The cosmopolitan city resort, on the south coast of the sunny island of Cyprus, is a sprawling resort where bars, restaurants and clubs rub shoulders with ancient sites and tourist attractions.
There's a bustling marina and a wide palm-tree-lined promenade, where sunbathers sprawl on the sand on the beach below and the statue of philosopher Zeno keeps a watchful eye on the action on the streets.
Holidays begin the minute you touch down at Larnaca International Airport (LCA) and the transfer to your accommodation will be swift. Car hire is also a great idea if you plan to get out of the resort and see more of what Cyprus has to offer.
Baked by the Mediterranean sun, the resort of Larnaca attracts holidaymakers year round who enjoy the mix of lively nightlife with castles, ruins and traditional Cypriot homes. The party town of Ayia Napa is only half an hour down the road too, for the serious night owls.
Daytimes revolve around the Blue Flag beaches of Larnaca. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are among the water sports on offer for anyone after anything more active than lounging on the sand. Phinikoudes (also spelled Finikoudes) is the central beach and sits in front of the main promenade. Yanathes Beach offers a large stretch of sand, while Castella Beach is so called as it's near the castle. Mackenzie is perhaps the best known of Arnica's beaches and can be found in front of the resort's salt lakes.
Larnaca Salt Lake, actually four lakes, is a haven for birdwatchers and thousands of flamingos come here to feed in winter.
Other attractions in the area include the Church of Saint Lazarus, which is rather beautiful and especially so when lit at night. The unmistakable shape of Hala Sultan Tekke (also known as Hala Sultan Tekkesi or Mosque of Umm Haram) is open to visitors.
Stavrovouni Monastery offers another interesting day trip and amazing views of the island are afforded from its mountaintop home. For a flavour of traditional Cyprus, visit the villages of Kiti and Lefkara, where you can buy beautiful handmade lace and sample authentic local cuisine, not to mention the friendly hospitality. Families, groups and couples will enjoy the pace of lively Larnaca and there's a range of accommodation to suit everyone, from self-catering apartments to high-end hotels.
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