Ayia Napa Monastery
Ayia Napa or Agia Napa as it is sometimes spelled, has a charm of it's own if you know where to look.
It is on the South East coast in the region called Famagusta or Ammochostos in Greek, and sits alongside its equally beautiful neighbour Protoras.
This area is not to be confused with the occupied town of Famagusta over the green line which before the 1974 division was a complete resort area.
Clearly it has a reputation for golden sandy beaches and lively nightlife and is a paradise for lovers of turquoise sea and beautiful sand and the water sports crowd, but there is more to this place than that.
Inland there a number of Frankish and Byzantine monuments and museums.
There was a famous Greek Cypriot Nobel Poet Laureate called George Seferis and he was inspired by the landscape of this region.
There are many Byzantine Churches in the Protoras-Paralimni region and surrounding villages, many windmills and lots of sprawling fields so you feel you have open space as you travel around.
The region is the main potato producing area on the island and it is known as Kokkinochorio or the "Red Soil Villages" because of the very fertile red earth in which they are grown.
Side Bar: One of the great pleasures in life is eating Cyprus potatoes and if you ever get the chance then you must, they make the most wonderful chips, which sadly are disappearing from many restaurant kitchens nowadays, because frozen chips are more economical to buy. A sad affair in my book. Frozen chips have taken over the world.
On a different note...
The villages of this area are just as renowned for their poets as well as their potatoes.
Folk poets and traditional song performer who hailed from this neck of the woods are regarded as inspirational to the nation...
Cape Greco National Park Area
Places of interest to visit in this area are:
Potamos Liopetriou Area
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