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Best Places To Stay In Cyprus: Larnaca Holiday Guide

     Discover the best places in Larnaca for families, groups and couples. Learn all the best things to do and see during your holiday in Cyprus, as well as the top times to visit and best places to stay.

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Why choose Larnaca, Cyprus?

     Home to Cyprus' largest airport, Larnaca is also a popular beach resort. This prominent but small city is centrally located on the coast of south east Cyprus, not far from Ayia Napa.

     Larnaca is a traditional seaside town, with a beach at the end of the city, lots of good restaurants, shops, bars, luxury private villas and many more beaches close by. Its central location and great transport links makes travelling across the island, in any direction, easy.

     There are lots of things to do, in and around the city. All the attractions in Larnaca are relatively close together so sightseeing is easy. With the beach and Finikoudes Promenade at the bottom of the city, Larnaca is an ideal destination if you want a simple and easy-going holiday.

     If you do desire more, the party town of Ayia Napa is only forty minutes away with the white sands of Protaras, a beautiful beach resort, just a little further on.

     Getting around is easy and you'll find buses and taxis readily available to take you wherever you need to go. You can also rent a bike or a car with ease and Larnaca airport is just outside the city.

     Larnaca is one of the oldest cities in Cyprus so there are lots of historical attractions to visit. The town is a good blend of old and new, with plenty of contemporary facilities and venues to enjoy.

     If you want a relaxed and uncomplicated holiday in Cyprus, lying on the beach, soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the odd attraction here and there, Larnaca will suit you perfectly.

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Best things to do in Larnaca, Cyprus

     Larnaca has long been a city of historical importance to Cyprus so there are lots of historical attractions to see, as well as top bars and restaurants, popular beaches and fun for the family. Here are our top picks for the best things to do in Larnaca.

Best things to do in Larnaca:

     Top watersports: With many beaches in the area, you'll find lots of watersports to enjoy in Larnaca. Jet skiing, banana boats, pedalos, windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and canoeing are just some of the many sports you can enjoy from any of the beaches.

     There are also lots of boat tours, including sea safaris, cruises and fishing trips.

     Best beaches: Most holidaymakers who arrive in Larnaca, come for the chance to relax on the beach whilst enjoying the advantages of a well-connected, modern city. Larnaca sits on the coast, so although it is a lively city, there are lots of beaches to visit in the local area.

     The most famous beach in Larnaca is Finikoudes Beach. Located at the foot of the city, next to the marina, palm-tree lined Finikoudes Beach sits opposite lots of restaurants and shops. Its convenient location makes Finikoudes' grey sands a busy beach with lots of watersports and facilities available.

     A little further away is Mackenzie Beach. Situated close to Larnaca airport, you'll see planes flying over its remarkably calm waters. Mackenzie Beach is a blue flag beach with beach-side restaurants, good facilities and plenty of watersports.

     For somewhere smaller, Pervolia Beach (also known as Faros Beach) and Galu Beach are small beaches away from the crowds.

     Ideal for families, Pervolia's coastline is kitted out with a special sea barrier to make its waters particularly safe for children. Pervolia Beach's quieter, crystal-clear waters are topped by warm winds from the south, creating the perfect conditions for kite-surfing and other watersports.

     CTO Beach (also known as Pyla Beach) is another favourite for families and has its own children's play area as well as facilities for volleyball, handball, watersports and more. For diving and snorkelling, Yiannades Beach (also known as Yannathes Beach) offers the opportunity to explore incredible reefs in a beautiful, natural setting.

Best local attractions:

     Beyond its beaches, Larnaca's historical sights are a major attraction. With all the best picks located within the city, it is really easy to explore Larnaca's rich history during your stay.

     Larnaca's most famous landmark is the 9th century Agios Lazaros, the Church of Saint Lazarus. This ancient church is said to be the place where Lazarus was buried after living in Larnaca for the final 30 years of his life.

     Agios Lazaros is a must-see for its striking architecture both inside and out, which includes a roof held up by a series of double columns, a gilt-covered pulpit, a multi-domed roof, Baroque woodcarvings and more.

     Larnaca Salt Lake is a 2.2 km2 nature reserve made up of a collection of four linked lakes. From November to March the lakes are populated by huge flocks of flamingos, wild ducks and other birds who adore the shrimp that flood the waters.

