The Dead Dance Disco – journey to Eastern Cyprus

Last weekend, I went with Carlos (husband of mine, for those who never had the pleasure to know him 🙂 ) to Agia Napa on the south eastern coast of Cyprus – hunting antique ruins.

For those who don’t know us: this is a favorite pastime of ours. Old stones. Old walls. Old pieces of pillars and ceramic. Old memories of a long-gone age.

For anyone who has come as a tourist to Cyprus and gone to Agia Napa (whose name means by the way, The Sacred Grove), this is a place for roasting yourself on the beach…

… and then dancing the night away. It is known to be a wild nightlife preserve 😉

Before 1974, when Cyprus was divided into two, Agia Napa consisted of two fishermen huts and a medieval monastery. The monastery still exists, in the midst of the nightclubs and bars. In 2000, a vigil was held inside for the damned souls of the revelers… I swear! It was in the papers.

(all the above photos were taken from the internet – thanks to the photographers, I hope you don’t mind!)

So this was Agia Napa for me.

Imagine my shock when Carlos informed me there was a Hellenistic necropolis or two in the area, ancient temples, Roman fish ponds, neolithic settlements, huge boulders weighing tons thrown out by ancient and medieval times tsunamis, and medieval aquaducts.

What, in Agia Napa, the nightclub town?

So this is me, emerging from a Hellenistic tomb (the sea is only a few meters away, the tombs are cut into the rock on a promontory)

And this is me walking (hunched against a cold wind from the sea) toward a boulder thrown out by a tsunami.

I plan to write soon and post more photos from our expedition. It was wonderful.

And I really hope the tourism department will give me a commission for the advertising! 🙂


About chrystallathoma

Welcome to my blog. My name is Chrystalla and I am a Fantasy, Science Fiction and Romance author. I am Greek Cypriot and I like to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. I live in Cyprus with my husband and my vast herds of books. I write fantasy, science-fiction and romance, often all mixed up. View all posts by chrystallathoma

5 responses to “The Dead Dance Disco – journey to Eastern Cyprus

  • Viviane Brentanos

    Wonderful post and one I hope will make folk realise there is more to Greece and Cyprus that discos and Brit hooligans. We have the same problem here, with a small fishing village, Benitses, not far from my home. In the 80’s, I admit, it was a hell hole {that has since moved down to Kavos of Club 18-30 fame.} The villagers of Benitses ot togetehr and changed the face of the plave. It is now one of the most attractive spots on Corfu. BUT, ask any Brit, or go to any tourist agent in UK and they still persist on citing the villages disreputable past. Not fair, I say.


  • Chrystalla

    Thanks, Viviane! Corfu is a lovely island. Agia Napa is often compared to Ibiza, it’s that famous for the combination of beach and sun and discos and drinking. But now in Winter it’s like a different planet – quiet and cozy. I think I like Winter in Cyprus! 🙂

  • Marsha A. Moore

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  • Covita

    me encantan las dos historias de Agia Napa…

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