The resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras have plenty to keep visitors entertained from morning until night during the summer months. From sunbathing to shopping, boat trips to nightclubbing, there is something for everyone.
Shopping is a must whilst on holiday here and you can find everything from souvenirs and beach wear to jewellery and designer fashion labels. For more selection, spend a day in the local town of Paralimni or head to Larnaca, where you’ll find a great variety of international shops.
Treat yourself to a day of pampering at one of the many beauticians, nail spas or hairdressers. Many hotels also offer gymnasiums dance and fitness classes if you want to work on your beach body whilst away.
If you’re feeling adventurous, make sure you visit the Ayia Napa Luna Park, the exhilarating Waterworld Waterpark, or have a go on one of the many watersports available at the beach.
Go star shaped on gorgeous beaches, soak up some nature, be a culture vulture or dance till dawn. Whatever activities you’re looking for, Ayia Napa and Protaras will not disappoint.
For a fun day out, Waterworld Waterpark is a must for all ages. Located in the resort of Ayia Napa, this award winning waterpark is the largest themed waterpark in Europe and one of the most popular attractions in Cyprus.
The park theme is based on ancient Greek Mythology and features more than 21 exhilarating rides that cater for both adults and children. Main attractions include the Poseidon wave pool, Aeolos whirlpool and the lazy river which runs around the park. For those seeking an adrenalin rush, try out the Kamikaze slides or the thrilling Drop to Atlantis.
Aside from the main rides there are also a number of smaller activity pools and attractions which are great for smaller children.
There are a wide variety of snack bars and restaurants throughout the park, including fast food, local and international dishes and an ice-cream parlor.
Visitors to the waterpark also benefit from free parking, changing rooms, sunbeds and umbrellas. Lockers are also available to rent. All lifeguards are fully trained and a first aid is available if required.
The park is open daily throughout the summer from 10am – 6pm.
Parko Paliatso fun fair is located in the heart of Ayia Napa, on Nissi Avenue. Open since 1999, the fair is the largest in Cyprus and currently features over 25 attractions and rides for children of all ages.
For young children there a rides including bumper cars and boats, a roller coaster, spinning tea-cups, trampolines and mini wheels, along with a large indoor play area.
Older children can enjoy a great selection of thrilling rides such as the pirate ship, haunted house and the Ferris wheel which offers great views of the resort, especially at night.
For those seeking and adrenalin rush, the most popular attractions are the Sling Shot, an ejection seat ride which catapults riders 80 metres into the sky in just 2 seconds and the 60 metre high Bunjee Jump which maintains a 100% safety record.
More traditional fairground attractions and games are also available within the park and tokens are available for all rides. The park has plenty of parking and features a selection of cafeterias and fast food options for dining and refreshments.
The Park is open daily throughout the summer from the afternoon until 01:00 AM.
The Protaras coastline has lots to offer both above and under the water. The area has 10 diving sites and a number of Padi 5 star diving centres offering a personal service for scuba divers of all levels.
Much of the diving around Cyprus is accessible from the shore, meaning there is no need to spend valuable holiday time heading out in a boat. For divers with families, who perhaps only want to spend a couple of hours a day away from their partners and children, this can be a real advantage over other resorts where you may be away for the entire day. Most scuba centres also offer a transfer pick-up service from your accommodation.
Although not Red Sea diving the Cyprus coastline has great opportunities for both new and experienced divers. The coast in Cyprus offers great underwater viewing with an array of sea life, stunning underwater caves with octopus, lobster and cuttlefish and a good visibility of 20m plus. For more experienced divers, deep dives such as the Zenobia Ship Wreck are popular options. The Zenovia remains a complete ship, including 107 trucks on its decks of this Roll on Roll off ferry which is now home to a multitude of fish.
With crystal clear waters and water temperatures remaining pleasantly above 25C well into October, Cyprus has a longer diving season than most of its competitors nearby.
