What to do in Larnaca

Activities, attractions and tours

Larnaca Attractions

Scratch the surface of Larnaca and you’ll reveal a wealth of sun-drenched secrets that go far beyond its reputation as a party destination. Located in the southeastern corner of Cyprus, the city undoubtedly has its nocturnal thrills, but there is so much more to see and do during the day that you may feel you’re better off getting a few early nights. Just beyond its beautiful beaches you can dive down to a modern shipwreck still laden with over 100 articulated lorries, explore a mountain village where Leonardo da Vinci once travelled to buy lace cloth or go camel-trekking under the gaze of bouncing wallabies. You disn’t expect that, did you?

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Larnaca

Larnaca – The city itself is famous for its palm tree-lined seafront but its old town is well worth a visit and boasts a rather splendid 14th century fort.

Mackenzie Beach – A great beach resort a short drive from Larnaca that is suitable for families and watersports enthusiasts alike. You’ll also find a fabulous selection of restaurants in this area.

Lefkara – Nestled on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, this charming village is famed for its lace and skilled silversmiths.

Things to See in Larnaca

There’s certainly plenty to keep you occupied in Larnaca. Take a stroll down Foinikoudes, the sea promenade, and work your way from the marina to the Old Town. Free guided walking tours are available at selected times, although if you’d prefer to find your own way then make a beeline for the fort and its Medieval Museum. For those really keen to penetrate the area’s fascinating past, head to the Ancient Kition site in the north-west of the city, and view the ruins of temples dating back to the 13th century BC. Outside of Larnaca, go west and visit the salt lakes and the Islamic holy site of Hala Sultan Tekke, before heading up into the hills to the beautiful village of Lefkara.

Things to Do in Larnaca

There’s no escaping the sun, sea and sand in Larnaca, and all the better for it. But if you want to do a bit more than lying on a towel then the area is a popular location for scuba diving. Dive down to the Zenobia, which sank in 1980 and is considered one of the finest modern wreck-diving sites in the world. Back on dry land, you can take to the rides at Waterworld in Ayia Napa, or the fun park, Parko Paliatso, is just up the road. For something a little out of the ordinary, drive to Camel Park Mazotos, about 15 minutes outside of Larnaca and take a camel ride through the Cypriot countryside. The camels share the park with a variety of other animals such as ostriches, llamas and wallabies, and there is also a children’s play area for any little ones to unwind. Larnaca is also well-placed for exploring other parts of Cyprus, and exciting full-day tours to Paphos are available, where ancient ruins mingle with cosmopolitan flair.

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1. Finikoudes Beach

Lofty palm trees and pleasant promenades greet you at the entrance of Finikoudes Beach, the main strip of sand on the eastern coast of Larnaca. Its central position and clear water ensure that the beach remains very popular among local residents and travelers. Find many restaurants and cafés surrounding the beach.
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Finikoudes Beach which includes general coastal views and a statue or sculpture

2. Larnaca Marina

Beyond the rows of palm trees and charming cafés that decorate the Finikoudes area lie the impressive yachts of Larnaca Marina. At full capacity, the marina is home to 450 boats of varying styles and sizes. Visit this harbor as a gateway to Zenobia’s Wreck, an unusual scuba diving site centered on a sunken ship that capsized in 1979.
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Larnaca Marina

3. Church of Saint Lazarus

The Church of Saint Lazarus is a famous spiritual home said to be built upon the remains of the Biblical figure of Lazarus of Bethany. The tale suggests Jesus resurrected him before he fled to Cyprus to live out the rest of his life there. See the church built from stone as it stands proudly in St. Lazarus Square as a reminder of the city’s lively past.
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Church of Saint Lazarus featuring interior views, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

4. Larnaca Salt Lake

Larnaca Salt Lake is a scenic area of shallow water where pink flamingoes gather. In summer, walk across the dry, moon-like terrain. The water has a mean depth of about 3.2 feet (1 meter) in winter.
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Larnaca Salt Lake featuring a lake or waterhole

5. Europe Square

Europe Square is an open space with some of Larnaca’s earliest British colonial buildings from the 19th century. The plaza, which is next to Larnaca’s coast, is full of charming mini-trees, benches and an impressive water feature. It is one of the main squares in the city and is an ideal meeting point for locals and travelers. Use it as a designated base as your touring companions explore the city and want to reconnect.
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Europe Square showing heritage architecture and a square or plaza

6. Larnaka Medieval Castle

Visit Larnaca Fort, an impressive landmark with a museum consisting of several rooms and intriguing relics from the past. The Byzantine structure’s exact history remains a mystery, but it was built during the Middle Ages to protect the town’s main harbor. It is likely the castle was constructed under the rule of James I in the 14th century, although Ottoman rulers added several segments later.
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Larnaca Fort featuring heritage architecture and château or palace

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