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Ayia Napa Travel Guide: 229 reviews and 487 photos

An Unfortunate Reputation

Once upon a time Ayia Napa used to be a small fishing village. In the summers of 2000 and 2001 it gained a reputation as a clubbers paradise. In 2002, however, a change of mayor has led to a clampdown on drugs and loud music. We saw families in the Square at night when we were there this month. Two years ago they would have found alternative destinations.

These days it is nothing like the days of old. The clubs & pubs are so much quieter. There has been a reduction in travellers from the UK, Scandinavia & the Netherlands, probably due to the high prices. Instead you find quite a lot of Russians.

There is still a harbour from which fisherman work, but there is also an influx of tourist boats offering trips along the coast. Also on the outer boundaries you will still find the farmers who relied on the land for their income but these days you have to travel further out as the some of the land has been developed for apartment & house building.

The main historical landmark within the resort is the 16th Century Venetian Monastery. This is a haven of peace and tranquility within the square area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good beaches, excellent nighlife,
  • Cons:The odd tout trying to get you into their bar or onto their boat trips
  • In a nutshell:Fun In The Sun
  • Last visit to Ayia Napa: Sep 2013
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2014
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  • Oct 26, 2006 at 7:04 PM

    massive thanx 2 all @ the paloma

  • Aug 13, 2006 at 3:35 AM

    I need to find the paloma hotel with specfic directions,do you think yo could help me out? Thanks

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    Jan 14, 2006 at 4:03 PM

    Don't fancy that foam party, scared of it getting in my eyes.

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    Aug 27, 2005 at 4:44 AM

    great summer resort that u beautyfully introduced me....tk u!

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    Jun 17, 2005 at 7:27 AM

    Hi,hows ny fav boro` fan ?? I`m off there in july,cant wait !!

  • Oct 30, 2004 at 1:44 AM

    Sun is everywhere. What a paradise you've been!! :-)

  • Oct 3, 2004 at 4:24 PM

    Hi Cheekymarieh! Just a question for you really! Hope you can help me. I'm just back from Ayia Napa. Went to a restaurant called the hungry horse and looking for the address?Do you know if every address is a po box?

  • Nov 3, 2003 at 12:42 PM

    Ayia Napa is great - I've been there with a Club 18-30 holiday and also with my girlfriend. Excellent holidays both times. Some good tips here but it you try that crazy A-Frame ride next to the rocket ride???

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    Jun 2, 2003 at 2:23 PM

    the rocket ride sounds great fun.......kenneth

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2003 at 2:03 PM

    Hi Marie, the night life in Ayia Napa is legendery, i wish i could go.

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