Cyprus
Larnaca: A Mediterranean Gem Waiting to be Discovered

Larnaca: A Mediterranean Gem Waiting to be Discovered

Cyprus – Larnaca – 28th January to 1st February 2024

Larnaca, located on the southern coast of Cyprus, is a city with a rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Larnaca seamlessly combines its ancient heritage with a modern and lively atmosphere.

Accommodation

I have stayed in several hotels/apartments in Larnaca. Each one has something different to the others depending on what you are looking for. I prefer to stay near the beach front.

The Josephine Boutique Hotel

I have stayed here a few times. It is quite expensive but there the value for money is there. The rooms are spacious and spotless. A room with a balcony is recommended. There is a swimming pool and bar on the roof which is lovely in the Summer. It’s not that busy at times and there is plenty of room. The views from up there are also great. I haven’t tried the breakfast there as I prefer to go to local restaurants to eat. The location is good. It is located at the back of McDonalds on the sea front. You can walk through McDonalds or go around the corner and you are at the beach. Check in and check out are simple and the staff are nice and friendly.

Amorgos Boutique Hotel

I stayed at this hotel for the first time in January 2024. It is cheaper than the other options. The room was nice and clean and had a balcony with a city view. The breakfast room look very good with lots of options and very clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. Located at the back of McDonalds again the location is perfect for walking to the beach or the shops.

Krasas Beach Apartments

I have stayed in an apartment here twice. It cost about the same as The Josphine Boutique Hotel, but you also get a parking space in the gated parking at the back of the apartment. It also has a kitchen with everything you need in. So, if you want to cook yourself anytime you always have an option. I stayed in the superior sea view apartment. The one I was given was on the top floor with a beautiful view of the beach and the sea. The entrance to the apartment is through a sideway from the beach front restaurants. The owner or the agent is always on hand if there are any problems. The only disadvantage of staying in an apartment is that there is no cleaning of the rooms. You can request this for a charge, but it doesn’t bother me if I am only staying 3 or 4 nights.

For the Summer months it is nice to have the pool to dip in but during the winter when the weather is not as good, I prefer to stay in an apartment.

There are also several different options for accommodation in Larnaca. I had some friends stay in Le Mat Hostel. They said it was good there and is a budget option if you want to save money for other things.

If you have stayed in Larnaca and recommend any accommodation, please feel free to comment below.

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Bars/Restaurants

Larnaca boasts a vibrant culinary scene, offering a variety of bars and restaurants that cater to different tastes. Here are some popular bars and restaurants in Larnaca where you can indulge in delicious food and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere:

Restaurants:

  • Zephyros: Located on the Finikoudes Promenade, Zephyros is known for its fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. The seafront setting provides a picturesque backdrop for a memorable dining experience.
  • To Kafe Tis Chrysanthi’s: A charming traditional taverna in Larnaca’s Old Town, offering authentic Cypriot dishes and a cozy atmosphere. It’s a great place to savour local flavours.
  • Maqam Al Sultan: If you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern cuisine, Maqam Al Sultan, near the Hala Sultan Tekke, offers a delightful selection of Lebanese and Syrian dishes in a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Art Cafe 1900: A popular spot for coffee, brunch, and light meals in a relaxed setting. Located in the heart of Larnaca’s Old Town, Art Cafe 1900 often hosts art exhibitions and cultural events.
  • Hobo’s Steak House: For those craving a juicy steak, Hobo’s Steak House is a favourite in Larnaca. The menu includes a variety of grilled meats and hearty dishes.

Bars and Cafes:

  • The Meeting Pub: Situated over the road from the beach, this bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of drinks and food. The English breakfast is one of the best in the city. The staff here are friendly and remember you when you come in again.
  • The Fort Cafe Bar: Situated near Larnaca Castle, this bar is known for its cozy ambiance and extensive drink menu. It’s a great spot to enjoy cocktails, wine, and local beers.
  • Savino Rock Bar: Savino Rock Bar is a lively venue offering live music, a diverse drink selection, and a friendly atmosphere. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists.
  • The Old Market St. Lazarus: A trendy bar set in a historic building in the heart of Larnaca. With its stylish decor and craft cocktails, it’s a favourite among those looking for a modern and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Lush Beach Bar Resto: Enjoy cocktails with a view at Lush Beach Bar Resto, located on the Finikoudes Promenade. This beachfront bar is perfect for watching the sunset while sipping on your favourite drink.

These establishments represent just a taste of the diverse culinary and nightlife scene in Larnaca. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Cypriot dishes, international cuisine, or a lively bar experience, Larnaca has plenty to offer.

Things to do

  • Visit the Church of Saint Lazarus: Explore this historic Orthodox church, which is said to be the final resting place of Saint Lazarus. Admire the stunning Byzantine architecture and intricate iconography.
  • Wander around Larnaca Fort: Explore the medieval Larnaca Fort, located on the waterfront. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the sea.
  • Relax on Finikoudes Beach: Spend a day soaking up the sun on Finikoudes Beach, a popular sandy stretch lined with palm trees and vibrant cafes. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade.
  • Discover the Salt Lake and Hala Sultan Tekke: Visit the Larnaca Salt Lake, home to flamingos in the winter, and explore the nearby Hala Sultan Tekke, a beautiful mosque surrounded by lush gardens.
  • Explore the Larnaca Marina: Take a stroll around the picturesque marina, where you can enjoy views of boats, dine at waterfront restaurants, and soak in the relaxing atmosphere.
  • Dive into history at the Larnaca Archaeological Museum: Learn about Cyprus’ rich history through the artifacts and exhibits displayed at the Larnaca Archaeological Museum.
  • Experience local cuisine at a taverna: Indulge in authentic Cypriot dishes at a traditional taverna. Try local specialties such as moussaka, souvlaki, and meze.
  • Take a day trip to Lefkara Village: Venture to the nearby village of Lefkara, famous for its lacework and silverware. Explore the charming streets and support local artisans.
  • Enjoy water sports at McKenzie Beach: If you’re an adventure seeker, try water sports like windsurfing or paddleboarding at McKenzie Beach.
  • Attend a cultural event: Check the local events calendar for festivals, concerts, and cultural events happening during your visit. Larnaca often hosts celebrations that showcase the island’s traditions.
  • Visit the Pierides Museum: Delve into Cyprus’ archaeological past by exploring the Pierides Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period.
  • Climb the Kamares Aqueduct: Head to the outskirts of Larnaca to see the Kamares Aqueduct, an impressive structure dating back to the 18th century. It’s a great spot for photography.

Larnaca is a nice family friendly place. It gets very hot during July and August. Sometimes over 40 degrees. A lot of people sleep during the midday hours and come out early or late in the day.

If you are looking to relax in a small Cyprus village. Kiti and Pervolia are nice little villages about 20 minutes drive from Larnaca centre. There are nice small restaurants and lovely places to walk on the beach. There are plenty of apartments/house available to rent if you want to stay out of Larnaca centre.

If you have visited Cyprus and would like to tell me about your experience, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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