Called Kition in times past, Larnaca is noted as the birthplace of the philosopher Zeno. Also Lazarus decided to settle here becoming Larnaca's first bishop, and then later its patron saint. Modern Larnaca, like other Cypriot coastal towns, is divided into an older city center and a wide sprawl of newer hotels and restaurants along the beach.
Described as a lively resort with a laid back Mediterranean atmosphere, Larnaca is suitable for couples and families, and provides a good base to explore most of the island. With an established infrastructure and well appointed shopping centre in the main town, Larnaca’s numerous facilities make it a popular tourist resort area.
Larnaca’s sea front is lined with tavernas, restaurants and bars and its promenade is a reminder of the nearby continental influences. The tree-lined Larnaca Promenade (Phinikoudes) is an attractive and popular meeting place for tourists and Cypriots alike. Situated at the end of the promenade is the resort’s world class marina which is popular with yachtsmen from all over. The western end of town boasts a 17th century fort.
To the east of town a new tourist area has been developed with sandy beach and a full range of water sports available. Just outside Larnaca try McKenzie Beach, well known for its beautiful white sandy beach and clear cool waters.
A short excursion out of town towards Limassol takes you into the verdant foothills of the Troodos Mountains, while along the coast to the east the glamorous night-life of Ayia Napa awaits. Be sure not to miss the nearby village of Lefkara, famous for its lace and silverware.
HOW TO GET THERE
Cyprus Airways and British Airways offer direct regularly scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca International Airport. Many other European carriers including Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Olympic Airways also offer direct flights from their major capital hubs.
Charter flights operate from major city airports throughout the UK, but schedules may be limited during the winter season.
Larnaca town centre is 30 minutes coach and 15 minutes by taxi transfer from Larnaca International Airport. Shared taxis (dolmus) connect Larnaca to Nicosia and Limassol.