Ayia Napa is a breathtaking coastal village in Cyprus which is famous for its natural beauty and the unstoppable nightlife. This is the place where many locals and tourists go when they want to be one hundred percent certain that they will have the time of their lives.
No matter what everyone considers as entertainment or the “proper” way to spend their holidays, Ayia Napa has got everyone covered thanks to its diverse historic and natural attractions. Below you will find just four of the plethora of must-see attractions in Ayia Napa.
1. Ayia Napa Monastery
Right in the very heart of the village, a mediaeval monastery awaits tourists to make them travel to a different era. The monastery was built around 1500 AD by Venetians, when they occupied the island. It was designed as a castle, and this is why some of its constructions are underground. You should look for the sycamore tree in the south entrance because it is believed to be more than 600 years old. The historic monastery has managed to not only survive the toll of time and occupations over the centuries but also still be one of the most beautiful attractions in the whole of Cyprus. There are no monks or nuns living in this monastery nowadays.
2. Makronissos Tombs
History never dies in Ayia Napa, and the relatively recent archaeological discovery of ancient tombs is an excellent example of the island’s grand past. In November 1989 the excavations started. Nineteen tombs and an altar have been brought to the surface. They were all inside chambers underground, all of which looked pretty similar. It is estimated that the tombs belonged to the Hellenistic and Roman period. It is worth mentioning that there is evidence which proves that the ancient Greek burial customs, such as the pyre and the burial gifts, were followed.
3. Beautiful Beaches
Swimming and sunbathing are two activities that all locals and tourists do, when they are in Cyprus. It is correct to think that beaches are not attractions, but the beaches in Ayia Napa are. If you have a car to drive around, you will be able to visit the stunning beaches in the area and see what we are talking about. You can always hire one on Enjoy Travel as it allows you to not only compare and contrast vehicles but also book the one you like the most online. Then, you must go swimming at Konnos Bay, Nissi Beach and Makronissos Beach. You should also go and admire the Sea Caves at Cape Greco.
4. Thalassa Museum
Thalassa means “sea” in Greek. In this museum, Cypriots have gathered all the findings that prove their rich and intricate history and relationship with the sea. More specifically, they have organised collections and exhibitions that showcase not only the interesting marine life in the area but also their seafaring activities throughout the island’s history. It is a huge museum with three stories. You should definitely devote at least a couple of hours of your time in order to take full advantage of this modern and elegant cultural landmark.