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I am not going to lie: the real reason we went to Cyprus was not because of its Byzantine or Hellenistic treasures but rather sun and beautiful beaches. In fact I have checked what place in Mediterranean has the highest temperatures in May, I have excluded countries which I found too dangerous to travel nowadays especially with the family, and Cyprus topped the list. Then I have searched for the best beach on Cyprus and Nissi Beach came up, finally I have researched hotels nearby. That is how I have selected the location and it was a great choice.

Now regarding the exact location, Nissi Beach is administratively part of Agia Napa (or Ayia Napa). It is sometimes so confusing with the spelling in Cyprus or Greece. Even on TrekEarth there are two equivalently populated locations AGIA NAPA and AYIA NAPA. After a quick check one can realize that the first word comes from Greek Αγία, and its second letter is Greek “gamma” which corresponds to Latin “g”. So in Latin alphabet it should be spelled AGIA. Some people just have seen Αγία and thought the second letter resembles “y”?

From Wikipedia:
Agia/Ayia/Aghia/Hagia/Haghia (Greek: Αγία), the Greek word for "saint" (feminine form).
The name Ayia Napa is derived from a Venetian-era monastery of the same name, located in the centre of the town, next to the square that today is the clubbing centre. The word "Ayia" (Agia) means "holy" in Greek. "Napa" is archaic and means "wooded valley" or dell. In ancient times the area surrounding the town was covered with thick forest.


Nissi Beach (in this photo) is definitely one of the best beaches on Cyprus. However because everybody knows that –it is also rather crowded. Except for green shallow waters and clean fine sand its characteristic feature is a little island which is reachable by foot from the beach. The island is visible in this photo on the right.

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