While Ayia Napa is undoubtedly known as a popular nightlife hotspot, there’s more to this beach resort than late-night bars and clubs.
Yes, there’s the electric party vibe that warms up as soon as the sun goes down but it’s the beaches and coastal views that we love most here in the east of Cyprus. Everyone has their own preference for what they want from a beach holiday in Ayia Napa, so we’ll share a little detail on each of the beaches to help you further your holiday research.
The word ‘beautiful’ often goes hand-in-hand with Nissi Beach when holidaymakers are asked to describe this…beautiful (for lack of a better word) Blue Flag-winning coastal delight. Nissi is held in such high regard owing to its soft white sand and crystal clear, turquoise waters. The sea is shallow here too, so you can walk out from the shore quite a way before it gets more than waist high. Outside the marked swim zone, you’ll find plenty of fun watersport options such as parasailing, pedalos, kayaks and inflatable ring rides. Nissi is located just a few miles from the vibrant core of town, so the hotel stays here can be rather relaxing.
This beach is referred to with similar adjectives as Nissi Beach as it too boasts clean, powdery sand and water the same hues of blue. There’s a dive centre here as scuba and snorkelling is recommended in the area. Some prefer it here as smaller and a little less busy at times – especially if you cross the path of the ancient tombs over to the west beach. Just a 20 minute walk from Makronissos is WaterWorld Waterpark that provides plenty of thrills and spills with a range of flumes and slides, a lazy river and wave pool.
Slap-bang in between Nissi and Makronissos beaches is Landa. It’s conveniently located, so if either of the other beaches are busy, it’s worth heading for Landa instead. There’s a rocky outcrop that if you skirt around, enables you to enjoy Mikri Landa Beach, that while lacking in facilities, affords lots of quiet time.
Ayia Thekla Beach
Separated from the previously mentioned beaches by Ayia Napa Marina, Ayia Thekla features a little rocky ‘island’ just a short paddle from the beach. The quality of sand and sea is clean and clear too. Do keep your eyes peeled for the stones and rocks that dot the edge of the beach and those that are sunken within the water.
Further east of the town, just around the other side of Cape Greco Peninsula is the smaller beach of Konnos Bay. What makes this spot so amazing is the natural, picturesque surroundings that offer up plenty of wonders in close proximity. There’s the View Point on the end of the Cape, that provides great photo opportunities as the sun sets. Then there are the rock formations and sea caves. There are plenty of fish to swim amongst too, so why not take in a little snorkelling or catch a boat out to sea for a scuba dive?