Palm trees line the seafront promenade in the historic city of Larnaca. Visit this coastal municipality known for its scenic sea views and ruins from past dynasties.

One remarkable feature of the area is Larnaca Salt Lake, a huge expanse of water populated by pink flamingoes. In summer, the water evaporates and the surface resembles the moon. Adjoining the lake is the Hala Sultan Tekke, a religious complex that welcomes people from every faith. Explore the site to learn about its place in Islamic history.

West of the city, find the Larnaca Aqueduct, a marvel of Ottoman ingenuity that delivered water from springs and a river for centuries. Its magnificent arches and columns stretch for miles.

Go to the city's historic center to discover ancient gems, such as the Larnaca Fort. Its museum explains the castle’s former life as a place of execution. Next door, the Church of Lazarus, a 9th-century spiritual home, claims to have the tomb of a Biblical figure.

In the historic center you'll also find many restaurants in quaint alleyways near the lively Europe Square. Dine at one of the restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine. Try lamb and beans or one of the seafood options fresh from the Mediterranean Sea.

Amble along the promenade on Finikoudes Beach, the city’s most popular stretch of sand. Reach the northern tip of the beach to find the Larnaca Marina, where you can dive around a shipwreck.

Take a flight to Larnaca International Airport, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) south of the city. It borders the salt lake and the mosque complex. Riding a taxi or shuttle bus to the city should not take more than 15 minutes. The historic center of Larnaca is manageable on foot, although you can take buses to get around.

Larnaca lays claim to being the country’s oldest city, with 6,000 years of fascinating stories to tell. The city has hot, dry summers and mild winters. Locals speak Greek, but English is widely understood.

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Where to stay in Larnaca

Larnaca City Centre
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Larnaca City Centre

Beaches, Churches, Cathedrals

Larnaca City Centre is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. In addition to its friendly people, the neighborhood has many charming qualities. You can experience the local churches, or enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches.

Trypiotis
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Trypiotis

Trypiotis is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Larnaca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Lordos Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Dhekelia Road, Pyla
$169/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.1/5Very Good! (496 reviews)

"The family rooms are real nice, clean and comfortable. The beach front is full of rocks-property could clean it a little bit."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Lordos Beach Hotel
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Napa Mermaid Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
45 Kryou Nerou, Ayia Napa
$115/night
Jul 22 - Jul 23
4.5/5Wonderful! (299 reviews)

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Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Napa Mermaid Hotel & Suites
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The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel
5 out of 5
Piale Pasia 156, Larnaca
$147/night
Aug 7 - Aug 8
4.5/5Wonderful! (379 reviews)

"היה ניפלא שרות מעולה ארוחת בוקר הייתה מצויינת ומגוונת"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel

Popular things to do in Larnaca

Finikoudes Beach
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Finikoudes Beach

Sip fruit juices under an umbrella and swim in the cool waters of this pleasant city beach after exploring the adjoining historic center of the city.

Larnaca Salt Lake
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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.

Europe Square
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Europe Square

Join the lively crowds around a fountain and admire the colonial structures in this spacious square near the beach.

Mosque of Umm Haram
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Mosque of Umm Haram

Stroll through the serene environment of this historic Islamic complex that was constructed in the 1700s to pay tribute to Muhammad’s foster mother.

Church of Saint Lazarus
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Church of Saint Lazarus

Visit this 9th-century religious complex, hear the fascinating Bible tale of miracles and see the alleged sacred tomb of Lazarus.

Larnaca Marina
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Larnaca Marina

Walk along this romantic pier to see the array of vessels and go on a trip to the famous dive spot of Zenobia’s Wreck.

Top activities in Larnaca

Private Tour of Northern Cyprus
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Private Tour of Northern Cyprus

$155

Discover the many secrets of Cyprus's northern coast with the benefit of a private guide offering fascinating commentary about the many historical sights on the itinerary. Travel all the way back to the 11th century BC as you explore ancient Roman ruins in the town of Famagusta and beyond.

Grand Tour 4x4 Safari to Troodos Mountain
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Grand Tour 4x4 Safari to Troodos Mountain

$90

Here’s a chance to travel deep inside the island’s interior to see and experience villages and forested landscapes not often visited by average tourists. This itinerary uses a combination of small asphalt roads and well-maintained dirt tracks to bring Nature and Culture together.

Full-Day Private Excursion to Omodos & Lofou with Wine Tasting
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Full-Day Private Excursion to Omodos & Lofou with Wine Tasting

$168

Nestled in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains and the center of Cyprus' winemaking region, Omodos is a treat for the senses. Bask in beautiful sights, discover ancient history, and sample irresistible wines on this private tour of the village and surrounding area.

Black Pearl Pirate Cruise with Onboard Entertainment
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Black Pearl Pirate Cruise with Onboard Entertainment

$44

Become members of Jack Sparrow Pirate’s Crew for a day! This is really one of the best themed day cruises, Cyprus has to offer! A day when all the family can be and have fun together! Your Black Pearl Pirate boat trip adventure departs from Ayia Napa harbour.

Full-Day Tour Flavours of Cyprus
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Full-Day Tour Flavours of Cyprus

$78

You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Ayia Napa, Protaras or Larnaca town. Your first stop will be at Palaichori village where you will have a coffee break (coffee not included) before heading to Agros village.

VIP Catamaran Cruise with Lunch
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VIP Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

$89

The VIP Leisure Catamaran Cruise along Famagusta coastline is a day of exquisite elegance on board of a luxury Catamaran. A unique addition to your holiday. Indulge yourself, in a childfree zone! Numbers are strictly limited, so there’s plenty of room to sunbathe on the rigging nets.

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