Flights to Larnaca (LCA)

Flights to Larnaca reveal fascinating historical attractions for those willing to explore beyond the sandy beaches and cheerful taverns.

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Flights to Larnaca

The locals sometimes refer to Larnaca as Skala, which means ‘landing stage’. And there was a time when it functioned largely as that for goods and people, a set-off point for wider tours of the region. But today flights to Larnaca aren’t just phase one of the journey – the city is a travel destination in its own right.

Even though it’s best known for sunshine and sandy beaches, this Cypriot port city is more than a winter holiday spot. There are some fascinating historical attractions here, such as the stunning Byzantine Agios Lazaros (Church of Saint Lazarus), a gorgeous 10th century stone church. Located next door is the Agios Lazaros Byzantine Museum. Other cultural attractions in Larnaca include a Neolithic settlement, as well as the remains of the ancient city of Kition, which dates back to 1,200 BC. Kition was the precursor to modern-day Larnaca before being taken over by the Phoenicians, and you could easily spend an afternoon exploring its atmospheric ruins.

When you’re not sightseeing in Larnaca, pack a picnic and head for the countryside. There are walking trails dotted with lemon trees, windmills and wild flowers, all bathed in sunshine. As the evening draws in, find a tavern packed with locals in a side street, or a seafront restaurant where you can soak up the views of the Mediterranean.

Further inland, in the older districts of Larnaca, the seaside resorts give way to traditional whitewashed Cypriot buildings. It’s in these neighbourhoods that you get a feel for the local communities, and find some of the best Cypriot restaurants.

Dive at the Zenobia wreck

Many people consider this to be one of the best wreck diving sites in the Mediterranean. The Zenobia was on its maiden voyage to Syria in 1980, but the doomed vessel sank off Larnaca Harbour. If you don't dive, you can also see it from a glass-bottomed boat. Try the Scuba Tech Diving Centre.

Scuba Tech Diving Centre
298 Leoforos Protara
Cavo Greko 
Protaras
5296
+357 99 184 002
scubatechdivers.com

Go on a walking tour

It couldn’t be easier to get a free guided tour of the city. Simply turn up at the starting point (either Cyprus Tourist Organisation Information Office or Larnaca Fort) and embark on a two-hour tour with a 20-minute break to grab refreshments. If you want a private tour, phone ahead.

Cyprus Tourist Organisation Information Office
Vasileos Pavlou Square
+357 2269 1100
visitcyprus.com

Visit Agios Lazaros

The most important surviving Byzantine monument in Cyprus, this beautiful church is the cultural highlight of Larnaca and is not to be missed. The stunning woodcarvings have survived the years and the interior is beautiful.

Plateia Agiou Lazarou
6020
+357 24 652 498

Explore Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement

Dating back to the sixth millennia, this Unesco World Heritage site is a well-preserved settlement. It is estimated around 300 people lived at the site, but it is unclear what fate the inhabitants met. When you consider the age of the site, the remains are impressive and well worth a tour.

Ermou
7560
+357 24 322 710
whc.unesco.org/848

Watch birds at Salt Lake

With more than 80 species of migratory birds, including around 10,000 flamingos, Salt Lake is a sight to behold even for the most reluctant of birdwatchers. In the summer months the lake dries, revealing a thick crust of salt. In the old days the salt used to be mined, but the lake is now mainly a tourist site.

Salt Lake Hiking Trail
Patticheio
Skala

Relax on Larnaca’s beaches

Without a doubt the big draw of Larnaca is the combination of sunny climate and sandy beaches. If you want all the amenities and plenty of palm trees, as well as a good crowd for people-watching your way through the afternoon, head to Finikoudes Beach. Or if water sports are your thing, take a trip to Yanathes.

Yanathes Beach
Dhekelia Road
Pyla

Aquarium Bar Cafe (International)

Located on a boat in the marina, this is the place for wholesome food, cold drinks and plenty of live music to keep you entertained. The owner is warm and helpful, and the views of the marina make a great backdrop as you relax under the canopy upstairs.

