With its superb beaches and multi-star hotels, the Ammochostos
region draws discerning sun seekers from all over the globe.But
this part of the island remains the agricultural heart of Cyprus,
where traditional windmills stand with modern aqueducts to irrigate
the fertile red soil.
Agia Napa, once a small fishing village, is as lively a resort
as any in the Mediterranean. But historic sites such as a 16th-century
Venetian monastery lend character to a town that’s best
known for its colorful shops, tavernas and discos. Another
focal point is the crescent harbor, crowded with bright fishing
boats. The day’s catch is tonight’s dinner at the
popular restaurants nearby.
Life in this southeastern corner of Cyprus revolves around
the sea, with water sports of all kinds readily available -
from scuba diving to water-skiing to paragliding.
Explore the rugged coast toward Cape Greko, with its string
of calm sandy coves, and stay for the indescribably beautiful
sunset. Or head north, toward the basket-making community
of Liopetri, stopping at Sotira to take in the pretty village
churches that date to the 15th and 16th centuries.
East to Protaras, more glorious beaches spread out under the
sun, while just inland the white-washed town of Paralimni boasts
open-air tavernas known for their succulent grilled fish. Only
a few miles from the most contemporary of resort scenes, you’ll
feel eons away.