Larnaca has a reasonable claim to being the oldest city in Cyprus, with evidence of habitation up to 6000 years ago.
Modern Larnaca, like other Cypriot coastal towns, is divided into an older city center and a wide sprawl of hotels and restaurants along the beach.
Larnaca International Airport (IATA: LCA) is the largest airport on Cyprus, located 6 km to the south-west of the city center. The airport had an upgrade 2006 and the new terminal opened on 2009 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larnaca_International_Airport In the past was no left luggage/baggage storage facilities at the airport. Please double-check if necessary.
The public bus stop to central Larnaca is poorly indicated. The bus stop is at the departure hall level (upstairs). On ground floor (arrival) are the private buses of the travel agencies (and resorts). Public City Bus 425 goes to the central city (Finikoudes Bus Stop) and takes approx 15-20 minutes. The bus runs every 30 minutes (approx between 6am and midnight). The bus stops on demand/request. There is no indication of the current/next stop. Street names are written in Greek and English. The best reference point is Finikoudes beach. Besides 425 other city bus lines service the airport, but the majority does not go straight to the city.
Taxis to the city take 15 minutes.
In the past, shared taxis (grammi) connect Larnaca to Nicosia and Limassol. Now exists a Airport Express Shuttle to Nicosia and Limassol. Other option are Intercity bus. More details about bus see Get around and official home-page http://www.cyprusbybus.com/
Intercity bus connects Larnaca with the other cities.
Larnaca is a thin ribbon of a town and you can walk around most of it. The seaside Larnaca Promenade (Phinikoudes) is particularly pleasant for a stroll in the evening.
Cyprus still drive on the left hand side of the road (like most British colonies).
The home-page http://www.cyprusbybus.com/ provides routes, stops, timetables, ....
In short: City Bus Single Ticket 1.50 EUR, Intercity Ticket approx 7 EUR (depending on route).
Important bus stops are :
- Airport: (see Get in)
- Old Hospital: Bus 425 stops at Grigori Afxentiou Street and not in the "station" as indicated in some maps (Agias Elenis Street). Best reference point : short before is a large red cross. Opposite/At the bus stop is bakery chain (Zobras), church and a cafe (Mario Coffee House). The super market is invisible from the Grigori Afxentiou street. If you see Costa Coffee then you have missed the Old Hospital bus stop.
- Finikoudes: The stop is at the promenade and you cannot overlook it.
- Police Station the bus stop Archbishop Makariou C Avenue is near the Police Station (Europa Square, Finikoudes beach) and the best stop of Line 711 for central city.
By law, taxis should charge by the meter, but many cabbies will refuse to use it. Metered fares should be 65 cent to get in; plus 22 cent/km. Night surcharges apply after midnight.
- The Church of St. Lazarus (Ayios Lazaros Sq), an Orthodox church dating to the 9th century, is reputedly built around the tomb of the biblical Lazarus, brother of Mary.
- The Larnaca Salt Lake is to the west of town near the airport. In winter (November to March), flocks of pink flamingos can be seen here.
- The Hala Sultan Tekke mosque is perched by the side of the Salt Lake. The tomb of Umm Haram, the foster mother of Mohammed, is said to be here.
- Faneromeni Church (Ekklisía tis Faneroménis), . This mashup of various architectural styles used to stand in the centre of the city – until 1974. There is a marble mausoleum next to it. edit
For divers the main reason to come to Larnaca is the wreck of the Zenobia (watch video), a ro-ro ferry that sunk in 1980 on her maiden voyage only a few hundred meters from the harbor due to a fault in the ballast computer. Fully laden with trucks and their cargo, the ship now lies on its side at a depth of 42 meters, with the top of the wreck at 18m and thus easily accessible even to PADI Advanced Open Water divers. If your flight comes in right, you can even see the shadow of the wreck as you land at Larnaca airport!
- @lpha Divers (Alpha Divers) @lpha Divers Dive Centre (Dhekelia Rd), 2, Pyla Gardens, Dhekelia Road, Larnaca, 7081, Cyprus; Tel/Fax +357-24-647519; email: [email protected]; , a PADI Five Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre and a British Sub-Aqua Club Premier & Technical Centre. Located adjacent to Lordos Beach Hotel and Mariandy Hotel.
- Dive-In Cyprus (Blu View Residence, 132 Piale Pascha, Larnaca 6027; tel. +357 24-627469; email [email protected] ) is a PADI 5-star dive center and Regional SDI/TDI office that specializes in dives to the Zenobia, it can also arrange nitrox and penetration dives for the technical diver. Full range of PADI, TDI, TecRec and SDI courses available.
