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The morning sun rises gently from the eastern horizon of the azure Mediterranean Sea. Facing the nascent rays are the green palms that line the seafront of Larnaca. Behind these exotic trees, the city appears with its tall hotels, historical old buildings and the wide landscape and streets slowly rising towards the more mountainous interior of central Cyprus. In Larnaca you’ll find a plethora of museums, monuments and an archaeological sites that will thoroughly introduce you to the thousands of years of history that form the solid roots of Larnacan culture. Assyrians, Phoenicians, Persians, Ottomans and Greeks have all ruled the area since the foundation of the city in the 13###sup/sup### century BC. Today you can wander through the city and see remnants and ruins from these past rulers and experience how the local Cypriots have forged their strong sense of identity through the previous millennia. Visit the medieval castle and its adjacent museum, or head to the Byzantine Museum and the Larnaca Municipal Gallery to see some of the local findings and culture on display. Immediately behind the seafront, you’ll find the beautiful natural Salt Lake, which actually consists of four different interconnected lakes. During the summer months the water evaporates and renders the area looking like a white desert, while the winter months not only bring the water back, but it also invite lots of exotic birds to make a brief stop on the island. Scores of pink flamingos feast on the local shrimp, while black-headed seagulls and cranes flock around them. In Larnaca you are never far from anything, be it quaint cafés, great shops, stunning sites or endeavours to explore the island of Cyprus further. Relax by the gentle waves of Mackenzie Beach before retiring to a local restaurant, and watch the sun bid its slow farewell over the hilltops and mountains that populate the western part of the island.
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