Larnaca lets you enjoy the best in Cyprus for pennies
Booking a budget break to Cyprus is easy, and considering it’s just four and a half hours direct from UK airports, your cheap holiday is practically on your doorstep. When you know the inside tricks, finding the best deals is easy.
For example, Larnaca, as part of Cyprus, experiences high and low season, which loosely matches the summer and winter months respectively. High season sees blazing temperatures and bustling beaches, while low season has more manageable hot weather, more room to breathe and, most importantly, even lower prices.
Once you touch down in sunny Larnaca, it’s likely you’ll want to head straight for the shore. Nissi Beach is far and away the most popular coastline here, packed with watersports but also Blue Flag accredited for its cleanliness and good looks. It’s also right by Ayia Napa, one of the greatest party towns of the Mediterranean, where cheap drinks and good times come as standard. When you’re ready for some small town living, head to Protaras for coffees, cocktails and cheap, filling meals among its historic backstreets.
Cheap days out in Larnaca
Although days spent on Nissi Beach, the nearby active Fig Tree Bay or the secret Sirena Beach all come without cost, they’re far from the only ways to spend your time in Larnaca. The region’s namesake town hosts monuments such as the Church of Saint Lazarus, as well as the medieval castle, so history buffs have plenty to see on the cheap.
Larnaca’s salt lakes invite flamingos to roost come January if you’re taking a winter break to get back to nature, and the stunning views of Cape Greco are among the greatest in the Mediterranean. Larnaca’s food and drink is easy to enjoy on a budget too, especially if you’re smart and traipse off the beaten tourism trail for some authentic meals at family tavernas.
Other popular holidays in Cyprus
Looking beyond our focus on Larnaca, Cyprus as a whole is a massively cheap holiday destination. In the west, the Paphos region houses much in the way of local legend, including Aphrodite Hills, the fabled home of the Goddess of Love. Limassol is the cheap city break to go for if you’re in the west half of Cyprus as well, backed up by some sublime bars, top restaurants and shopping centres where bargain hunting always gets rewarded. There’s still lots to love about the louder, prouder Larnaca though, so once you’re up to speed with our Larnaca travel guide, start planning your adventure with our recommended budget hotels below.
With a beach three minutes' walk away and Nissi Beach less than 20 minutes away on foot, this complex hits its stride right off the bat. In fact, with a big central pool and spacious apartments to call your own, it proves that budget accommodation needn't cut corners. You can contemplate the true meaning of affordable luxury as you sink into the hot tub, while if you're travelling with little ones, they'll delight in getting a pool all their own. Meals are served as buffets where mighty portions come as standard, and your entertainment options include live performances and karaoke nights.
You're right on the beach of Ayia Napa here, where a triangular outcrops of glorious sand is flanked with sunloungers by the score. For history buffs, there are also ancient tombs right beside the resort. There's a good selection of food and drink here, with an international buffet that also features live show cooking nights. Three more a la carte restaurants increase your selection of fine flavours while also making the most of the great outdoors, and the gym and weekly sauna access ensure you're keeping active among all this relaxation.