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Basic information

  • Area: 30 km²
  • Calling Code: +357
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 140,000
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Larnaca – Overview

The bustling sea side resort of Larnaca lies on the southern shores of Cyprus and has always been the gorgeous gateway from which to explore the rest of Aphrodite’s island.

Far removed from the bright lights of Ayia Napa, this shy city prefers to be subtle, unveiling its charms to the visitor somewhat slowly. Here it’s all about exploring. Slipping away from the modern waterfront development and into the quaint cobbled side streets of its old Turkish quarter, you soon discover that the lovely Larnaca has retained a wonderful sense of its Cypriot soul.

After soaking up the rays on a sun drenched beach, head to the shade of Larnaca’s bustling palm lined promenade and get a slice of laid back Mediterranean café culture. History lovers can enjoy some of the city’s numerous museums and sights that illustrate Cyprus’s rich heritage, whilst those seeking retail therapy can indulge themselves at one of its many shopping destinations.

Fashionistas won’t be disappointed by Larnaca’s many stylish boutiques and when peckish, the Farmer’s Market provides a great place to sample local produce. Perfect for authentic souvenir hunting, the Old Town is crammed full of artisan workshops, where an array of exquisite items such as pottery, lacework and silver are hand crafted.

Locals are famed for their love of good food so it’s no surprise that Larnaca is home to a wide range of restaurants. Shaped by its rich history, Cypriot cuisine is a wonderful blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours all designed to tantalise hungry taste buds. Don’t miss the chance to sample a tasty plate of grilled Halloumi cheese, one of Cyprus’s most famous exports or a slice of Loukanika, a delicious traditional home made sausage. Local taverns all serve up a hearty spread of mezes, roasted kebabs, Dolmades (rice and pine nuts wrapped in vine leaves), freshly grilled fish and succulent lamb stews. Meals can all be washed down with a crisp glass of one of the region’s fine wines and rounded off with a strong cup of aromatic coffee.

Larnaca boasts a number of accommodation options to suit all budgets from self catering apartments to beach side hotels.

Larnaca’s sultry Mediterranean climate offers plentiful sunshine throughout the year. Cyprus does enjoy distinct seasons, but without the extremes of other destinations. Temperatures hover around the early twenties most of the year, rising to the early thirties during the summer months making it prime time to hit the beach. Winters (December to January) are mild and sunny, but can bring some showers so don’t forget to pack an umbrella.

Larnaca has all the modern amenities needed for an easy trip, with ATM machines, car rental companies and a visitor information office situated on Plateia Vasilios Pavlou. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, in bank branches or at exchange booths. The currency used is the Euro.