well worth a day trip to visit.
Local life still matters in Ayia Napa, despite the tourist boom, and you can see the fishermen bringing home their catch to the harbour.
Visit Waterworld, Europe’s largest themed water park. With rides galore, everyone, including the kids, is happy and you get the chance to cool down. If that's not enough exhilaration, right next door there is a go-kart centre.
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