One of the most beautiful attractions of Ayia Napa has to be the harbour located just off Nissi Avenue, a central point of the resort. Whether you are here on a holiday with your friends, a solo traveller or here as a family, the harbour has a lot to offer for everybody. It is relatively small, compared to some other harbours such as Paphos’ harbour. But it has some great features, which made the harbour my favourite place to chill and relax.
Ayia Napa harbour has a range of boat tours on offer, with some pretty unique features. Come and sit with pirates on The Black Pearl, including Jack Sparrow himself. A great family trip for all, with chances to swim, train to be a pirate and enjoy good food. Or take a trip on the yellow submarine, visit the beautiful sea caves and do some diving. Or if you are in the mood for an unforgettable party experience, take a look at Ayia Napa’s Famous Party Boat. All of these boats and more are available throughout the majority of summer and can cost as little as 10 euros in some cases.
As well as boat tours, Ayia Napa harbour has a range of restaurants surrounding it. Whilst there are some typical harbour fish restaurants such as Ocean Basket, great for those who love seafood. However, if you are not a big fan of seafood, you will find a range of restaurants just a short walk from the harbour itself. There are greek tavernas, pubs, ice cream parlours, some beach bars and Liminaki restaurant which is right on the harbour. Here you can pay a small fee to the hotel to eat there. One of my other favourite restaurants is Jello. This restaurant pretty much offers everything you could want from Brunch, wraps, pizza, sushi, sandwiches and tons more. They also make amazing fresh juices and iced lattes. One of the best parts of Ayia Napa is no matter where you go there is tons of choice and you usually get value for money.
While the harbour is a great place for wining and dining, for me the harbour became one of my favourite places to chill especially after a long day. This was for one reason in particular, which for me makes living abroad worthy in every place. In the day the sea is a luscious blue. But as the evening draws close, the sunset here is insane. Cyprus sunsets are my favourite and as the sun sets over the harbour you will be mesmerised by beautiful golden and pink tones in the sky. Whether you take a by the sea or walk along the promenade to the famous Luna Park, there is something peaceful about Ayia Napa sunsets. While at night you can see the lights from the harbour restaurants and bars. And if it is a particularly nice bar you are looking for, you can take a short stroll along the harbour front to Paradisos Beach. Here you can eat, have some great food and find a great place to sunbathe.
Follow the path along the harbour from Paradisos and you can easily walk up to Ayia Napa’s famous sculpture park, a collection of some of the islands best artists work, with much inspired by Greek mythology. And the best part is entry is free. Here is also another beautiful place to watch the sunset, with the horizon spanning across the whole of Ayia Napa.
Or perhaps you want to see some artwork but are not a great fan of walking so far. Just before you come to the harbourfront, you will find a beautiful church with some of the most amazing artwork I have ever seen: Agios Georgios Chapel. Here you can see some of the most amazing paintings of religious figures.
So if you are staying in Ayia Napa, I fully recommend that you take a look at the beautiful Ayia Napa Harbour. Here you will find a whole range of things to do. Within just a small distance from everything central to Ayia Napa, you do not want to give this a miss!
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