Larnaca

The specialty of Larnaca is the famous sandy beach just at the city centre. This beach offers a lot of facilities like kiosks, sunbeds, beach volleyball courts and many more.

The architecture and sights are influenced by the main culture-religious groups of Cyprus, the Orthodox Christians, and the Muslim community.

The Big Mosque (Kebir Cami) is located next to the castle at the edge of the old Turkish Quarter of Larnaca, where we can still find the ancient Ottoman street names.

In walking distance is the church of St. Lazarus, the legend says he was bishop of Larnaca after his resurrection. The church is famous for its skilfully stone carved bell tower.

Outside of the city centre at the shore of the Larnaca Salt Lake is the Hala Sultan Tekke. This Muslim Monastery is dedicated to the aunt of Mohammed, the legend says she died at the site of today’s mosque. The Salt Lake itself is filled with vibrant flocks of flamingos during the months of December, January, and February.

Other important sites and villages around Larnaca are the Neolithic site of Choirokoitia and village of Lefkara – world famous for its embroidery works.

We Recommend

  • Enjoying the vibrant beach life in the city centre
  • Going for a walk on the newly built beach promenade
  • Visit Lefkara village

 

The art of producing embroidery in Lefkara village goes back to the 16th century when the Venetians introduced this art to Cyprus. In the first decades of the 20th century, the men from Lefkara travelled the world selling the products that their women produced. The village became rich and famous, and still today productions go on – but be careful with bootleg embroidery products from overseas in case you intend to buy a traditional Cypriot souvenir.

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