You couldn’t have found yourself in a better destination for catching a tan and relaxing under the sunshine. Soak up those rays on one of Larnaca’s many beautiful beaches before taking a dip in the refreshingly cool water. There’s a beach here for every traveller, whether you’re looking for something isolated and romantic, a family-friendly stretch that’s got a busy buzz about it, or somewhere where the watersport activities will keep you entertained for days on end.
With more seaside footpaths than you could shake a walking stick at, Larnaca is the ideal spot for couples in need of some instagram-worthy alone time. Why not meander your way along the Voroklini Beach Trail with its many shell-gathering spots? Or appreciate the sun rising over the waves from a jetty of the City Seafront Walk? Wherever you are, you’ll never be far from a (well-signposted) exploration opportunity.
Riddled with plenty of history and beautiful medieval monuments, a holiday to Larnaca is perfect for those who want to get a fix of culture. From the Church of Saint Lazarus to the Larnaca Medieval Castle, nearly every site here has been beautifully preserved and features beautiful artefacts from times gone by that are a representation of fascinating Cypriot legacies.
A monument of remarkable beauty, the church of Agios Lazaros can be found right in the heart of Larnaca city, its domes a landmark that can be seen for miles around. The final resting place of a real saint, the house of worship is one of the most perfectly preserved Byzantine structures in Cyprus. The church itself was built in the late ninth century and belongs to the Church of Cyprus which is an autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church. The popular attraction is open all year round although closed on public holidays, and entrance is free.
Situated to the west of the city of Larnaca, Larnaca Salt Lake is a complex network of four bodies of water that appear as nothing less an ethereal oasis. The second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake, it boasts a total area of nearly 16 square kilometres and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. During the winter months, the lakes fill with water and become home to migrating birds and among the wild ducks, the most popular fowl you will find here is the majestic flamingo. In addition to admiring the birds, the Salty Lake is also a popular area for walking and jogging thanks to the abundant amount of various trees, shrubs and flowers that give the area an increasingly magical look.
One of the most popular tourist attractions for those on a holiday to Larnaca, the Camel Park is a must for those with a craving for adventure or a soft spot for animals and wildlife. Located in Mazotos and only 15 minutes from Larnaca Airport, this vibrant zoo provides fantastic opportunities to ride a camel around the complex and even purchase food bags so you can get up close and personal to the animals. Children will certainly be in their element here with the likes of bull riding games, bumper cars and a 5D cinema. If you’re visiting Larnaca in the summer months, the Camel Park opens up its swimming pool for a refreshing dip, adjacent to a stylish restaurant where you can indulge in cool beverages and tasty meals.
Wherever you go to indulge in a meal during your holiday to Larnaca, it goes without saying that meze will take prominence on the menu. Undoubtedly linked to the island’s culture whereby meals are better shared among loved ones, meze are small plates comprising of a variety of dishes and dips, depending on what ingredients are in season at the time. Salad is always a staple in meze alongside dips such as tzatiki and hummus with warm breads while the main events are souvlaki, whole fried fish and delicious stews. During the summer months in Larnaca, there’s truly nothing better than dining al fresco and indulging on delicious plates of meze.
Larnaca is located in the coastal area of Cyprus, lying at one of the lowest altitude points in the country, on the south coast of in a sheltered bay. The summer weather is considered fantastic with long days of sunshine and little to no rainfall. Late April and early May is when temperatures begin to rise, and between June and September is when you’ll experience temperatures around 30 degrees.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Cyprus and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on entry requirements and travel regulations, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/entry-requirements
The Currency in Larnaca is the Euro (EUR).
In Larnaca, the language spoken is Greek.