Holidaymakers don't really go to Ayia Napa for its history and heritage, but for the sun, sea and night-life. Ayia Napa is in the Famagusta district and has a population of around 3,000 although that number swells by a factor of ten in the summer season.
Famed for its beaches and celebrated night clubs it was only after 1974 and the Turkish takeover of nearby resort at Famagusta was closed down that tourists in large numbers headed to neighbouring Ayia Napa.
In recent years has changed from a family holiday destination to a party hotspot, like Ibiza attracting youngsters from all over Europe for the climate, beaches and the club culture that has developed.
Hotels of all shapes and sizes abound in and around Ayia Napa and its outskirts. At the top end are the five star hotels for best quality and facilities. Most five star hotels open all year round. Many hotels are block booked with travel companies and the summer season usually starts March/April and goes through to late October.
Many hotels have 24 hour reception service so no matter what time you arrive someone will all ways be there to meet you when you eventually arrive, even if your flight is delayed. All hotels have regular room service and at least twice-weekly change of linen.
Hotels and restaurants levy a 10 per cent service charge on all bills, so tipping is not necessary but will be appreciated.
There is a huge number of restaurants and cafes in Ayia Napa, most turning out tourist fodder. They can be found tightly packed around the newly revamped harbour and all along the seashore with tables spilling out onto the streets. Expect high prices for indifferent food.
The night-life and entertainment in Ayia Napa is like no other. There are clubs and bars with music to suit most tastes for anyone under 30 years. Bars are not for the faint-hearted or those looking for a quiet drink. The resort is always busy. Not really the place for children.
Noted Ayia Napa bars include the Bedrock Inn, with its Flintstones theme and staff dressed as cavemen, and the Castel Club,- the biggest in Ayia Napa with three rooms playing different music.
There are plenty of banks and cash machines in Ayia Napa. Exchange services are dotted everywhere and many places will accept UK money if a small tip is thrown in. All major banks open from 08:30 to 12:30 and some open in the afternoons for two days in the week.
The Cyprus country code is 357 so to dial Cyprus from the UK it's
UK dial out 00 + 357 +area code + local number
Cyprus area codes are:
|22 Nicosia||23 Famagusta||24 Larnaca|
|25 Limassol||25 Platres||26 Paphos|
Ayia Napa local numbers (23):
There is a range of Cyprus-wide hotline numbers to get help or report stuff .
|Emergency: 112||Police Hotline: 1460||British Police: 1443|
|Hospitals: 1400||Forest Fires: 1407||Narcotics Helpline: 1410|
|Drug Unit: 1498||Domestic Violence: 1440||Night Chemists:1403|
|Larnaca: 24 630300||Limassol: 25 330333||Nicosia: 22 451111|
|Paralimni: 23 821211||Paphos: 26 240111||*Emergency aid is free|
|Larnaca: 24 643000||Paphos: 26 422833|
Cyprus Tourism Organization
|Ayia Napa: 23 721100||Nicosia: 22 37715|
Cyprus Hotel Association
|Ayia Napa: 23 721275||Nicosia: 22 445251|