Visitors to Larnaca (also known as Larnaka) will discover a picture-perfect city on the south coast of Cyprus, that hugs a spectacular coastline of crystalline waters and an odyssey of soft golden beaches. As one of the oldest cities in Cyprus, it is teeming with historical treasures that reveal a long line of past rulers that included the Greeks, Persians, Turks and the British. An area of exceptional beauty, it boasts some of the island's most picturesque beaches and natural wonders such as the famous Salt Lake where in spring, large flocks of flamingoes convene. The city exudes a laid-back, cosmopolitan atmosphere, palm tree-lined boulevards and an inviting seafront promenade.
Things to do in Larnaca
Whether you wish to explore Larnaca's cultural heritage, marvel at outstanding historical sights, embrace the area's natural beauty or simply lie back and enjoy the sunshine on some of the island's best beaches, a holiday in Larnaca is one to remember. Must see attractions range from the Agios Lazaros and Hala Sultan Tekke mosque, to charming villages that showcase traditional Cypriot life and idyllic beaches nonchalantly lapped by turquoise-blue waters.
On a trip to Larnaca be sure to:
Visit the tomb of Saint Lazarus in the Agios Lazaros, and the Byzantine Museum next door
Go flamingo watching in the Salt Lake
Explore the ramparts of the fort thought to be constructed during the Ottoman Empire
Wander through the old Turkish quarter and browse handicraft shops
Visit lace shops in the nearby village of Lefkara
Try wine tasting in the verdant Lefkara Valley
Sample delicious mezze and authentic dishes at a local taverna
Soak up the sun at the beach and cool off in the sea
Learn about Cyprus' past at the Pierides Archaeological Foundation Museum
See the Agios Antonios of Kelia, one of Cyprus' most important Byzantine churches
Larnaca International Airport is one of the biggest airports in Cyprus, located close to the city centre. It handles several million visitors annually and about 30 international airlines.
Larnaca International Airport is situated approximately 3 miles southwest of Larnaca city centre.
Car rental agencies are available at the airport and you can access the city centre via the B4 road. There is a choice of buses that connect with the city centre as well as towns and resorts in the region. Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall.