Those of us lucky enough to spend time on the stunning east coast of the island – be it for a holiday or just for the weekend – are more than likely to have spent time searching for cool thirst quenching drink, either as a mid-day indulgence, or when the sun sets over the stunning coastline. But where to go if you’re in Ayia Napa and wild parties and load crowds are just really not your thing? My Cyprus Insider lets you in on four beach bars bound to make you feel wonderfully relaxed.
1. Café del Mar, Sandy Bay
A totally new kid on the block, Sandy Bay now plays home to Café del Mar which many of you will know from its worldwide presence, taking its name from the record label known for its chill out CDs. Open on a daily basis from early in the morning, owners are really intent on getting crowds to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand at what’s fast become a real hot spot.
A large space that has been decorated in white with predominant touches of blue, it’s up to you whether you want to chill out on the grassy patch, take a seat by the bar or lay back on one of the comfy seats. There’s even an area designed to look a bit like a Greek island, with the façade of whitewashed houses calling out to greet you. What’s really great about this place is that every single area is shaded, with large canopies so you’ll never really get too hot. Expect guest djs to make appearances at the venue, with food also on offer to curb those hunger pangs.
Where? Sandy Bay, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 99 631127
2. Levels Beach Bar, Asterias Beach Hotel
Having opened up last summer, if you’re looking for somewhere to just kick back and relax as the waves softly lap up against the shore, then the gorgeous Levels Beach Bar in Ayia Napa is the place to be! Housed within the grounds of the Asterias Beach Hotel, and set on part of the sweeping and rather picture perfect Makronissos Bay, the great thing here is that you are literally right on the beach, with cushy seats and low tables giving you the chance to feel comfy as you wash that stress away while sipping on a cool drink of your choice.
What’s available to quench your thirst as you soak up the sun’s rays? We recommend a raspberry mint lemonade or frozen mango Daiquiri! But there’s a great list of cocktails on the menu so you’ll be spoilt for choice. And yes, if you you’re really into your cocktails, you may want to pace yourselves! Want to lie back in the shade? Then you’re in luck, as you can sip on your drink of choice on fabulous gazebos that will make you feel like you’re in seventh heaven for the day!
Where? Asterias Beach Hotel, Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 23-201016. Tel: (+357) 23-201016
3. Beachouse Dome, Dome Beach Hotel and Resort
Another relatively new kid on the block, this place really became hugely popular last year as crowds laid back on this quieter stretch of Makronissos beach to enjoy a beach bar away from all the load parties. Ins this light, Beachouse Dome has attracted a crowd that appreciates some funky chilled music by the sea, but isn’t looking for any sort of wild behaviour. Instead, kick back and enjoy some jazzy tunes, with a bit of soul, funk and house in the mix, as you indulge in your drink of choice, be that an ice cold beer, a frothy frappe or any other alcoholic beverage of your choice.
How do you reach the place? Just park your car in the grounds of the Dome Beach Hotel, walk through the hotel’s gardens and past the pool and head right onto the beach where glorious sunbeds (literally like beds!) await with plenty of shade to keep you cool. And if you fancy going for a little stroll by the water’s edge, make your way up to the Makronissos tombs, used during the Hellenistic and Roman period, with nineteen of them excavated to date alongside a small sanctuary to the east of the burial grounds and part of an ancient quarry adjacent to the cemetery.
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Where? Makronisou Street, Dome Beach Hotel, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 23-721006
4. Nissaki by the Sea, Ayia Thekla beach
Just before you get into the real hub of Ayia Napa, the idyllic Ayia Thekla beach beckons attention with its powdery white sands, while the whitewashed Ayia Thekla Chapel commands attention from afar. Get out of the car and grab a bean bag on the well-kept grassy patch at Nissaki by the Sea, order a drink, and enjoy the views out to sea. But if you’d rather catch some rays and work on that tan right by the water’s edge, then you can simply grab a drink by the bar and lay down on a sunbed.
Do keep in mind that although Ayia Thekla beach used to be extremely quiet, it has vastly increased in popularity over the past few years. It never really becomes too loud however, as the stretch of sand isn’t very big and it’s not really somewhere that the party loving crowd tend to opt for. But if you do want a sunbed at the weekend, head there early! Once the hunger pangs kick in, keep in mind that Nissaki by the Sea dishes up all sorts of hearty meals, with some fishy treats in the mix like calamari or grilled fish.
Where? Ayia Thekla beach, Sotira. Tel: (+357) 442847