24 Hours in Larnaca
Written by Oryx
Dotted with palm trees and glorious golden beaches, the port city of Larnaca is a beacon on the south coast of Cyprus for discerning travellers, and with a 6,000-year heritage it is renowned as one of Europe’s oldest cities. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic variety of sights, sounds, and tastes that are unique to this exciting coastal city, and in under an hour can enjoy world-class diving and snorkelling at Cape Greco.
Head to Les Palmiers Beach Hotel, overlooking the sea, or select from a range of places on the Finikoudes promenade for your energising morning coffee and breakfast.
Immerse yourself in history! Visit the old market area and the Turkish quarter with its traditional craftspeople and medieval fort that has been watching over the city for centuries.
Take a car or bike to the Kamares Aqueduct outside the city, which is known as the most eye-catching water supply built in Cyprus.
Learn about the intriguing history of the city at the Pierides Archaeological Foundation Museum at the furthest end of the promenade or the Byzantine Museum in the heart of the city.
For lunch, choose from a variety of restaurants along the beachfront. Head to Art Cafe 1900 for delicious local cuisine, friendly service, and a selection of paintings created by the gifted owner.
Choose the right beach for you: Mackenzie Beach for a party atmosphere; quieter Finikoudes Beach, where you can go on a boat ride; or the environmentally friendly Yannathes Beach in Oroklini.
Take a breezy, leisurely walk down Finikoudes promenade and watch the city lights glow in the evening.
Visit Panos Steak House for delectable steaks and great service; or head to Kazani Traditional Tavern to enjoy a tantalising array of Cypriot food including an excellent fish meze.
Enjoy music, dancing, and fabulous entertainment, especially during the annual Summer Festival and Flood Festival in June.
Rent a car at the airport from Thames Car Rentals, which offers travellers a 24-hour service.
A comfortable pair of shoes will help you get around in Larnaca, as it is a slender ribbon of a city.
Anemayia Motorbike Rentals enable you to cruise around the city on a motorbike, moped, or buggy of your choice.
You can hail a local taxi as there are many available, but be warned that cabbies are unlikely to use the meter.
Distance: 2024 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: 10 flights a week