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While the nightlife is what Ayia Napa is most famous for, there is so much more to this lovely Cyprus resort.

There are karaoke bars and nightclubs aplenty, it’s true, but also pretty cobbled streets, a superb medieval monastery and a charming upscale area set around the pretty harbour side. There are also no fewer than fourteen Blue Flag beaches.

Water-sports enthusiasts should head straight to Makronissos Beach, while families with smaller children will find that Sandy Beach ticks all the safety boxes.

As the sun goes down, this is a resort that truly comes to life. If you are looking for a classic clubbing experience, you won’t be disappointed, although there are also a wealth of coolly sophisticated beach bars that offer a more tranquil night out. Families will be delighted with the range of age-appropriate entertainment on offer too.

The capital, Nicosia, is around an hour’s drive away and is well worth a visit. It is a charming, quintessentially Cyprian town that offers ancient Venetian architecture, lovely churches and museums and plenty of great shopping. There are also a myriad of cafes providing traditional Cypriot fare, including delicious coffees.

If you are based in Ayia Napa but crave a quieter beach experience, this is easily found at nearby Nissi Beach. In the evenings this is a great place to chill out and watch the world go by. The beach itself is a quite delightful stretch of the whitest sand with a little island just off shore that attracts lots of people keen to try out the great facilities offered by its fabulous water-sports centre.

Just behind the seafront you will discover plenty of quaint little streets and gardens and a variety of tavernas offering freshly caught seafood, plus a good selection of supermarkets and shops. Just up the road is a huge water park - WaterWorld - which is a great day out for all the family.

Cyprus is located in the very south of the Mediterranean and therefore has one of the loveliest climates in Europe, with 340 sunny days every year. The mercury starts to rise in April, and by the height of summer the island sees temperatures in the 30s and sometimes even higher still. The autumn months are cooler, and this is therefore an ideal time to visit if you wish to explore Cyprus on foot or by bike. Cyprus experiences most of its rainier days between the months of December and March, but the temperatures remain pleasantly mild, and the rain seldom lasts for long.
 

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