Many bars and restaurants have wi-fi available for customers. Most will be password protected with log-ins changed daily so you need to go in and buy something to be able to use it. Some will not be password protected so networks can sometimes be picked up outside. You will see people sat on corners and kerbs with their laptops, I-pads and phones in areas where you can pick up wi-fi for free. You can buy a wifi access password for a month at a time from Short Circuit internet shop which is on the main strip.
There are a few places around town where you can use the internet cheaply. On the main strip there is Arena Sports café which has internet and also serves food including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Short Circuit is on the same road and is a basic internet access shop. There is a further small internet shop just off Nissi Avenue down the hill from Aqua Club.
If you want to update your wardrobe you can buy fairly cheap clothes, swim wear and shoes in Ayia Napa as well as designer items if you earn enough! Vavel, near the traffic lights, has fashion items at low prices. There are a couple of shops by the harbour which also have a good selection. Along Nissi Avenue there are clothes shops every 100 metres or so and there is also a Shoebox store which is very cheap for fashion footwear.
If you really need new clothes there are several stores including New Look, ASOS and Tesco clothes who all deliver to Cyprus although you will need to find someone who will let you use their address for delivery.
There are two options in Ayia Napa for getting your clothes cleaned; self service launderettes and full service laundry.
Self service launderettes, where you put your coins and washing powder in the machine and wait for it to run, can take up quite a bit of time and be boring. You can wait an hour for it to wash then put it in the dryer and wait for it to dry so it will take a while. It is cheap though and you can clean your clothes at any time of the day or night. Self service launderettes can be found near the bottom of the main strip, on the top road above the square, round the corner from senior frogs and opposite Aqua Club.
If you don’t have the time or patience to sit and wait then Cinderella’s full service laundry will wash, dry, fold and bag your laundry. This is a bit more expensive than the self service machines. Cinderella’s is located behind the square, next to Fresh café bar.
Ayia Napa has loads of small supermarkets and kiosks which sell pretty much everything you might need. They can be quite expensive though and are aimed at tourists rather than workers.
There are a few bigger shops where you will find lower prices on food and drinks. Plus supermarket is to the east of the town centre, towards Grecian bay, there is also a smaller Plus on Nissi Avenue, in the town centre. Best Buy is located near the harbour and also by Sandy Bay.
Incredible Universe is a large shop on Nissi Avenue by McDonalds which sells a bit of everything including food, drink and toiletries as well as cleaning products and beach items, and has very good prices on most things.
For fruit and vegetables, there are 2 fruit markets (greengrocers) which sell the freshest produce at the best prices. One is located above the square behind Ambeli Tavern & Norway pub, the other is on Nissi Avenue towards Sandy bay.
For more choice and lower prices, the supermarkets in Paralimni village are better. You can reach Paralimni by bus (service 501 is quickest) or get a few of you together and share a taxi for around €8. Paralimni has a Lidl, open everyday until 9pm, a big Carrefour and Kokkinos supermarkets.
Mobile Phones & Phoning Home
Cyprus’s main mobile phone networks are Cyta- Vodafone, MTN, and Primetel. Both Cyta and MTN have pay as you go sim cards for sale in most tourist shops around Ayia Napa and are very cheap, between €5 and €10 and include some credit.
It is much cheaper to get a local sim card to call home or to make local calls than to use your sim card from home. UK networks are particularly expensive when making calls from abroad. You can also buy phone cards to use in public telephone boxes although there are not so many public phones around anymore.
For more information on local sim card packages visit the following sites
MTN MOBILE SIM CARD PACKAGE
CYTA MOBILE SIM CARD PACKAGE
Don’t bring expensive smart phones with you to Ayia Napa if you are planning to work. There is a very high chance you will lose it, break it or it will be stolen. Many workers share accommodation with people they don’t know very well and there are no safety deposit boxes. You can’t keep your phone on you 24/7 as there will be times you’re in a pool, in the sea or in the shower and you will have to leave it somewhere. Buy a basic phone that makes calls and sends texts, you can usually buy these in any country for around €20-€30. If you feel lost without all your apps you’re probably not having a good enough time and making the most of being in Ayia Napa.
You may want to consider getting some transport to get around town, especially if you are a ticket seller and need to cover a good few miles each day. Mopeds and quad bikes can be rented on a monthly basis from several rental shops in town. They are usually available from early April but often all rented out by late May – early June.
Mopeds usually cost from €150 a month and quads around €250 a month although they may cost more at high season. We recommend Easy Riders Rentals next to the Senator Apartments. Workers vehicles are usually older and less pretty than the newer ones that get rented to tourists.
You will need a driving license and may need to leave your passport as security. Any damages you make to the vehicle would need to be paid for so don’t drink and drive. Wear your helmet! (saves lives as well as saving you money in fines) see the Health and safety section for more information on driving in Ayia Napa.
Restaurants and Eating Out
Most restaurants in Ayia Napa are aimed at tourists and are out of the budgets of most workers. In general workers don’t cook and many live on noodles, burgers and snacks.
There are a few cheap places to eat where you can get a decent meal for a good price. Here are just a few of the options -
Acuna – opposite castle club - Jacket potatoes, kebabs, burgers etc Mr Jacket – Next to Acuna – similar menu
Zorbas Bakery – Nissi Avenue - Pizza, pies, sandwiches, salads
Pizza Hut – Makarios Avenue - All you can eat for around €7 McDonalds – Nissi Avenue KFC - Makarios Avenue
The Caramelized Onion – By the traffic lights – Kebabs, Greek food Ocean basket – at the harbour – Fish & Chips around €6
Elysian Inn – down the hill from Aqua – main meals from around €6 Elma kebab – near Senator apartments – kebabs & meals from €5 Hungry Horse – top road – Cypriot meals from €6
Three Lions – top road – pub style meals from €6
Kahlua Bar – on the strip – breakfasts, sandwiches etc
Arena café – on the strip – breakfast, lunch, snacks etc
Some larger restaurants will give a discount for workers of up to 50% so it is worth asking if any discounts are available. Some restaurants will only give discounts to workers they know so ask your boss and other workers for recommendations.
There are a couple of gyms in Ayia Napa. Overall Magic fitness centre at the Pambos Magic / Club Aqua complex, Return Gym behind Three Lions Pub, World Gym towards the back of Ayia Napa and New Famagusta hotel gym.
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