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Larnaca (also spelt Larnaka) is an area of outstanding beauty - endowed with numerous attractions, waterfronts and scenic vistas as well as some of the islands most outstanding beaches. It is located on Cyprus' southernmost coast and is the countries third largest city and home to the second largest commercial port. Larnaca's International Airport is located on the fringe of the city with easy access to and from the city centre.

Top 10 Larnaca Landmarks

  

Ancient Kition ( Visit Site )

Kition is an ancient city-state located on the southern coast of Cyprus. At present, it is a part of Larnaca, also known as Citium in earlier days. In the 13th century, Greeks established Kition, but it was re-established in 800BC by Phoenicians. The site has been heavily excavated; first by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in 1929, then the Cyprus Department of Antiquities in 1959 and finally by a French team in 1976.

  

Larnaca Fort ( Visit Site )

Larnaca Fort is located on the shore at the south end of 'Phoinikoudes' Chronicle, built between 1382 and 1398 during the region of James-I in order to protect the town's harbour. It is imagined to be in the shape of a square tower, rebuilt in 1625 during the Ottoman period. The fort was used as a prison in the first year of British rule. Because of its historic importance, many rooms have been transformed into museum. The courtyard is used for cultural events in summer season.

  

Hala Sultan Tekke (Grand Mosque) ( Visit Site ) ( Wikipedia )

Grand Mosque is a popular spiritual landmark in Larnaca. It is set on the outskirts of the earlier Turkish and Greek quarters of Larnaca. In the 16th century it was used by the small local Muslim community but since 1974 the mosque has stood pretty much unused. The top of minaret offers a wonderful view of Larnaca city and its stunning surrounding landscape.

  

Church of Saint Lazarus ( Visit Site )

The Church of Saint Lazarus is named after Lazarus of Bethany, who was raised by Jesus from the dead. It was built in the 9th century to house the tomb of Lazarus. It has an open porch with preserved traces of Greek, Latin and French inscriptions. The church was reconstructed in the 17thcentury with an addition of the Bell Tower. Its design features a central nave, two aisles and three domes.

  

Europe Square ( Visit Page )

Europe Square is located at the beginning of Athens Avenue. It consists of the first colonial buildings built by the British Administration in 1881. The place is full of memories from the past, like the Governor's building, the chief Port Master house and office, the Chief Customs Officer's residence and office, and the colonial port warehouses. These buildings are now occupied by the Palaeontology museum, the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the City-Museum and Archives, the District Administration of Larnaca, which are considered historically important sites.

Larnaca Salt Lake ( Wikipedia )

Being the second largest salt lake in Cyprus, it is a distinctive landmark located to the west of the town of Larnaca. It is formed by the complex network of four lakes of different sizes such as Lake Aliki, the largest amongst them, followed by Lake Orphani, Lake Soros and Lake Spiro. The total surface area of the Larnaca Salt Lake is 2.2 Km² and it is considered one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus with an array of plants, birds and wildlife.

  

Stavrovouni Monastery ( Wikipedia )

The Monastery is set on the peak of the mountain of Stavrovouni in Larnaca. The name Stavrovouni is derived from two words 'stavros' for cross and 'vouno' for mountain, which means "the mountain of the Cross". The monastery was founded by St. Helena, the mother of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine I, the Great. Since those times, the monastery has gone through much renovation but it is still well worth a visit.

  

Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement ( Visit Site ) ( Wikipedia )

Choirokoitia is one of the most famous historic attractions in the city and is situated about 30 km to the south-west of Larnaca. It's a World Heritage Site comprising well-preserved ruins and reconstructed houses that were built around 6800 BC!

  

Pierides Museum ( Visit Site )

The Pierides Museum is one of the most important museums in Cyprus and home to preserved collections depicting Cypriot culture, right through the centuries. Its archaeological collection includes the Pierides Family House dating back to 1825. The museum displays collections from the main periods of Cypriot history.

Saint George Makris ( Visit Site )

Constructed on a hill along Phaneromeni Avenue, the Saint George Makris church is a miniature piece of late Byzantine architecture from the 12th and 13th centuries. After invading Larnaca in 1426, the church of the medieval village, Agrinou was destroyed by the Egyptian Mameluks. It was further renovated in the 15th century. A wall painting of Saint George still survives to this day.

Top 5 Bars

  

Ammos Beach bar ( Visit Site )

Ammos is an upscale beach bar having a trendy restaurant and attractive nightspot where diners and guests can have plenty of fun. With a variety of cocktails and modern cuisine, it is nearly impossible to stay away from it.

