Oi oi lads! We know you’ll be sending endless messages in your ‘lads’ group chat about your holiday to Ayia Napa and can’t wait to ‘tear up the strip’ so we thought we’d make your holiday plans a little easier. Let’s face it, most of you will probably just hit the bars and clubs on your first night when you’re out there and see what’s what, but on the off chance you do want to do a little research before you go, we’ve got all the info you need to know on Ayia Napa. Take a look through to find out which bars you’re going to be visiting every night because one of the lads fancies the girl behind the bar, or the club you’ll be ending up in every night because they offer the best drink deals.
The Ayia Napa Strip is actually more of a square, with loads of bars and clubs on the square and in surrounding areas. So to save any confusion and keep it nice and simple, we’ll just refer to it as the Ayia Napa Square from now on.
Where Is The Ayia Napa Square?
If you’re a genius then you’ve probably already figured out that the Ayia Napa Square is located in Ayia Napa, bit of a strange one that. Lads, you want to make sure the walk between the square and your hotel is as quick as possible so you can get to the toilet quicker after a heavy night on the drink. Anyone who says they won’t be chundering on their lads’ holiday is a liar. Everyone will at least once. So make sure you check on maps how far the walk is from your hotel. If you type in Ayia Napa Square on any map site it will come up.
The airport you’ll be flying into is Larnaca. The area of Ayia Napa is about a 45 minute drive if you’re going direct. If you can’t wait to get there and get the beers in then you can get taxis from outside the airport for about €50-60, so if you can split this with the lads it’ll be worth it if you want to get there quicker. Or if you’re like most groups and there’s always one that’s being a bit tight with the cash then you can get a bus, but it’ll likely take you a good couple of hours. If your holiday comes with transfers then ignore everything we just said because it’ll all be sorted for you.
Ayia Napa Square Map
The Ayia Napa Square and Surrounding Area by Day
Let’s be honest, most of you are going to sleep the day away, probably not getting out of bed until gone 2 most days. But if you are an early riser and want something to do in the day on your holiday too as well as the nights then read on. But by all means if you’re planning on doing sweet FA in the days and just chilling by your hotel pool (we don’t blame you) then feel free to skip this section.
The square and other surrounding areas has plenty of things to keep you busy in the day whilst you try and shake that hangover from the night before. Or if you fancy a little bit of a change of scenery from chilling at the hotel pool you can visit one of the many beaches, you might even end up meeting a few birds (sea gulls are lovely, apparently). There’s loads more to choose from too, from hitting the shops for a brand new absolutely genuine t shirt for the night out ahead, round of mini golf with the lads, or a spot of go-karting, because let’s face it, in the blistering heat there’s nothing you want more than to be sat next to a red hot engine for 20 mins, but it is very popular. You can check out our top things to do in Ayia Napa for more inspo here.
If you’re wanting to shift the hangover then there’ll be only one thing on your mind, FOOD. (Unless you’re one of those who can’t stomach food without the thought of being sick). And there’s plenty of places to choose from and the portions are massive! It’s all about them gains. Check out some favourite restaurants below.
Restaurants on the Ayia Napa Square and Surrounding Areas
Othello’s is your go to if you’re looking to eat some authentic Mediterranean food. They serve classic Cypriot and Greek dishes along with other European favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Café is well known and there’s one right in the middle of Napa. They offer a classic menu with an amazing atmosphere. Enjoy your dinner with a little bit of live music and a few bevs.
Arguably the best steak you will have on your holiday, enough said.
Yes there is a Wagamama in Ayia Napa! If you’re hungover and looking for some comfort food and want to stick to what you know. Or if you’re basic. Then Wagamama is a shout.
The Ayia Napa Square and Surrounding Areas by Night
Here we go, this is the part that you’re looking for. This is probably the main reason why have you read this far already. You’re wanting to know what goes on at night and where the best places to be are. Have a read of this and stick in the lads’ chat and get all the lads to buy you a drink for finding the best place to go, thank us later.
