In this post, you will find our guide to travel to Ayia Napa and Larnaca in Cyprus, one of the most popular and beautiful areas on the coast of Cyprus. If you want to know more before or during your trip to this place, read on. What to see in Ayia Napa, what to see in Larnaca and its surroundings, what to do, where to sleep, Ayia Napa beaches, how to get around and much more.
- 1 A little bit of information about Ayia Napa and Larnaca
- 2 What to see in Larnaca.
- 3 What to see in Ayia Napa.
- 4 Important information to plan your trip to Ayia Napa and Larnaca
A little bit of information about Ayia Napa and Larnaca
Ayia Napa and Larnaca are located in the south-east of the island of Cyprus, one of the most beautiful coasts of the island.
Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus and also has the most important international airport on the island. Founded by the Phoenicians hundreds of years ago, it was formerly known as Citio. Larnaca is also known as “Skala”, which means “ladder”, referring to its status in history as an important port. Traveling to Larnaca is a must during your visit to Cyprus.
To the east of the city, we can find the area of Ayia Napa, which until the 70s was a modest town focused on agriculture, crafts and fishing. However, after the Turkish invasion, the large mass of tourists who formerly visited the area that today is occupied have moved to this new area. With a large number of beaches perfect for taking a bath and enjoy with family or friends, it has also been awarded for their cleanliness and facilities by the European Union. These beaches are a wonder in the eyes of whoever looks at them. You can also do some water sports such as skiing, windsurfing, diving and much more. If you like the beach, then you can not stop visiting Ayia Napa.
What to see in Larnaca.
Church of Saint Lazarus:
In the center of Larnaca, we find this church dating from the ninth century. According to the Orthodox religion, after the resurrection of Christ Lazarus was forced to flee and took refuge in Cyprus where he was appointed first Bishop of Quitim (now Larnaca). It is said that he lived for more than 30 years here and was buried where this church is now.
2. The historical center of Larnaca:
As in the other cities of the country, the mere fact of getting lost in the streets of Larnaca is already an excellent idea. A trip to Larnaca will not be complete if you do not walk around freely.
3. Zenobia Wreck:
If you like the sea and the underwater world, we recommend you visit this wreck of a ship sunken in 1980. It is in incredible conditions and you can still see the trucks and objects that it was transporting. You can see it as diving or also as a snorkel on good visibility days. To reach it, it is necessary to jump it a boat by paying for a tour; it is quite far from the coast.
What to see in Ayia Napa.
The Beaches of Ayia Napa
Crystal clear waters, white sand, and turquoise sea make this area one of the most visited on the island. It is very important that you travel to Ayia Napa on your visit to Cyprus, especially if you want to relax and enjoy these beautiful coasts. Tourist cities full of resorts and hotels have been developed that allow visitors to be near the beaches and enjoy a well-deserved relax on the beaches of Ayia Napa.
It is one of the most popular nevertheless the fashion of putting sun umbrellas has taken away a little its beauty. Literally, all the sand is full of them. The water is calm and the view of the sea is beautiful.
Our favorite among those we visited. Its biggest attraction is a sand crossing to a large rock from which you can appreciate breathtaking views of the area and, if you want to, do some cliff jumping. The water is calm on one of its sides because this rock stops the waves, creating a huge natural pool. On the other side of the sandbar, you can practice water sports. It is also the most popular among young people because of the several bars that surround it.
Vathia Gonia Beach:
One of the postcards of Cyprus: a narrow protected cove and the favorite of families with children for their tranquility.
The options are many! You can stop at different places on the coast and you will always find a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy.
Many natural paths in the area will take you to breathtaking views of the cliffs and the Mediterranean Sea. When traveling to Ayia Napa you must visit this beautiful place.
Several natural caves extend along the coast of Ayia Napa to Cavo Greco. During days with calm sea or low tide, you can enter up to 70 meters into the rock. The most popular are The Palace and The Smugglers.
The Blue Lagoon:
A perfect place for taking a bath. The bay is protected from the wind so its waters are very calm and crystal clear. The rock backgrounds are awesome.
There are two stone arches in the area. Monachus Monachus (Love Bridge) and Kamara Tou Koraka.
Important information to plan your trip to Ayia Napa and Larnaca
Best time to visit Ayia Napa and Larnaca
The climate of the island is the Mediterranean so like other cities in this are the best time to visit Ayia Napa and Larnaca is between April and June, and between September and October.
For more information regarding the climate of the city, please visit our post of Cyprus.
How to get to Ayia Napa
Larnaca has its own international airport, so it is a point of entry to the Island of Cyprus if you come to the country. To go from the airport to the city you can:
- Lease a car in advance to get better prices.
- Take a taxi (approximately 15 euros). You can book it in advance and secure the price.
- On the outskirts of the airport, several local buses pass going to the city center. Ask the airport workers the best way to get to the bus stop.
As Larnaca is one of the largest cities in the country, you can find bus transportation from other cities on the island. Here we leave you the link of the most popular company on the island.
You can also enter the Cyprusbybus website.
Despite the fact that parking options are scarce in the city center, if you walk away a bit you can find free parking on the streets. Just worry about not parking on a yellow line. For more information on car rentals, visit our Cyprus article here.
How to move around Ayia Napa and Larnaca
If you look at the map of the island, you can see some thick lines that look like borders separating the area of Ayia Napa from Larnaca, the closest city to the area. However, there is no danger, crossing or prohibition in the passage between both places. The division is for an area under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom; they have a military base there.
Most of the people choose to start the route of the beaches from Larnaca, the largest city in the area.
The biggest attraction in the area are the beaches and there is a street that runs throughout the coast. There are public buses that take you from one area to another without major problems, however, they do not reach the Cavo Greco peninsula. To visit this area you would have to walk.
It is by far the best option, more comfortable and that will give you the total freedom to make the stops you want in the area, which will always surprise you with its streams and turquoise waters. The parking lots on the beach are free and you can always find free spots. Here we tell you our best tips for renting a car abroad.
Accommodation in Larnaca and Ayia Napa
You can choose the beach that you like the most and book your accommodation here. There are several resorts and also rent apartments and hostels in some of the coastal cities. The most important thing is to stay close to the beach that you prefer, that will make the alternatives decrease. For example, Nissi Beach has a party vibe and is more popular with young people; while Vathia Gonia Beach has a family atmosphere and is the favorite to go with children for its calm waters.
However, most of the people make a base in the city of Larnaca because the prices are cheaper than in Ayia Napa, and move for the day to the beaches in a rented car.
Where to eat in Ayia Napa and Larnaca
On the beaches, there are bars and restaurants, but the prices can be quite high due to the location of these. If you are travel with a small budget, in the main street (Nissi Ave) are also several places who offers typical food.
In the case of Larnaca, the historic center is full of international and local restaurants.
For more information on the typical dishes and schedules, please visit our post of Cyprus in this link.
Shopping in Ayia Napa and Larnaca
In Larnaca, we find the same style of objects and prices as in other large cities such as Limassol and Nicosia, the shops as always are in the historic center of the city.
We do not recommend making purchases on the beaches. The variety of objects to buy is small and the prices are higher than in the rest of the island.
Scams and dangers in Ayia Napa and Larnaca
There are no dangers beyond the common in terms of theft of unattended objects. Just be careful with your things.
In general, there are no many thefts on the beaches and you can take a bath while leaving your thing in the sand. But, in any case, it is always better not to leave your things alone for so long or go far away from them. Just use your common sense.