Nissi Bay in Cyprus is situated about 3 kilometres to the west of Ayia Napa and a good holiday destination to choose if you prefer a little more of a ‘relaxed’ beach holiday, but near enough to Ayia Napa and its attractions – namely its buzzing nightlife.
This resort area is within easy reach of great sandy beaches, there is a choice of accommodation to suit most everyone and is suitable for couples and families. Many of the apartment complexes have swimming pools and play areas for children, snack bars, restaurants facilities and activities for their guests.
You will want to spend time on the beaches; Nissi Beach has fine white sand and lovely clear waters to bathe in, it is a popular beach in the main season with the ‘younger’ tourist. You can hire sun-loungers, umbrellas and enjoy the sun-sea and sand.
Approximately 400m from Nissi Beach area you will find Sandy Bay which is popular with families.
At most of the main beaches you will find a wide range of water based activities/sports from paddle boats, windsurfing, jet skiing and bungee jumping etc. Nearby you will find shops selling newspapers and any necessary beach items. There is plenty for you to do in and around this holiday area. You may find the loud music coming from some of the bars around the beach in the peak season somewhat irritating, for those of you, explore a little further along the coastal paths to find a quiet place. There is a Water park a short distance away which might be of interest, all the family can have an exciting day out enjoying the slides and various rides/entertainments on offer.
Nighttimes can be spent around the resort area where you will find a selection of restaurants and eateries, as you wander around there is something to suit most pockets and tastes. Nearby Ayia Napa has a lot to offer, with an abundance of restaurants and bars where you can get anything from fish n chips to a Greek meze - near the harbour you will find fish restaurants, some offering food and music evenings which are very popular. With snack bars, ice-cream and fresh juice venues as well as sandwich bars there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
There are lots of shops to browse around in the evenings- most of the shops are open until late it is a very busy place in the peak holiday season with tourists and locals alike. Ayia Napa is renowned for its nightlife the whole place comes alive at night. There are quieter areas to be found where you can enjoy some refreshments away from the hub of the square and its famous bars and nightlife.
If you are in Ayia Napa at night (mainly up in the ‘square area’) you will probably get approached by promoters offering tickets for free shots or ‘cheap’ shots of alcohol to encourage you into their particular bar. They are all competing for your business with music, themed bars etc. It really is worth going up to the square to ‘experience’ the night atmosphere.
You will find one or two very nice cocktail bars where you can relax awhile and try something different they also serve some nice deserts! I sat in a bar and watched the ‘younger’ holidaymakers been fired about a 150ft up in the air from an attraction next to the McDonald restaurant- not for the faint-hearted! If you enjoy karaoke there are bars to suit you too.
Whether you want to hire a cycle or motorbike/scooter to get around all are available in the resort areas as are hire cars for those of you wishing to explore more of the island.
You will find boat trips, bus excursions, bookable in Ayia Napa and some of the holiday resorts as well.
Transfer time to the Nissi Bay area from Larnaca airport is around 55minutes.
Currency - Euro
Author: Amy Banks