A clever mix of UNESCO-rated sights, charming history, traditional cuisine, and a whole portfolio of stunning beaches - one of the best places to visit in the Mediterranean
The endless beaches with the golden sand and crystal clean waters, the historic castles and churches, the restaurants, and much more...are only a few things that will make you want to visit this beautiful city.
The Beautiful Beaches
Larnacas gorgeous shores don't need words to describe them, simply because it is impossible to find the right words to talk about their enormous beauty.
The Medieval Castle
Larnaca carries a lot of history and that is something that cannot be hidden. If you decide to go to the Finikoudes beach and walk in the sand, then your steps will lead you to the imposing medieval castle. The medieval castle should be on your list of places to visit.
It was built back in the middle-ages by King James to provide protection for the city.
Inside it’s yellow stone walls you’ll find a museum where you can learn about the role the castle played throughout history for the French, Turkish and British. But one of the best things to do is to climb its walls and get a fantastic photo of Finikoudes beach!
The Church of Saint Lazarus
The St. Lazarus Church is perhaps one of the most beautiful churches not only in Larnaca, but in Cyprus.
The magnificent stone church of Agios Lazaros is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine
architecture in Cyprus and lies over the tomb of the saint.
Built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century, the church was restored in the 17th century.
Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus.
He was ordained as Bishop of Kition by the Apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived in the town for 30 years.
His tomb can be seen under the sanctuary.
This place is considered the most photographed attraction on the island, due to the honey-coloured stonework.
The Salt Lake
If you want to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of nature, then you have to visit the Salt Lake. There you can walk along the relaxing salt water oasis. It is hugely popular for bird watchers in the winter months when thousands of pink flamingos make it their home.
This strip of yellowish-grey sand extends 2km from the Larnaca Marina down to Psarolimano wharfs.
The waters are calm, are patrolled by Surf Guards during the summer and have Blue Flag status, making it a safe and clean beach for everyone.
Even if the beach isn’t your thing, walking along the Finikoudes ‘palm trees’ promenade will take you past many of Larnaca’s best attractions, such as Larnaca Castle, Buyuk Cami mosque, and the old Turkish Quarter of the city.
In the evening the Finikoudes seafront offers the best night out in Larnaca, with countless choices of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs to ensure a great night out.