Larnaca Marina Old Pier
Finnicudes
6027
+357 96 442 883

Hobos Steak House (Steakhouse)

You know you’re on to a good thing with Hobos when you see both USDA Black Angus and wagyu Kobe beef both on the menu. Not only is this the best steakhouse on the island, it could make a fair claim for being one of the best in the region.

14 Athenon Avenue
+357 70 000 888
hobossteakhouse.com

Militzis (Cypriot)

For many, Militzis is the best taverna in Larnaca, serving up authentic Cypriot cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Located near the fort, it’s an ideal spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner after sightseeing. The emphasis is very much on meat-based dishes.

Piale pasha 42
6029 
+357 24 655 867

Voreas Tavern (Cypriot)

This hidden taverna is worth the hunt, with its authentic mezze and beautiful courtyard setting. In the evening it fill with locals, and as the music plays it’s easy to relax and join in the festivities. This is as authentic as it gets and a great way to experience Cypriot cuisine.

3 Andrea Demetriou
Oroklini
7040
+357 24 647 177
facebook.com/Voreas

Nippon (Japanese)

Sometimes only the best, freshest sushi will do, and that is what Nippon offers in abundance. Stylishly decorated, the food is authentic – as is the clean decor and artwork that adorns the walls - and the service is impeccable. They also have a great oyster menu.

Stadiou Street 120
+357 24 400 330
facebook.com/NipponJapanese

Art Cafe 1900 (International)

Fancy some comfort food? This relaxed restaurant, located on a side street near the beachfront, serves traditional, home-cooked dishes, such as spicy meatballs and oven-cooked lamb with oregano. The curios-filled interior is charming and the menu is impressive.

6 Stasinou Street
+357 24 653 027
artcafe1900.com.cy

Hotel Opera

Free coffee all day is just one of the many perks of this budget boutique hotel that has won many hearts. Impeccably clean, the interiors are bright and the balconies overlooking the small square make a perfect vantage point to watch city life.

Saint Lazarus Square
11 Faneromenis Street
6025  
+357 24 400 112
hoteloperalarnaca.com

Lucky Hotel Apartments

These hotel apartments are a great option for families, and also as a good base if you’re planning a longer trip. There’s a real sense of community, too, contributed to by staff who will help you find those hidden gems around town.

Dhekelia Road
3 Amazoniou Street
+357 24 647 221
luckyhotelapts.com

Louis Princess Beach Hotel

Lounges, tennis courts and an impressive pool await you at this stylish hotel on the beach. Plenty of sun loungers are available and children can play in a safe environment. Pick a room with a balcony to take in the beautiful views over the sea.

Dhekeleia Road
7041 
+357 24 645 500
princessbeachhotel.com.cy

The Golden Bay Beach Hotel

You won’t need to ask for a room with a sea view as the property was purpose-built to offer that to every guest. If you can, however, upgrade to a suite to get a fantastic balcony and Jacuzzi overlooking the sea. This beach hotel is perfect if you want easy access to sun and sand, and there are lots of leisure facilities on site.

Dhekelia Road
Pyla
6306
+357 24 645 444
goldenbay.com.cy/en

Pasianna Hotel Apartments

These apartments make a great base for biking enthusiasts, who can head out along the Cypriot coast. It's also conveniently close to the airport. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff are friendly, and the rates won't break the bank.

3 Michail Angelou
6028
+357 24 658 700
pasiannahotel.pagehotels.co

Livadhiotis City Hotel

This affordable hotel in Larnaca has lots going for it. For one, it's in a great location if you're conducting business in town or need to be close to the airport. For another, it's in the heart of a lively part of the city – just 100 metres from the beach and a short walk from the Church of Saint Lazarus.

50 Nicolaou Rossou Street
+357 24 626 222
livadhiotis.com

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