Cheap flights to Larnaca
One of the most ancient cities in the world at a whopping 6,000 years old, Larnaca is also one of the most beautifully situated. Pristine beaches as far as the eye can see, a majestic palm-lined promenade, Byzantine churches, Ottoman mosques and 17th century forts make this laid-back city one of the most appealing in the Mediterranean.
If you like your holidays with a good dose of culture, some beachside bathing and a lot of fun in the sun then you’ve found your perfect match with a holiday to Larnaca. Located on Cyprus’ south east coast, it’s no secret that it’s Larnaca’s beaches that are the city’s main appeal. And when you see all 8 kilometres of them you’ll quickly understand why.
And this being Cyprus you can expect plenty of fantastic little Greek tavernas, varied accommodation and enough nightlife options to keep you dancing until dawn. But if you really want to let your hair down then head to the livelier beach resorts of Ayia Napa and Nissi Beach which give Ibiza a good run for its money.
Larnaca's annual European Cultural Winter festival rolls out a programme of events through November and December. It's a great chance to delve into Cypriot culture and experience local musicians and traditional folk dance troupes in action. Larnaca Municipal Theatre is the main venue for performances.
History-buffs unite! The exhibition Ancient Kition and the modern world of Larnaka' runs throughout July and August in the visitor centre of the Ancient Kition archaeological site. This is prime time to discover the remnants of Larnaca's Bronze Age city-kingdom and trace the history and changes to the city through the art it inspired.
In February grab your binoculars and head to the edge of town for some flamingo spotting on Larnaca Salt Lake. This protected reserve, ringed by walking trails, is a favourite spot for at least 85 species of migratory birds but its huge flocks of blush-pink flamingos are the lake's stars.
Dive up into the hills as spring's first wildflowers start blossoming in March. Head to the village of Lefkara where intricate, handcrafted lace (made here since the medieval age) is the big local industry. Meander down the narrow cobblestone alleys, rimmed by sturdy stone cottages, to get a sense of Cypriot life very different to the tourist-filled coast.
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