Agia Napa City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 13, 2007

Agia Napa is a resort town located at the eastern end of the south coast of Cyprus that has in recent years blossomed into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Originally a fishing village with very few inhabitants, Agia Napa has reinvented itself into vibrant party capital that can rival even the most dynamic cities in the world.

In spite of this, Agia Napa has retained much of its natural beauty and the endless stretches of golden sand beaches serve as a gorgeous backdrop for the town’s wealth of cultural and historic attractions, which include a marine life museum and the Ayia Napa Monastery, which lends an air of serene majesty to an otherwise lively and energetic town.

Residential Places in Agia Napa

The Cyprus legal system–and by extension the real estate laws–is based on the British model, so the process of buying property in Agia Napa should be fairly straightforward for British nationals.

When building a house in Agia Napa, most developers will require a non-refundable deposit of CY£1000 as a reservation fee. After a period of 20 to 30 days, you will be expected to pay 30% of the total fee, with 3 payments of 20% to follow periodically throughout the construction process and a final 10% upon completion of the house.

Lane Homes UK is a development company established in the UK that now offers housing development assistance in Cyprus. They can help you with virtually all aspects of home construction and they guarantee their work against any structural defects for a period of ten years.

Tsokkos Developers is another company that can help you build your dream home in Agia Napa, and you can contact them through their website at http://www.tsokkosdevelopers.com.

Finally, Karayiannas Developers has almost 20 years of excellent service in the real estate development business, and they can help you get settled in any of the many established residential villages in town that are fully equipped with all the amenities that you could possibly need. You can contact them at 00357 23743553 and fax them at 00357-23-730793.

Hospitals and Universities of Agia Napa

Emergency medical treatment in Agia Napa is provided free of charge at any government hospital. If you have a Form E111, you can even avail of in-patient and out patient treatment without charge, as well as any medications that you need from the hospital pharmacy. If you do not have a Form E111, you will have to pay for the cost of medicinal care as well as medicine costs.

For medical care while in Agia Napa you can call the general hospital at Paralimni at 821211, or the general hospital at Larnaca at 630300. 24-hour pharmacy service is also available by calling 1403.

Commercial Places in Agia Napa

As far as dining is concerned, you certainly won’t be lacking for options in Agia Napa with the many restaurants and cafes around serving up a variety of international and local dishes. The Karousos Beach Restaurant is located right by the harbor and offers a stunning view of the surrounding beaches. The restaurant prides itself on being the “Fish Meze Specialist” of Agia Napa and you will surely agree.

Flames Restaurant & Bars can seat approximately 200 people so it’s never crowded whether you choose to enjoy the extensive International menu indoors or out underneath the stars.

Koutouki Tavern Restaurant is the place to go if you want to get a taste of what traditional Cyprian cuisine is all about. With a quaint and rustic interior that serves as an appropriate setting for the excellent food, Koutouki also offers a wide selection of good quality steaks.

Shopping options are equally plentiful in Agia Napa, ranging from inexpensive curio and souvenir shops to more high-end boutiques that feature a host of International brands.

If luggage weight is an issue for you, don’t bother packing your shoes for Agatha Shoes at Nissi Avenue can cover every footwear need that you may have, from outdoor to casual, from beachwear to more formal footwear.

Agia Napa being a resort town, you will naturally want to spend a lot of time outdoors and this can only mean one thing: sporting goods. Thankfully Nicos Sports Center over at Tefkrou Anthis can provide, and you should be able to find what you need from their wide selection of internationally known brands.

Service Establishments of Agia Napa

Virtually all of the telecommunications needs of Agia Napa–and of Cyprus in fact–is handled by the government owned telecommunications company called Cyta. They also provide Internet connection services all over the country. Cyta has a standing agreement with all the major UK mobile telephone networks, so you can use your own telephone in Cyprus, provided you have GSM/roaming capability.

Cyprus actually ranks third in the world in terms of quality of telecommunications services, and they are one of the lowest priced providers around. The standard Internet connection protocols such as ISDN, ADSL and dial-up are also very reasonably priced and widely available.

The recent liberalization of the laws governing the industry has brought about the emergence of several private telecommunications service providers, among them MTN, TelePassport, Cablenet, PrimeTel and OTEnet Telecom.

There are currently 6 local television stations that you can access from Agia Napa free of charge. About 30% of the programs featured are in English and they also air foreign films in the original language with Greek subtitles. You can also sign up with the LTV cable television service, which will allow you access to US and UK programs. In addition, there are several satellite television service providers around, of which Sky is the largest.

There is a British Forces Radio station that broadcasts around the clock in addition to the many local radio stations that broadcast in English or Greek. There are also two local English language newspapers, and to keep you from missing home, you can get almost all the major UK newspapers, albeit a day late.

Embassies in Agia Napa

For consular assistance while in Ayia Napa, you will have to get in touch with the office of the British High Commission in Nicosia. You can find them at Alexander Pallis Street, P.O. Box 21978, 1587 Nicosia or BFPO 567. You can call them at +357 22 861100 or fax them at the following numbers: (357) (22) 861125 for general information, (357) (22) 861175 for management, (357) (22) 861200 for consular assistance, (357) (22) 861150 for commercial concerns and (357) (22) 861315 for chancery.

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