Aphrodite's Isle, better known as Cyprus, lies in the eastern Mediterranean and is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it ideal for a relaxing holiday. But it's not all about the soft sandy beaches - there are many places to explore and discover which are packed with history and scenic beauty.
With Brits welcomed by open arms and superb levels of hospitality, a holiday in the Larnaca area delivers time after time.
Larnaca lies at the eastern end of the southern Cypriot coastline and has its own airport. It is a large resort with a modern cosmopolitan feel and has a busy marina, a wide promenade and beautiful beaches. Hiring a car is a great way to explore the surrounding areas, such as the traditional villages of Kiti and Lefkara and the mountains of Paphos and Troodos to the west. Larnaca car hire is easy to arrange and a pick-up from Larnaca Airport (LCA) makes getting to your hotel easy.
Larnaca is very popular with those who enjoy water sports such as windsurfing and kite-surfing because of its lovely Blue Flag beaches. The nightlife is also lively and exciting. The Phinikoides on the seafront is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and this is where you will find great markets, cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs.
Outside the main town and beach resorts you can use your hire car to really get out and about. Where will you discover?
A short drive will take you to the Larnaca Salt Lake, which is home to many species of birds that migrate here in January. In August, the lake dries and the salt forms a thick crust around 10cm deep. Near the lake is the tomb of Hala Sultan Tekke, whose husband led the invasion of Larnaca in 649 BC. Thousands of pilgrims come each year to visit the shrine.
Cultural attractions include the Church of St Lazarus, the Statue of Zeno and the Stavrovouni Monastery. Car hire in Larnaca will allow you to explore the surrounding area at your own pace. You can discover local villages such as Lefkara in the Troodos Hills, where you can see traditional lace makers creating and selling their wares.
Larnaca Market and Camel Park is a great destination for a family day out. Explore the area on a camel and shop for souvenirs, gifts and bargains in the largest outdoor market in Cyprus. There are activities and parks for children to let off steam as well as cafes to relax in.