Ayia Napa, on the Eastern coast of Cyprus, is one of Europe’s premier party destinations. But this Cypriot gem offers much more than legendary nightlife.
While Ayia Napa’s reputation was built on the back of unforgettable parties, one-of-a-kind nightclubs, and bustling dancefloors, the town offers plenty in the way of nature, adventure, and culture, too.
From pulse-pounding water sports experiences to unbelievable architecture and sculpture, there’s lots to see and do. So, whether you’re going for the parties but looking for something to fill your days, or taking a tourist trip to make the most of what Cyprus has to offer, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
And, best of all, they’re all in easy reach of the most popular beaches and resorts, meaning you’ll be able to create a jam-packed schedule that gives you a holiday you’ll remember forever.
Let’s get straight into it. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Ayia Napa, no matter what you enjoy most.
For the adrenaline junkie
Ayia Napa is a perfect destination for people looking to get their heart pumping, with plenty of exciting experiences to get involved in.
What is it? A huge Ancient Greece themed water park with slides, wave pools, and more.
Where is it? Just west of Ayia Napa’s centre, by the Dome Beach, around 10-minutes away by car from Ayia Napa Harbour.
Why go? WaterWorld is an award-winning waterpark with 35 different rides and attractions to explore, perfect for a full-day activity.
A 4WD tour
What is it? The chance to see some of Cyprus’ best sights in a thrilling off-road tour.
Where is it? There are lots of individual four-wheel drive tour options to choose from, with several setting off from the centre of Ayia Napa.
Why go? The areas surrounding Ayia Napa are full of natural beauty, and how better to see them than in a speedy, versatile 4×4 that can take your tour off-road.
For the culture vulture
Looking for a hit of culture? Ayia Napa has plenty to offer, despite what you might expect based on its reputation. Here are the highlights.
Ayia Napa Sculpture Park
What is it? An outdoor park overlooking the sea, home to over a hundred sculptures of mythical beasts, ancient gods, and more.
Where is it? On the eastern outskirts of the town, a five-minute drive or 30-minute walk from the harbour.
Why go? The range of sculptures dotted across the park are made by artists from all around the world, and the sea views only improve the experience.
Ayia Napa Monastery
What is it? A beautiful monastery built in the 16th century, now home to a museum and courtyard garden.
Where is it? Just off Ayia Napa’s main square, in the centre of the town.
Why go? The monastery building is impressive enough to justify a visit, but the museum inside goes further by adding a dose of cultural context.
For the party animal
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Senior Frog’s Ayia Napa
What is it? An iconic bar, easily recognised by the giant frog heads on the roof and well known for hosting some of the best nights in town.
Where is it? Just opposite the town hall, on one of Ayia Napa’s main party streets.
Why go? Senior Frog’s gets rated as one of the best bars in Ayia Napa for a reason, with friendly staff, great drinks, and some unforgettable events.
The Castle Club
What is it? One of Ayia Napa’s longest-standing nightclubs, bound to offer a lively night.
Where is it? In the centre of town, nestled in the main nightlife area near the monastery.
Why go? The Castle Club was established in 1988, but the venue has evolved some since then. It’s now home to three separate rooms playing diverse music, holding up to 4,000 in total.
For the nature lover
Cyprus is a beautiful island, and Ayia Napa is home to some of its best spots. If you’re craving some nature, check out these highlights.
What is it? Arguably Ayia Napa’s prettiest beach, known for its white sand and crystal clear water.
Where is it? A 10-minute drive west of the town centre, right next to Ayia Napa Island.
Why go? To sunbathe, to swim, to enjoy some water sport activities, or simply to take in the scenery. Or, if you’re inclined, to attend one of the famous Nissi Beach summer parties.
Cape Greco National Forest Park
What is it? A sprawling national park featuring walking trails, lagoons, and plenty of wildlife.
Where is it? On the very southern tip of Cyprus, just a 10-minute drive from Ayia Napa.
Why go? Cape Greco offers some of Cyprus’ best natural beauty, with stunning views and countless trails to hike along.
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What is it? A network of coastal caves featuring dramatic, and now iconic, views of rugged cliffs and clear waters.
Where is it? East of the town centre, just before you reach Cape Greco.
Why go? The views from Ayia Napa’s Sea Caves have to be seen (or photographed) to be believed. And it’s also popular with divers and cliff jumpers, if that’s your thing.
Ayia Napa Marina
What is it? Ayia Napa’s primary marina where you’ll find resorts, restaurants, and beaches.
Where is it? A few minutes’ drive west of the centre, near some of the most popular beaches.
Why go? Ayia Napa Marina has plenty to offer in terms of food, drink, and beaches, but you’ll want to set yourself up in front of the stunning Marina Tower, Ayia Napa’s answer to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, for the best shot.
Can I do everything?
As you can see, there’s more than enough to keep you busy in Ayia Napa, whether you’re a party animal or a culture lover. The question you’re probably asking yourself is, ‘how do I fit it all in?’.
One of the best ways, giving you plenty of time to explore everything the town has to offer in your own time, is to spend a season working in Ayia Napa. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a special summer, whether before you head off to university or to take a career break.
There are plenty of summer jobs in Ayia Napa to choose from, including working a bar, DJing, or selling tickets. Check them out now and get your application in early for next Summer.