Larnaca
“Gateway of the Republic of Cyprus”, makes it a perfect starting point from which to explore Cyprus. Larnaca region is known for sports and recreation activities, cultural events, religious tourism, authentic Cyprus taverns and villages offering agro tourism opportunities.

Larnaca region, also spelled as Larnaka, is located on Cyprus' Southeast coast. The city of Larnaca is the country’s third largest city and home to the second largest commercial port. Larnaca's International Airport, with easy access to and from Larnaca city center, is located on the suburbs of the city. Thanks to Larnaca International airport, the city is characterized as the “Gateway of the Republic of Cyprus”.

The city of Larnaca was founded in the 14th century BC by Mycenaean Greeks and is one for the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. The philosopher and founder of the Stoic school Zenon was born in Larnaca later taking on his name, the Kition. Larnaca is built over the ancient kingdom of Kition. The remains, archeological monuments, churches, museums and other important sides of the Larnaca region and city prove its long heritage. Such places are the ruins of ancient Kition (one of the most important archeological site in Cyprus), the Neolithic settlement of Choirokitia (a world heritage site by UNESCO), the Larnaca Fort and the Aqueduct known as Kamares of the 18th century. Also, a visitor should not miss to visit the churches of St Lazarus, Angeloktisti, Panagia Faneromeni and the monastery of Stavrovouni with its panoramic 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and plains.

Near the old airport, a visitor can admire another landmark of Larnaca city. A group of salt lakes (known as Aliki) form one of the unique wetlands in Cyprus. Despite the fact that the salt was found unsuitable for consumption, the lakes are still a vital site for the wild life of the area. Thousands of immigrant birds including elegant pink flamingos, ducks and seagulls stop at the lakes attracting nature lovers and photographers from all over the world. Right next to the lakes one can explore the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke, built in honor of the Prophet Mohammed’s aunt in 1816 over the tomb of Umm Haram. It is the third most important pilgrimage site for Muslims in the world.

Larnaca region is known worldwide as the hometown of 1 of the 10 most interesting diving wrecks in the world; the Zenovia wreck. Zenovia wreck attracts divers from all over the world. The boat Zenovia sank in Larnaka bay in 1980, just 1 km from the coast. It is nearly 200 metres long and remains completely intact. The top of Zenovia is just 16 meters under the surface and all the trucks can be seen either in the wreck or lying on the seabed close by.


The city of Larnaca is also known for its palm-lined front promenade known as the Phinikoudes that hosts some of the most popular both by locals and tourists bars, restaurants and cafes. If you are visiting Larnaca during June, you should not miss the two week festival of Kataklismos (festical of the floods). Kataklismos is the Christian feast of the Pentecost and is the biggest folklore festival of Larnaka and Cyprus. It is celebrated in all seafront towns of Cyprus. The fair is held by the Larnaka municipality and attracts more than 300,000 people. The festival includes popular concerts, traditional competitions of dances, singing, poetry, music, satire, theatre, swimming and sailing contests and impressive fireworks.