If you like your holidays with a dash of history, a splash of nature, a rich dollop of culture, a helping of sunshine and a great big dose of sandy beaches, then holidays in Larnaca could be the lip-smacking answer to your prayers.
The cosmopolitan city resort, on the south coast of the sunny island of Cyprus, is a sprawling place 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.
Larnaca 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 watersports 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 Larnaca'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. Do you want to spend your holiday in Larnaca now you know some more about it? If you do, TravelSupermarket can help. By using our search tool you can find a selection of bargain breaks to this popular Cypriot resort.
If you like your summers hot then holidays in Larnaca could be for you. Daily average temperatures sit at around 30C in July and August, while pleasant sunny days with temperatures in the twenties can be enjoyed between May and October. Winter is mild, with averages of 14C, though December is the wettest month.
Procession of Saint Lazarus; April: Traditional celebrations surround the Procession of Saint Lazarus, the patron saint of Larnaca. A statue of the icon is paraded through the streets following a church service. The procession is quite a spectacle for visitors.
Anthestiria; May: The locals welcome spring in fine style with a parade and the carrying of fresh flowers to the sea.
Larnaca Summer Festival; July: Music, dance and song are woven through this annual event with plenty of action, both outdoors and indoors, to savour. The final night goes off with a bang as fireworks light the sky.
Best of Larnaca holidays for...
Babies & toddlers: Larnaca's Blue Flag beaches are great places to hang out if you have little ones. The kids will enjoy playing on the sand, building sandcastles and paddling in gently lapping waters.
Grown-up families: Just outside Larnaca, you'll find the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, one of the most sacred Muslim shrines. Set next to a beautiful salt lake, a trip here makes for an interesting day out and you can soak up the peaceful atmosphere in picturesque surroundings.
Nightlife: The palm tree-lined promenade which borders Phinikoudes Beach comes alive at night with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs. Here you'll find something for everyone, whether you want a relaxing evening sipping beachfront cocktails, or to pull on your dancing shoes and party till dawn.