Both Ayia Napa and Protaras offer a great selection of boat trips that run daily throughout the summer. Whether you fancy a day of relaxation or a lively boat party cruise, there is something to suit everyone. Below is a selection of just a few of the fantastic boat trips on offer:
The Black Pearl – Offering a great day our for all the family, the Black Pearl pirate ship is one of the most popular boat trips in the area. Both children and adults will be entertained by the Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew who provide swashbuckling entertainment and games including a treasure hunt. The boat makes two stops for swimming and lunch is included in the price, with a bar also available onboard. The Black Pearl sails daily from Ayia Napa Harbour. Advance booking is highly recommended and private charter trips for parties and wedding receptions are also available.
Daily Cruises – For a more relaxing day out to the spectacular coastline, why not try one of the many daily cruises that depart from Ayia Napa and Protaras. Sailing along the south-easterly coastline, boats visit pass from all the main bays and beaches including the Ayia Napa sea caves, Palatia cliff diving site, Cape Greco, Konnos Bay-Blue Lagoon, Fig Tree Bay and the Ghost Town of Famagusta. Swimming and snorkeling stops are available along the way with plenty of time for sunbathing. Food and drink facilities are available on board and trips range from 2-5 hours.
Fantasy Boat Party – One of Ayia Napa’s longest running excursions, the Fantasy Boat Party is the ultimate party boat, offering music, fun and entertainment to those looking for a great time.
Treat yourself to a cruise around the local waters whilst enjoying superb entertainment from the crew who whip the crowd into a frenzy of excitement and alcohol. Music from national and international DJ’s will have you dancing until the early hours whilst enjoying the beautiful coastline. Sailing several times a week, the 5 hour party cruise departs late afternoon from Ayia Napa harbour, returning late at night.
Located in Protaras, the Magic Dancing Waters is a spectacular show featuring a combination of dancing waters, laser show, volcano eruptions, fire and smoke.
The impressive show which lasts for approximately 1 hour offers a unique and imaginative experience of water dancing to the rhythm of the music, whirling up to 12 metres high and making amazing patterns. Combined with the lava, laser, fire and smoke, it is an enjoyable show for all ages.
Sit and have dinner or just enjoy a drink at the bar whilst enjoying the show. Magic Dancing Waters is located in the centre of Protaras and open daily throughout the summer. It caters for parties and corporate events and groups discounts are available.
MUSAN is an underwater forest, the first of its kind in the world. Consisting of over 93 artworks some of which are in the form of trees, others which are figurative in nature.
The artworks, in particular those which represent trees, are designed to attract marine life on a large scale and as such will develop organically. These installations will be placed at various depths from the sea floor to its surface and will be laid out to resemble a path through a dense underwater forest. Some of the tree forms will float just beneath the surface so that the whole structure provides a complex environment for marine life at all levels.
Marine life in the Mediterranean Sea has been seriously depleted over the last 20 years. The area in which the museum will be sited is currently a barren stretch of sand within a marine protected area. The sculptural forest made from inert pH neutral materials will attract a wide variety of marine flora and fauna. It will be sited within 200m of the Aiya Napa coastline and be accessible to both divers and snorkellers.
Among the sculpted trees children can be seen playing. They remind us of our need for the natural world as a place to explore, discover and fire our imaginations. Over the last 50 years children have become more excluded from the wild places that once existed. The forest children, camera in hand as they play hide-and-seek in the woods, point their lenses at the human race. They hope for a future in which the mystery and magic of nature will return. The need to re-wild our oceans is as pressing as the need to re-establish our connection to the natural world.
All of de Caires Taylor’s works are part of an eco-art movement in which the artwork interacts with its surroundings and evolves in unpredictable ways. There is no final product, but an ever-changing seascape. Eventually the work of nature will supplant the work of the artist. The sculpted trees and the children that play amongst them will be consumed and colonised by marine biomass, providing food and shelter for a variety of creatures but importably reminding us that we are natural ourselves.