The Ayia Napa square lights up at night, not just figuratively, it literally lights up. You can hear the music and see the lights from a mile off (distance may not be accurate). Stumble from bar to bar each night, find out which bars are more for you and the lads and head to the square each and every night for pres before hitting the big clubs. That’s really all there is to it. There’s a lot of bars to choose from in Ayia Napa so make sure you try each one at least once as they all offer something a little different. Here’s a top tip for free too. A lot of people will try and run away from the promoters outside the bars, or tend to find them annoying, but by running off and not listening to them it’s only your group that’s going to lose out and here’s why. It’s the promotors’ job to try and get you in to the bar, which means they can offer you deals on drinks that you can’t get at the bar, plus they’ll often be competing with other bars that are next door for example, so they will want to offer you the best deal they can. Listen to them and take advantage of what they have to offer, you’ll end up getting a lot more for your money.
Bars in the Ayia Napa Square
Bed Rock – Do you want to go to Bed Rock? Yabba Dabba yeah you do! This Flintstone themed bar is a great place to start. If the bed’s rocking, don’t come knocking (proper dad joke that one, we know).
Senior Frogs – If you like random dance breaks, karaoke and impromptu conga lines then this is the place for you. Anything can happen at any minute at Senior Frogs.
Pirates Inn – Take a shot or walk the plank. This pirate themed bar is ARRGHHH-mazing. Dance along to Just Dance on the big screens and really make a fool of yourself. Let’s hope your pals aren’t getting your moves on snapchat.
Encore – If you’re looking for a bit more of a premium vibe to put on your Instagram story then head to Encore.
Bronx – Bronx offers a very lively atmosphere that’s always busy – with people often spilling out and dancing on the streets. It’s the home of RnB, Hip-Hop and Garage.
Clubs in the Ayia Napa Square and Surrounding Areas
Clubs in the Ayia Napa Square and Surrounding Areas
Once you’ve had enough of the bars it’s time to get to where you really want to be, and that’s stuck right in in the middle of a packed dance floor with a drink in each hand. Most clubs in Ayia Napa will open their doors around midnight/1am and will go right on until the sun starts to come up. Nothing quite like the groggy feeling of walking home drunk while the birds are singing and then paying for it the next day. Guest performances, light shows, CO2 cannons and even swimming pools all await inside some of the clubs of Napa. Take a look at some of the favourite clubs in Napa below.
Yep, you guessed it, this club looks like a castle! Are you the King of the shuffle or the Queen of downing Sambuca?
This club stays open right until sunrise so if you’re looking for somewhere to literally dance the night away then look no further. Oh, and it also has a pool inside!
Honking cars, great music, drink deals and more. Did you ever used to get excited to go to the car wash with your parents when you were younger? This is a whole other level.
This club is anything but a sin. In fact, not visiting here at least once would be a sin. This club offers the best in Dancehall, Grime and RnB!
Club Shuffle is the place to be for all house-heads – just like the name suggests. Rave vibes can be felt all the way through each and every night.
Hotels near the Ayia Napa Square
Hotels near the Ayia Napa Square
If you’re organising the holiday for the lads, you better do some research as there are a lot of hotels in the Ayia Napa area and of course, some are farther away from the nightlife than others. The closer you are to the action then you’ll probably end up paying a bit more for your hotel. If you’re a little farther out then you’ll be saving a few pennies. So it depends what you’d prefer, to save some money if you don’t mind a walk or just go full whack in the centre of it all and figure out the affordability later.
Here are a list of some popular hotels in the heart of it all:
If you book your holiday or even just the hotel through Party Hard Travel (with link) you’ll get their Essential Events Package worth over £100 included too. Check them out for their holidays and/or hotel deals. Most of the more popular hotels tend to sell out quite quickly, especially for the months of July and August, to avoid the lads being disappointed with you get your deal secured early, that’ll also give you more time to pay off your holiday too.
This next bit is important information for when you get to your hotel, so read it properly, and then read it again. Most hotels in Napa will charge a Tourist Tax, this is the same across most hotels in Europe, so don’t kick off when you get to the hotel reception and you have to pay tax, don’t be that person, it’s not a lot. It’s usually charged per room, not per person and is not usually more than 5 euros a night, so split the cost between you and the lads and it’s nothing really. This must be paid in cash. It’s also normal in most party hotels for them to ask for a returnable deposit when checking in. This is usually between 30-50 euros PER PERSON. You can get this back after checking out and if everything is alright with your room. So if you want to have some money to spend in the airport whilst you’re waiting for you flight back then just don’t trash the room, simple.