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 music 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.
The Ayia Napa Bar Scene.......
The busiest part of Ayia Napa at night is the area around the main square and the strip (Ayias Mavris) The bars in these areas and on the side roads are usually packed by 11pm and this is where the music is loud, sitting down is a no-no and the atmosphere is electric.
Everything from Dubstep, Trance, Party, Rock, and everything in between can be heard as the streets throng with the pre-club crowd. Expect dancing on the bars, lots of exposed flesh and plenty of flirting. Ayia Napa is a sexy place in the summer and the hours of midnight until 4 am is when things get hot. People spill out of bars all over the centre of Ayia Napa turning the streets into one big party.
If you're looking for cheap drinks in Ayia Napa......
For cheap drinks in Ayia Napa there are 2 main areas where prices are low. The first one is on the main strip as you come away from the square down past Carwash Disco. Bars such as Simos Magic, Sea Cavern and Craigs all offer drinks from €2.
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 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.
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.
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 so popular 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.
Events in Ayia Napa
Ayia Napa has loads of events going on all summer. As well as most clubs having a regular schedule of club nights, foam parties and paint parties, there are weekly bar crawls and beach parties plus special events, live performances, concerts and shows throughout peak season.
There are currently 2 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. New for 2015 are street parties in Ayia Napa's iconic main square which has been re-branded as "Circus Square".
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 and Addicted to Bass also hold club nights in Ayia Napa.