blending the contemporary with the charming
As the oldest continually inhabited region on the island, Larnaka cherishes its rich history with an authentic tapestry of cultural influences that harmoniously merge with its modern, progressive face.
The advantage of having one of the island’s two international airports, combined with a location that is the most central on the island, make Larnaka city the gateway that links all the other major towns. Considered to be the most diverse of the regions, Larnaka’s appeal includes its warm, family-friendly approach and its status as the most religiously inclusive and multicultural part of the island.
These unique elements are further enhanced by its versatility – the high-quality organised beaches of its long, golden coastline, and the contrast of its green mountainous villages – and an emphasis on maintaining the customs of the wider region. This successful recipe has created a defined identity that appeals to visitors who prefer to explore and experience the island – away from integrated resort hotels – and who are seeking a more immersive local experience.
Centred around its historic town centre, Larnaka city is wonderfully compact, with a treasure-trove of cultural and archaeological attractions all found within a short vicinity, making it easy enjoy and discover on foot, or combine with lazy beach days along its famous palm-tree promenade ‘Finikoudes’ that lies conveniently parallel to the commercial centre.
Finikoudes is one of the several organised beaches that offer a complete experience, with essential facilities (lifeguards, sun loungers, parasols and public conveniences); water sports; open-air gyms; sand playgrounds; beach sports courts; disabled floating sea chair, kiosks, and multiple food and drink options.
The promenade is also in the heart of a myriad of cultural attractions that can be found along its length, including Europe Square, galleries, museums, the medieval castle and statues and monuments that are part of its innovative Larnaka Storytelling Statues initiatives – the first of its kind on the island. When it comes to diving, Larnaka is renowned for being the home of the Zenobia wreck dive; one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
Leading towards the top hotspot of McKenzie Beach via the Piale Pasha sea walkway, the old town appears with its grand Saint Lazarus Church and the newly implemented Larnaka Art Workshops Neighbourhood. Past McKenzie Beach visitors find the Larnaka Salt Lake Network where the famous Greater Flamingo is found in flocks of vivid pink during the months of November – March.
Away from the city, Larnaka region is characterised by larger, active rural communities that give way to countryside that winds towards the cluster of picturesque villages in the hills. Collectively known as ‘Orini Larnaka’, these villages remain rustically ‘frozen in time’, evoking a bygone era, and are popular for agrotourism and their practice of traditional pastimes.
Characterised by traditional stone architecture, cobbled lanes and fragrant forest, each village is unique, from the hand embroidered lace and filigree silver works of Lefkara, and the beekeeping traditions of the nine Larnaka Rural Honey Villages, to tranquil nature trails and routes that are perfect for hiking or cycling.
WHERE TO STAY
Cyprus has a large array of accommodation types to suit all travellers, tastes and budgets.
Whether you are looking for an opulent five-star resort; a city hotel that offers independence to explore; a simple hotel apartment as a base, or a rustic agrotouristic retreat, the following are my personal recommendations!
Elya Beach Suites
Family owned and operated ‘Elya Beach Suites’ is situated among olive trees which is designed to offer a quiet and peaceful escape. It is located away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, making it the perfect choice for visitors seeking a quiet and relaxing holiday.DISCOVER
Lordos Beach Hotel and Spa
With its own private beach and just ten kilometres from Larnaca town centre, the Lordos Beach Hotel and Spa is a beautiful resort to discover and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and the Island of Cyprus. The perfect location and facilities to relax and unwind in the sun.DISCOVER