- aquadream scuba diving academy, adonidos 13, ☎ 0035799397287. Daily dives to the best dive sites on the island.Wreck dives,shore dives,cave dives and night dives. edit
- Moments & Meze - City Walking Food Tour, ☎ 99041595 / 99484197, . This city walking tour introduces you to the old town of Larnaca through food. A great way to get your bearings around the city and discover great places to eat for your Larnaca stay. edit
- WOW Action Park, Pavlou Liasides 6, 7102, Aradippou,, ☎ +0035724533805, . 10:00-22:00. www.wowactionpark.com. WOW Action Park is the largest & most exciting play centre in Larnaca where children of all ages (from 10 months to 12 years old) will spend endless hours playing while parents relax with free WIFI and all the sports channels. There is a wide selection of food, drinks and desssets also available. edit
- Nissi Beach Day trip with intercity bus to Ayia Napa and/or city bus 711. The beach has yellow sand and clear blue water. There are some rocks and hints of seagrass. In front of the beach is a rock for Cliff jumping. Unfortunately over-full. No shadow without umbrella.
- Finikoudes Beach Does not look very nice (sand is dark) but the water looks clean. The water is very shallow (you have to go 100m to swim). There are no rocks and no seagrass. Behind the last row of sunbeds sits somebody from city Lanarca. They manage the umbrella (2.5EUR), sunbed (2.50 EUR). There is almost no hassle with stranger selling stuff. The beach has changing room, (free ?) toilet exists near bus station; the shower are with costs. Opposite the beach exists local and international restaurants (McDonalds, KFC, TGI Fridays), and cafes (Starbucks) and a kiosk (near the castle). No shadow without umbrella.
- Mackenzie beach watch arrival airplanes
- Paphos Archaeological Park There exists one intercity bus that goes to Paphos without stop in Limmasol. (Intercity Famagusta - Larnaca - Paphos). It takes approx 1.5 - 2 hours. Currently the bus stops at Finikoudes Bus stop at approx 8:45 am. It arrives in Phaphos Habour - the tourist area of Phaphos. The Archaeological Park is a short walk from the bus stop. Entrance fee is 4.50 EUR. Tombs of the Kings is a little bit north - check local bus. The bus back to Larnaca leaves at 4 pm at Karavella Station. There are cheap boat tours (10 EUR for 90 minutes). No sandy beach at the habour.
- Day Trip to Nicosia catch a intercity bus to a other city.
- Day Trip to Limassol catch a intercity bus to a other city.
- Larnaka Cultural Walk, . A stroll around Larnaka to take in all the essential landmarks is the perfect year-round activity, and with the option of three defined walks, you can visit a wide range of sites and learn all about the town's history and customs at your own leisure and pace! edit
The nearby village of Lefkara is famous for its lace and silverware, and Larnaca being the nearest large town to the village, sells both in plentiful supply.
Independent jewellers and watchmakers are abundant, particularly among and just off the main Ermes/Ermou Street.
- Oro Fino Jewellery, Pavlou Valsamaki 26, 50 metres from Foinikoudes beach, near St. Lazarus, tel. 24-654666. Unique hand made creations by local designer and jewellery maker. Feel free to ask about custom pieces.
Often, eating in Larnaca can be quite expensive. However, if you're travelling on a budget, there are a few bargains to be had. Possibly the cheapest way is by grabbing a hotdog at the 'Enjoy... Finikoudes' kiosk on, you guessed it, Phinikoudes Avenue. Hotdogs are just €1 and are rather enjoyable. If you prefer to sit down for a meal, try Ocean Basket (also on Phinikoudes Avenue) where a huge, tasty serving of Fish and Chips will set you back just €5.95, which is comparable to (if not less than) the price of a meal at the likes of Phinikoudes' McDonalds or KFC, which are also useful places for eating on a budget, even if they do lack that local touch.
The beaches of Larnaca are littered with identikit seafood restaurants catering to tourists. The easiest way to find a good place is to simply walk along until you find a restaurant packed not with tourists, but with Cypriots!
