Located on the eastern coast of Cyprus, the quaint and friendly beach town of Larnaca is a worthwhile stop on a holiday on the Mediterranean island.
Lovely beaches, ancient ruins, historic and religious sites, and fine dining options make this a perfect destination for a relaxing beach holiday. Take a stroll along the lake, enjoy relaxing on the beach, and take in the fresh Mediterranean air.
Where to Stay
For such a small town, there are a lot of lodging options in Larnaca. Most accommodations can be found along the beach, and most are very reasonably priced.
Located in Larnaca’s city center, the Achilleos City Hotel is small, comfortable, and convenient to the beach and the local restaurants and attractions. Some of the 33 rooms are suites with relaxing spa baths.
The Eleonora Hotel Apartments are close to the beach and offer all of the comforts of home. The guest rooms are studio and two room apartments that are perfect for families, offering plenty of space, including a full kitchen. The service is great as well.
The Livadhiotis City Hotel gets high marks for its excellent service, great rates, and convenience to all of the sights of Larnaca. Located steps from the beach, the hotel serves up a delicious breakfast, but is also close to all of the town’s best restaurants.
Where to Eat
You’ll find a wide array of dining options as you stroll along the streets of Larnaca. While the bulk of the choices are traditional Greek fare, you will also come across Japanese, Indian, Chinese, and even French cuisine.
Serving up beautifully prepared and presented Middle Eastern dishes, Abu Dany is a favorite thanks to its use of fresh ingredients, excellent service, and the taste of its unique food.
Serving up fresh fish dishes and other Greek favorites, Dionyssos Fish Tavern leaves visitors returning time and again.
Offering gorgeous beach views and friendly service enhances the flavors of the beautiful food.
Excellent Greek food, plenty of drink, music, and dancing are what make Ayia Anna Tavern one of Larnaca’s most popular tavernas. The portions are huge and the atmosphere is a party.
What to Do
Like any other Greek town, there is plenty of history everywhere you turn in Larnaca. There are ancient ruins and religious sites to explore, along with the beautiful beach. All in all, Larnaca is a relaxing town, one that can be explored easily by foot, and enjoyed by all.
The religious sites in Larnaca are both beautiful and interesting. Visit Ayios Lazarus, or the Church of St. Lazarus. It is widely believed that the church is built around the tomb of Lazarus, the man who resurrected Jesus.
Hala Sultan Tekke is another religious site not to be missed. The mosque, located next to the Salt Lake, is thought to contain the tomb of Umm Haram, the foster mother of Mohammed.
Take a stroll around the scenic Larnaca Salt Lake. From November through March of each year, hundreds of pink flamingoes flock to the lake. It is quite a sight to behold. Walk along its banks and enjoy the nearby nature trail.
The ruins of Ancinet Kition, dating back to 7,000 B.C. are fascinating to explore. And don’t miss the Neolithic site of Choirokoitia.
Avid divers come to Larnaca to explore the wreck of the Zenobia, a ferry that sunk into the sea on her maiden voyage in 1980.
There is, of course, the beautiful beach along which Larnaca resides. Relax on the sand and enjoy the sounds of the Mediterranean lapping along the shore.
When to Visit
It is always a great time to visit Larnaca, with hot and sunny summers and moderate winters. The summers are the most crowded, thanks to the lack of rainfall and the picture perfect conditions.