AYIA NAPA Not to be Missed Places /Activities

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What is there to see and do in Ayia Napa

The word "Limanaki" in Greek means a small harbour and there are many fishing boats side by side, private yachts and large day-cruisers. The harbour is on a sheltered headland and at the other side of it there is the other white sandy beach similar to that of the Nissi Bay.

So, by reaching the harbour of Ayia Napa I come across the "Black Pearl" pirate boat. It stands out and it is truly beautiful. It sails daily from this harbour from 11.30 – 3.30 pm. Ideal for all ages and guarantees a pleasant sailing trip with much live entertainment. This time I managed to get some information about the sailing excursion and when I return again in September I will arrange to come and have fun. It assures an experience not to be missed and guarantees a step in the past where pirates ruled the high seas

If somebody wants to join call here: + 357 99 574148.

Opposite the harbour there are different fish tavernas.  One can find fresh fish but don't expect them to be that cheap. Usually fresh fish is expensive but fish food is always expensive no matter where you are. Ask for a carafe instead of bottled wine because the latter costs a lot. Cyprus boasts for its excellent quality wine so why bother to buy bottled since you can find just as good much cheaper!!

I come to the square and I take a picture of the chapel and then I move towards the other beautiful white sandy beach of Ayia Napa. There are kiosks scattered here and there trying to attract holiday-makers and inform them about their daily boat trips.

The Yellow Submarine is very popular and I approach to get a brochure. Adults pay 10 and children 5 euros and it promises clear view (there are 30 windows underwater). The submarine approaches the caves found in the outskirts of Protaras and claims to have a divers' spectacular show. The trip lasts 90 minutes.

Ayia Napa is not only a paradise for lovers of the sea, water sports and nightlife. There is more in the area to see like the medieval monastery at the centre of Ayia Napa, the hundreds of windmills in the sprawling fields and the many Byzantine churches in the Paralimni-Protaras region.

I will dedicate an entry to these medieval churches when I write about Protaras which is my next destination but I am writing a few things about the imposing medieval monastery which I visited later on when I walked passed the touristy area with restaurants and hotel apartments. I have several other entries on my pages about Ayia Napa but I always like to visit this medieval church every time I am here.

The 16th century monastery is surrounded by a high wall enclosure and the church is partially underground, carved into the rock. The ancient sycamore tree that grows in front of the south gate is believed to be over 600 years old.

Of course there is the “Thalassa” Marine Museum which I visited some years back when we came here with the choir and I urge visitors to pay a visit. Its theme is the sea and the marine heritage of Cyprus from prehistoric times to the present.

( http://www.pieridesfoundation.com.cy/main/default.aspx?tabid=49 )

Find more about the free organized walks from the Tourist information office.

Tel: +357 23721796 after 10:00 a.m.

This region is the main potato-producing area on the island and is known as “Kokkinochoria” meaning “Red Soil Villages,” thanks to the fertile red earth in which they are grown.

Have in mind that during summer Ayia Napa is one of the most popular summer resorts on the island where in the summer evenings everybody gravitates to the city square which is the centre of night-life, clubs and restaurants. Personally I prefer coming here much earlier than holiday-makers to avoid crowds (end of April and May) and then again the end of September till October. Youngsters however come in June and July and Cypriots bombard the resorts with their families in August and I am thankful to be away.
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