Holidays to Nissi Beach take you to a quieter patch of party-hard Ayia Napa. You get unspoiled beaches, a deluge of water sports, and Europe’s biggest waterpark right on your doorstep.
A quiet customer
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.
Blue Flag beach
The white-sand stretch here is one of the world’s top 10 beaches. It gently shelves into the crystal-clear water and stays shallow a good way out, so it’s great for paddling. The place is a two parter – there’s one end that’s nice and quiet, or you’ve got a busier spot that deals in full-on beach parties. Either way, you'll get a deluge of watersports to play with.
A family-friendly resort
Nissi Beach plays to families. In the resort itself you’ve got two go-kart tracks and a clutch of restaurants that serve up kids’ menus and play areas. From the harbour, you can take the Black Pearl pirate ship for a trip to the dramatic caves of Cape Greco. And then there’s Europe’s biggest waterpark, WaterWorld, literally five minutes up the road.
Close to Famagusta
Forty five minutes’ drive and you’re at Famagusta. Once home to 365 churches, the town is like an open-air museum, with Byzantine basilicas, Medieval cathedrals and a citadel called Othello’s Castle. North of here, you can wander around the Roman ruins of Salamis, Cyprus’ answer to Pompeii. And you can also take a peek at the ghost town of Varosha – abandoned in the Seventies, it’s been frozen in time.
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