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Larnaca

Larnaca is one of Cyprus’ leading seaside resorts. Its laid-back, relaxing vibe is what makes it stand out from other busy and energetic centers like Limassol or Paphos.

The compact town is home to the mesmerizing Agios Lazaros (St. Lazarus’ Church), and the vibrant Turkish quarter, highlighted by shops belonging to Lazarus’ most renowned ceramic artisans. The beaches, villages, and the Maheras forest territory down south, are just the cherries on top.

However, if you are one of the more cultured tourists, there are also plenty of historical ruins and monuments to explore.

To know more about Larnaca’s premier tourist attractions, you can use our Tripety’s travel itinerary planner app. Moreover, the app will also help you manage your travel expenses before and during your trip, so you do not go beyond your budget.

  • Even though the city is renowned for its beaches, Larnaca has a history that goes as far back as Noah’s time. This explains why the place has several ancient monuments.
  • The Byzantines significantly contributed to Larnaca’s progress. They engaged in large-scale trade with the entire Europe and constructed numerous monuments.
  • After the British took over Larnaca in 1978, they used the city as an entrance port and its castle as a prison.
  • In 1974, the Turkish invasion resulted in around 40,000 people taking refuge in Larnaca.
  • Tourism in Larnaca took off in the 1980s, thanks mainly to the beaches and the port

Beaches. As we have repeatedly mentioned already, beaches are easily Larnaca’s biggest draw. Unsurprisingly, the crowds are exceptionally large during the summer months of May to September. Two preferred choices are the Mackenzie and Finikoudes beaches, primarily because of their convenient locations. However, if the transport is not a problem, we highly recommend the Cape Kiti beach (15 kilometers south of Larnaca) and the Perivolia beach (one kilometer south of the Cape Kiti). Situated in gorgeous, sequestered coves, these beaches never have more than a handful of visitors.

Agios Lazaros. As per the local lore, Lazarus lived in Larnaca (then called ‘Kition), after rising for the dead. The church was constructed during Emperor Leo VI’s reign during the 9th century and restored during the 17th century. The church’s nave has four domes, while four sets of dual columns support the roof. A staircase leads you down to Lazarus’ tomb, even though the remains were moved first to Constantinople and later to Marseille. Additionally, you can also witness the splendid paintings of St. George and the Dragon, and the Virgin and Child.

Archaeological Museum. The city’s archaeological museum is home to a vast collection of historical discoveries. The findings range from the time of the Neoliths, right down to the Roman era. Sculptures – mainly terracotta figures and female torsos – are on display in the first room. The room next to it is dedicated to pottery collections unearthed during the Larnaca (or Kition, as it was called then) and Livadia (a village next to Larnaca) excavations. The pottery items include a variety of glass, clay, bronze ornaments, and several Mycenaean vases.

With activities and attractions for every tourist, Larnaca is a bucket-list item you simply cannot ignore. With Tripety’s comprehensive travel planner app, preparing for a trip has never been simpler.

 
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