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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 4.30 hrs
The Dhekalia-Larnaca Road on the eastern outskirts of the city is a popular hub for tourists, as it’s across the road from some lovely beaches and offers a decent selection of hotels and apartments ranging from cheap to upmarket. There’s also a good range of bars and restaurants, so you don’t have to leave the area.
If you’re after a change of scenery or a stint of sightseeing, the centre of town is a short taxi or bus ride away. Finikoudes Beach in the centre of town is also popular; the nightlife is lively and the promenade is a great place to take a stroll in the evenings. MacKenzie Beach, slightly further along the coast to the west, has a decent selection of properties, including some upscale options, plus bars and restaurants.
Set behind Finikoudes promenade, the old town of Larnaca is slowly gentrifying and offers a small number of hotels in restored historic properties – double-glazing isn’t permitted, but the area is quiet at night. Close by are some of the city’s top attractions. One of these is the Byzantine Agios Lazaros, the church dedicated to Lazarus, who was raised from the dead by Jesus and is the city’s patron saint.
The old Turkish quarter, Skala, which stretches down along the coastline to another good beach, Kastela, gives a glimpse of bygone days with its jumble of timeworn whitewashed cottages set on narrow streets. Accommodation is strictly on the modern side here and consists largely of holiday apartments.
Most of the all-inclusive resort hotels tend to be in Ayia Napa or Nissi Beach, but there are a couple of options in Larnaca itself. Some properties offer different packages depending on your needs and budget. All-inclusive hotel stays can be the cheapest option if you don’t plan to venture much further than your hotel.
If you’re after a slice of rural life, you’ll need to head a little inland to villages such as Kalavasos, Maroni and Choirokoitia, set inland between Larnaca and Limassol/Lemesos. Properties here are often set in historic stone houses with courtyards, verandas and pretty gardens; some include swimming pools and jacuzzis.
Strictly speaking, agrotourism involves staying on a farm and getting involved with farm activities; check out Cyprus’ agrotourism site for gorgeous historic properties that include country houses, villas and apartments. If you hire a car, it’s easy enough to stay at one of these properties and still make the most of Larnaca’s coastline.
Looking to visit Larnaca? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first