Seated along Cyprus' Coast, Larnaca is widely regarded as the gateway to the east coast resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras - but there's plenty on offer in Larnaca itself to keep even the most demanding holidaymaker happy! From exploring underwater shipwrecks, perusing the local markets or sampling the nightlife, there's something for everyone on a holiday to Larnaca. Fortunately, spending your summer basking in Larnaca's 27 degree heat is within very easy reach, as flights are around five hours long from most UK airports.
Central to Larnaca's many attractions is its beach, fully loaded with gripping water sports. To those with a penchant for diving, there's a multitude of underwater sites and shipwrecks to explore including the fascinating Zenobia Ferry Wreck. But, if swimming's not for you, kick back and relax on a scenic boat trip from the infamous Larnaca harbour, and discover the striking beauty of the island's coastline.
Alternatively, travel further inland and ride horseback through the forest paths to discover breath-taking gorges and mountains. Or, perhaps you'd prefer to indulge in some Cypriot culture, with a visit to the ancient Larnaca Fort and Saint Lazarus Church. We particularly recommend venturing to the outskirts of town to see the Muslim shrine and mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke!
You could even while away the summer days treating yourself in Larnaca's designer boutiques and local markets, where you can source traditional lace, pottery and jewellery. Or if you're taking a holiday to Larnaca with your family, head to the Camel Park in the nearby Mazotos village where children can enjoy a camel ride! Or you could even stretch further afield to the famously lively resort of Ayia Napa, where you can cool off in one of their many water parks such as Waterworld.
As the days draw to a close, you may want to pop out for some local cuisine. Try a taverna where you can tuck in to a traditional mezze meal, or opt for one of Larnaca's Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Italian, French and British restaurants. Then, why not round off your day with an evening of sipping cocktails by the palm-tree lined Finikoudes promenade?
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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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