- Prasino Amaxoudi, or Green Cart in English, 20 Turan Road, tel. 24 622 939. It is placed on the corner of Turan Road and Buyuk Cami Road next to the big mosque at the end of the Promenade. They serve probably the best Sheftalia (traditional Cypriot meetballs) in Larnaca together with other regional specialities. Prices are most friendly (€6 for a generous portion of Sheftalia), just as the service. The atmosphere is authentic the place being usually filled with locals in spite of the touristic location. - P.S. by May 2018 this place has changed into Dimitris Souvlakeri, one of the many kiosks offering grilled meat. Inexpensive but soulless. Try the next one, rather.
- Taverna Edesma (Lordou Vyrona, close to Pierides Museum). A family-run, friendly place offering all the typical Cyprus dishes. Inexpensive fresh food, and with a nice, colourfully decorated backyard garden to eat outside without jutting on the street.
- Aldente Cucina Italiana, Located right on the beach front of Larnaca, Phinikoudes Beach, a great place to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and glance at the sea, +357 24 664540
- Militzis, 42 Piale Pascha, tel. 24-655867. A long-running favorite serving honest Cypriot fare (read: meat and potatoes) washed down with their own wine. No points for presentation, but the food is good and the restaurant is often packed. Figure on £5-10 for a meal.
- Hobo's, Phinikoudes Promenade. A lively Cafe/Restaurant popular with many Cypriots, right on the main promenade. You can't miss it, and its often full but doesn't take telephone reservations. Food is varied from Cypriot to International Cuisine.
- Kantara, Rendez-Vous, and Ganga restaurants on Dhekelia Road are probably the best restaurants in Larnaca. More expensive than the rest, but well worth it. Both Kantara and Rendez-Vous have a good selection of international wines (Cyprus wines are an acquired taste ... to say the least!)
- Nippon, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave (opposite American Academy), ☎ +357 24657555. Expensive, but reknown Japanese restaurant serving sushi. Bookings are essential, as it is packed every night. Offers a wide range of delicious maki, California rolls, teppanyaki and more. From €50. edit
- Viale, ☎ 24664888. 10AM-12:30AM. Easy-going café/bar/restaurant that has ample space and menu variety for both breakfast and dinner. Very good quality European-style dishes, with some more adventurous selections, eg prawns with ouzo sauce. edit
- Vlachos' Taverna' on the Dhekelia Rd, 400 metres past the Palm Beach Hotel on the same side is a fantastic place to eat local food. Sheftalia is just great and the salads are lovely.
- Apollo Snack Bar, the Alley Way, Kition Building, relatively close to the beach strip is a very nice snack bar tucked away in a back alley. Affordable, enormous and tasty portions, the owner is very friendly as well! 4-8 EUR for a decent lunch snack.
In the city centre an area just off the main promenade called "Laiki Yeitonia" fulfils the need for most Bars and Small scale Nightclubs. Club Deep is the most popular of these, along with Times.
Driving about 15-20 minutes away from the City Centre to the East in the direction of Ayia Napa is the Larnaca-Dhekelia Road. This is the main 'strip' for high quality hotels, nightclubs, bars, etc, and is where most British Tourists can be found.
- Blue Pine Bar near the American Academy has a huge selection of spirits (all real which is unusual for Cyprus) and has a real atmosphere. The decor is wood and dim lighting and lots of Jack Daniels and Blues music paraphernalia. Comes alive after 10PM. The Bar used to be located on Dhekelia Road but moved several years ago. By far the best bar in Laranaca for chilled music and spirits.
There are countless hotels and hotel apartments of varying degrees of luxury by the seaside.
- Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Dhekelia Rd (Take Highway to Ayia Napa from the airport, then take Pyla Exit, turn on the first right, and then right again, then left when you reach the end of the road), ☎ 0035724645444, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Part of the Lordos Golden Hotels in Cyprus. The only 5 star hotel in Larnaca, Located just outside the town centre. Golden Bay Brand Slogan: We delight, as you wished to be delighted! (34.977364,33.691673) edit
- Lordos Beach Hotel, Dhekelia Rd (Take Highway to Ayia Napa from the airport, then take Pyla Exit, turn on the first right, and then right again, then left when you reach the end of the road), ☎ 0035724647444, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Newly refurbished 4 star hotel, Located on a long sandy beach. The Lordos Beach Hotel ranks among the most prestigious hotels on the island. This, coupled with service that is as discreet as it is attentive, makes this hotel the natural holiday choice. A place where visitors return time and time again to a warm welcome. Lordos Beach Brand Slogan: Be our guest STAR! (34.977364,33.691673) edit
- Ciao Stelio Boutique Hotel, Tasos Mitsopoulos Ave- McKenzie, . The Ciao Stelio Deluxe Hotel, one of the finest small luxury hotels in Cyprus, combining the charm of a private house with the comfort of a 5* establishment. Located by the sea at the famous McKenzie Beach area in Larnaka, just 1km away from the town centre with the illustrious Palm Tree Promenade and only 3km away from Larnaca International Airport. The ideal choice when visiting Cyprus. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, it offers everything you may possibly need, impeccable hospitality, a relaxing atmosphere, unexcelled facilities, as well as breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.. Starting at €.. for a double room in low season.. edit
- Frangiorgio Hotel Apartments . A modern hotel 1-minute walk from the town's main beach and shopping areas. It has 24 furnished apartments with equipped kitchens, air-conditioning systems, heating, satellite TVs, double glazed windows, private balconies and telephones. Other facilities include: daily cleaning of rooms, laundry service, bar, fax service, internet facilities, 24 hour reception and a new in house 24 hour mini market. Rates range from £16 to £40 depending on the season.
