Flights to Larnaca (LCA)
Beautifully compact, easily accessible and truly authentic, Larnaca is Cyprus’ oldest soul; the longest continually inhabited region of the island, with a history that dates back 10,000 years, and the most centrally positioned, offering easy access to other regions. Fly with Cyprus Airways to Larnaca and discover a thriving and modern European city that offers the best of all worlds. A characteristic feature of the region is that tourists will find that there is no distinction between resort and town; locals and visitors alike can enjoy the same daily experience of a charming and diverse Mediterranean city. From stretches of varied coastline, a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan establishments and fascinating monuments, Larnaca seamlessly blends its two ‘faces’.
Agios Lazaros Byzantine Museum
The Byzantine Museum at the church of Agios Lazaros (Saint Lazarus) is housed in some of the cells of the hypostyle porch that still stand to its south. The museum’s exhibits include important religious icons, artefacts and relics, including Byzantine icons, gospels, crosses and other ecclesiastical treasures from the whole district of Larnaca.
The church itself is located in its own, picturesque square in the centre of town. It is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus and lies over the tomb of the saint, who 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.
Kamares: The Old Aqueduct of Larnaka
This beautiful 18th century aqueduct can be found on the road heading towards Lemesos in the area of Kamares, which takes its name from the distinctive arches (‘kamares’ in Greek). An open-air sight, the aqueduct was built in the Roman style in 1746 by the Turkish governor of Larnaca, Bekir Pasha, who funded it out of his own sources to carry water to Larnaca from a source about 10km away. The aqueduct was abandoned in 1939 and its function replaced by modern pipes. There are more than 20 arches still intact, and these are strikingly illuminated at night. A cobbled area with benches and a footpath allow you to enjoy the site of this monument, with the path linking up with Larnaca Salt Lake.
The Pierides Museum is the oldest private museum in Cyprus, and is housed in the ancestral Pierides family home — a colonial-style building built in 1815. The museum’s comprehensive collection was assembled by the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative items of the island’s civilisation. It charts its economic, social and cultural development over thousands of years.
Traditional City Quarter (Laiki Yeitonia)
The quarter of the town between Dionysos and Kosma Lysioti streets (that leads out to both the town centre and the promenade on either side) was developed in the late 1980’s to represent a traditional town quarter of the early 20th century. With its traditional Cypriot architecture and a host of different entertainment venues offering food, drink and live music, the area is bustling and vibrant in the evenings, and constitutes one of the main areas of nightlife in the town.
Larnaca Salt Lake
Larnaca Salt Lake is the second largest salt-lake in Cyprus and measures 2.2 square kilometres. It is a significant Ramsar and Natura 2000 site — one of the most significant biotopes in Europe — and one of the most important habitats in Europe for waterfowl. During the winter, the lake fills with water and is home to migrating birds, including thousands of flamingos that stay between November and March, along with wild ducks and other water or shore fowl that find refuge here on their migratory journeys.
The mountainous village of Lefkara is split into Pano Lefkara and Kato Lefkara (higher and lower Lefkara), and is world-renowned for its traditional handicrafts of lace embroidery and filigree silver. The village took its name from the lime stone rocks of the region (Lefka Ori — White Mounts — Lefkara). Its character is very picturesque with narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture of old, terracotta-roofed houses. The women of the village are often sat outside their picturesque homes, creating the world-renowed ‘Lefkaritika’ lace pieces that have been made in the village since Venetian times and are on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List
Choirokoitia Archaeological Site
Located 35km from the main city of Larnaca, just off the Larnaca — Lemesos highway, the archaeological site of Choirokoitia is a remarkably well-preserved settlement from the Neolithic Age that has been a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Remains from all phases of the Neolithic Age are evident in the settlement, and provide an insight of living conditions in the region during prehistoric times, as well as how the Neolithic culture spread throughout the region.