Cyprus, Ayia Napa

Cyprus trip : Day 2 & 3

We made it to Cyprus! After our unplanned sleepover in Oslo, we were happy we had lost only about 18 hours. Given that there aren’t daily flights between Oslo and Larnaca, our worst fear had been what if the next flight was in three days? 😰 Luckily, Norwegian  airlines put us on an early morning flight the next day & we were back on track! 😎 
We picked up our car from Larnaca airport and drove straight to the Stamatia Hotel at Ayia Napa, by the Pantachou Beach. I have some really nice things to say about the staff here who helped us get in touch with the local personnel and changed our booking dates without any extra fees, isn’t that so very service-minded of them?! We predictably spent most of our two days by the pool and in the shallow sea, which was perfect for me since I’m not a very confident swimmer. And at 30ºC, these tepid waters were all we needed!

We lunched at the Ocean Basket both days, their seafood and sushi were simply to die for! A first for us was their olive cake,  with alternate layers of pastry, cream and olive jam, so yumm 🤤 Dinners were relatively okayish in comparison, although we selected some of the more famous meat restaurants. We didn’t let ourselves be too disappointed – we made up by gorging tons of guilt-free gelato 😆


For Mr.A and I a little bit of sightseeing is always on the agenda. On our second morning we were up at 5:30 to watch the sun go up at the Sunrise Beach, which lays claim to the first sunrise of Europe! Might be true, maybe not, but serene nevertheless. The Ayia Napa Sculpture Park was a good surprise with many artistic works. We also drove around the seaside to check out Cape Greco for its cliffs & sea caves. Cliff divers were having a grand time as we cheered them on! The Monachus Monachus Arch is a natural sea arch that the wind and waves have carved out over millions of years. Reminded us of the Twelve Apostles in Australia. We climbed a steep flight of steps up to the Ayios Elias Church in Protaras, and took in the sights from the hilltop. Following the customs of the church, we tied ribbons and made wishes upon them…what a romantic thought to trust your faith upon little strings of satin…

As evening fell, we were back walking the streets at Ayia Napa, watching people and enjoying the cooler atmosphere. We came by an amusement park agog with frolickers having a go at roller coasters, giant wheels, bungee jumps and an insane 360degee spinner called Booster. As luck would have it, we chanced upon a free viewing of traditional Greek dance performance put up by troupes from Cyprus and Greece. What an authentic experience! Mr.A found a little kitty by the bushes and contemplated for a while if we should adopt it right then & there, but better sense prevailed 😉 After getting mandatory couple photos snapped at the I ❤ Ayia Napa sign in the city center,  we capped the night with more gelatos and called it a day🍦 😊

Next stop : Paphos, another resort town in the southwest of Cyprus!

13 thoughts on “Cyprus, Ayia Napa

  1. I used to visit Paphos and also walk in Troodos mountains. It’s a great place. You two are living the dream. Good for you. Your happiness and enthusiasm is so apparent in your posts. 😎

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    • Oh Helen, that’s the sweetest thing you could have said to me! It’s so easy to want more and forget to be thankful for the opportunities we get, thanks for reminding me, it truly is a dream 😌
      Have a wonderful day!

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  3. You seem to have enjoyed Cyprus. I went there (in the midst of UN Blue helmets military convoys) centuries ago as a child and I seem to remember only endless greek ruins and statues… 😦
    The church looks familiar. Was that in Larnaka?


    • Enjoyed thoroughly!
      Your visit must have been interesting, too, or was the environment tense at the time? I hardly noticed any Greek statues, but there were Roman ruins. Do take a look at my other post about Paphos, Cyprus.

      The church in the picture is the Ayios Elias Church in Protaras, perched on a hilltop it allows rambling views of land and sea 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by. There’s none better than a curious visitor 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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      • Thank you. You too. Cjecked your Paphos post. Nice. Hadn’t gone there. The environment was tense. This was in 67, only a few years before the Turkish invasion. So to go from the Greek to the Turkish zone, one had to drive inside a convoy escorted by UN military vehicles… 🙂

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