Ayia Napa Holidays for the Family

For some, Ayia Napa is the Benidorm of Southern Europe – a nowheresville strip of bars and nightclubs where party-going Britons in their 20s and 30s dance all night and sleep all morning, waking to a pint of London Pride and a big English fry-up.

But the coastal resort at the eastern edge of Cyrpus is undergoing a renaissance of late, with a glowing review just this month in the Independent that extols the town’s charms — did you know there was an ancient monastery in the middle of Ayia Napa? — and promoting it as an affordable destination for families.

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And if you’d forgotten, or are unfamiliar with the place, the coastal resort has long stretches of white-sand beaches – some of the cleanest in Europe, in fact, with the most ‘Blue Flag’ beaches per coastline length in the world – and miles of turquoise-coloured waters. But that’s not all; there are plenty of family-friendly activities within its environs, as well as charming restaurants for a romantic escape from the kids.

But first some ways to keep the family entertained if the beaches aren’t enough. From nearby Cape Greco, which is a national park, incredible vistas await from the rocky cliffs that are perched high above the beaches. The area is also home to the country’s version of the Loch Ness Monster, with sightings over the years of a prehistoric ‘sea monster’ that locals assure tourists is not only real, but also friendly. See if you and the kids can find him as you gaze out to sea!

Ayia Napa is additionally home to a vibrant folk dance scene, particularly ‘sirtaki’ – an ancient dance that townspeople performed in mass in 2007, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. You could go and see a performance, or enjoy plenty of shopping too – not just t-shirt shops, but high-end boutiques if you want to pick up some quality items. After all that retail therapy, cool down at the waterpark with the kids, which is said to be Europe’s largest.

Young boys and girls who love history can explore ancient tombs and a local museum featuring Cypriot and Greek artwork. These are just a handful of reasons Ayia Napa holidays in 2013 are not just for party-goers but also for parties of families looking for relaxation, culture, fun and time at the beach, all at an affordable price. So this should definitely be one for your bucket list this year!

Young boys and girls who love history can explore ancient tombs and a local museum featuring Cypriot and Greek artwork. These are just a handful of reasons Ayia Napa holidays in 2013 are not just for party-goers but also for parties of families looking for relaxation, culture, fun and time at the beach, all at an affordable price. So this should definitely be one for your bucket list this year!

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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