As the oldest city in Cyprus, it is little wonder that Larnaca is home to some of the island’s most important and well-known historical sites, which combined with over 25km of the beach, make it a standout attraction for those looking for a sun-kissed holiday of a lifetime.
There are picturesque beaches, palm trees, modern and stylish shops and a number of great restaurants serving traditional Cypriot food aplenty in Larnaca which explains it popularity with families and couples who want a holiday which has a little bit of everything!
Some places to visit in Larnaca
Finikoudos Beach is a luscious stretch of golden sand lined with palm trees, making it a picture-perfect beach that seems more Caribbean than Mediterranean in many ways. After a cooling dip in the blue sea, make your way through the palm trees and you’ll be greeted by many restaurants and bars.
Culture vultures are unsurprisingly drawn to the beachfront not for the sand but for the statue of Zeno which pays homage to the founder of the school of Stoicism. Never heard of Stoicism? Well, you had better book a Larnaca holiday and find out what it is for yourself then!
Whilst it may not be able to compete with Ayia Napa on the club front, there is still a lively nightlife scene here which more than meets expectations of most. Explore the bars in town and you will find somewhere to spend your nights.
The best things to do in Larnaca
The Larnaca region of Cyprus has it all when it comes to attractions. From beaches to nightlife, the south east coast of the island is the place for relaxation by day and fun by night. As an added bonus, there is as much culture to explore in the region as there is anywhere else on the whole island, or perhaps even in the whole Mediterranean region.
Take a look at what awaits you on your holiday to Larnaca and the many, many attractions which will fill up your days.
With so many beaches in the area, you have the luxury of picking one which appeals to you best.
If you like action, then Nissi beach in nearby Ayia Napa is your best bet. Here you will find young crowds, beach bars, beachside cafes serving up British breakfasts and music to get you in the mood for the nights ahead.
Alternatively, if you want to spend time on the beach to relax then you could do a lot worse than Protaras or Phinikoudes beach.
Take a trip to Ayios Lazarus, which is where St Lazarus’s tomb can be found within the 9th-century church. Peace and tranquillity await.
Ancient Kition is home to many historical sites including temples and architects which can be viewed in the local museum. Some of these date back over 3000 years so the history on show here really is impressive.
Larnaca castle draws the crowds, attracted by its views across the town and its own private beach. There is also a small museum inside which helps to explain the castle’s place in the history of Cyprus.
Larnaca is a great location for families. One popular attraction is the Camel Park which allows kids to take camel rides throughout the local area.
For families worried about feeding the kids – do not worry. Larnaca is a culinary center that offers every type of cuisine you could think of, including favorites such as burgers and pizzas which will get you out of a hole at least once guaranteed!
Finikoudes is the main beach here and has plenty of family-friendly facilities. The sea is calm here to so it is a safe beach for kids to explore.
Larnaca travel hints & tips
Take a stroll through the Turkish quarter of town. Here you will be able to pick up some bargains and explore the local markets.
The Byzantine Museum at the Church of AgiosLazaros is the pick the many museums in the region and definitely worth a visit.
Larnaca is just as well known for its food as it is for its beaches and nightlife. Perhaps unsurprisingly seafood is its signature cuisine and there are plenty of fish restaurants on the water’s edge waiting to entice you in.