Places to visit in Larnaca
Nearby, there is also the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the most important monuments of the Islamic World. The mosque is built on the tomb of Umm Haram, the Prophet Mohamed’s aunt, who died falling from a horse. Another mosque worth visiting in the city is the Grand Mosque Djami Jebir. Right next to it, at the end of the Foinikoudes Avenue, there is the Larnaca Castle. Built in the 14th century, it is now the home of artefacts from the early Christian Ages until the 19th century. St. Lazarus church (there is also a Byzantine Museum in it), built in the 9th century AD and Phaneromeni Church built around 80 BC, are important monuments in the city. Finally, in Larnaca district there are some beautiful villages you should check out, such as the picturesque Lefkara village, famous for its lace and silver handicrafts and beautiful Kato Drys village.
Things to do in Larnaca
Furthermore, the sea in Pervolia, Mackenzie, Dhekelia and Phoinikoudes are ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling or even something more relaxed, such as fishing. To fully enjoy the city and its surrounding areas, there are cycling routes you can take for example, the Rizoelia Forest route, the one that starts from the city’s beaches, passes through Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque and ends Meneou village and the Kofinou-Larnaca one. On the other hand, if you prefer, to explore the area on foot, you can take the European Trail E4, that passes from Larnaca and goes through pine forests, mountains and monasteries.
Best Beaches in
On the other hand, to get some peace and quiet, we recommend driving to more remote beaches near Larnaca. For example, in Pervolia village, there is the Faros beach, located near the lighthouse, then there is the Mazotos beach, the Alaminos beach and the small bay in Agios Theodoros village.
Along the Dhekelia road to the east, you will find Yannathes beach in Voroklini village and further down in Pyla village, the CTO beach and the Dasaki Pylas beach surrounded by trees. Most of those beaches have blue flags, water sports, lifeguards, facilities, sunbeds and lounges for rent.
Accommodation in Larnaca
There also are plenty of private villas to choose from, in more relaxing and quiet areas, like nearby Dhekelia and Pervolia, often overlooking the Mediterranean. Most villas offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money, especially during the peak season.
If you are looking for holidays during the summer months and you are looking for a great accommodation near a beach, you should book well ahead. Good choices include the Radisson Blu Hotel, the Golden Bay Beach Hotel, the Lordos Beach Hotel & Spa and the Radisson Beach Resort all of which stand alongside Larnaca’s beachfront.
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Places to eat in Larnaca
On the other hand, in Larnaca you will also taste excellent Japanese food, Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, fusion cuisine, Greek food, pub food served with a twist and so on. There are many good restaurants along the Phoinikoudes promenade, while it is worth discovering some excellent places in the old town. Furthermore, in the Mackenzie area, a good food scene has developed in the past few years, that you should most definitely check out. Lastly, along the Dhekelia road, you will find some really good places to eat, such as two excellent Indian restaurants.