Live it up in Larnaca

Por Amy Rosoman

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Com sol praticamente durante todo o ano, praias belíssimas e a simpatia dos habitantes locais, Larnaca tem muita coisa para fazer e vale muito a pena visitar. Passeie nas ruínas, ande num barco banana ou passeie na avenida cheia de palmeiras. Larnaca e as cidades perto da região têm tudo para o deixar completamente encantado.

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.

Onde ficar: 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

  • 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.£274 pp

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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 wild colourful flamingos enhance its scenic splendour.

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

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  • 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. £586 pp

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  • Flamingos on the Salt Lake. Photo credit: iWebbtravel / Alamy Stock Photo.
  • Nissi bay days. Photo credit: letty17.


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

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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.

Onde ficar: Hotel Indigo Larnaca – for its adult only, boutique experience and its stunning rooftop pool bar and courtyard restaurant.



  • 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.£274 pp

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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.

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


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.

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