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Ayia Napa is a resort at the far eastern end of the southern coast of Cyprus.
The word “Ayia” means “holy” in Greek. “Napa” is archaic and means “wooded valley” or “dell”. In ancient times, the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest.
According to local legend, the area around the monastery was accidentally discovered by a hunter in pursuit of his prey. Upon discovery, the icon of the Virgin Mary in the area was called Virgin Mary of Napa, eventually shortened to Ayia Napa. The monastery, built in 1100, was built around a cave, in honour of the Virgin Mary of Ayia Napa. According to local tradition, nobody lived within close vicinity of Ayia Napa until 1790. The first inhabitant was Nikolaos Kemitzis from Thessaloniki, who arrived from Greece around 1790 and settled in the village of Panayia, located on the northeastern part of Ayia Napa. Kemitzis had a fight with the Ottoman authorities who ruled Cyprus at the time, and decided to move near the monastery of Ayia Napa.
The resort has 26 beaches, of which 14 have been awarded the blue flag award, more than any other resort in Cyprus. In 2018, it was announced that Nissi Beach, ranked as 3rd in the list of the most popular beaches in Instagram. A CNN feature ranked Nissi Beach as the best beach to visit for the month of July 2018. In 2011, it came first in the TripAdvisor list of the best beaches in EuropeIn 2017, Makronissos Beach was chosen by Travelweekly as the thir best beach for Cyprus and Greece.
The Ayia Napa Sculpture Park. This park by January 2018 included 155 sculptures from 115 sculptors from all over the world.
Cape Greco, also known as Capo Greco(Italian for “Greek cape”; Greek: Κάβο Γκρέκο), is a headland in the southeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It is at the southern end of Famagusta Bay and forms part of Ayia Napa Municipality.
It lies between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras, both tourist resorts. It is visited by tourists for its natural environment, and is a protected nature park.