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Larnaca

Larnaca Holidays

A place of immense historic significance, Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus – and those seeking the true Cypriot experience need look no further than the vibrancy of this ancient destination.

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A hub of trade and travel

With its central location and extensive links to every part of Cyprus, Larnaca's one of the most popular and compelling cities in the country. Located on the southern coast of the island, its rich history encompasses everything from famous shipwrecks and archaeological ruins through to the famous Fort of Larnaca and the Church of Saint Lazarus.

But it's not all about pondering the past on your Larnaca holidays, in this city of parapets and steeples. Nightclubs and social hotspots are plentiful, and that's before you even consider the nearby party town of Ayia Napa. Tours of both the city and its surrounding environment are always available, and you can try your hand at a range of activities, from snorkelling to pottery.

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A taste of Cyprus

With so many adventures – and chances to unwind – on offer in this vibrant city, you'll be bound to work up something of an appetite. Fortunately, Larnaca's a fantastic place for both casual dining and luxury restaurant experiences.

Traditional and family-run establishments can be found in the likes of To Sieradiko and Militzis, while Italian fare from Italian Spaghettaria or Aldente Cucina Italiana will bring you flavours from the wider Mediterranean. Larnaca is also famous for its meatier offerings, such as those from Hobo's Steak House and Apollo Restaurant, while more cultured and laid-back dining can be had at Ocean Basket and Art Cafe 1900.

Bright bountiful beaches

Nobody can deny the appeal of the Cyprus coastline, and the sandy shores of Larnaca certainly back up that reputation. For those seeking to enjoy the sea without the city's bustle, Larnaca has efficient road links to Nissi Beach and Coral Bay.

But that's not to say that the city's own coastline is anything to dismiss – in fact, the seaside area of Larnaca is famed for its beauty and modernity. Smooth sands overlooked by colourful storefronts along the promenade give a lively bustle to the coastal district, so it's no surprise to learn the famous and wealthy frequently invest in property in the region – especially on the gorgeous Finikoudes Beach.

The city's mixture of old-world style and modern comforts is best represented in Mackenzie Beach, where you'll find sleek shops and restaurants nestled beside a spotless sapphire sea.

Sunshine and bargain hunting

You'll have plenty to do in Larnaca if you're seeking some retail therapy. There are numerous stores showcasing the creative masterpieces of local artists, as well as souvenir boutiques aplenty to ensure you'll be able to take some Cyprus holiday deals home with you.

However, it's the fashion emporiums and dazzlingly vast malls for which Larnaca really is best known, with luxury stores including Timinis and 34the Shop. But there's also a less well-known side to the city, with shops such as Artokouto offering handmade crafts that'll provide the perfect gift for friends and family back home. When you're done exploring the intricate streets of the city centre, you can retreat to a coffee-house to reflect on your adventures.

Soak in some history

Cyprus is a country steeped in history, tradition and culture, from the legends of Aphrodite as celebrated in Paphosto the underwater coral reefs and shipwrecks that lend the country such a unique and fascinating flavour. However, Larnaca's heritage is the beating heart of Cyprus, from the magnificent Church of Saint Lazarus to the famous Kamares Aqueduct – an 18th-century feat of engineering and architecture comprising 75 arches.

If you want to visit the submerged Swedish ship Zenobia, diving tours and scuba lessons are available to tourists at every level of experience – and the Fort of Larnaca, also known as Larnaca Castle, has been part of the city's history from the 14th-century Cypriot monarchy through Ottoman rule, British colonialism and today's democratic republic.