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Larnaka and The Southeast Cyprus

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An industrious resort town, Larnaka has Cyprus’ main international airport on its doorstep, a harbour with deep-water berths and a great marina. The seafront promenade is fringed with palm trees and cafes and tavernas (bars).

Places of interest include:

The Agios Lazaros Church and its associated Byzantine Museum.
Larnaka Fort
The District Archaeological Museum
The Pierides Museum (a private archaeological museum)
The Natural History Museum
The Tornaritis-Pierides Palaeontology Museum and the scant ruins of ancient Kition.

During the feast of Kataklysmos (the Greek Orthodox Whitsun), celebrated throughout Cyprus but with especial enthusiasm in Larnaka, crowds throng the shore for watersports, singing, dancing, drinking and eating.

Excursions

Close to the airport is the Hala Sultan Tekkesi, a historic mosque standing in beautiful gardens on the edge of Larnaka Salt Lake (dry in summer), a winter home of beautiful migratory flamingoes.

Nearby, in Kiti, Panagia Angeloktisti Church contains a superb sixth-century Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin and Child.

Located in the hills to the west is the village of Lefkara, famous for its handmade lace, and the Convent of Agios Minas.

Off the Limassol–Nicosia road are the hilltop Stavrovouni Monastery, and the Crusader-era Chapelle Royal near Pyrga. Further to the west, on a hillside at Choirokoitia, are the remains of a neolithic village from 5800 BC, one of the earliest settlements in Cyprus.

East of Larnaka, Larnaka Bay has a sand beach lined with popular hotels. Beyond the bay, and the Dekeleia British Sovereign Base Area, much of Famagusta (Ammochostos) District, including the town of the same name, lies across the Cypriot divide in the Turkish-occupied zone (the Turks call Famagusta ‘Gazimagusa’). The area still under Government control includes the fertile Kokkinochoria (Red Villages) belt, where potatoes and other vegetables are grown for export.

On the coast south of Famagusta lie busy resorts, speckled with golden sand beaches, that are ideal for the children, like those at Fig Tree Bay and Flamingo Bay.

Agia Napa has a 16th-century monastery – and an increasingly boisterous reputation as a major clubbing resort. It also attracts families to its beaches, Waterworld leisure centre and Go-Karts track with Boat tours leaving from the harbour.

Family-oriented Protaras and Pernera resorts have great beaches, with cafes and beach bars. Other attractions in the region include watersports and rock climbing.

Around Cape Gkreko, the coastline becomes indented with rocky coves and sandy beaches, ideal for snorkelling and scuba-diving (both for experienced practitioners), explorations by boat and picnics. The Potamos Creek fishing harbour presents a lovely scene of colourful fishing boats. Inland, the small town of Paralimni provides entertainment in its restaurants, cafes and dance clubs.