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Guns & Butter: Ayia Napa, Cyprus Travel Guide

Anyia Napa Travel Guide is part of the Quest Around the Globe Trip Report.

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

Getting There: Take the bus from the airport. A private driver is far too expensive.

a green bus parked on a sidewalk

Why Avia Napa? 

Ayia Napa is the lazy choice for where to go in Cyprus. After running around, St. Petersburg and Moscow, I wanted an easy trip. Here’s what I did in the limited time I was there:

  • Beaches

I only had two days in Ayia Napa, just enough time to visit the popular beaches but not enough time to lounge.

    • Nissi Beach: In my next life when I’m not a frantic travel blogger that only stays in a city for 3 nights before fleeing to the next (see ThePointsOfLife Travel Philosophy), I will return to Nissi Beach, stay at the hotel on-site, and do nothing for a week.

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    • Fig Tree Bay: In my aforementioned next life, I will spend a few more days at Fig Tree Bay. Getting here by bus took some time leaving me with only a few precious moments to enjoy the beach and the beautiful water.

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  • Gyros 

Have I mentioned I love gyros, shawarma, kebab(p) or anything that consists of light bread and skewered meat (see The Best Kebab in the World, Illiad & Odyssey: Quest for Best Athenian Gyros, Searching for the Best Shawarma BeirutMake Corfu Greek Again! How Tourism Ruined an Island)? In this life, I was able to sample gyros/kebab from many establishments.

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  • Formal Dining 

Tourist trap may be a bit too harsh when describing the restaurants, but in a town that is built around catering to tourists, I did not find any stand-out restaurants. I preferred the light Italian restaurant to the fancy seafood one. Given the choice, I would take gyros/kebab over both.

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a plate of food with a salad on it a close up of food a plate of spaghetti and pizza a pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms on a plate

  • Nightlife 

It wasn’t peak season when I went, but if I had to describe the nightlife in one word, it would be amateur. Bedrock Inn: Ayia Napa :: La Boom: Cancun (see The Best Nightclubs in the World). Does this look exciting?

a stone steps leading to a restaurant a building with people standing on top of it

a sign with a lit up sign a street with people walking and neon signs a building with neon signs a bar with lights and a sign a woman standing at a bar with two glasses of liquid

  • PEDs

The island has various party favors to keep the party going. I stuck to beer and coffee.

a group of cans on a shelf

a cup on a sidewalk
Another night life option.

Next Life

There will be a next time for me in Cyprus. I will still go to Ayia Napa for a couple of nights but I will venture beyond that city’s borders to see more of the island’s beautiful beaches.





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