Aiya Napa & Cape Greco
By Maria Thermann

Aiya Napa & Cape Greco

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The resort of Aiya Napa lies south of Famagusta on the Island of Cyprus. Aiya Napa is just a 40 minute drive via the A3 from Larnaca International Airport. If you were looking to retire to sunny Cyprus to embrace an outdoor life, the island offers a multitude of activities, from snorkelling and scuba diving to climbing, orienteering and hiking to birdwatching. If you want to build up a small property portfolio as part of your retirement plan, Aiya Napa apartments range from around 75,000 to 150,000 euros for a resale property.

Due to its location, with Africa to the south, Turkey and Central Europe to the north and the Middle East to the east, Cyprus is an important stop-over for migrating birds. Many unusual species come to the island. This makes Cyprus a year-round destination for birdwatchers. Endemic species include the Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler, while migrating birds include the Hoopoe from Africa, larks and Pipits, Isabelline and Golden Orioles, Wagtails and Bee-eaters. Some of the marshland, such as Oroklini Marsh and Spiro's Pool, also attract egrets and herons.

Among the raptors found on Cyprus are Bonelli's Eagle and Griffon Vultures, Lesser Spotted Eagles and the Egyptian Vulture.

Aiya Napa lies close to the Cape Greco peninsula in the south-east of the island, where the Cape Greco National Forest Park is located. It spans an area between Aiya Napa and Protaras in the east. It has been a national forest park since 1993, and offers hikers and birdwatchers some outstanding trails with breath-taking views of the coast. Several companies offer guided birding tours in the area.

The area also offers excellent diving and hiking opportunities. Konnos Beach with its shallow, crystal clear waters is great for swimming and snorkelling. Along the rocky coast you'll find several sea caves that are accessible by boat. Cape Greco also has a number of dive centres. The Cape Greco National Forest Park is a great place for hiking, as it boasts a network of hiking trails suitable for all abilities.

The Famagusta district also offers a wide range of affordable townhouses and villas. A modern two-bedroom house in Aiya Napa can start from 210,000 euros, while a detached resale villa with two- to three bedrooms and swimming pool in Aiya Napa can be found for around 300,000 euros.

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