- Amorgos Boutique Hotel, 11 Mitsi Street, 6307 Larnaca, Cyprus (Located in the heart of Larnaca Town), ☎ (+)357 24 621900, . Amorgos Boutique Hotel has 40 Standard Double or Twin Rooms for 2 persons, 4 Superior Twin Rooms for 2-3 persons (Extra Bed) and 2 Grand Superior Double Rooms for 2-3 persons. This hotel offers 24 Hour Reception, Business Centre: Fax, Scanner & Printer, Wi-Fi Internet Access in the lobby and Free Parking Facilities close to the hotel. It is surrounded by a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. (34.913244,33.636832) edit
- Blue Serenity Private Villa, Pervolia 10 min in car, . A brand new family villa - 3 bedrooms - fully air conditioned - private pool. Nice quite getaway place. Prices in low season from £400 per week, rising to £600 in the high season.
- Paschalis Hotel Apartments, 2 Olympou Street, Pyla (Exit the airport directly onto the A3 motorway in the direction of “Ayia Napa”. Exit at junction 60 for “Pyla/Dhekelia”, at the end of the slip road turn right onto the B3 road and follow directions for Dhekelia. At the end of the road, at the lights, turn right onto Dhekelia Road. Continue for 1km along Dhekelia Road. Paschalis Hotel Apartments is located on the right, just after the Golden Bay, Sandy Beach and Lordos hotels), ☎ +357 24 64 52 22, . checkin: 14:30; checkout: 11:00. About 200 metres from the beach. 10 minutes from Larnaca town and 20 minutes from Larnaca International Airport. A family run complex offering 12 modest and spacious one-bedroom, self-catering apartments with equipped kitchen, bath or shower room, lounge/dining room and private balcony. All apartments are light and refreshing with open-plan living space totalling 50 square metres, sleeping up to four adults or families of up to five including children and/or infants. Private swimming pool or the local beach via an easily accessible path across from the apartments. (34.978419,33.688636) edit
- Pyla Village & Pyla Palms & Pyla Gardens Resorts Apartments, Pyla (Take A1 from Airport to Aiya Napa come off at 2nd turn for Pyla Village, Pyla Palms on right 2 miles and Pyla Village Resort 0.5 miles on right), . Recently completed private apartments with pool, 5 minutes drive from beach, and 8 to 12 minutes walk to town. from £119 pppw. edit
- StayCentral Apartments, 19 Onisillos Street, ☎ 00357 99585397 ([email protected]). Located in a quiet yet central part of larnaca town, within a 5-8min walk to St. Lazarus church, finikoudes beach and town centre with its numerous restaurants, cafes and shops. Offers comfortable, freshly decorated 1-bedroom apartments with equipped kitchenette and living area opening up to a spacious private, balcony. Free wifi and parking. Friendly owners are at hand to offer local advice and transport to/from airport. from €35 per night for 2 persons in low season. edit
- Petrou Bros Hotel Apartments, 1, Armenikis Eklisias Street, 6022 Larnaca - Cyprus, ☎ +357 24650600, . Petrou Bros Hotel Apartments are located in the heart of Larnaca town. Petrou Bros Hotel Apartments consists of 52 Self-Catering Apartments, 40 One Bedroom Apartment for 2 persons, 6 Two Bedroom Apartment for 2 - 4 persons, 3 Three Bedroom Apartment for 3 - 6 persons and 3 Family Suites for up to 2 - 4 persons. (34.915569,33.63541) edit