Whatever your final destination when you go to Cyprus, Larnaca can definitely be your first stop. After all, the journey often starts from there since Larnaca is the largest airport on the island. Cyprus is ideal for weekend activities even since flights from Athens last about 2 hours.
Larnaca can offer you beautiful moments and great emotions. It will be good for you to be prepared in advance so that you can organize your trip better. And then you must see as much as you can in Larnaca. Here are five things we suggest you do there…
A walkabout in the streets of the city
You should wear comfortable shoes, equip yourself with your nicest mood and get ready to meet Larnacafor good. You can start your walk from the picturesque alleys of the city. There you can explore the beautiful and multicoloured corners of the city! You can drink a cup of coffee, taste traditional Cypriot sweets and live first-hand the everyday life.
The Medieval Castle, also known as the Fortress of Larnaca, can be found at the end of the coastal road to Finikoudes. You have to visit it. It’ll take you back in time. This beautiful fortress has an atmosphere from another era! Today, the castle houses the small Medieval Museum of Larnaca where, in its three halls, you can see exhibits from the Paleo-Christian period and the period of the Turkish occupation.
Cyprus and the archaeological sites in Larnaca
A place is born and lives through its history. And Larnaca has a rich one. As well as interesting archaeological sites for one to see. Don’t miss the Chirokoitia, one of the most representative settlements of the Neolithic period. The valley of the river Agios Minas is there, at the foot of the Troodos mountain range and is only 6 km distance from the sea. These houses that are in a circular shape, will surely catch your interestto learn all about the history of the Neolithic settlement that came to light in 1934 by the archaeologist Porfyros Dikaios.
Get a taste of the traditional gastronomy that Cyprus has
Larnaca is the ideal place. As in all parts of the Great Island, so it is in the city and the surrounding villages, where the local delicacies are special. They are undoubtedly an authentic and integral part of the culture and tradition you will encounter in Cyprus. If you’ve never tasted them before, then you have to do it now. The aromas of soutzouki, kiofterkoi, palouze, koulourkoi, spoon-sweets of seasonal fruitsand many others will bring yourself to do so.
Excursion to Aliki with its pinkish shades
If you are in Larnaca you have to take a walk in its famous salt flat (Aliki)It is an important wetland protected by the Ramsar Convention and the NATURA programme. It is southwest of the city, east of the villages of Meneos and Dromolaxia. There you will admire the pink flamingos that winter on the beautiful shores of the lake. Make sure you have still empty shots on your camera or enough space in the memory of your mobile phone to capture the beautiful images at all times.
Cyprus is full of them and Larnaca is a sample of it…