Once a simple fishing village, Ayia Napa (in Greek Cyprus) is now a popular, over-developed mid-range beach resort—about a half-million tourists visit annually.
It's situated in far eastern Cyprus, 35 mi/62 km east of Larnaca and includes Ayia Napa, Fig Tree Bay, Proteras and Paralimni.
Visitors can enjoy beaches, beautiful coastal walks, water-skiing and other water sports, diving and snorkeling, as well as sightseeing. There's a 16th-century monastery in the center of Ayia Napa, quite incongruous amid all the bars and restaurants. At night, the towns become lively clubbing destinations.
Ayia Napa was developed as an alternative to nearby Famagusta, on the Turkish side. For a day trip, visit nearby Cape Greco and Cape Greco National Park with sea caves, cliffs, rock formations and secluded beaches. Also worthwhile are the cities of Larnaca or Lefkara (Nicosia), or the Troodos Mountains. Buses run daily between Larnaka and Ayia Napa/Paralimni, taking one hour each way. Regional buses run between Paralimni and Ayia Napa, passing through all the coastal areas.
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