Ayia Napa is a big resort with loads going on day and night throughout the summer. There are shops with everything from souvenirs and beach wear to jewellery and designer label fashion.
You can bungee jump, ride the slingshot, ride a bucking bronco or scuba dive. You can go to a beach party, a pool party, a foam party, on a boat trip or a bar crawl. There are hairdressers, tattooists’, beauticians and gyms, as well as dance classes and fitness instructors.
Ayia Napa has a police station, a radio station and a primary school. It has a 14th century monastery, a museum and several churches. There are sea caves, a national forest park area and bicycle paths.
As with any town you will also find florists, mechanics, bakeries, computer shops, camera shops, dentists, doctors, betting shops, estate agents, travel agents, insurance companies and many other businesses.
The Summer in Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa has a different personality for each month of the year. In January most tourist venues are closed, it's often a little cloudy and pretty quiet. February you see business owners bustling to make preparations for the summer season and in March a few places start to open up and it also starts to warm up.
April is the start of the tourist season and also when the first of the workers usually arrive and this carries on through into May with lots of opening parties. From January to May, nationalities and age groups are very mixed, people from all over Europe, Russia, and the middle east and everyone from families to the very elderly all have a good time together.
Through June and July the average age drops dramatically and this is a very popular time for British visitors and hardcore clubbers. Big events and celebrity appearances happen a lot during these months. August is still very busy but more families arrive and a wider range of nationalities come to Ayia Napa in this month. It is also when most Cypriots have their holidays and head to the coastal resorts.
In September, the pace slows a little and it's a lovely chilled out month. The heat loses it's ferocity a little as temperatures drop back to around 30 degrees. The age groups start to creep up a little again as Ayia Napa gets a little calmer and heading into late September and October some bars and clubs will close for the season.
By late October virtually all of Ayia Napa is closed with just a few venues entertaining the small amount of tourists who arrive at this time of year. From November onwards older people from northern Europe start to arrive for their long winter holidays and enjoy the mild winter weather. A handful of bars stay open mostly at weekends during the winter months with several clubs opening just for the Christmas season.