Ayia Napa in Greek language means "sacred forest." According to local legend, in ancient times, the region was covered with dense forests, where there were only hunters from nearby villages.
About 11 century AD, a hunter discovered a cave in the forest icon of the Mother of God, and then in the early 16 century around a monastery was built in honor of the Virgin Mary. Before Mr. 1790 neighborhood Ayia Napa were not inhabited by people. The first settlers of the area were former residents of Thessaloniki, which started the history of the village of Ayia Napa.
This beautiful water park, designed in the style of ancient Greek mythological subjects, can offer its visitors all kinds of water attractions. It is worth noting that the security is paid great attention, so that you can be sure about their child.
This unique children's amusement park will offer everything you need for your children. A huge number of attractions for children of all ages.
Entertainment center for children and adults Parko Paliatso first opened its doors to visitors in August 1999. It all started with a few small attractions such as circuit, carousels, etc. Over the years of its existence, this recreation park has not only gained universal popularity, but has also grown significantly. Today you will find there not only a lot of different attractions, many of which are whole complexes, but also restaurants, snack bars, a swimming pool and much more. Your children fully enjoy themselves on more than 25 attractions of the latest generation.
Parko Paliatso located in the heart of the tourist area in Ayia Napa and operated by members of the founding family. Today Parko Paliatso is the largest amusement park not only in Ayia Napa but also on the whole island. It is located in an area of 25.000 square meters. Ample parking is ready to receive up to 200 cars simultaneously.
Particularly noteworthy are the safety standards applied in Parko Paliatso. Leading engineers and specialists in the field of child safety work on the creation of each attarktsiona. Their majority was designed in Italy. You can explore a variety of security certificates on the spot in the Parko Paliatso.
In this museum you will find a truly unique collection of instruments of the Stone and Bronze Ages have been found in excavations nearby. This museum is definitely worth a visit all lovers of antiquities.
The church keeps the veil of St. Veronica, which she handed going to Golgotha Jesus Christ.
This unique tree stands near the center of Ayia Napa. Tourists like to think here of desire and tied ribbons.
These unique caves, by the very nature of the rocks really look like a medieval castle. The majestic bastions and porticoes give the impression that you are somewhere in the Middle Ages, and now there will be knights.
Spread over 400 hectares in the Municipality of Ayia Napa - one of the most beautiful places on the island. Cape Greco is famous for the wild rocky coast where you can find rare plants and amazingly clear water unusually azure.
This museum is housed in City Hall, his exposure is small, but very interesting. Here you can see the shells of mollusks, a variety of fish and sea turtles.
The History of Municipal Maritime Museum "Thalassa" in Ayia Napa originates in 1984, when George Tornaritis founded in Ayia Napa "Museum of the sea of life." In 1992 year the museum under the influence of Dimitris Pieridisa was converted into a municipal museum of marine life, and then in 2006 year - the Museum of the sea, "Thalassa".
A place for a museum dedicated to the possessions of the Hellenic god Poseidon, was not chosen by chance - the seaside town of Ayia Napa, the lion's share of the profits which is produced with the help of sea, sun and sandy beaches. The museum is located in one of the buildings owned by the municipality. Ayia Napa has spent on the modernization of the museum 3 million. CYP.
The museum's collections are arranged on three levels. All of them deserve to dedicate them some of his vremeni.Pervy level of the exposition of paintings by local artists, a collection of paleontological finds okamelostey, shells, corals.
At the main level of the museum is the main exhibit - "Kyrenia-Elephtery" - an exact copy of the ancient Greek ship that sank at the end of 4 century BC. e. off the coast of Northern Cyprus. In 1965, Andreas Karjelu, a sailor and seabird catcher, discovered at the bottom of the sea the ship's skeleton and 80 amphorae. Career managed with the help of a simple photographic apparatus to take pictures of his findings, and after that he picked up several amphora from the bottom. The find was so serious that the authorities interfered. In 1968, work began on lifting the ship. When the lifting work was completed, the question arose about cleaning and preserving five tons of wood, 75% of water and a wet sponge. In one of the back rooms of the Kerinia fortress, a kind of pool was arranged, where the parts of the ship were placed. There they were thoroughly washed and cleaned of salt and sand. The details of the vessel, which had already passed the purification phase, were placed on special disks in fresh water, where they waited for chemical treatment.
Within two years, specialists of different branches of science, applying a lot of effort, made suitable for the assembly until recently warped six thousand pieces of disparate vessel.
Now this ancient ship is stored in the Kerinia Fortress (on the territory of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). And by the beginning of the 2004 Olympiad, an exact replica of this ancient merchant ship was built. A unique experiment of world significance related to the study of loading and laying amphoras and other cargoes on an ancient ship was held in the old port of Limassol. All the work was done according to the original program developed by the Cultural Center of Kerinia-Chrisokawa in cooperation and under the supervision of American marine archaeologists Susan Katz and Lane Sovini. Exact copies of the 388 ancient amphorae and 29 millstones made from volcanic stone, as well as other items transported by the ancient ships, were loaded onto the "Kerinia-Elefteria" - an exact copy of the ship sunk off the coast of Kerinia and found four decades ago.
