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Ayia Napa or Agia Napa, as is now a popular spelling, is the young persons Mecca of the Eastern Mediterranean. It competes with Ibiza for the title of club capital and in season the town throbs and sweats at night and recovers during the day. It has all the trappings of a tourist resort including a permanent funfair, a 24 hour McDonalds and plenty of pubs and karaoke venues. Sounds dreadful, but in fact it is quite a fun place as long as you are young. Nearby is the more upmarket Protaras, which enjoys the facilities without the incessant boom of late night bass and drums and the glare of the strobe lights and laser shows.
To find out more about Ayia Napa as a holiday destination you will find general information about Ayia Napa and Protaras by following the link, whilst here self catering villas in Ayia Napa and apartments can be seen, or if you prefer a hotel either as a bed and breakfast or full board option there are plenty of hotels in Ayia Napa and Protaras ranging from five star to backpackers hostel types. The nearest airport to the resort is Larnaca, which is far more convenient than Paphos airport, a good two hours transfer away. To find out about flight both scheduled and charter, see our cheap offers and special flights page.
The most popular form of transport in and around Ayia Napa is the 50cc scooter, with quad bikes and noisy motorbikes coming in a close second. Unless you are staying right out of town it is unlikely you will need a car, especially if you intend to party the nights away at the many clubs in town. You may want to arrange a transfer from the airport though. Clubbing is a way of life in Napa and many people never see the full sun during the whole of their holiday, just the sunrise over the bay, which is a pretty sight as you jolly back to your accommodation trying to avoid the broken glasses which miraculously disappear by the time you are ready to do it all again the next evening.
Many of the clubs can be seen here
In the winter Ayia Napa is pretty quiet. There is a slight burst of life around Christmas and the new year, but as it is a resort town the months of January to March are pretty dead with a lot of empty accommodation, so if you are looking for a cheap winter getaway in a climate that even in its worst winter blues can compete with a short English summer you may find a good deal from one of the hotels which stays open the whole year round.
The weather patterns can be a bit unpredictable in winter but all through the summer it is just sun, heat and more sun. The range of temperature is from a sweltering 82 °C (28°F) down to a respectable 11 °C (52 °F) at its worst.
Getting married in Ayia Napa is very easy, many people fit it in with their annual holiday. If you want to get wed in a pretty setting, the monastery gardens are lovely and the whole affair can be much cheaper than doing it at home.
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