There are many tourist type shops in Ayia Napa, Possibly more
than anywhere else on the island, but you will certainly find a huge selection
of paraphernalia, much of which is the standard tourist fare of all
made in China and served up as local.
It is usually cheap enough though and fun if you hate shopping
except whilst on holiday.
There are no major food supermarkets, you need to go to Paralimni
for those, but there are many 'beriptero' a sort of 'mini market/newsagent/we
sell everything shop'
and although prices are racier than elsewhere it is the same the world over in
Now that we have joined the Euro we are sure that everything will be rounded up,
not down, and in a way it is a shame that the pound has gone for good, even
though the general 20% increase on everything for the English made it look more
expensive, at least they weren't daunted by a 'foreign currency'.
You will find all the names in fast food restaurants,
plenty of pubs and taverna s as well as Ayia Napa's famous
disco's clubs and night
spots. In the heat of summer it is a busy, throbbing, drunken tourist centre. In
the mornings it is more sedate as most of the inhabitants are sleeping it off or
roasting on the beach.
There is plenty to entertain the kids, with fun fairs and
lunar parks. Mini golfs come and go, as do water sport centres, driving ranges,
go carting and amusement arcades. There is a pretty little harbour, once the centre of the
village, but now almost lost in the expanded beachfront which stretches for
miles on either side of it. New villa complexes and apartment blocks have sprung
up meaning that in the winter it can appear somewhat dead and deserted.
You will still find it reasonably well inhabited, it just
doesn't seem like it because of the vast number of empty places, the people who
winter here are spread quite thinly.
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