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Larnaca Salt Lake

Take photos of a mosque complex with a backdrop of bright colors reflected in the water, from the blue sky to green hills and pink flamingoes.

Larnaca Salt Lake is a scenic area of shallow water where pink flamingoes gather. In summer, walk across the dry, moon-like terrain. The water has a mean depth of about 3.2 feet (1 meter) in winter.

The lake is the famous home of the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the most important spiritual complexes in Islam. Take a leisurely walk on a hiking trail around the enormous lake, which encompasses 3,920 acres (1,585 hectares) in total. Keep following the scenic path to reach the Islamic complex, which accepts people of all faiths. Look around the mosque, mausoleum and cemetery to get an idea of the historic value of the site. Find the tomb of Muhammad’s foster mother and hear the tale of her death, which allegedly occurred on this very site many centuries ago.

Sit at one of the many picnic tables in the area to enjoy the serene ambiance. Bring enough snacks and drinks for the trip, as there are no shops here. Stay into the evening to see the changing colors of the sky as the sun goes down. 

Capture photos of the mosque across the sparkling white terrain of salt particles in the lake. Photo opportunities from other angles incorporate the town of Larnaca or the green mountains on the horizon. Take binoculars to spot birds, including many species of water birds.

Salt gathered from this lake was once one of the country’s main exports. Learn about the legend of the curse executed by St. Lazarus on an old lady who refused him water, thus leading to the saltiness of the lake.

Larnaca Salt Lake is next to the Larnaca International Airport, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) south of the city. Rent a car or take a taxi for the 10-minute journey from the center of Larnaca.


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Lodging Near Larnaca Salt Lake

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The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel

The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel

Piale Pasia 156, Larnaca
4.5
of 5, from 178 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Larnaca, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Larnaka Medieval Castle, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square. Larnaca Salt Lake and Mosque of Umm Haram are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Josephine Boutique hotel

The Josephine Boutique hotel

Corner Zenonos Kitieus & Mitsi street, Larnaca
4.6
of 5, from 111 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Dimarchiou Square and Finikoudes Beach. Europe Square is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

Pasithea Apartments

Pasithea Apartments

Michael Aggelou 4, Larnaca
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Larnaca, this apartment building is close to Larnaca Salt Lake, Finikoudes Beach and Mosque of Umm Haram. Also nearby are Europe Square and Pattichion Amphitheatre.

Larco Hotel

Larco Hotel

10 Pontou Street, Larnaca
3.1
of 5, from 130 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Larnaca hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Larnaka Medieval Castle, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square.

Layiotis Hotel Apartments

Layiotis Hotel Apartments

31 Artemidos Avenue, Larnaca
3.9
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Larnaca, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pattichion Amphitheatre, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square. Larnaca Salt Lake and Mosque of Umm Haram are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Zakos Court Apartments

Zakos Court Apartments

Onoufriou Kliridi 6 Makenzy, Larnaca
2.6
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Larnaka Medieval Castle, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square. Larnaca Salt Lake and Mosque of Umm Haram are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Costantiana Beach Hotel Apartments

Costantiana Beach Hotel Apartments

158, Piale Pashia Street, Larnaca
4.0
of 5, from 67 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Larnaka Medieval Castle, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square. Larnaca Salt Lake and Mosque of Umm Haram are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Pasianna Hotel Apartments

Pasianna Hotel Apartments

3 Michail Angelou, Larnaca
3.5
of 5, from 97 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Larnaca, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Larnaka Medieval Castle, Finikoudes Beach, and Europe Square. Larnaca Salt Lake and Mosque of Umm Haram are also within 3 mi (5 km).