One of the premier seaside resorts in Cyprus with year-round sunshine, Larnaca’s laid back vibe offers the perfect destination to soak up some sun.
Home to spectacular white-sand beaches with crystal clear waters, there is plenty to choose from whether you are searching for a lively atmosphere or a secluded paradise. Larnaca Bay is home to the Zenobia wreckage, one of the most famous diving attractions in the world. The Swedish cargo ship sank in 1980 on her maiden voyage, and is now a spectacular diving destination, the waters are so clear you can even see the wreckage from the surface!
The museum of underwater sculptures is a fairy-tale underwater destination for both snorkellers and divers. The underwater sculpture park and reef restoration project stretches across 175 metres and is home to 93 seabed sculptures.
If sightseeing above the water is more your thing, Larnaca is also home to Agios Lazaros, the church of St Lazarus, the Saint said to have risen from the dead. Built in 9th century and restored in 17th century, the church is lavishly decorated with impressive religious paintings. The Byzantine Museum in the courtyard also holds a collection of religious icons and relics.
Larnaca fort, an Ottoman-era fort bult in 1625, offers stunning panoramic views across the Mediterranean Sea. During the summer months the impressive courtyard is also used for concerts and cultural events. Whilst you’re there visit the old Turkish Quarter for a spot of shopping, home to some beautiful locally handcrafted ceramics.
The stunningly serene Hala Sultan Tekke mosque is located on Larnaca’s Salt Lake. The nature reserve is home to large flocks of flamingos in spring and ringed by a walking trail, perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The hiking trails of Cape Greco National Park also provide stunning coastal views, filled with rugged cliffs and sea caves, its natural beauty is breath-taking. Konnos beach lies at the end of the Cape, perfect for a refreshing dip after a long hike. In spring the Cape is also home to multitudes of wild orchids, so don’t forget your camera!