Larnaca is an area of outstanding beauty - endowed with numerous attractions, waterfronts and scenic vistas as well as some of the islands most outstanding beaches. It is located on Cyprus' southernmost coast and is the country’s third largest city .
The town is built over the ancient city kingdom of Kition, a rich sea port and major center of the copper trade and later a Phoenician stronghold. East meets West in Larnaca as both Christianity and Islam have revered religious sites here, with the mosque of Hala Sultan, an important Moslem place of pilgrimage, with Its minaret rising up amidst a copse of tall palm and cypress trees, shimmering like an oasis mirage on the edge of the salt lake, a favorite winter habitat for flamingoes and other migratory birds.
The impressive 10th century Church of St Lazarus in the center of the town was built over the saint’s tomb and is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Stroll along the palm-lined sea-front promenade, known as “Phinikoudes”, and indulge in one of the many cafes or restaurants.
Larnaca Fort is located on the shore at the south end of 'Phoinikoudes' and built between 1382 and 1398 during the region of James-I in order to protect the town's harbour. It is imagined to be in the shape of a square tower, rebuilt in 1625 during the Ottoman period.
The nearby marina is a favorite haunt for a friendly community of local yacht owners as well as yachtsmen from all over the world.