Once a tiny fishing village, Ayia Napa had to adapt after the Turkish invasion in July 1974 and the loss of the Northern holiday resorts of Famagusta and Kyrenia. It was quickly developed into a new holiday resort; it soon became one of the clubbing hot spots of Europe and frequently provided the papers with a wealth of scandalous stories.
Luckily the spotlight has been swung away from Ayia Napa and is now focused on Faliraki in Rhodes and several resorts in mainland Turkey although parts of Ayia Napa do get really busy during the summer months, with packed bars and restaurants, as well as the clubs that continue till breakfast time and beyond, for the hardened clubbers amongst you.
Ayia Napa is situated on the islands south-eastern coastline and for most of the year, its beaches are quiet. The Municipality is working hard to change the image of Ayia Napa and to portray it as the perfect holiday destination, for all to enjoy, and not just a party capital.
Certainly Ayia Napa is still popular in the summer months with tourists, especially those from Scandinavia along with younger Cypriot families. Normally due to the fact that the beaches in this area are the best on the island. Many young tourists from UK do still visit parts of the town in search of that party fun in the sun.
In previous years, the summer season in Ayia Napa ended in October and the town was absolutely dead during January and February but changes are currently being made so that more of the towns hotels and facilities now remain open in an effort to develop a winter tourist season like the one enjoyed by Paphos. The Paphos region is particularly appealing to retired couples from the UK and other north European countries who happily swap the cold wet winter back home for an economically priced holiday filled with sunnier days.
In recent years there has been a tremendous increase in the number of people retiring to this part of Cyprus and this trend will continue if plans for the proposed golf course are confirmed. With this in mind, local property developers are currently building some attractive small new developments within the villages
Like many places, there is much more to Ayia Napa than meets the eye and there are many different places of interest in the area including the towns 600 year old monastery where hundreds of couples from abroad come to get married, and enjoy a wonderful Cypriot Wedding each year. Other churches that are worth exploring include the twin-vaulted church of Panayia in Paralimni and the isolated chapel of Profitis Ilias in Protaras.
The baths of Aphrodite also mark the start of the Aphrodite trail. This takes you along some of the rugged Akamas peninsula, with its diverse range of flora and fauna and its magnificent views of the Mediterranean coast and the Fontana Amorosa bay.
The baths of Aphrodite also has a small tourist kiosk