Essential information for Larnaca
When to go
Like much of Cyprus, Larnaca experiences its biggest rush of tourists during the summer – so if you want to be one of them, book to arrive between June and September. The hottest weather is during those months, with milder temperatures to be had in winter. October and November prove a happy medium between temperatures and the potential for big crowds.
That said, many visitors on holidays to Larnaca go especially to take part in the city’s numerous festivals and cultural events – like Lazarus Saturday, which occurs eight days before Easter every year, or the summer Festival of the Flood.
Nature-lovers might prefer the autumn and winter months, when water returns to the famous Larnaca Salt Lake, and flocks of migrating birds – including bright pink flamingos – cluster around the water to eat.
Health and safety
As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It’s also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Cypriot nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
Larnaca is a major Cypriot city, and the airport is just a short drive or bus ride away. If you’re planning to visit other parts of Cyprus during your stay, you’ll be pleased to know that buses are regular and affordable. They’re the main means of transportation around the island, and getting around Larnaca itself is easy on foot.
If you’re booking your Cyprus holidays All Inclusive, or as another form of package, it’s likely that your holiday provider will include airport transfers right to your resort.
Advice for travellers with children
It’s wise to take the same precautions you’d take when travelling with the little ones to any city, although Larnaca’s a safe place and greatly appreciated by its visitors. As ever, make sure the youngsters are topped up with sunscreen, and rest assured that there’ll be ice-creams, day trips, playgrounds and new friends aplenty to give them lots of fond memories of your family Larnaca visit.
Dial 112 for the European emergency helpline or 199 for Cyprus’ own emergency services.
If you are a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia.
Address: Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia, 1587 Phone: +357 22 861100 Email: UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk
Make sure you book an appointment in advance in order to obtain consular services at the public counter.
Cyprus uses the same electrical outlets and plugs as the UK, and most of the British appliances you’ll be taking will use the same voltage. This means there’s no need for adapters or transformers.
Larnaca General Hospital is a modern facility in the city centre.
Address: Pandoras, Larnaca, Cyprus Phone: +357 24 800 360.