Larnaca - Discover the best places & attractions

Larnaka, the third largest city in Cyprus, is a true gem in the Mediterranean. The city is rich in history and culture, with a fascinating blend of old and new. Once an important port city in the Eastern Mediterranean, Larnaka is now a thriving destination that attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The city is famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and fantastic diving opportunities. But there is so much more to discover. Visitors can explore the historic sites like the impressive Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque or the ancient city of Kition. For culture lovers, there are numerous museums and art galleries, including the Pierides Museum and the Larnaka Museum.

Larnaka also has a lively local cuisine, based on fresh ingredients and traditional dishes. Be sure to try the famous Cypriot meze, a delicious selection of small dishes that can be enjoyed together with friends and family.

If you're looking for a relaxing vacation with sun, sea, culture, and delicious food, then Larnaka is the perfect destination for you. The city is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Cyprus and will enchant you with its beauty and charm.

Quick Facts about Larnaca

Location of Larnaca in Cyprus
LocationSouthern Coast
Population80.000
Homepagelarnaka.org.cy
Area32 km²
ClimateMediterranean

Sights in Larnaca

Lazarus Church in Larnaca

Agios Lazaros

This church is named after Saint Lazarus, whose remains were brought to Constantinople in the 9th century. A multi-domed church, Agios Lazaros, was built at the site of the grave. Inside, visitors can admire a beautifully carved iconostasis dating back to the 18th century.
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Larnaca Castle

Larnaca Castle

The Ottoman Harbor Castle was built to defend the city and to observe incoming and outgoing ships. After being used as a prison and police station, it can now be visited by interested people. Thematic photos and coats of arms from the predominantly Frankish era are displayed on the upper floor.
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Hala sultan tekke Mosque near Larnaca Salt Lake

Hala Sultan Tekke

Located just 5 km outside of Larnaca, right across from the airport, is the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque situated by the salt lake. After Mecca, Medina in Saudi Arabia, and Al-Aqsa in Jordan, Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque is an important holy site for Muslims.
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Kamares Aqueduct in Larnaca

Kamares Aqueduct

The aqueduct dates back to the 18th century and was built in Roman style at the expense of the governor in 1746. It was used to supply Larnaca with spring water from a distance of 10 km. The aqueduct was abandoned in 1939.
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Activities & Attractions in Larnaca

Surfboard at the beach

Sub&Fun Larnaca

Just call and arrange an appointment at your preferred beach in Larnaca. The friendly team will not only provide you with a board on time, but also give you instructions if you are a beginner.
Segelyachten im Hafen

Sailing Cruise

The sailboat can accommodate up to 8 people and takes you out into the Mediterranean Sea. You anchor off the coast, go swimming, enjoy the provided delicacies, and then sail towards the sunset. After about 3 hours, you return to Larnaca harbor.
Troodos Mountains from Mt Tripylos

Ganztagestour ins Troodos Gebirge

In just 10 hours, you can discover that Cyprus has much more to offer than just sun and beach fun. Admire the Troodos Mountains, waterfalls, and typical Cypriot villages.
Man driving a quad bike in Larnaca

Quad Bike Safari & Rental

If you want to go on a quad tour or join a safari to explore the surrounding areas, you are in the right place. After a short briefing, you will set off on a special adventure.

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Apartments & Vacation Homes

Modern apartment with sea view

Modern apartment with sea view

Perfect for small groups
The apartment is located only 5 minutes' walk from Mackenzie Beach. Popular restaurants and shops are located in the immediate vicinity.
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Beach Bungalow in Larnaca

Beach Bungalow

Family Friendly
The bungalow is not only suitable for families and friends, it also features a sauna and direct access to the beach.
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Hotels & Resorts

Radisson Beach Resort

Radisson Beach Resort

Perfect for couples
The new Radisson Blue on Dekelia Road in Larnaca is located directly on the beach and is a guarantee for a relaxing vacation on the sunny island of Cyprus.
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Rise Hotel Larnaca

Rise Street Art Hotel

Central Location
Why not stay in the heart of the city. The artistically painted hotel is just 5 minutes away from Finikoudes. All amenities are within walking distance.
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Popular Restaurants in Larnaca

Art Cafe 1900

Art Cafe 1900

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Greek & Cypriot specialties
At this cafe, you can find a wide selection of beer and wine as well as traditional Cypriot cuisine.
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Blue Pine in Larnaca

The Blue Pine

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Allrounder
From the outside it may seem unremarkable, but inside it has an almost museum-like atmosphere, perfect for admiring and enjoying good food.
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Red Pepper Restaurant

Red Pepper

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Excellent Steaks
Here, Chef Dean Simmons, with his 30 years of international experience, ensures that guests lack nothing in terms of culinary delights. For those who want to enjoy a good steak, Red Pepper is the place to go.
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The city of Larnaka is a fascinating blend of the many cultures that have shaped its history. Here where the East meets the West is a perfect starting point to explore Cyprus, but also the wider surroundings of Larnaka with its countless sights.

