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Larnaca manages to be an amiable mix of a working town and tourist resort, but without the crowds. This city, on Cyprus’ south coast, offers up no shortage of attractions, including an impressive cathedral, medieval fort, flourishing marina, several monasteries and the stunning Hala Sultan Tekke mosque. It is also an appealing gateway to the east coast with the marquee attractions of Limassol, Ayia Napa and Protaras all within easy reach.
Discover Larnaca Castle, an impressive medieval fort, once used as a prison by the British and now home to an interesting museum. Enjoy a morning stroll or evening cocktail along the delightful coastal promenade Finikoudes and spend some time chilling on Kastella Beach.
Throw some clay at Emira Pottery or blast some clay targets at Larnaca Olympic Shooting Range. The hilltop Stavrovouni Monastery is reputedly the island’s oldest and contains a piece of the Holy Cross brought there by St Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, in AD327. Women aren’t allowed inside but anyone can enjoy the views over the Mesaoria plain. Keen divers can explore the wreck of MS Zenobia, which capsized in Larnaca Bay in 1980. Book your flights to Larnaca today and start exploring.
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We have a great selection of quality hotels in easy reach of Larnaca to recommend. In Limassol Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa has a glamorous seafront setting, an award-winning spa, a designer retail village and an enormous kids’ club. The opulent Four Seasons Hotel features a gorgeous spa, two tennis courts, gourmet restaurants and three swimming pools. The Royal Apollonia enjoys a Limassol beachfront location with tennis courts, an indulgent spa, three restaurants and panoramic views of the seafront from its outdoor pool. Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World offering three pools and an inflatable water park in the sea. If you're heading to Protaras, Grecian Park offers a private sandy beach, easy access to the Cape Greco National Park, a spa, sublime Mediterranean views and a free shuttle bus running to sister property the Grecian Bay Hotel in Ayia Napa. From its beachfront location at Larnaca’s Blue Flag Pantachau Beach Grecian Bay Hotel offers a kids’ club, Greek-inspired restaurants and a spa.
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Drive west from Larnaca on local roads and you’ll discover a slower pace of life and an unspoilt hinterland of hill villages and small harbours. This area also holds two important prehistoric sights — the remains of two Neolithic villages at Tenta and Choirokoitia, which date from around 7000 BC.
What are the best things to do in Larnaca?
- Ayia Napa’s Nissi Beach offers pristine white sands and shallow, clear waters that are ideal for families and perfect for snorkelling and swimming. There are ample sun loungers and parasols, too. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants and has become a popular draw for clubbers – most of the action centres around the Nissi Bay Beach Bar which hosts regular dance parties with guest DJs.
- Fig Tree Bay in Protaras often ranks among Europe’s best beaches with its soft, white sand and clear turquoise waters. Snorkel among abundant marine life, enjoy water sports including jet skiing, banana boats and parasailing, or take a boat trip to nearby caves. There are many fish restaurants and plenty of lively bars and nightclubs, too. Stroll over to the rocky promontory to the east of the bay to catch a picture-perfect sunset. It’s a popular beach, so get there early. In addition to Fig Tree Bay, the appealing coastal resort of Protaras has plenty of tempting beaches. Green Bay offers vibrant marine life and intriguing rock formations for divers. Secluded Konnos Bay has breathtaking scenery and plenty of beachfront cafes while Sirena Bay is a hidden gem with pristine sands and gently lapping waves. Sunrise Beach, Pernera Beach, Agia Triada Beach and Louma Beach all have their unique charms.
- The rugged Cape Greco National Forest Park is a protected area of around 385 hectares. It’s home to many rare plants and wildflowers, while resident animals include hares, porcupines, sea turtles and dolphins. Look out for the natural sea arch known as the Bridge of Love. There’s an array of hiking trails, including the gentle Aphrodite Trail, offering spectacular sea views, and the Cyclops Trail, a hair-raising clifftop walk. An underwater environment complete with rich marine life, ancient shipwrecks and impressive rock formations awaits divers and snorkellers.
- The award-winning Ayia Napa WaterWorld, one of Europe’s leading themed water parks, is chock full of exciting slides and rides, alongside fun facilities like go-karts and restaurants. Upgrade to a luxurious VIP Suite here to enjoy floor-to-ceiling glass doors, beach cabanas and comfy seating with panoramic views of the water park.
