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.
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.
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.
Larnaca 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.
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.