Its traditions, shopping opportunities and superb gastronomy have made Larnaca a most sought after destination along with its excellent nightlife.
This coastal town is believed to be Cyprus
’ oldest settling, with evidence of habitation dating back over 6000 years. Its credentials as a popular tourist destination come from its beautiful palm-tree lined coastal promenade, excellent shopping, and variety of fish and seafood restaurants.
Larnaca, like many other Mediterranean towns and cities, manages to preserve its traditions even in the face of increasing tourism and commercialisation. Visitors can still find artisans working with ceramics, candle makers, and an old market area where bargains on beautiful handmade crafts are sure to be had.
Larnaca’s Church of St. Lazarus is a 9th century Greek Orthodox church believed to be built on the site of the tomb of Lazarus – the biblical figure that was raised from the dead by Jesus. While debate exists over whether the tomb’s actual site is here or in the South of France, the church is still worth a visit, if for nothing else than for the intricate wood-carvings on the iconostasis.
The city’s culinary offerings are mostly based on fresh, locally caught seafood. The restaurants that line the seashore certainly specialise in simply prepared, grilled seafood and fish in the Cypriot tradition.
However, thanks to the city’s foreign influence, diners can choose from almost any type of cuisine, including international restaurant chains.
For the revellers, a flight to Larnaca offers a great selection of clubs to choose from. Dance to local and international DJs, or chill out at the many seaside bars and pubs.