  

Blue Pine Bar & Restaurant ( Visit Site )

The Blue Pine Bar has been serving people for more than 20 years. Because of the mellow, mood-lighting and sparkling flame at the fireplace, the bar has an instant warm and cosy atmosphere. With great music, such as blues and rock, variety of beers and excellent foods, a night here is a must.

  

Lush Beach Bar Resto ( Visit Page )

A fantastic, upmarket bar and restaurant that is situated right on the beach. Great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere make this a must visit either for a splendid seafood lunch with a glass of chilled white wine or to spend the evening drinking, eating, listening to music and watching the waves roll in.

  

Wanted Saloon Bar & Grill ( Visit Page )

The Wanted Saloon Bar & Grill is a great little hangout with a lively pub atmosphere and some great food on offer such as burgers and steaks. The beer and wine flows freely till the early hours and the kitchen is open very late too. If you're after a late night meal or just a fun night out, check out the Wanted Saloon.

  

Savino Rock Bar ( Visit Page )

With glittering lights, funky music and vibrant atmosphere, Savino Rock Bar can steal anyone's heart. It has been entertaining to its visitors for more than 20 years up to the brim. Over the time, the bar has become a hot spot in Larnaca. It has special arrangement on weekends and weekdays with live Greek music, DJ Sam and Karaoke.

Top 10 Activities

Larnaca to Oroklini Beach Trail ( Wikipedia )

Discover walking along the beautiful seafront of the Larnaca bay. The trail is situated parallel to the sea along the eastern beaches of the city towards Oroklini and Pyla. A permanent walking structure is awarded an international architectural prize. It is craved with stone-cement-wood-pier construction. The Larnaca sandy coast incorporates sea shells and very small colourful stones. Watching sunset and sunrise on this beach is one of the most wonderful experiences of life.

  

The Pattichio Park Trail ( Visit Page )

The Pattichio Park is set on north of Artemis Avenue and it is very popular for 2 km pedestrian trail since the late 1980's. It is home to rare species of Cypriotic plants and animals. A stone walk from the Pattichio is a very exciting open air amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is clearly visible in the evening.

Walking in Traditional Quarters ( Wikipedia )

Get a bit audacious by planning an adventure walk through the traditional city quarters between the Saint Lazarus, the market place and the shopping area, ending with a stop at the Pierides Museum. Explore various hidden treasuries of the city. Live a life full of excitement and rejoice.

  

City Seafront Walk

Walk along the city's seafront pavements starting from Europe Square and the airport fencing up to the Makenzy pedestrian trail covering around 3 km on foot. Get indulged in wonderful surroundings where the sandy walkway mingles with the sea, the historical buildings, the seafront, traditional city quarters and modern hotels.

The Salt Lake Nature Trail ( Wikipedia )

There are two starting points from the Salt Lake Nature Trail. The first is towards Limassol at the Kamares Aqueduct on the exit of Larnaca while the second is towards the airport on Artemis Avenue. It is home to migratory birds and is a perfect place to gaze at the alluring plant kingdom.

  

Go-Karts ( Visit Site )

Make your trip a bit adventurous and have a go on a go-kart at one of the various karting circuits in and around the city.

  

Camel Park ( Visit Site )

Spend a whole day at the Camel Park and get a closer look at the imported camels. It's very interesting to see baby camels' first step towards life. You can also experience a camel ride and recall the memories of Arabian fantasies. Get a pleasure in feeding animals as well as explore the Noah's Ark, an old ship, which is home to a variety of smaller animals such as goats and birds.

Flying ( Visit Site )

Organise a flying sightseeing tour as well try something adventurous. Don't behave as a spectator; in fact fly on your own. Take flying lessons in Cyprus, which are a bit cheaper than Europe. The pilot training is hourly, which you can easily opt. Try something adventurous during your holidays.

  

Cycling ( Visit Site )

It's a power-packed entertainment for those interested in travelling on their own. Larnaca is a non-stop destination for tourists and cycling enthusiasts. Explore the city's interiors by cycling in and around. The best time to ride on cycles is between October and April when the temperature ranges between 15º C and 25º C. The city receives very little rainfall compared to other European cities right through the year.

Fun Parks

Larnaca is well-organised city with green areas and safe playgrounds for children. Many parks have permanently installed games as well serve a safe oasis for children of all aged groups.

Larnaca FAQ's

Q.1) Where is Larnaca located?

