the beach of Saint Thekla was great
There is a great sandy beach next to the chapel of Holy Thekla,in a distance of about 4km west of Agia Napa. There at the beach you will find a large carpark and a few restaurants and other facilities, this beach was the best that I could see from the road, the other great beaches - if there are any - might be next to the large hotels along the coastline, but I cant say anything about them.
Nissi Beach is the most popular beach in Ayia Napa and luckily for us, it was just across the road from our hotel.
As expected, the beach is pack out with holiday makers every day and there are the normal holiday water sports available - paragliding, jet skis, paddleboats etc
There are also a few shops nearby so once there, you don't need to leave the beach all day.
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"Welcome to Ayia Napa"
My recent trip to Ayia Napa was my 8th. I was totally surprised on how this fishing village turned into a clubber's paradise. Ayia Napa has changed its image over the years. Apart from being a family holiday destination, it has become a party capital just like Ibiza, Rimini and Mykonos.
Ayia Napa is a resort at the far eastern end of the south coast of the island of Cyprus, famous for its sandy beaches. The name Ayia Napa is derived from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name, located in the center of the town, next to the square which today is the clubbing center. The word Ayia or Agia means "holy" in Greek. The word "Napa" is archaic and it means "wooded - valley". In ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest.
The Square at the centre of the town is filled with restaurants, night clubs and shops, such as The Napa Castle Bar & Restaurant, The Castle Club, Black & White Club , Starskys , Club Ice, Play, Carwash & Bars such as Guru Bar, Pepper, Senior Frogs, Pirates, Sky Bar, Titanic, Hollywood, Bedrock Inn to name a few. The Square became the focal point of the Ayia Napa nightlife and that will show in some photos that I am posting here.
The Monastery of Ayia Napa.
"A few photos for you."
I have created a things to do tip for the wonderful old Monastery in Ayia Napa, but it only allows for a limited number of photographs so I have created this travelogue to allow me to post a few more.
As you can see, it certainly is a photogenic place.
This first photo shows the entrance.
I'm not sure exactly what this structure in the courtyard is, but the style is certainly not typically Cypriot. It undoubtedly owes more to the Venetians.
This photo shows the bell tower and part of the Church.
This is the entrance door to the "cave" Church.
This is the very ornate chandalier inside the Monastery church.
This photo shows some of the lovely flora in the courtyard of the Monastery.
Have a guess what these are? Got it? Actually, they are "bells" if that's the right word. You strike either the wood or the metal with another lump of metal, and it makes a surprisingly loud noise. I've seen them in operation in other monasteries in Cyprus where one monk will go round with a mobile version of these banging it to summon the other monks to prayer, meals or whatever.
And finally, the wonderful and huge 600 year old sycamore supposedly planted by the lady who initially endowed the monastery. It's amazing to stand under it and think of all the history it has seen.