Heading out on a holiday to Larnaca, Cyprus? Watch out, you will love life on this Mediterranean island so much that you will not want to go home!
Larnaca has been a popular place to live for a long time, as there is evidence of habitation here dating back over 6000 years making it the oldest city in Cyprus. In modern Larnaca you will find historical buildings in the city centre, and a wide range of luxurious hotels and restaurants along the waterfront promenade.
- Scheduled flights to Cyprus
- Scheduled flights to the Maldives
- Scheduled flights to the Seychelles
While you are enjoying this Mediterranean hotspot, here are a few ideas of things to do:
Visit the Church of St. Lazarus
While you are in Larnaca, take a trip to see this beautiful 9th century Orthodox church, which is reputed to be constructed above the tomb of Lazarus, brother of Mary and the resurrected friend of Christ. Lazarus was said to have lived here for 30 years as the bishop of Larnaca and was buried here when he died for the second time. Built in 890 by the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI the Wise, this amazing church features Byzantine artwork and elaborate Baroque woodcarvings that are sure to impress. If you are visiting the church on Lazarus Saturday, which is eight days before Easter, the icon of Saint Lazarus will be taken in procession through the streets of Larnaca.
Go Scuba Diving at a Shipwreck
Larnaca is a famous destination in the world of scuba diving because it is the home of the Wreck of the Zenobia. This was a large ferry boat which sunk in 1980 on its maiden voyage, due to an error with the ship’s computer system. The ship was loaded with trucks and cargo, and all of its contents can now be seen underwater by scuba divers. The top of the boat is onto 18 meters below the surface, so even beginner divers can easily take a look at the sunken ship with the guidance of an instructor. There are many diving schools in Larnaca that will supply you with the right equipment and give you lessons on what to do.
Go For a Walk by the Salt Lake
The Larnaca Salt Lake is a beautiful place for a walk, and it is located just west of the city. These four salt lakes are one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area. The Larnaca Salt lake is a specially protected area, and is considered one of the most important wetlands of Cyprus due to the 85 different species of water-birds who make their home here. It is an important migratory passage, and is also the winter retreat of thousands of pink flamingos. According to a local legend, the lake is salty because Lazarus once asked an old woman for food and drink, and she refused him saying that her vines had dried up. Lazarus said to her, “may your vines dry up and become a salt lake forever”.
These are just a few things that you can do in the gorgeous city of Larnaca, Cyprus.