Nestled between Europe and Asia, the island of Cyprus has no shortage of beautiful resorts to enjoy a sun-drenched getaway. Larnaca, a coastal region in the south-east, is one of the island’s pearls. Located 45 minutes from party central Ayia Napa, it offers holidaymakers the chance to enjoy Cyprus’s more relaxed side – though it’s close enough to indulge in a wild night out on the area’s infamous strip should the urge to dance the night away arise. Culture vultures, families of all shapes and sizes and couples will all love Larnaca.
Cyprus’ oldest town – it goes back ten thousand years – Larnaca is home to a unique blend of Christian and Middle Eastern influences. These influences shape everything from the architecture, with plenty of historic landmarks to explore, to the culture. Beaches with shallow, safe waters lie at the city’s feet, perfect for the little ones to splash around while the adults sit back and relax. Or, if you prefer your holidays a little more energetic, you can always go diving and discover the striking marine life and underwater treasures of the Mediterranean.
Cyprus is the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love and passion Aphrodite, and the island is an especially romantic place. An afternoon walk to Larnaca’s Salt Lake, just a stone’s throw from the city centre, is a great way to enjoy Cyprus’s rich natural landscape with that special someone.
In short, Larnaca is a slice of paradise that welcomes holidaymakers from all walks of life. Escape to its golden shores and you’ll have the chance to relax surrounded by beauty.
Larnaca City Centre
A town steeped in culture and history, Larnaca’s city centre is bursting with Cypriot charm. It’s also close to both Larnaca’s stunning natural landscapes, including the iconic Larnaca Salt Lake and the area’s stunning beaches. Vibrant and picturesque, its old streets are home to a wealth of architectural feats such as the Saint Lazarus Byzantine church and the Mosque of Umm Haram. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants where you can sample the unique blend of Greek and Middle Eastern flavours so typical of the Mediterranean island. Located a stone’s throw from the airport, it’s also easy to reach!
The island’s most popular beach, also known as Palm Beach thanks to the many palm trees lining its promenade, is ideal for families. Accommodation for all budgets surrounds the golden stretch, and the city centre is only a short walk away to add a little urban charm to your beach holiday. The promenade is a lively spot for a stroll in the evening or a little shopping, and the children will be spoilt for choice when it comes to having fun.
Located only a 45-minute drive away from Larnaca city centre, this famous party town is popular with good time guys and gals. Although you’ll find a lively strip offering bars and clubs open until the early hours, there’s more to Ayia Napa than just partying – though we do recommend travelling here if you fancy a wild night out. Waterworld, for example, is great for families to enjoy a little water park fun. And the Nissi Beach area is a golden stretch lapped by azure waters definitely worth a visit for a swim.
Soak up the sun
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan and have some fun in the sun on Larnaca’s sun-drench coast. Phinikoudes or Palm Tree beach is the closest to the city centre, and its promenade is the heart of Larnaca’s nightlife. Here you can go scuba diving, go on a boat tour or even take a fishing trip before enjoying a meal at one of the family-run restaurants lining the promenade. Families will love Castella beach’s white sand and shallow sea, while self-confessed foodies must visit McKenzie beach for its famous seafood eateries.
Get your culture hat on
With over ten thousand years of history, it’s no surprise Larnaca has a wealth of historic monuments and architectural feats to explore. You might want to start by visiting Saint Lazarus Byzantine church, which was built around 900AD, followed by the Medieval Castle and the Museum so you get a taste of the city’s colourful past. The Mosque of Umm Haram, believed to be the foster-mother of the Prophet Mohammed, is also a must visit. Of course, no trip to Larnaca would be complete without a trip to Ancient Kition, where Aphrodite and Astarte were worshipped.
Explore Larnaca Salt Lake
Nature lovers won’t want to miss a trip to the stunning Larnaca Salt Lake. Flocks of pink flamingos can be seen taking a dip and cleaning their feathers in the lake. The Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque beckons in the background, giving the beautiful landscape an oasis feel.
Larnaca has plenty of diving hotspots to explore the Mediterranean’s rich marine life. We recommend visiting the Zenobia wreck, which is considered one of the world’s best diving wrecks.
Much like its geographical location, Cyprus’s cuisine is a mix of European and Middle Eastern influences. It shares many aspects of Greek cuisine, but you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to share a meze or go back to the way ancient civilisations used to eat with Roman indigenous vegetables. We recommend carnivores try some delicious souvaki, lamb kleftiko and a traditional rabbit stifado. Fancy something sweet? Go for some tasty Ekmek Kadayif!
Larnaca’s restaurant scene will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Palm Tree beach has a great selection of family-run and international restaurants, while McKenzie beach is perfect for some traditional fare and fresh seafood.
Visit Larnaca and experience Cypriot culture, history and beaches at their finest. From a foodie trip to a family holiday, the area has something to suit everyone, including stunning natural landscapes and breath-taking architecture.
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