The headland of Cavo Greco (Greek Cape) is located between Ayia Napa and Protaras. Its secluded location makes it an ideal hideaway for romantic couples while its crystal clear blue waters are over 6 metres deep in the shallowest area. Despite the soaring temperatures, the water remains cool making it a refreshing stop for those trying to escape the heat. Many boat trips stop here for a swimming break.
The church of Ayia Thekla is one of the oldest spots in the area dating back to the Middle Ages. It sites in a peaceful setting, fronted by the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by natural flora. A small sandy beach also lays here with a tiny island just of the shore that keeps the waves away. Ayia Thekla is perfect for those who seek the privacy and seclusion of a residential area but still want to be within easy reach of the 4 major resorts and towns of the area.
The calm and beautiful beach of Makronissos is located approximately 4-5 km west of Ayia Napa. It is also host to the historical site of "Necropolis" (City of the Dead) with its 20 different tombs from the Neolithic era. The site is open daily and it's free of charge.
|Ayia Napa Monastery:
The Ayia Napa Monastery was founded in the 16th Century. Its tranquil courtyard and marble fountain offer a cool respite from the world outside.
Other places worth a visit:
The Marine Life Museum: Situated in the town hall in the centre of Ayia Napa and it inclused fish fossils dating back 225 million years, photographs of marine life, as well as a reconstruction of the seabed during the time of dinosaurs. Founded in 1992, it was the first museum of its kind in Cyprus.
Another must visit is the impressive "Thalassa Museum" which hosts a remarkable full-size replica of the famous Kyrenia ship, a 4th century trading vessel that sank off the coast of Kyrenia and was discovered there by divers 40 years ago.
West of the town hall and the monastery is the "Ayia Mavri Monolith". Legend dictates that any sick person passing through the hole in the middle of this pillar will be cured.