Live it up in Larnaca


By Amy Rosoman

Photography by imageimage / Alamy Stock Photo

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June 2017

With year-round sunshine, sandy beaches and locals who will woo you, Larnaca is full of variety and excitement. Wander around ancient ruins, hop on a banana boat or stroll the palm tree-lined promenade. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Larnaca and its neighbouring towns will leave you in awe.

Golden sands

Wander down to the golden sands of Finikoudes beach, just next to the old town centre and find yourself amongst an abundance of eateries and bars to hang back in. Not too far away, are the real treasure trove beaches you must make your way to. Discover the captivating views and dazzling bays in nearby Protaras and Ayia Napa. Fig Tree Bay offers a beautiful cove of soft sand and azure waters, with plenty of facilities and water sports to keep everyone happy. Or venture to the idyllic white washed and blue hues of Ayios Nikolaos chapel at Kalamies for turquoise waters in Protaras. Find yourself on the east coast gem of Konnos Bay. The crystal clear waters, sandy shores and pretty rock pools will keep you coming back for more. Renowned as one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, Nissi beach is thriving with a fun-time vibe in Ayia Napa.

Where to stay: Capo Bay – for its four-star elegance, stunning surroundings and waterfront location of Fig Tree Bay.

Not too far away, are the real treasure trove beaches you must make your way to

Charming culture and exquisite experiences

With its wonderful history of Greek mythology and stories which run through the bones of Cyprus, Larnaca has its own tales to tell. From the spectacular sights of ancient ruins, the winding mountain roads to market towns or natural wonders of the island’s beauty. Visit the striking Church of Saint Lazarus and learn about ancient medicine at the fascinating Kyriazis Medical Museum. Take a trip to the traditional village of Omodos up on the Troodos mountains. Marvel at amazing views, wander through vineyards and stroll through the pretty markets. For an unforgettable experience, head out to sea for a shipwreck dive through crystalline waters around the Wreck of the Zenobia. Or take in the views of the magnificent Larnaca Salt Lake, where in winter, the colourful flamingos enhance its scenic splendour.

Where to stay: Grecian Park – for its five-star luxury, fabulous facilities and neighbouring location to Cape Greco National Park.

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  • The St Lazarus church. Photo credit: Kirillm.

    Behold the sights

    Witness all the quaint and mesmerising architecture on the island of Cyprus, against beautiful backdrops.£156 pp

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Dining delight

Indulge your senses in traditional tavernas, with Cypriote wine to blow your mind and traditional mezze boards to tuck into, the authentic tastes of Cyprus will leave you mouth-watering. Dine in the white washed walls of To Kazani Traditional Tavern, with a wonderful choice of mezze to choose from, you won’t go hungry. Flavours burst out of the food and the service is outstanding. Or head to the Art Café 1900, a delight for art lovers with its floor-to-ceiling paintings. Take a look at the specials, whilst you dip into tzatziki and hummus and enjoy the fine wines or brilliant beers. On a day trip out in Limassol, be sure to stop for a bite to eat at the Meze Taverna Restaurant for the best moussaka in town, meaty mezze and wonderful fish choices.

Where to stay: Ciao Stelio Boutique – for its great selection on the restaurant menus, signature cocktails and it’s easy walking distance to more restaurants and bars.

  • Church paintings in St. Lazarus. Photo credit: Stefan Sollfors / Alamy Stock Photo.

    Magnificent paintings

    Peep inside the exquisite churches on the island and admire wondrous works of art.

  • Flamingos on the Salt Lake. Photo credit: iWebbtravel / Alamy Stock Photo.

    Pretty in pink

    Make your way to the Salt Lakes and witness the marvellous flamingo migration.

  • Nissi bay days. Photo credit: letty17.

    Beachside

    Lounge on sensational beaches, with soft white sands and turquoise seas, enjoy a piece of paradise.

Adventure time

The abundance of activities to fill your time in Larnaca is full to the brim with an array of exhilarating water sports, mountain biking trails, jeep safari adventures and rock climbing opportunities, just to name a few. Spend a memorable family day out at Fasouri Watermania for thrilling slides and rides, or float around the lazy river by inflatable and relax. Or explore the cycling routes around Larnaca, bike through scenic countryside, forests, mountains and villages. If you prefer, go for a hike and pack a picnic in a backpack, for a glorious lunch with a view. Hit the beach and jump on a jet ski, head out to deeper waters for scuba diving or paddle along the coastline on a kayak for a more leisurely experience. Take a day to sail away on a boat trip or try your hand at some fishing and feel like a local.

Where to stay: Olympic Lagoon Ayia Napa – for its award-winning resort title, spectacular choice of activities and brilliant proximity to the water park.

 

  • Watch beautiful glows as the sun goes down. Photo credit: Constantinos Hinis.

    Larnaca landscapes

    Whether you’re walking in the city, strolling by the beach or trekking the mountains, enjoy all the sights.£156 pp

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Party central

Make your way to Larnaca promenade in the early evening for lively drinks, or head out after dark to buzzing bars and entertaining club nights. Pop along to the Oasis cocktail bar for modern music, fish bowl drinks, a bit of karaoke and to dance the night away. The crowds are friendly and the bar staff are plenty of fun too. Get yourself to the party capital, Ayia Napa, for an electrifying night. Head over to The Castle Club for a big night out on the town, with several huge dancing areas, grab drinks at the bar and let the DJ spin you around with the best beats. For an early evening drink with the family, head to the Bedrock Inn for a fun atmosphere and non-alcohol cocktails. Or head there a bit later to start your own bar crawl or join one, with its great music, fantastic drinks and fun themes, before venturing out to the nearby bars and clubs along the strip.

Where to stay: Napa Plaza – for its stylish adults-only retreat and pampering spa to rejuvenate after those big nights out, with its central location.