Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Agia Napa: Luxury in the Balkans

Agia Napa is the most happening place in Cyprus. When summer rolls around this is the place to be. Once a sleepy fishing village, it's hard to imagine Agia Napa as anything but party-central and resort capital. Since the 1970s, this place has exploded as a popular tourist destination and the locals, with a booming economy, aren't complaining (for the most part).

For the cultured traveller, this place is like a bad beach holiday gone wrong with a good dose of kitsch in there too. Bars that look like giant sand castles, nightclubs with sleazy names and no dress code. There are few places in the world where you can walk around and even eat at a restaurant with no top on and this is one of them.

High season (July and August) come at a high price. It's often hard to find accommodation unless you book months in advance. But for travellers who appreciate a little luxury but without crowds of booze-heads and party animals from the UK and Germany, then Agia Napa in the off-season is where it's at. Just think, by the end of August the summer rush is over, the sun and sea are still hot and you can enjoy 4 star hotels at a fraction of the price. What else do you need to convince you to grab those cheap flights to Cyprus now?

Spend you September lounging on Nissi Beach, the most popular beach for its long shore and shallow waters. Just 2km from the city centre, it's a short cycle or scooter ride away. Take advantage of the end of the season sales and live it up large on Agia Napa this autumn.

What's the most luxurious destination you've ever been?