At a glance
Larnaka is the epitome of the “fertile diversity” that characterises – more or less – the whole of Cyprus Island. It is the oldest city of Cyprus, with excavations proving that its history dates back to the 14th century BC, when Kition (as was the name of the ancient kingdom) was established as a Greek colony and then passed over to Phoenicians; much later, the Persians found their way here.
Today it is a charming coastal city that brings together the old and the new in the most creative of ways. It is the third largest town of Cyprus and home to the island’s national airport, which makes it the main “portal” of the country. On the one hand you have the vibrant coastal promenade of Phinikoudes with its long sandy beach fringed by beautiful palm trees – it kind of makes you feel as if you’re transferred to Miami – with locals and visitors enjoying their stroll, coffee or food at the numerous cafes and restaurants; while on the other hand you have the much quieter downtown district with its relaxed tempo, strong community feel, quaint old neighbourhoods and important Christian and Muslim religious sites.
It enjoys a laidback “east meets west” feeling. And let’s not forget the mountain villages of the Larnaka region, which reach all the way up to the Troodos slopes and feel almost untouched by time, with old traditions and crafts still very much alive.
Explore the long history and vibrant cultural mix, while enjoying a fantastic relaxed time in this unique Mediterranean city, which has so much more to offer than you might first imagine.