The quiet coastal town is located on the southeast coast of Cyprus. The city was built on the ruins of the ancient city-kingdom of Kition, later the Phoenicians settled here. Even today, the locals here have their own customs in which you are welcome to participate, such as the traditional events and weddings.

Larnaka is a famous place of pilgrimage for Christians and also for Muslims. Larnaka was the second home of Saint Lazarus, who lived here after his resurrection by Christ and became its first bishop. The imposing Lazarus Church was built in the 10th century over the tomb of the saint. It is a grandiose example of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. If you are interested in Byzantine art and ecclesiastical monuments, Larnaka is the right place for you.

The Hala Sultan Mosque is the burial place of an aunt of the Prophet Mohammed, who fell from her horse and died here. The minaret rises just behind a mirage above a palm and cypress oasis on the shore of the Salt Lake, a favorite wintering ground for flamingos and other migratory birds.

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beach of larnaka during sunrise

Visit the palm-lined seafront and its marina. Miles of clean and safe beaches make this area a paradise for bathers. Many of them have the famous blue flag sign, which guarantees strictly prescribed quality, as well as care and safety.

If you enjoy outdoor activities, then you will be delighted with Larnaka. Larnaka has a lot to offer to its visitors: Water sports, fishing, diving, tennis and bicycle tours are just a few examples.

In Larnaka and its surroundings there is a wide choice of restaurants, taverns, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes. The main attraction of the year is the Kataklismos festival over Whitsun, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.

Places of interest & sightseeing around Larnaka

District Archaeological Museum

In this museum you will find finds from the Neolithic settlements of Kalavassos-Tenda and Choirokoitia and from the ancient city of Kítion. Various objects made of ivory and alabasta as well as faiences refer to the trade relations of Cyprus with the Eastern Mediterranean. This museum is part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route.

Larnaka Port Fort - Medieval Museum

The fort, built in the Middle Ages, received its present appearance during the Ottoman period. After their end it was transformed into a prison by the British during the colonial period. Today you can find here a small medieval museum with exhibits from 15 centuries. The atrium often hosts events organized by the municipality during the summer months.

Kamares aqueduct

The whole area is named after the beautiful stone aqueduct, whose arches were built in the 18th century. It was built in 1746 at the expense of the Turkish governor Bekir Pasha to supply Larnaka with water from 6 miles away. Since 1939 the aqueduct has been replaced by modern pipelines.

aqueduct of kamares in larnaca

Busts of Kimon and Zenon

On the "Finikoudes" beach promenade stands the bust of the Athenian general Kímon, who in 450 BC, at the head of a fleet of 200 ferryboats, attempted to liberate Cyprus from the Persians. A marble bust in the city center honors Zenon, a philosopher born in Kition. He founded the School of the Stroics in the 4th century BC.

Kition

On this archaeological site, about 500m from the District Archaeological Museum, the structural remains of the ancient city-kingdom of "Kition" from the 13th century BC were found. From this period date the ruins of the Cyclopean walls, which were built of huge stone ashlars, and preserved a complex of five temples. Kition has been an important trade center of the island since the 13th century BC. On the walls of the houses you can still see sketches of ships.

Tuzla Camii Mosque

Located in the old town, behind the excavation site of Kition, this mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Larnaka. The history of the building is dated back to the Byzantine period. From the wall paintings it is evident that it must have originally been an Orthodox church. After the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottomans, it was converted into a mosque.

Choirokoitia

On the road between Lefkosia and Lemesos, about 32 km from Larnaca, lies this archaeological site, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. It includes a settlement that was inhabited throughout the Neolithic period and is still well preserved today. Near the historical settlement, five huts have been reconstructed from river stones and air-dried mud bricks and furnished with copies of the original objects found during excavations of the site.

Kalavasos - Tenta

Near the village of Kalavasos, about 40 km from Larnaka lies this Neolithic settlement of Tenta dating back to 7000 BC.

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Lefkara

The village of Lefkara, about 40 km from Larnaka and 8 km from Skarinoun, is famous for its embroidery and silversmiths. Even Leonardo da Vinci is said to have visited the village and ordered an altar cloth for the Milan Cathedral. In the picturesque village you can visit the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmithing and the Wax Museum.

Salt Lake of Larnaka

The salt lake west of Larnaka forms one of the most important European wetlands and therefore an important resting place for flamingos, wild ducks and other water birds on their winter migrations. Based on archaeological findings, it is known that this area has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. In the prehistoric times the lake served as a port of the city and formed a large trade center. After the inhabitants left the city, the then open sea bay was gradually separated by the spit of the sea and the salt lake was formed. For centuries the salt marshes were used for salt extraction.

Wax Museum "Fatsa

In Skarinou the figures of the Cypriot history and scenes from the Ottoman period (1571-1878), the British rule (1878-1960), from the period of the freedom struggle (1955-1959) and the Turkish invasion in 1974 are represented in wax figures.

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