Why Choose Ayia Napa for your holiday
Ayia Napa is a big busy resort with plenty of things to do. It is a great holiday choice for beach lovers especially, as it has several gorgeous blue flag beaches and crystal clear seas. Ayia Napa is famous for it's nightlife and during the busiest months of June, July and August it is a very popular destination for clubbing holidays. Families also are attracted to Ayia Napa for it's many family friendly amenities including the Parko Paliatso fun fair, Waterworld Waterworld Waterpark, the safe beaches and the numerous restaurants and entertainments.
Ayia Napa has great weather all year round but during the winter months of December to March, many hotels, bars and restaurants close and the resort has a very quiet atmosphere. The summer season starts up again by Easter and continues through to November. Ayia Napa is a suitable holiday destination for couples, groups of friends, families, singles and older people with facilities and entertainment for suit all ages, nationalities and energy levels.
When should you go to Ayia Napa?
The busiest time to visit Ayia Napa is from mid June until mid August. There is around 8 weeks of complete madness when the resort is packed and everywhere is busy. Big events are on, the weather is scorching and it really is the busy holiday season.
Ayia Napa is slowly becoming a more year round resort to take advantage of the 320+ days of sunshine a year but at present the months of December through to March are extremely quiet with very few bars, restaurants and hotels open. During March and April most venues and hotels start to open again and the season runs through into November. If you're looking for a quieter holiday, visit Ayia Napa in March to May or in September to November and you will find a much more chilled out relaxed atmosphere but still have the benefit of great weather and almost all the bars and other venues being open, but if you want a crazy party holiday then June, July and August is the time to go to Ayia Napa.
When is the best time to book your Ayia Napa Holiday
You can book your Ayia Napa holiday up to a year and a half in advance or leave it until the the day before you want to travel.
January and February are the busiest times for people to book their holidays to Ayia Napa. Demand is high at this time and travel companies will compete to offer the best deals. Prices can go up and down by the hour at this time of year though depending on supply and demand. The more people that are booking, the more airlines will charge for their flight seats but if it's a quiet day they may drop their prices a little to encourage people who have been looking to commit to actually making a booking.
Many airlines and travel companies will offer reduced holiday prices if you book your holiday before Christmas as this is their slow season. You may find a better deal by booking earlier before the mad rush when prices can shoot up, especially for the most popular dates in July. This also gives you longer to pay the holiday off and save up your holiday spending money.
You may be tempted to wait for a late deal and book your holiday nearer the summer, but as Ayia Napa is so popular, holiday prices can often be more expensive closer to the travel date as all the cheaper holidays have sold out by then and only the more expensive hotels and least popular dates are left.
If you want to travel outside the peak season dates (March- May and September-November) then you might find a cheap last minute deal, but if you want to secure your favourite hotel or the best flight times then book as soon as you find a price that are happy with.
How to book your Ayia Napa holiday?
It can be hard work booking your Ayia Napa holiday. There are so many hotels to choose from and so many different deals available. There are lots of places you can look to find the best deals.
It is now possible to search lots of airlines and lots of hotel booking websites at once to find and compare deals on flights and hotels in Ayia Napa. Skyscanner is one of the biggest flight search engines in the world and can scan loads of different airlines and routes to find the cheapest days to fly and the cheapest airlines. Travel Supermarket is another huge travel search engine where you can find the best deals on flights, hotels and package holidays to Ayia Napa. It's always worth checking these mega search engines out first before you book just in case there's a flight deal or airline you might have missed.
If you're flying from the UK then Jet2 and Thomas Cook often has some amazing late deals. Other places to check for cheap flights Lufthansa from Europe. For more information on which airlines have flights to Ayia Napa, take a look at our flight guide.
For finding the best hotel deals, Trivago searches over 200 booking sites at once and Hotelscombined are also worth a look. If you would rather stay in a private villa then Cyprus In The Sun has some gorgeous properties all over Ayia Napa. (Use discount code LAY for 5% off!)
On-line travel agents offer a whole range of mix and match flights and accommodation so you can put together the best flights and best hotels to create your ideal holiday with dates, flight times, duration and accommodation to suit you. One of the biggest UK travel agents is On The Beach, but if you're outside the UK then Expedia is one of the largest travel companies to create your own holiday package.
You can also find traditional package holidays with everything included from companies such as Olympic Holidays, Tui, Jet2 Holidays, and Thomas Cook.
If you do choose to book your flights and accommodation separately yourself then do check what financial protection is in place either through the travel company, on your credit card or on your travel insurance. Also make sure you check and double check that all your arrangements match up and are correct.
Booking Mistakes to Avoid.
Cheap flights aren't so much of a bargain if they're flying into Paphos which is at the other end of Cyprus from Ayia Napa. It will cost you around €140 in taxi fares each way and take around 2 and a half hours. The nearest airport to Ayia Napa is Larnaca which is only 45 minutes away and much cheaper to travel from. ( From €45 each way with our partners)
If you are travelling home on a night flight where you leave Cyprus in the early hours of the morning, you will generally have to vacate your room at lunchtime the day before so you will have a long wait around without anywhere to change or shower before your flight. It can be cheaper to book an extra night at the time of booking than to pay for a late check out once you get to Ayia Napa. Most hotels will have a luggage storage room though and some will have a shower room you can use.
If you arrive in Ayia Napa in the early hours of the morning, make sure your room is booked from the day before so you can go straight into it and not have to wait until mid afternoon for the usual check in time.
Check what luggage allowance, if any, is included in your flight tickets. Some airlines only include hand luggage and you need to pre-book and pay extra for your checked in suitcases at the time of booking.
Airport transfers from Larnaca airport to Ayia Napa itself are often not included with your holiday or are at an extra charge. If you are offered a shuttle bus/coach price and there are 4 or more people travelling, then a taxi will probably work out cheaper, (and quicker) View our Airport Transfers Guide for more information on the best ways to get from the airport to Ayia Napa.
Take a look at our Travel Checklist to make sure you have everything else you need.
Holiday Comparison Sites
There are several websites where you can compare prices on flights, accommodation and package holidays from lots of companies all in the one place. This can save you time and may find you a deal with a company you hadn't thought to check.
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