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Located at the far eastern end of the southern coast of Cyprus is the lively resort of Ayia Napa. This previously sleepy village has now become a premier nightlife location. It has seen quite a lot of development in the past couple of years and is now home to numerous modern hotels, restaurants and shops. One of the major reasons Ayia Napa is visited is for its bar and club scene. However, for those not interested, there are several other sites, attractions and activities that will keep them occupied. Tourists can visit the many beautiful beaches and other natural attractions in Ayia Napa, explore the many ruins and museums in the area; including the beautiful 16th century Venetian Monastery, participate in a plethora of outdoor activities, and can even go on a cruise. Muslim visitors will find it difficult to locate Halal-friendly facilities, including Halal restaurants and mosques, in Ayia Napa. Ayia Napa has something for everyone; visitors are sure to never get bored. Tourists should visit the museums and historic attractions in the area as well as go on tours to learn more about the resort town. Ayia Napa also boasts some stunning sandy beaches including Nissi beach. Located only three kilometers west of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is a renowned blue flag beach that is a must-visit. Its turquoise waters draw in visitors from all over the world and during the summer, the beach can get quite crowded. Holiday makers will be presented with a variety of outdoor activities here and it is the ideal place for watersport enthusiasts. It provides the perfect setting to paraglide, jet ski, paddleboat and swim, and is even perfect for those looking to just laze around. A popular way for visitors to get around Ayia Napa and to get from the town to Nissi beach is to rent a moped, a buggy or a quad bike.  Another way to learn more about the area would be to take a boat tour on the renowned emerald green waters. These tours are freely available and last from half a day to one whole day. Sights on a boat tour in the area usually include; the Ghost Town of Famagusta, the beaches and bays between Ayia Napa and Protaras, interesting sea caves and so much more. Visitors will also get the chance to go snorkeling, swimming and cliff jumping and may also come across wild dolphins, while on the boat. A few great places to take kids include; Waterworld Water Park and Parko Paliatso. Ayia Napa also offers some great diving spots that are ideal for both; beginners and experienced divers. There are also areas for visitors to go bungee jumping, go-karting, cycling and paintballing. Tourists looking to get in a bit of shopping can visit the many shops and boutiques in the area, and will not be disappointed....more

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

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Located at the far eastern end of the southern coast of Cyprus is the lively resort of Ayia Napa. This previously sleepy village has now become a premier nightlife location. It has seen quite a lot of development in the past couple of years and is now home to numerous modern hotels, restaurants and shops. One of the major reasons Ayia Napa is visited is for its bar and club scene. However, for those not interested, there are several other sites, attractions and activities that will keep them occupied. Tourists can visit the many beautiful beaches and other natural attractions in Ayia Napa, explore the many ruins and museums in the area; including the beautiful 16th century Venetian Monastery, participate in a plethora of outdoor activities, and can even go on a cruise. Muslim visitors will find it difficult to locate Halal-friendly facilities, including Halal restaurants and mosques, in Ayia Napa.

Ayia Napa has something for everyone; visitors are sure to never get bored. Tourists should visit the museums and historic attractions in the area as well as go on tours to learn more about the resort town. Ayia Napa also boasts some stunning sandy beaches including Nissi beach. Located only three kilometers west of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is a renowned blue flag beach that is a must-visit. Its turquoise waters draw in visitors from all over the world and during the summer, the beach can get quite crowded. Holiday makers will be presented with a variety of outdoor activities here and it is the ideal place for watersport enthusiasts. It provides the perfect setting to paraglide, jet ski, paddleboat and swim, and is even perfect for those looking to just laze around. A popular way for visitors to get around Ayia Napa and to get from the town to Nissi beach is to rent a moped, a buggy or a quad bike. 

Another way to learn more about the area would be to take a boat tour on the renowned emerald green waters. These tours are freely available and last from half a day to one whole day. Sights on a boat tour in the area usually include; the Ghost Town of Famagusta, the beaches and bays between Ayia Napa and Protaras, interesting sea caves and so much more. Visitors will also get the chance to go snorkeling, swimming and cliff jumping and may also come across wild dolphins, while on the boat.

A few great places to take kids include; Waterworld Water Park and Parko Paliatso. Ayia Napa also offers some great diving spots that are ideal for both; beginners and experienced divers. There are also areas for visitors to go bungee jumping, go-karting, cycling and paintballing. Tourists looking to get in a bit of shopping can visit the many shops and boutiques in the area, and will not be disappointed.

Nearby Airports

The nearest airport to Ayia Napa is Larnaca International Airport, which is located approximately 5 kilometres from the center of Larnaca and approximately an hour away from Ayia Napa. Visitors can hire a cab from the airport to Ayia Napa; which is approximately a 30 to 50 minute drive.

