"Famous for its pristine beaches, azure waters and stunning Salt Lake, Larnaca, is an excellent holiday destination for families, single travellers and couples. "
Larnaca is a vibrant port city on the southern coast of Cyprus, which is both
steeped in history and gorgeous natural scenery. It is host to a large number of
beaches, making it one of the best
destinations in Cyprus: Finikoudes Beach and Mackenzie Beach, awarded with the
blue flag status, are both within touching distance of it. Situated on the
south-eastern coast, home of the main international airport, it is one of the
oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
Its trademark, the famous mile-long promenade lined with palm trees, is now a pedestrianised zone, which makes this area’s open-air cafes, tavernas and restaurants even more attractive. At one end of the promenade is a yacht marina and a port and about 200 yards inland lies the town’s main commercial shopping centre, with many department stores and supermarkets.
It has also many sites of historical interest, such as The Byzantine Church of Saint Lazarus and The Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, which is the fourth most important shrine to the Muslim faith. Larnaca also has a beautiful salt plain, which hosts migratory pink flamingos during the summer and is a must see. The city itself, has a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, which allows visitors to savour delicious local food and wine made in traditional ways, ideal for those on a romantic holiday. All of this and more, makes the city an exceptional holiday destination that everyone will enjoy. Close to Larnaca is the village of Lefkara, famous for its lace and silverware, and the village of Konnos, famous for pottery.
Larnaca Travel Guide
At A Glance:
Larnaca is a port city on the southern coast of Cyprus, it features miles of golden sandy beaches, along with calm blue seas, along with a host of other places of both historical and cultural interest. It is also easy to reach thanks to Paphos International Airport. It is also a good base to explore the rest of Cyprus from the coastal resort of Ayia Napa 48.8 km away and Limassol 68.6 km away.
With its typical Mediterranean climate, it has hot dry summers and mild winters, with temperatures ranging from 12°C in winter and highs of 30°C in summer. Hot weather comes to Larnaca in April, with temperatures regularly rising over 18°C, though sun worshipers are best waiting until late May, when the temperature averages over 20°C. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August when the temperatures average from 25°C to 27°C. The wettest month of the year is December and the summer tends to end in late October early November.
History & Culture
Originally known as Kition, local legend believes that Noah's grandson, Khittim, established the first settlement there around 6,000 years ago. It was a major Phoenician colony, before being taken over by the Mycenaeans, during the 13th century B.C. when it was a significant port. Its location in the Mediterranean meant that Larnaca has had a large number of external rulers, including Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Franks, Venetians, Turks and British rulers. The Byzantines left a particularly important mark, with the many churches and buildings they built, including the famous Basilica of Saint Lazarus.
There is a vast range of family-friendly activities in Larnaca, including the Aphrodite waterpark, which provides a variety of aquatic fun for people of all ages. Walk along Larnaca’s promenade; an ideal place for families to relax and have some fun close to the beach. There is also the Karting Center Go Karts Dromolaxia, which features a child-friendly go-kart track and the area also features some cycling paths and horse trails. Furthermore, there is a camel park located close to Mazotos village, where children can enjoy a camel ride and have an awesome family holiday.
Events & Festivities
Visitors are sure to enjoy the many festivals the city has to offer, including religious festivals in January and March, where people go on processions in front of the Holy Cross. The Procession of St. Lazarus, takes place eight days before Easter and features a procession behind an icon of the Saint. The Larnaca Summer Festival is held in July and includes a variety of outdoor and indoor concerts, along with entertainment such as dancing, theatre and music: it lasts for the entire month and is an ideal time to visit the city. The villages around Larnaca also tend to have their own festivals during August, which feature traditional dancing and plenty of food and wine.
Tours & Attractions
There is an excellent range of tours and attractions available in Larnaca, taking visitors on historical, cultural and natural trips, offering varied activities to enjoy. The Alpha Divers Dive Centre, allows visitors to explore the magic, which is hidden beneath the sea's surface; Ancient Kition contains a Phoenician temple, and some bronze age ruins; Choirokoitia, is a Neolithic settlement that was declared a world-heritage site in 1998; while the Salt Lake and Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, should be seen by everyone. This combined with a great range of small villages, sandy beaches and beautiful hills make Larnaca the kind of place that everyone will enjoy.
Its nightlife is sure to keep everyone entertained. From chilled-out restaurants and tavernas, where people can eat, sit and drink into the small hours, to trendy nightclubs, which host internationally recognised artists, and cool bars and beachside clubs.