Ayia Napa is a Cypriot resort, with luxurious beaches and nature, a mild climate, and a lot of interesting places. The city has a very long history, but as a tourist place, it began to develop only in the eighties of the last century. In less than forty years, it has transformed from a small island town into one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean.
The ancient monastery.
In the thirteenth century, a hunter discovered an icon of the Mother of God in a cave, and a century later a monastery built on this site, giving rise to the city of the same name. Ayia Napa Monastery is now in excellent condition and its accessible to tourists. The monks no longer live there. The ancient walls, towering a kilometer from the Mediterranean Sea, and the internal buildings are a large ancient museum. Inside are collected household items of monks and church utensils. Another attraction of the monastery is a cool spring with clear water.
The bridge of lovers.
This is not a familiar narrow bridge, hung with locks in the latest wedding fashion, but its a small natural miracle. The miraculous bridge, a narrow rocky arch, hangs directly above the blue sea. The white bridge is clearly visible from the shores of the rocky bay. This is an ideal place for a photoshoot above the water itself. The views of the bridge are very fantastic. No wonder this place attracts tourists and honeymooners. You can drive to the cliffs by car or walk, walking a couple of kilometers along the sea.
This is another Mecca for photographers and lovers of relaxation near the coastal cliffs in Ayia Napa. This is a whole rocky cape, prominent in the sea and the adjacent reserve, the list is complemented by a lighthouse and a chapel. There is no access to the lighthouse, it is a strategic facility guarded by the military. But Ayia Anargiri’s chapel is a must-see. Having examined all the bizarre figures of the cape created by water and wind, taking a walk through the adjoining forest park, you can follow the path. It leads to the remains of the ancient Cypriot temple. Cycling routes and picnic areas are available on site.
The Thalassa Museum.
Cyprus came up with an interactive museum to attract the attention of tourists to the island’s maritime history. The central object is a full-size copy of an ancient merchant ship. The museum floor is transparent, and under it are the wreckage of sunken ancient ships, they are placed at different depths, and the effect of walking on the sea surface is created. It’s hard to imagine, but a small museum keeps shells and fossils of dinosaur times. Well, next to them is traditional Greek ceramics and local painting.
Night attraction of the resort. Of course, life here is raging in the daytime, but the high points of Club Street begin after sunset. Silent clubs during the day open the doors for those who wish to have fun until the morning. the whole street is flooded with neon lights and filled with vacationers. The whole street becomes one dance floor for fun people.
The snow-white old lighthouse rises on a cape at the end of the city promenade. You can take a picture and sit next to it on vacation. It is also a small rocky beach, so when you go sightseeing you can safely take beach accessories with you. The lighthouse is not big, but still faithfully serves the cause of safe navigation. The cape is one of the most romantic places in the city, ideal for walking and watching the sunset.
A large cave complex right in the central city bay. These caves are not for the Pirates, they are part of urban history. The secluded halls of natural caves have served as a reliable shelter for smugglers and travelers under the black flag for centuries. You can try to go down to the caves and look for real piastres. Or boarding the Black Pearl moored to the shore, making a pirate voyage along the city coast.
The remains of an ancient Roman aqueduct still used to supply water to the city monastery were excavated in the seventies of the last century. The Romans cut a two-meter water outlet in the rock. It came from a spring in the aqueduct and accumulated in a large tank located in the lowland. Good engineers have provided protection against debris and inappropriate water loss. In the twenty-first century, restoration work was carried out, the ancient aqueduct works as good as new.
“The rural house.”
The historical museum can be found in the square near the main city monastery. Rather, it is an exhibition of the life of the local population of the nineteenth century. This is really an average brick house with furniture, utensils, and things, in which an ordinary Cypriot family lived. Behind the house, as expected, there is an extensive courtyard with agricultural equipment of the appropriate time. The museum has a souvenir shop.
This attraction, located at some distance from the bustle of the city, is available for viewing only from autumn to spring. In summer, in the heat, the lake disappears, treacherously turning into a dry place. In winter and autumn, you can admire the picturesque lake, walking along the shore and not imagine that in the summer heat spiked here.