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Monastery in Ayia Napa
2nd April 2019

If you drive through Ayia Napa (or get the bus) you cannot avoid a trip around the one way system (hotter and nicer, but still reminds me of the old Elephant and Castle minus the underpass). On it, you will find a tranquil monastery and courtyard dating from the 15th Century and Venetian rule.

You feel about a thousand years away from the clubbing and partying scene of the local area. It’s not thrilling as such, but it’s free and well worth a wander on a cloudy day when you need a break from the beach. Note the brilliant ancient fig tree out front, the octagonal fountain and pretty chapel. The children like exploring and lighting candles. But, rather more, the various fancy ice-cream joints on the street beyond! There is parking right outside.

Best combined with a trip to Ayia Napa’s stunning half-moon beach. We park next to the Grecian Sands hotel (free, behind the beach cafe) and perch on the sand on towels to avoid paying for sunbeds if we’re only stopping for an hour or two. The sea is calm and shallow and it’s a good spot late in the day as it gets the sun as it sets.