In 2004 the city - in the year of Cyprus joining the European Union - "Kyrenia - Eleftheria" was the main exhibit of the Maritime Museum in Ayia Napa.
No less interesting is a replica of a boat "papirella" - a Greek vessel middle Stone Age. There is also a large collection of archaeological finds of the ancient Cypriot periods: vases, figurines, masks and other artifacts.
On the lower level there is a huge collection of exhibits: stuffed marine mammals, birds, turtles, life-size, fossilized skeletons of fish and other marine organisms. Especially note the owners of the museum, that "all the exhibits were collected after their natural death in its natural environment." No inhabitant of the sea lost his life just to be in the museum.
In one of the halls of the museum Cypriot historians and archaeologists have recreated the seabed such as it was in the time of dinosaurs (130-65 million years ago). Among the exhibits - petrified for many centuries the inhabitants of the sea, unusual mollusks and "stuffed" the fish (if you can call it that).
In one of the rooms recreated a fragment of the life of the sea turtle. The curators of the museum decided to reflect one of the most important moments of the life of a snail - laying eggs in the sand.
"Thalassa" offers visitors the statues of idols, vases, sculptures, ceramics, dedicated to marine theme carved utensils dating back to 9000 BC - 1878 of n..e. The museum has paintings by the Cypriot and Greek marine painters of XIX and XX centuries.
Most of the exhibits can be seen on TV, but only here can face nose to nose with a toothy shark or outlandish fish off the coast of Cyprus lived millions of years ago.
In addition to the above, you will see in a museum stuffed seabirds admire the starfish and sea urchins. Photos and videos of the sea will help to understand the mysteries of the deep sea. The museum has a small gift shop. The inhabitants of the deep sea - crabs, lobsters, corals, crustaceans, sea sponges, shells - are waiting for you at the Maritime Museum "Thalassa".
Location Museum "Thalassa"Ayia Napa Street. Leoforos Kryou Nerou, 14.
Hours of operationMonday - closed Tuesday - up to 18.00 22.00, Wednesday-Sunday - 09.00-13.00, 18.00-22.00. In winter - closed Sunday.
Entrance ticket: 3 euros.
This most famous beach in the region, and possibly the whole island. A long strip of white sand filled to overflowing summer vacationers, so sometimes difficult to get close to the water. Nissi Beach features a rocky islet located in the shallows near the beach, where you can walk along the sandy shore.
The pride of Ayia Napa is the monastery of the XVI century with a marble fountain and a chapel Latins. Convent of the era of the Venetian government, which was erected in honor of the Virgin Mary around the 1500 1978, and has been operating as an Ecumenical Conference Centre serving the church as Cyprus and the Middle East.
According to one of the legends, in the 6th century in the cave, where the church is now located, one hunter found the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin. This image began to be called "The Icon of Ayia Napa", and huge masses of pilgrims began to come to worship. The name Ayia Napa in translation means "holy forest" because a long time ago the place where the city and the surroundings now covers the dense forest, and the saint because of the icon. The cave in which the icon was located for many years served as a safe hiding place for people. The legend says that, once, people hiding here from pirates, after a long stay in it, died of thirst, they prayed to the Theotokos to help them. After the prayer the Virgin Mary appeared and showed a source of fresh water to the dungeon. This source still quenches people's thirst.
In the XIV century the cave was turned into a church. Above the church door is lined with stone socket, the church itself consists of two buildings, which are connected by pointed arches. In the XVI century, one room was used as a Catholic chapel, its walls have survived the remnants of murals. The monastery courtyard is the main entrance, which consists of three parallel passages. In the courtyard there is an octagonal fountain, decorated with garlands, depicting people, vases with flowers, animals, and it is covered with a dome supported by four pillars.
Once the monastery came a young girl from a wealthy Venetian family who did not want to marry without love, and who has decided to become a nun. Thanks to her in a monastery appeared fountain and two-storey building. Before 1668 the monastery of Agia Napa was exclusively female. After 1668, the monastery became a male. In 1758 the monastery was closed. Only in 1800 in the monastery again settled three monks. In 1813 the monastery of Agia Napa has been completely renovated.
After a while, next to the monastery there was a small village, which has become quite a large town, and took its name from the monastery - Agia Napa.
Now the monastery complex of Ayia Napa is composed of the church, a domed gazebo with a fountain (fountain does not work), a two-story tower and a fragment of a stone wall-strengthening. Notably tree growing right in front of the historical complex. Giant tree - sycamore with his massive trunk and strong branches that are so heavy that they have erected for special support.
Another church of Ayia Napa, have modern, located very close to the monastery. She is also named in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is believed that this church is the miraculous icon of the Virgin, which helps women get rid of severe illness, and find the joy of motherhood.
If you want to meet with Cypriot traditions recommend to visit rural house on the monastery square. The house is built of mud bricks in the traditional Cypriot style with antique furniture.
Want a thrill? Then you just here. 45 meters of free fall is not a joke.