Ans: Larnaca is located on the southern coast of Cyprus. It is the third largest city in Cyprus after Nicosia and Limassol.

Q.2) What is the population of Larnaca?

Ans: The population of Larnaca is 72, 0000 (2010).

Q.3) What is the name of Cyprus's largest airport?

Ans: The Cyprus largest airport is Larnaca International Airport.

Q.4) What is time zone of Larnaca?

Ans: EET (UTC+2) is time zone of Larnaca.

Q.5) What is currency of Larnaca?

Ans: Euro (EUR) is currency of Larnaca.

Q.6) Which languages are spoken in Larnaca?

Ans: Greek and Turkish are spoken in Larnaca.

Q.7) What are the famous landmarks in Larnaca?

Ans: The Ancient Kition, The Larnaca Castle, The Larnaca Salt Lake, The Palm Trees Promenade, and The Europe Square, etc. are the famous landmarks in Larnaca.

Q.8) Which is the public transport in Larnaca?

Ans: The public transport in Larnaca is served by buses.

Q.9) How is the climate in Larnaca?

Ans: Larnaca has a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine through out the year.

Q.10) What are Larnaca emergency numbers?

Ans: Larnaca emergency numbers for Ambulance, Police and Fire Station are 199 or 112.

Q.11) Where is the Larnaca International Airport located?

Ans: The Larnaca International Airport is located next to Larnaca Salt Lake, only three miles (5km) from central Larnaca. It is a popular airport in Cyprus, which serves more than five million people each year.

Q.12) What is area code of Larnaca and country code of Cyprus?

Ans: The area code of Larnaca is +24 while the country code of Cyprus is +357.

Q.13) What are the visa requirements in Larnaca?

Ans: Please visit visa requirements page for more details in Larnaca.

Q.14) How to dial by mobile phone in Cyprus?

Ans: Dialling format for calls to a mobile phone: 011 + 357 + 99X XXXX.

Q.15 What are the famous newspapers in Larnaca?

Ans: Popka Newspaper, Akathkiotissa Newspaper, Haravgi Newspaper and Roussoudiou Andreas are some of the famous newspapers in Larnaca.

Getting Around in Larnaca

Larnaca, the oldest city in Cyprus, is dependent on public transport mostly served by buses. There are three sub-divisions including night buses, rural buses and intercity buses, which are linked to the Larnaca International Airport. Zinonas operates the public transport service in Larnaca. Leoforos Athinon Avenue is the famous bus terminal from where you can easily travel to different points all over the city. Other ways of travelling include either hiring a taxi, renting a car and driving a moped. However, the city lacks fully developed rail transport.

Bus system

Bus system is the main public transport in Larnaca operated by Zinonas. There are mainly three sub-divisions of bus system, which includes night buses, rural buses and intercity buses. Leoforos Athinon Avenue is a main bus terminal from where you can easily get a bus for various destinations. It covers major routes and popular places. One can get bus timetable and fares from tourist information offices and the station. Aiya Napa, Limassol, Nicosa, Lefkosia and Protarus are accessible by buses.

Taxis

Larnaca taxis can be easily hailed on the street or it can be pre-booked by telephone. Pre-booking is a bit convenient as you don't have to wait on the streets. Taxi drivers charge fare according to their metre. Fares are reasonable and passengers needn't pay additional charges for heavy luggage and late night trips. Passengers can also use shared taxi if they want to go to other towns and cities. These taxis are timed. Therefore, you require booking a seat in advance.

Foot and Bicycle

Because of appealing streets, beach fronts and wonderful parks, it is all times great if you prefer walk on foot. You can also hire a bicycle from several offices located on the Larnaca Delta road. In case of pre-booking, bicycles are delivered at the hotel's door.

Car Rental

Renting a car is one of the best options if you are interested in enjoying holidays on your own. Just rent a car in Lanarca before arriving in the city. After landing at the airport, look for car hire companies. The city features international traffic signals and local signboards. Self driving is only possible if you posses an international driving license otherwise ask for a chauffer driven car.

Communication in Larnaca

Being one of the leading cities in Cyprus, Larnaca is well-equipped with modern means of communications. The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority is responsible for providing fixed line telecommunications, mobile telecommunications and internet access in Cyprus. Cytamobile - Vodafone provide mobile telephony services, Cytanet is for internet access and fixed telephony service while Cytavision covers the digital and interactive television market. Cyprus financial mirror, Cyprus mail and Cyprus weekly are leading newspapers of the country.