Located on the southern coast, Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus boasting gorgeous beaches as well as a fascinating and rich history where you’ll discover the many secrets of ancient Cyprus. There are a diverse range of things to do in this charming and seductive town. There’s a rich café culture along the main promenade whereas the city centre is a bustling hub for great shops and boutiques for those who like to indulge in some retail therapy while they’re on holiday. The Turkish quarter exudes mystery amongst its dense maze of streets, art studios, cafes and a bustling market. There’s a wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary culture here. Away from the city and the old town are the stunning, you’ll find the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters gently rolling onto the sand. The picturesque sea front, lined with palm trees, is a true vision of paradise enticing holiday makers to soak up the sun on either of the two blue flag beaches. The weather generally boasts warm temperatures throughout the year. The hot, dry summer usually starts mid-May with temperatures reaching into the late twenties during July and August.
Getting around Larnaca is easy enough on foot, but a hatchback is the car of choice if you want to gallivant across the island at any time. It’s a small island, but there’s plenty to see.
Driving in Larnaca
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Important things to note
There isn’t a particularly high level of crime on the streets of Larnaca, but do keep an eye out for lively groups of holiday-goers.
Petty thievery such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is common in busy areas of the city. As with most places, it’s a good idea to be vigilant as pickpockets and petty thieves are known to operate in busier areas.
Keep your passports and valuables safe and secure at all times.
Highlights & Hotspots
Explore Larnaca’s history by visiting the numerous ancient sites dotted around the city such as the temples and the Ancient Kition which is over 3000 years old, where you’ll discover the ancient city walls and ruins of the temple build on a temple from Bronze Age.
For an underwater adventure, take a trip to the Alpha Divers scuba diving centre where you can explore the underwater seascapes and wreck sites that wait beneath the surface. There are a range of other water sports on offer such as kayaking, parasailing and paddleboats for those who are less enthusiastic about diving and underwater exploration.
Phinikoudes beach is a blue flag beach with plenty going on along the shoreline. Dotted with cafes and bars for those wanting to lay on the golden sandy beach with a cocktail and bask in the sun. Alternatively, Protaras beach is much quieter for those seeking a more peaceful way to soak up the sun.
A great place for the family to visit is the Camel Park located just beyond Larnaca’s city limits. Take a camel ride through the countryside and then cool off in the pool. There’s also a great play area for kids if they don’t fancy a camel ride. The play area includes diverse attractions such as a bouncy castle, go-carts, flight-simulators and a petting zoo.
Larnaca International Airport is located just over 2 miles southwest of Larnaca and is accessible via the B5 and B3 link to major roads.