     As temperatures rise, the waters dry up to a crisp, salt crust and the birds leave, continuing on to African shores. You can follow a trail through the salt lakes where there will still be many plants and flowers to see.

     It is a lovely way to get to the Kamares Aqueduct which is positioned at the top of Larnaca Salt Lake or the Halta Sultan Tekke.

     The Kamares Aqueduct is a spectacular structure that once transported water into the city. Built in 1746 and surrounded by green fields, its twenty arches are particularly striking at night when illuminated with lights. The Kamares Aqueduct is a popular place to relax and watch the world go by from one its many benches.

     Nearby, the Halta Sultan Tekke is an impressive mosque, believed to have been built as a shrine to Umm Haram, a revered aunt of the Prophet Muhammad. Lying in the midst of a lush grove of cypress trees and palm trees, it is a magnificent sight and a place of religious importance.

     You'll need to be appropriately dressed to tour the mosque, alternatively you can walk the grounds outside and enjoy the views across Larnaca Salt Lake.

     Medieval Larnaca Castle (also known as Lanarka Fort) sits at the end of the Finikoudes Beach. Built to protect the city from invaders, you can tour the site and visit the small museum.

     For shopping, the Turkish Quarter has lots of great finds with many artisan pottery traders selling beautiful handmade goods from their workshops. There are also tons of shops throughout the city, including boutiques, global brands and specialist shops.

     Travel out of the city to see the ancient Stavrovouni Monastery built by Emperor Constantine's mother, the Empress Helena. The Stavrouni Monastery sits high on a hill, offering magnificent views across the area, although only men are allowed to see the monastery from the inside.

Best restaurants:

     Larnaca is a buzzing city, so there are lots of restaurants to discover. It is known for its fresh seafood, but you can find cuisine of all types here.

     Top restaurants in Larnaca include the Kazani Traditional Tavern which is a popular choice for traditional Cypriot foods. From souvlaki to grilled seafood, meze and lamb chops, you'll enjoy sumptuous meats and seafood in warm, friendly surroundings.

     For something different, Maqam Al-Sultan is a stylish restaurant with sea views and entertainment. You can enjoy all sorts of Lebanese delights, such as Kofta, Shawarma, grilled halloumi and more, as well as belly dancing and music.

     The Art Cafe 1900 is over 100 years old. It is the place to go for delicious local dishes and an impressive collection of beers from around the world. For comforting pizza and pasta, Italia Spaghetteria delivers the best, authentic Italian meals in Larnaca.

Best nightlife:

     Larnaca has a lively nightlife with lots of bars and a number of clubs. Some of the best bars in Larnaca include Old Market Street, which can get very packed and serves food as well as drinks. Preserve Lounge is another favourite. This stylish bar is located within a historic building and often hosts special DJ sets and events. Other top bars include: The Secret Garden Wine and Coffee Bar, Fini's Beach Bar, DSTRKT, Joy Downtown and Skylight Music Bar.

Top places to visit near Larnaca:

     If you fancy a day trip out of the area, the Troodos Mountains is a popular choice for a tranquil day in the hills. The Troodos National Forest is covered in over 750 types of plants and wildlife. You'll uncover hiking trails, ancient churches, picnic areas, traditional villages and rare animals during your tour.

     For family fun, head to one of Europe's biggest waterparks, the Waterworld Waterpark in Ayia Napa. It has more 30 slides, dedicated areas for children, restaurants, trampolining, go-karting and more.

     Travel a little further on and you'll arrive in Protaras, a popular beach resort, favoured for its endless miles of white sands and clear waters.

     Finally, the international party destination of Ayia Napa is only 40 minutes away. Home to over 80 bars and clubs, you may want to pop over and soak up some of party atmosphere during your stay.

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Best places to stay in Larnaca, Cyprus

     Luxury holiday villas are a very popular choice for accommodation in Larnaca.

     You'll find stunning, luxury villas with pools to suit groups and families of all sizes. Whether you want a villa rental with sea views, a three bedroom villa or a four bedroom villa, you'll find the right villa to suit your needs.

     Here's our top picks of the best places to stay in Larnaca.

 
 

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When is the best time to visit Cyprus?

     You can visit Cyprus at just about any time of the year. December to February is winter and rainy season, although you'll find the sun is still around.

     For the hottest weather, travel to Cyprus between June and September to experience temperatures in the low to mid thirties. For slightly cooler weather, March, April, October and November enjoy warm temperatures in the twenties.

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