Halal Restaurants

There are no known Halal restaurants in Ayia Napa. Muslim visitors may be able to get some advice on where to dine at by making inquiries at the local mosque. They can also stick to vegetarian and seafood options offered at local non-Halal restaurants after ensuring that the food served does not consist of any non-Halal item. Muslims must also be aware that most restaurants in Ayia Napa do serve alcohol. 

Mosques

There is one known mosque in Ayia Napa, namely; Masjid Syedna Ibrahim. This mosque serves the small community of Muslims in Ayia Napa and is frequented by Muslim tourists. Apart from conducting the five daily prayers, the mosque also has Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays. 

Things to Do and See in Ayia Napa

  • Nissi Beach
  • Boat Cruise
  • Outdoor activities
  • Waterworld Water Park
  • Cape Greco National Park
  • Parko Paliatso
  • Ayia Napa Monastery
  • Thalassa Museum
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  • No Attraction found.
  • No Halal dish found.
  • How Muslim-Friendly is Cyprus?

    Located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea is the beautiful island country of Cyprus. Divided into Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, the country has a fascinating, rich history and culture and is thus packed to the brim with attractions of all kinds, making it the ideal place for a holiday. But is Cyprus a Muslim country? What is the pre-dominant religion in Cyprus? Will it be a great destination for Muslim travelers? Read on to discover how Muslim-friendly Cyprus is! . Islam in Cyprus Islam in Cyprus has been present since 649; when the island was conquered by Uthman - the third Caliph of the Arab Rashidun Empire, but settlers from Turkey, during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus strengthened the presence of the religion. Although most of the country is Christian, today, Muslims make up a large percentage of Cyprus’s population. Turkish Cypriots, Greek reverts, and settlers from Turkey and other countries now make up the population of Muslims in Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is home to a significant part of this Muslim population, and is therefore very Muslim-friendly and is frequented by Muslims from across the globe. . Mosques in Cyprus There are quite a number of mosques in Cyprus, many of which were once Byzantine Churches and converted during Ottoman rule. Muslims visiting Cyprus will therefore be able to find mosques in Northern Cyprus, and a few in its Southern part. The city of Nicosia is home to a large Muslim community. Mosques in Nicosia include the Selimiye Mosque; which is the city’s main mosque, and also a top tourist attraction. Arabahmet Mosque, Bayraktar Mosque, Arablar Mosque, Omerie Mosque and Taht-el-Kaleh Mosque are some of the other main mosques in Nicosia. Also on the northern coast of Cyprus is the city of Kyrenia, which is predominantly Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot. Muslim visitors will therefore be able to find a mosque in Kyrenia, namely the beautiful Agha Cafer Pasha Mosque. Muslims in search of mosques in Larnaka; on the southern coast of Cyprus, will also be able to find a couple. The Hala Sultan Tekke, situated on the shores of the Larnaka Salt Lake is one of the most well-known mosques in Larnaka and is also a popular tourist site. Other mosques in Larnaka include the Djámi Kebír, Zouhouri Mosque and Tousla Mosque. Limassol, a city on Cyprus’s southern coast also houses a sizeable number of Muslims. The main mosque in Limassol is the Grand Mosque, which is located in its Old Town. Muslims visiting Limassol will also be able to offer their Friday prayers at Cami Cedid Masjid. Also on the southern coast of Cyprus is the resort town of Ayia Napa, which is home to one mosque; Masjid Syedna Ibrahim. Muslim tourists will also be able to find a few mosques in the Paphos district. Although there are quite a few more than those mentioned above, many mosques in Cyprus are quite old, and are therefore closed or being used for other purposes. . Halal Food in Cyprus Muslims in search of Halal food in Cyprus will be able to locate some in the areas mentioned above. While there are not many Halal restaurants in Cyprus, it is possible to locate some eateries that serve Halal dishes. Northern Cyprus is the best place for Muslims to find Halal food. Delicious Turkish dishes as well as Cypriot specialties are served at most restaurants. Must-tries include Halloumi cheese, kebabs and the famous Turkish Delight. The best way to try out the diverse local cuisine would be to order a ‘mezze’, which consists of a variety of small dishes containing a selection of delicious items ranging from salads, to creamy hummus and grilled meats. While Halal food in Northern Cyprus will be easy to find, Muslim tourists will find it more difficult locating Halal food in Southern Cyprus. If unable to find any Halal restaurants in Southern Cyprus, Muslim visitors are sure to find numerous restaurants serving suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes, as both make up a huge part of Cypriot cuisine. There are also a few shops that sell Halal meat, throughout the island. Muslim visitors able to prepare their own meals can therefore buy meats from these butchers. ....



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