As with so many regions in Cyprus, Larnaca district is a land of contrasts. From the frantic jostlings on the Ayia Napa coast to the tranquillity of mountain villages nestling in the Troodos foothills or contemporary hotels to ancient settlements at Choirokoitia; there really is something for everyone. If you are looking for general Larnaca tourist information read on.
Larnaca is often the first place visitors see as they arrive at the modern international airport before they move on to their final destination. Depending on the time of year it is possible to see flocks of flamingos on the nearby salt lake. You should also keep an eye out for Hala Sultan Tekke, the fourth most important place of Muslim pilgrimage. Depending on the direction you travel you can see the minaret rising through the palm trees next to the salt lake.
If you want to explore the area a car is a must in order to get to many places that are off the beaten track as public transport is patchy at best outside of the main towns. Driving tends to be undertaken with spirit in Cyprus; some would say with no regard to conventional rules of the road! Prepare yourself by reading our driving hints and tips. If you are stuck for inspiration of where to go have a look at our driving route ideas .
In the past Ayia Napa has had a reputation as a party town and although it can hardly be described as a quiet resort, it has worked hard to shake off the image of drunken youth rampaging until the small hours. If you prefer a quieter laze on the beach, head westwards along the coast and you will find beaches that are almost deserted even in the height of Summer especially on a weekday.
Travelling away from the coast will take you to some picturesque villages that have seen very little change from times past. Here you will find village tavernas that serve authentic Cypriot cuisine rather than tourist fare. Go off the beaten track and yours might be the only rental car parked in the village. Depending on what village you visit you can find genuine handicrafts or products on sale direct from the craftsman.
Exploring the Larnaca region lets you be as energetic as you want to be (or the heat lets you!). Dip into the different pages here to find what interests you. Get in touch if you find somewhere you think others should know about on your travels. Also don’t forget if you have a question send it in and we will do our best to find the answer.