Bathed in sunshine and overlooking sparkling Mediterranean waters, Larnaca has it all – historical wonders, nightlife, and fine dining. With quick and convenient flights to Cyprus operating via Larnaca Airport, you will definitely want to consider a break in this Greek hotspot for your next holiday. Here are four reasons why:
1. The beaches will take your breath away
Larnaca’s golden sands stretch for miles, and beach-goers will be spoilt for choice. A popular choice, Foinikoudes Beach is centrally located and there is always something going on, whether it’s a sporting event or a concert.
If you fancy something a little more secluded, try venturing south along the coast towards the village of Pervolia to visit Faros Beach. Quieter than its neighbours, Faros Beach sits on a picturesque strip of the island’s coast, but still boasts modern amenities and watersports facilities, providing visitors with plenty to do.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Larnaca Salt Lake by katebum
2. It’s family friendly
In addition to its splendid beaches, Larnaca’s blend of activities and entertainment make the port city a great spot for families. Mazotos Camel Park promises a fun day of camel rides, trips to the petting zoo, and dips in the pool.
Animal lovers will also enjoy the nearby Golden Donkeys Farm, where you can sample donkey milk chocolate in the shop. The town centre also boasts a number of museums that might pique the interest of families with older kids, particularly the Natural History Museum with its bird park in the
3. It’s heaven for history buffs
If you love learning about the past, you’ll also find a wealth of intriguing sights where you can get a taste of Cypriot history. The stunning Hala Sultan Tekke mosque perches next to the salt lakes just
outside town, and is said to be the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad’s wet nurse, from whom it takes its name.
At the end of the Finikoudes Promenade in the centre of town, you’ll find Larnaca Castle, a Byzantine fort built some time during the Middle Ages. From there, you can stroll through Larnaca’s old Turkish quarter to experience the town’s mixed cultural history.
You’ll also want to pay a visit to the impressive 9th century Church of Agios Lazaros. The Tomb of Lazarus lies beneath – he is said to have been resurrected four days after his death by Jesus.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Larnaca by sergesegal
4. It’s great for foodies
Thanks to Larnaca’s popularity, the city’s restaurants cater to a variety of international tastes, but you won’t want to leave without sampling some Cypriot cuisine. Art Café 1900 is one of the town’s best dining spots, and is typically Greek in both food options and atmosphere. A traditional Greek taverna is also a fantastic way to sample local cuisine – try the family-run To Kazani Traditional Tavern for authentic food in a gorgeous rustic setting.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Taverna by KonstantinosDafalias
These are only a few of the many reasons why Larnaca is an incredible destination that can be tailored to suit every individual taste, so add it to your bucket list of must-visit locations!
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