Ayia Napa has retained its village feel and remains one of the safest places in the Mediterranean boasting a very low crime rate. Many have discovered the quiet side of Ayia Napa Protaras, falling in love with it and making it their permanent residence. Ayia Napa offers many things to see and do, below are just some:
Ayia Napa’s new sculpture park was created in 2014 with the aim of being one of the most beautiful attractions in Cyprus. The park continues to grow with more works being added every winter by talented international, well known artists. Enjoy the open air and take in the cultural wonders of the park.
Cape Greco was designated as a National Forest Park in 1993. It is an unspoilt area with great natural beauty with each season bringing a new unique look. It is an oasis of tranquillity nestled midway between Ayia Napa and Protaras. The park is also a game reserve with hunting prohibited. Foxes, hares and hedgehogs are common and over 80 species of birds, including many migratory species have been spotted. Visitors are also likely to see Lizards and a large variety of butterflies.
Profitis Elias Church
Profitis Elias church was built in 1984 on a rock situated on the hill in Protaras. With a total 156 steps to climb up to the church, that offers stunning views of Protaras and its surroundings. There are trees of remembrance that sit close by – a local custom is to tie something to one of the branches in remembrance of a loved one.
The beach is considered one of the most exotic on the island and it’s been awarded the EU Blue Flag. The sea is shallow and crystal clear, while the surrounding area is filled with palm trees and subtropical plants. The beach, which runs the length of its own cove, takes its name from the small islet of Nissi located close to the coast.
Ayia Napa Monastery
Once nestled in a forest and visited only by hunters, Ayia Napa Monastery features a church, a hiding place, and a well from the Byzantine and Venetian eras. The monastery you see today was constructed in the 15th century. Unlike most churches and monasteries in Cyprus, this one has survived the Ottoman rule.
Festival of Agricultural Culture
The festival involves participation of local companies as well as the promotion of Cypriot dishes of Cypriot culture. Through this festival, locals and tourists will get acquainted with Cypriot dishes and will be informed about European and national programs co-funded by the EU and the Republic of Cyprus. In addition, lectures and speeches will be held on the Agency’s grant measures.
Summer Wine Festival in Protaras
The Summer Wine festival has been held for the past 2 years. It provides the chance to taste wines from 27 different producers and 11 different countries, the festival gives you the opportunity to try and taste wine in the warm Mediterranean summer.
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