Beautifully compact, easily accessible and truly authentic, Larnaka is Cyprus’ oldest soul with a history that dates back 10,000 years, making it the longest continually inhabited region of the island. Whilst the region is rich in the ancient culture of hundreds of years of contrasting civilisations, Larnaka is also a thriving and modern European city. From stretches of varied coastline, a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan establishments and fascinating monuments, Larnaka seamlessly blends its two ‘faces’.
The distinctive feature of Larnaka city is its bustling Foinikoudes promenade, which is lined with mature palm trees and flanked by beach, eateries, and entertainment. The parallel shopping center with its traditional architecture puts everything at your fingertips – including cultural treasures and interesting museums that are nestled among the commercial shopping streets.
The promenade seamlessly joins the popular Piale Pasha sea walkway as it passes by quaint old neighbourhoods where traditional artists work, taking in a small fishing harbour and its fresh fish taverns. In the same area, the famous Salt Lake fills with flocks of vibrant pink flamingos in the winter months and attracts visitors for its natural beauty and ecological value.
Larnaka city stretches out to thriving rural villages and communities of varying sizes. Picturesque villages with narrow lanes and rustic architecture, each having its own unique character, charm and scenery. The communities are active in the cultural fabric of the region with annual festivals, museums, monuments and tourist attractions, as well as defining gastronomy and handicrafts that are cherished and maintained. The villages are stunning in their natural beauty and are perfect for walking the designated nature trails, cycling, or for tranquil Agrotourism breaks in traditional houses.
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