Culture and history info
Ayia Napa Monastery is "the only building of historical interest" in the Ayia Napa area. The Makronissos Tombs are an archaeological site consisting of set of ancient rock-cut tombs, an adjacent sanctuary and quarry, and evidence of funeral pyres.
The town contains two municipal marine museums: the Tornaritis - Pierides Museum of Marine Life, and the Thalassa Agia Napa Municipal Museum (also known as the Thalassa Museum of the Sea). The former, founded in 1992, displays marine fossils, specimens, and dioramas. The latter, founded in 2005, displays the "marine heritage of Cyprus, from prehistoric times to the present", and features a full-scale replica of a c300BC merchant ship which was salvaged during the 1960s.
The Ayia Napa Sculpture Park, which is located in the east side of Ayia Napa, was recently completed. An initiative of the Mayor Yiannis Karousos, as part of his strategy for a complete tourist experience. The sculpture park was inaugurated in May 2014, with the organisation of the 1st Sculpture Symposium of Ayia Napa. 17 sculptures were created on the site with participation from Cyprus and Greece. The municipality is organising the 2nd Symposioum, which now has received an international Status with participants from Europe, US, Middle East and Cyprus.
In order to honor the famous personalities and artists which visited and who still visit Ayia Napa, the City of Ayia Napa in 2013 has inaugurated the Ayia Napa Fame Square. Singers, DJs, Artists, Politicians are inducted to this square.
Following her stint on the 7th series of The Great British Bake Off, contestant Val Stones announced she will partake in a 'baking holiday' to Ayia Napa. This has resulted in calls for a spin-off series, documenting her adventures.
The Ayia Napa Festival was first held in September 1985 and has been established as an annual event since, usually over the last weekend of September. It takes place in Sepheris Square in Ayia Napa Monastery. The festivities reflect the historic, cultural and agricultural traditions of Ayia Napa and Cyprus as a whole. The programme includes theatrical performances, operas, concerts and Cypriot and foreign folk dancing. Famous artists visited the festival such as Nana mousxouri, Marios frangoullis, Viki Leandros, George Dalaras, the Tenors of the 21st Century of Moscow
The Ayia Napa Youth Festival was established in 2010 when the Ayia Napa youth council, accepted the proposal of its president Yiannis Karousos and decided to organise a festival similar to the large music festivals of Europe, combining activities and music. The festival is based on several principles such as free entrance, the headliners to be chosen by the public, a charity goal, a social responsibility message attached to it; all styles of music are welcome. At the first festival which took place at the harbour square of Ayia Napa more than 10,000 people visited the festival during the three-day period with bands such as the Greek reggae act Locomondo, the pop-rock band MPLE and the hip hop band Stavento featuring Ivi Adamou. Also 25 bands performed, most of them in the music styles of rock and metal. In 2011 the Ayia Napa Youth Festival became international and included the band Stratovarius, Sabaton, Rotting Christ, Nightstalker, and 20 bands from all over Europe and Cyprus. The 3rd Ayia Napa Youth Festival took place on 24 and 25/9 2012 with popular rock artists on its roster such as Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Katsimixa brothers, Nighstalker and many other bands from Malta, Greece and Cyprus. (Source Wikipedia.org)