Larnaca

Larnaca Cyprus

The laid back resort of Larnaca has a population of 46,700 and was built on the ancient city of Kition (birthplace of the stoic philosopher Zeno) who lived in the 4th century.

St Lazarus Church Larnaca

zenoofkitionZeno was so inspired by the works of Socrates that he founded the Stoic School of philosophy in Athens.

The city center is just a ten minute drive from Larnaca airport and a large salt lake is just a few minutes from the airport.

Larnaca has a huge variety of bars,  restaurants and cafes along the famous Finikoudes promenade next to Finikoudes beach.

Dramatic changes to this lovely city are in the pipeline and include a proposed new championship golf course and country club at Tersefanou village.

If you like visiting Cyprus villages, the lovely village of Kalavasos is just 42 km southwest of Larnaca.


Finikoudes Promenade

Larnaca seafront is lined with palm trees (hence the name Finikoudes,  which means palm trees) and  trendy bars.   You can enjoy good food, swim, shop and  immerse yourself in the history of the island.

The five miles of sandy beaches which stretch to Dhekelia have been awarded the highly respected blue flag of quality.  There are many lovely beach-side hotels where you can relax,  swim, laze on the beach and then dine al fresco under the stars.

larnacamarinaLarnaca Marina is not far from Finikoudes beach and promenade.

The 17th century Fort,  once used as a prison during the British colonial years, is at the other end of the beach,  on the way to Mackenzie beach.


St Lazarus – Patron Saint of Larnaca

In the old town, not far from the port  in the area is known as Scala,  is the church of Ayios (Saint) Lazarus who is said to have been resurrected from the dead by Christ.

Lazarus  brought Christianity to ancient Kition, and  was later ordained Bishop of Kition, the first Christian Archbishop.

Every year the resurrection of Lazarus is re-enacted by children in St Lazarus’s Church in Plateia Ayiou Lazarou.


Larnaca Local Market

The local daily market is on Leontos Sofou Street and opens early in the morning until 1.00pm.   The nearby Sunday Market is very popular and well worth a visit. It’s held in a parking area and has an excellent variety of fruit and veg and is open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

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Getting Here

Larnaca city center  is just a ten minute drive from Larnaca airport, a 20 minute drive from Nicosia and 30 minute drive from Limassol.  The nearby resort of  Ayia Napa is a 15 minute drive away ~ Cheap Flights to Larnaca.


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