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When to visit Ayia Napa
The busiest time of year in Ayia Napa is late June until early August when there are around 8 weeks of madness. Big events with top name acts, worldwide DJ's and special guest appearances all happen during this time.
The summer season in Ayia Napa actually runs from April until October so if you come outside the peak times you will still find plenty going on. Most bars and clubs open up during April or May and most don't close until October.
Making the most of Ayia Napa.
Most of the bars around the main square and strip in Ayia Napa open at around 8pm. They don't get busy though until around 11pm. This doesn't mean that you should stay in your hotel or power nap until that time, it just means that you can wind into your night and find the best offers on drinks. Many bars will do happy hours before 11pm and many do buy one get one free plus free shots or give out free club entry passes.
Earlier in the evening the bars that have cheap drink offers and sit down table service tend to be busier than the party bars in the town centre. Bars at the bottom end of the strip, along Nissi Avenue and towards the harbour are also popular with those starting the night off, families, couples and those wanting a bit more of a quiet night.
Once the party bars in the square and on the strip get going at around 11pm, it gets very busy with people spilling out onto the streets and all sorts of music blasting out as bars compete with each other to attract crowds.
The clubs open at around 1am but some bars go on serving drinks until 3am or later, although they can't play loud after 1.30am. Most clubs will offer free entry if you go in early and most bars will give out free entry tickets to clubs when you buy a drink. Ayia Napa clubs usually close around 5am with a couple of late clubs staying open until 7 or 8am.
If you're looking for cheap drinks in Ayia Napa...
Heading away from the square in the opposite direction towards Ayia Napa harbour, bars such as Golden Arrow, Tommys, and Queen Vic have similar prices. Now you do get what you pay for so don't expect these bars to be in any way upmarket or trendy. They might be showing the X-factor or football. They might have families with kids in them and they might have a rather dubious music policy, But if cheap drinks is what you want then that's what you'll get.
Or if you prefer more sophisticated bars .......
Drinks are slightly more expensive in these bars but still good value for money with proper measures of real spirits and an exotic selection of luxury brands and cocktails. Perfect to pick up the pre-club buzz, and also very popular among non-drinkers for their huge selection of speciality juices and coffees, these bars attract a mix of nationalities and ages.
Clubs in Ayia Napa......
Ayia Napa has 12 clubs. Castle, Ice, Aqua, Black N White, Carwash. Starskys, River Reggae, Soho, Shuffle, Sin, Blue Moon and Macronissos Beach Club. Most of the clubs in Ayia Napa open around 1am and close about 5am, with the exception of River Reggae and Club Aqua which are both open until well after sunrise.
There are top international club nights, special events and parties and international superstar DJ's on almost every night from June through till August with most clubs being full every night during these months. Some clubs open as early as the start of April and a couple are open well into November. One or two clubs including Black and White usually open at weekends during the winter months.
Many clubs offer free entry if you go in when they first open and also in low season (May-June and September-October) but during high season you can pay up to €25 entrance fee depending on what events or club nights are on. All clubs have PR's who often have discount entrance tickets and certain bars will give you free entry passes to a selection of clubs as well.
Events in Ayia Napa
There are currently 3 bar crawls to choose from in Ayia Napa, and no holiday is complete without joining at least one. A night of entertainment, fun and games and lots of drinking in the bars of Ayia Napa are followed by one or two club visits. Party Hard is the longest running Bar Crawl and Ayia Napa's biggest, often taking several hundred people around Ayia Napa each week. Mayhem is Ayia Napa's only Saturday night bar crawl and is the messiest one in town. The Zombie Experience apocalypse crawl is a horror themed pub crawl with lots of entertainment.
Weekly beach parties take place at Macronissos Beach club with Kandi Beach Party being one of the biggest events on the island. Featuring live performances every week this is one Ayia Napa event which gets bigger and better each year. Beach Cult events also hold huge events at the beach club during peak season with some of the hottest artists in the music industry.
International brands such as Ministry of Sound, Addicted to Bass and Hed Kandi also hold club nights in Ayia Napa.
Dress Code in Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa is a pretty casual kind of place and as it is so hot for most of the year, most people, male and female will be wearing shorts and a vest or top of some description at night. Anything goes though so if you want to dress up smarter then do. Dresses and heels for the ladies are not a common sight in peak season but you do see more people dressed up to impress earlier and again later in the season. Fancy Dress is also a common sight. Party Britain are our recommended on-line supplier of costumes and fancy dress accessories for your Ayia Napa holiday.
Ayia Napa has over 150 places to eat with something to suit every taste and budget, from fine dining to fast food. Enjoy fresh seafood, sumptuous meze, tasty kebabs and good food from around the world.
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Things to do
Whether you're looking for a laid back, relaxed holiday or a crazy week of partying, Ayia Napa has loads of activities both day and night to make amazing holiday memories.
Ayia Napa's beaches are stunning with golden sand and crystal clear seas. There are no less than 14 Blue Flag beaches to go star-shaped on.
Ayia Napa is famous for it's bars and there are around 90 to choose from. Our Bar Guide will help you find the best place to start your night out and where to keep the party going.
All About Ayia Napa
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Ayia Napa holds massive events and must do nights out all summer. Find out what top names are playing and don't miss a party or bar crawl with our guide to what's on.
Bar Crawls are a must do feature on any partying holiday and Ayia Napa will not disappoint!
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Enhance that holiday feeling by cruising along the stunning coastline under a clear blue sky. Choose from lazy day trips, party boats, adventure tours or a pirate ship.
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Beach Parties in Ayia Napa are huge. Top name acts perform live at stunning venues while you party under the stars. An Ayia Napa Must-Do.