The sprawling city resort of Larnaca has enough sun, sights, sand and fun-filled evenings to keep all kinds of visitors happy... Read more
Larnaca has a nice atmosphere and the modern area, with the bars, restaurants and the promenade, has a chic and cosmopolitan feel and offers some great nightlife. The promenade is also a popular place for a stroll in the evening.
If you are looking for a beach holiday then you won't be disappointed. Just off Larnaca's promenade you will find the famous Phinikoudes Beach. Phinikoudes means 'small palm trees' and indeed the palm trees lining the beachfront add to the beauty and atmosphere of this resort. Named after a Scotsman who set up a bar there after the Second World War, MacKenzie Beach is another favourite with those staying in Larnaca. It has Blue Flag status and is therefore particularly good for families. Larnaca has many other great beaches, such as Yanathes and Castella.
If you want to explore the history and local places of interest then the monastery at Stavrovouni is an absolute must. Located at the top of a mountain in the Larnaca district, the view is amazing. The Greek Orthodox monastery also claims to have a piece of the Holy Cross and is therefore a popular tourist site.
Larnaca also boasts a salt lake. Located to the west of the city near the airport, it is a popular attraction for bird lovers. During the winter months, which are between November and March in Cyprus, huge flocks of striking pink flamingos flock to the area. And winter in Cyprus is nothing like winter in the UK, with temperatures remaining at a pleasant 15C to 17C.
Larnaca has a lot going on and plenty to do but if you want to explore further there are plenty of traditional Cypriot outlying towns and villages to be explored as well as other beaches where you will find opportunities for water sports. The villages of Kiti and Lefkara are particularly pretty and well worth a visit, so why not hire a car and do your own exploring?