- The Larnaca Salt Lake is a striking sight with its shimmering expanse of caked white salt during the dry summer months. Despite the name it’s actually a network of wetlands with only the largest area Alyki being a true salt lake. In winter, plentiful supplies of shrimp attract flocks of flamingos, gulls and wild ducks. Once a lagoon connected to the Mediterranean, the lake was an important port in the second millennium BC when Larnaca was known as Kition. Today you can follow a two-mile nature trail around the lake.
- The precise origins of the Ayia Napa Monastery are unknown, although it’s thought to date back to at least the 15th Century when Cyprus was in Venetian hands. The monastery, which is partly underground, gave Ayia Napa its name which translates as wild forest. According to local legend the monastery was founded on the spot where a hunter and his dog discovered an icon of the Virgin Mary. Today the monastery houses a small museum and hosts a range of secular and church events.
- The Church of Saint Lazarus, one of the oldest on Cyprus, dates to the late 9th Century. It contains the tomb of Lazarus of Bethany, whom Jesus reputedly rose from the dead. In 1972 a marble sarcophagus was found under the altar during renovations. Inside were human remains believed to be part of Lazarus’ relics. The church is one of only two on the island to boast three domes – although the originals were destroyed in an earthquake.
What are the best places to stay in Larnaca?
Stroll Larnaca’s palm-lined promenade, stopping at one of the many seafront cafes and bars. Wander the historic Turkish quarter and browse quaint traditional shops, or shop designer labels in the city centre. Visit the majestic Salt Lake and beautiful historic monuments like the Church of Saint Lazarus and the Grand Mosque.
There’s far more to Cyprus’ party capital, Ayia Napa, than clubs and bars. It’s got 5-star hotels, the family-friendly Nissi Beach and WaterWorld aqua theme park. Follow nature trails or visit the tiny whitewashed Agoi Anargyroi church whose steps lead down to the sea. The fascinating Thalassa Ayia Napa Municipal Museum uncovers the mysteries of the deep.
Limassol has beautiful beaches and an attractive historical centre anchored around the medieval Limassol Castle and the Old Port. The latter now offers trendy cafes and restaurants, and its picturesque pier has stood since 1880. Spot superyachts in the swish new marina – already being dubbed 'the Monte Carlo of Cyprus'. North west of the city you can follow six wine routes visiting 20 wineries spread across 11 wine villages or ‘Krasochoria’. Explore the Prokymea Molos Sculpture Park, which features 20 large sculptures on the Molos seafront created by local and international artists.
Offering a host of hotels, Protaras is a bustling resort on the golden Famagusta coastline and boasts some of the finest beaches in Cyprus with fantastic water sports. Dining options cater to every palate, while bars on the main street throb with live music and entertainment. Alternatively, go snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters around idyllic Cape Greco or explore the peaceful coastal villages and secluded bays.
Which Larnaca holiday type is right for me?
Are you looking for Cyprus hotels in Protaras? Try the Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa for size. This beachfront property offers access to eight restaurants, a world-class spa and four swimming pools. For Limassol all-inclusive holidays look no further than St Raphael Resort. An impressive 30% of the hotel’s menus are plant-based, plus there’s a dedicated vegan restaurant too. For a touch of Limassol luxury check out the Amara Hotel. This lavish hotel offers Michelin-starred dining, a signature spa and a beachfront location.
If you’re searching for all-inclusive hotels in Protaras consider Cavo Maris Beach. Set among beautiful gardens and an unspoilt beach, this hotel offers a wide selection of activities including water sports, kids’ facilities and a kids’ club. When it comes to 5 star hotels in Ayia Napa book into the Amanti MadeForTwo Hotels Ayia Napa. This adults-only hotel offers half-board dine-around at a choice of three a la carte restaurants with drinks included with meals.
Perhaps you’ve got your heart set on a party hotel in Ayia Napa? Check out the Napa Plaza in the heart of town. This adult-only retreat offers a swimming pool and access to some of the town’s best nightclubs within a 500-metre radius. Wanting to go all-inclusive in Ayia Napa? The Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa is an all-inclusive hotel 150 metres from Landa Beach set in lush gardens surrounded by tall palms. This family favourite offers five a la carte restaurants and a gelateria.
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