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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Larnaca

Located on the southern coast of Cyprus, the beautiful city of Larnaca has been attracting people from all parts of the globe. This is the third largest city and is well known among tourists for being the city with the breathtaking seafront surrounded by palm trees.

Besides the beaches, the city provides a lot of sightseeing places to visit. Take a tour of your choice and visit popular tourist attractions like Salt Lake, St. Lazarus Church and the Kamares Aqueduct and many more. These attractions showcase not only the beauty but the history of Larnaca as well.

St Lazarus Church
Flickr / Nico Trinkhaus

St Lazarus Church

The Church of Saint Lazarus (The Church of Agios Lazaros / Ierós Naós Agíou Lazárou) is an important religious institution of Larnaca was built in the 9th century A.D. Devoted to St. Lazarus, he is said to have lived in Kition for about 30 years after his resurrection by Christ. It is believed that the church is erected upon the empty grave of the saint, who is actually buried in France. Eight days before Easter, the icon of Saint Lazarus is carried in a procession through the streets of Larnaca.

Address: Plateia Agiou Lazarou, Larnaca, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 246 524 98

Stavrovouni Monastery
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Stavrovouni Monastery

The Stavrovouni Monastery is a Greek Orthodox Monastery constructed on the peak of a mountain by the same name in the District of Larnaca. Dedicated to the Holy Cross, the name of the monastery is derived from two words 'Stavros' (cross) and 'Vouno' (mountain). According to tradition, it was founded in the 4th century by Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, who left a fragment of the Holy Cross to the monastery.

Address: 9km off the Nicosia-Limassol road, 40km from Larnaca, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 246 524 98
Opening Hours:
Winter (Sept.-Mar.): Daily: 8am – 12:00, 2pm – 5pm
Summer (Apr.–Aug.): Daily: 8am – 12:00, 3pm – 6pm

Salt Lake
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Salt Lake

A popular sight in Larnaca, Salt Lake is home to nearly 85 species of migratory waterbirds like flamingos. About 10,000 flamingos visit the lake every year around January and February. In July-and August, the lake dries up leaving a thick crust of salt measuring up to 10cm deep. In the Middle Ages, the lake was used to mine salt for commercial purposes, but now it is just a tourist attraction. Situated nearby the Salt Lake is the holy site of Hala Sultan Tekke.

Hala Sultan Tekke
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Hala Sultan Tekke

The Hala Sultan Tekke mosque overlooking the Salt Lake is one of the holiest Islamic places and a Muslim pilgrimage site. The mosque also known as Mosque of Umm Haram, is built on the tomb of Umm Haram wet nurse of Prophet Mohammed and wife of Ouvadas Ibn, who led the invasion against Cyprus in 649 and 650 AD. The simple grave has now transformed into a beautiful mosque. An extremely sacred shrine, it is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Address: Dromolaxia, Larnaca, Cyprus
Opening Hours:
Winter (16 Sept.- 15 Apr.): Daily: 8am – 5pm
Summer (16 Apr. - 15 Sept.): Daily: 8am – 7.30pm

Djami Kebir Mosque
Flickr / Amanda Slater

Djami Kebir Mosque

The Grand Mosque or as it is called Djámi Kebír Mosque is situated next to the Larnaca Fort. Built in the 16th century, it is still visited by the local Muslim community. A good view of the mosque can be gained through the Larnaca Fort.

Address: 1 Pavlou Vslsmaki, Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca Marina
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Larnaca Marina

Larnaca's 200 berth yachting marina is one of its main attractions. The harbour is lined with lovely palm trees and from here you can view all the yachts and boats that are sailing in the sea. There are also lots of taverns and cafes at the harbour to enjoy a glass of wine or a sip of your favourite coffee.

Address: Marina Harbour, 6023, Larnaca, Cyprus

Tel.: +357 246 531 10

Kamares Aqueduct
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Kamares Aqueduct

Built during the period from 1747 to 1750, the Kamares Aqueduct, also called as the Bekir Pasha Aqueduct is located a little on the outskirts of the city of Larnaca and consists of around 75 arches with 20 of those arches still being intact. Noted to be one of the most important constructions during the Ottoman period, the structure was in operation till 1939.

Address: Larisis Van Ntaik, Larnaca, Cyprus

Ancient Kition
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Ancient Kition

The Ancient Kition is located in the north-west of Larnaca and features some temples that date back to 13th century B.C. The ones that are worth visiting are the Phoenician Temple of Astarte and the City Walls. The ruins of the temple were built on an earlier Bronze Age temple and are dedicated to goddess Astarte. One can also find some remains of tombs made from gold, ivory and bronze.

Address: Ancient Kition, Larnaca, Cyprus
Tel.:+357 243 041 15

Opening Hours:
Winter (16 Sept.- 15 Apr.):
Mon.to Fri.: 8:30am – 4pm, Weekends closed
Summer (16 Apr.- 15 Sept.):
Mon.to Fri.: 9am – 5pm, Weekends closed

Choirokoitia
CC / A.Savin

Choirokoitia

This famous site of Larnaca also called Khirokitia, is known to be one of the best-preserved pre-historic sites of the eastern Mediterranean. It contains the remains of a Neolithic settlement dating from 7000 B.C. Located on the main Larnaca-Lemesos road; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1998. Evidence of the settlement is found in the form of farmer's houses, burnt grains of barley and wheat, tombs and defence walls. The artefacts and remains found here are displayed at the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

Address: Choirokoitia, Larnaca, Cyprus
Tel.:+357 243 227 10

Opening Hours:
Winter (Nov. - Mar.): Daily: 8am – 5pm
Spring (Apr. - May) and Autumn (Sept. - Oct.): Daily: 8am – 6pm
Summer (Jun. to Aug.): Daily: 8am – 7:30pm

MS Zenobia

MS Zenobia

Affectionately known as ‘The Zen’, the Zenobia Wreck in Cyprus is one of the top ten wrecks to dive. Located just 1500 metres off the coast of Larnaca, the famous shipwreck sits 42 metres below sea level and contains the original cargo contents, along with certain parts of the ship still intact when it sunk.

Address: Bay, Larnaca, Cyprus

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