"Larnaca" Larnaca by cheekymarieh

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Before the Turkish invasion of 1974 Larnaca was hardly known outside of the island. However after this time both Kyrenia and Famagusta were under Turkish occupation. Also the main Nicosia airport was held by United Nations as part of the dividing line.As a result the Greek Cypriots needed to construct an airport to cater for the tourist industry and the town of Larnaca was selected.

Within no time Larnaca International Airport appeared ... along with apartment blocks and hotels. The vast majority of the visitors to the island now land in Larnaca (Paphos airport handles only a fraction of the flights).

It is not a place to go for beaches (they are manmade ... and can be full of sea weed). There is a fine sea front with a long promenade to wander along.

For further information see the official Larnaca website: http://www.larnaca.com/

Halle Sultan

There are some remains from the pre-1974 times such as Halle Sultan (the Muslim Mosque) and several of the churches including St Lazarus.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Near to the airport, some good restaurants, lots to see and do,
  • Cons:Some aircraft noise if you stay in the MacKenzie Beach area, the beach isn't as good as Ayia Napa, Protaras area
  • In a nutshell:A Lovely Promenade But Parking Can Be A Problem
  • Last visit to Larnaca: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Windmiller's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Yes, the sand on this beach is very fine grained and tends to stick together making the surface of the beach hard. However there are no rocks or pebbles which is good.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 12:12 PM

    A mine of practical information for future visitors to the island. I certainly wouldn't like to pass the industrial areas on my way to the hotel or wade in the seaweed. Thanks for the warnings.

  • cheekymarieh's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2004 at 11:46 AM

    I have come across sea weed in June and in October on the beach near to the Marina.

  • internicholas's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2004 at 1:53 AM

    weeds are rare due to incoming currents,,,sorry but you are giving the wronp impression...sand is lovely and water crystal clear..only a little too...warm!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2003 at 4:30 AM

    If the lace is good enough for Leonardo da Vinci, it must be good. Nice story about being invited into the store during the storm. Happy birthday, Marie!!

  • SilverVelvet's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2002 at 6:40 AM

    Good tips.

  • patrikske's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2001 at 1:24 PM

    Excellent page !

  • F.Lade's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2001 at 11:04 AM

    Excellent page,thanks

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2001 at 3:53 AM


  • tabatha's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2001 at 3:08 PM

    relaxing place

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