Sitting on Cyprus’s South Coast, Larnaca and its airport are the gateway to the East coast resorts of Ayia Napa, Protaras and Nissi Bay. But holidays in Larnaca itself have a lot to offer too. Its soft sandy beaches, many boasting a European Blue Flag, are lined with beach bars and home to many water sports in the clear blue seas washing the coastline. Enjoy the cooling sea breezes in the evening, while sipping cocktails on the palm-tree lined Finikoudes promenade by the lively harbour. Go shopping in the designer boutiques or pick up a bargain in the local markets and craft shops where lace, pottery and jewellery are good buys. For culture there’s the ancient Larnaca Fort and Saint Lazarus Church to explore and on the outskirts of town the Muslim shrine and mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke is a must-see. With so much to see and do and over 300 days of sunshine a year, it's easy to see why holidays in Larnaca are a popular choice with families, couples, solo travellers and groups of friends.
The beach is the main focus of holidays in Larnaca, with lots of watersports on offer for the more active. For divers there are many underwater sites and shipwrecks to explore including the Zenobia Ferry Wreck. Deepsea fishing and scuba diving off the shore are popular choices too. Take a scenic boat trip from Larnaca harbour and discover the islands coastline. The countryside around Larnaca is full of paths and trails through forests, gorges and mountains that are ideal for exploring on foot, bike or horseback. For the children, theres a chance to go camel riding at the Camel Park in nearby Mazotos village or a little further afield theres the Waterworld Water Park in nearby Ayia Napa.
Larnacas nightlife is generally relaxed and low key and is centred on the area around the towns promenade. Enjoy some traditional Cypriot dancing accompanied by bouzouki music in the bars and tavernas. Youll find one or two night clubs in the resort, but a 15 minute drive will take you to Ayia Napa and its livelier nightclubs and bars, many open until late into the night. Most hotels have their own inhouse entertainment including shows and familyorientated fun.
Youll find lots of places to dine out in Larnaca with Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Italian, French and British fare on the menu. Fast food options are available too. Choose a taverna where you can enjoy a mezze meal, similar to tapas, you will be served dips and salad, vegetable dishes, fish and meat, and ending with fresh fruit.
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