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The city of Larnaca stands on the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Kition. Historically, this place served as a major shopping center. Boats with merchants from different countries arrived endlessly in a large and beautiful local port. The remains of the port, as well as a complex of ancient Greek temples dating from the 12th century, can be seen in different parts of the city. In Larnaca, ancient columns everywhere look at tourists at the same time as modern shopping complexes. Here you can wander around under palm trees, ride on yachts, take a measured rest and immediately forget about all the problems.
This is the main and largest airport in Cyprus. In addition, Larnaca Airport is considered the most comfortable and modern on the island. About 5 million passengers pass through it annually. The construction of the airport was completed in the near 2006. It is only 8 km from the city center. In general, it is very clean and comfortable, but you need to be prepared for the high cost of any services — resort prices come to light after leaving the plane. And also get ready to stand in line after arrival. They’re moving pretty fast, but there’s clearly more passengers than the airport can handle.
You can get from Larnaca airport by bus number 22 or number 24. It will cost a trip of a modest $ 1.6. But there are some peculiarities. For example, buses do not work at all on Sunday. At night, the fare is almost doubled.
But Larnaca has a pretty cheap taxi, and it’s not far to go. You can find a car directly in the parking lot at the exit of the airport. The fare will be about $ 12.
In Larnaca, you can take a detailed look at the lifestyle of the Cypriots. A relaxing holiday is perfectly balanced with the noisy atmosphere of a busy city. So you can just soak up the sun and entertain yourself with something interesting in the evenings.
In Larnaca, outdoor enthusiasts are invited to try different water sports: from wakeboarding to a good old banana-ride. But although the beaches are indeed the main attraction of Larnaca, you must definitely go outside the hotel and consider the city in detail.
According to legend, Lazarus came to Cyprus after he was resurrected by Jesus Christ, and lived in Larnaca for 30 years. A church was built around his grave. Since that time, Lazarus became the main saint of Larnaca, in whose honor processions and festivals are held here annually.
Next to the church is the Byzantine Museum, dedicated to this important period in the history of Larnaca. Both the church and the museum are among the most important Byzantine monuments in Cyprus as a whole. Although the three domes and the original bell tower of the church were destroyed during the first years of the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottoman Empire, the iconostasis of the church is excellently preserved and is considered a masterpiece of the Baroque style.
This is the most famous road in Larnaca, which leads to the best Larnaca beach — Finikoudes. The whole area is surrounded by palm trees, and it looks like a wonderful oasis. Parallel to the beach are lined restaurants and shops. And on the embankment, carnivals and festivals are regularly held. And you can find entertainment for yourself at any time of the year or day. Not only tourists, but also locals love to come here. So already in the evening you can find yourself some new friends who will gladly show a little more interesting things in Larnaca.
Local cuisine is a combination of Arabic, Greek, Turkish and British gastronomic traditions. Lovers of seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, cheese and wine, as well as unique oriental sweets will definitely like it.
From Turkish cuisine, locals borrowed the traditions of cooking oriental pizza. It is cooked with various vegetables, local cheese and meat delicacies. Special types of seafood pizza are also worth a try in Larnaca restaurants, even if you usually avoid such combinations.
In the menu of local restaurants you will definitely find musaka — a popular dish in Greece of lamb, eggplant and other vegetables. Meat lovers will love kleftiko: baked lamb in the oven according to a special local recipe.
One of the most popular local snacks is tzatziki — a sauce of yogurt, peppermint, cucumbers and garlic. In general, dairy products are used very widely in traditional Larnaca cuisine. They make goat-cheese that is fantastic in taste and prepare perfect yoghurts and cottage cheese. Walking around the local markets, be sure to check out the dairy department and try everything you can.