This Mediterranean resort is shedding its former reputation and revealing itself afresh with luxury hotels and a sparkling sail-studded marina.
Cyprus’s one-time party capital juts out into the Mediterranean, on the island’s far southeast shore. Famous for its blowouts, Ayia Napa is surprisingly pretty, with 14 Blue Flag beaches. Indeed, it’s on a mission to ditch its ’90s reputation and become “the most cosmopolitan tourist resort of the Mediterranean”, thanks to investment in hotels and a shop-lined marina. You may not come here for pin-drop peace and quiet, but there are hip beach clubs, traditional tavernas and even archaeological sites and an aqueduct to visit, too.