Larnaca region holidays have a bunch of feathers in their cap. The nightlife’s legendary, and Blue Flags are a given on almost every beach.
Blue Flag territory
Keep a tally using all of your fingers and toes, and you’ll still run out of digits to count up the Blue Flag beaches around here. There are more than 20 in total, with the bulk of them hitched alongside Protaras and Ayia Napa. Among them is Nissi Beach, where palm trees teeter above the sands and a watersports centre bobs in the bay.
The Larnaca region’s put in the hard yards to earn its place among Cyprus’ family holiday elite. Hotels have sprung up along the island’s east coast, ready to shepherd in the latest throng of chill-seekers from Larnaca International. And between lazy sessions in the sun, a meaty to-do list waits in the wings. The Hala Sultan Tekke mosque sits on the shores of a vast salt lake, and there’s an ancient monastery in Ayia Napa that breaks from the party town image.
Neon-lit Ayia Napa
Waterparks, pillow-soft sands, historic sites – Ayia Napa’s flush with the lot, and that’s before you’ve even considered the nightlife. Bars and restaurants do a roaring trade when the sun’s out, with beachgoers popping to the sea-view promenade for a tipple and a tasty bite. Later on, the volume dial’s spun around to full whack, and bars and clubs go big and brash for your attention.
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On Cyprus’ south-east corner, Ayia Napa – or just plain Napa to its die-hard fans – is a non-stop party resort. The place is legendary for its full-on beach parties and mega-clubs, but it’s not all neon and late nights. The quiet, cobbled streets, yacht-lined harbour and pavement cafes show off its softer side – and a Greek-themed waterpark on the doorstep brings out the family fun.
Believe it or not, there’s a calmer side to Ayia Napa – and it’s called Nissi Beach. Set on the southeast corner of Cyprus, this low-key resort within a resort is all about an A-list stretch of sand with a pile of bars and restaurants thrown in to keep it company. And if that’s not enough, you’ve got a whopper of a waterpark right on your doorstep as well.
Protaras has picked a stellar spot on Cyprus’ south-eastern coast – it’s lined with a band of six top-drawer beaches. Fig Tree Bay is the main event – this sand-blanketed spot features a pocket-sized islet within swimming distance. You’ve also got the likes of sheltered Green Bay, and golden-sand Louma Beach. A few footsteps away from the coast, you’ll find the main street, which is edged with a crowd-pleasing line-up of bars and restaurants.
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