Larnaka

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Larnaka District Museum

The most important museum in Cyprus-Larnaca District

Larnaka District Museum is a Museum that has displays that show the historical development of the city of Kition and the District of Larnaka in general. It was inaugurated in 1969, and was formerly named Larnaka District Archaeological Museum. It is controlled by the Department of Antiquities.

The Kition-Bamboula archaeological site is located around 100 meters north of the museum. Information about the site is posted on the grounds of the museum. The Kition-Kathari site is located around 500 meters further north.

Entrance Fee: €2.50 (There is no separate charge for viewing the Bamboula site).

Opening Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8.00-15.00
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
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Lefkara

Α Charming village on the island of Cyprus

A village famous for its lace, known as lefkaritika in (Greek: λευκαρίτικα) and silver handicrafts. The village takes its name from the white of its silica and limestone

It features cobbled streets and picturesque architecture. The village is split into two administrative regions: upper and lower Lefkara (Greek: Πάνω & Κάτω Λεύκαρα) with around 1,100 inhabitants. A common sight is groups of women who sit in the narrow village streets working on their fine embroidery, as they have for centuries.

It is located on the southern slopes of the Troödos Mountains in the Larnaka District of Cyprus, off the main Nicosia-Limassol highway.
 

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Larnaka Marina

The most beautiful place to start your tour in Larnaka!

Larnaka Marina is one of the crossroads of the circum navigator, a gateway to the East or West depending on which way round you are going. A safe haven to catch your breath after that long hard slog up the Red Sea or a place to stock up if you are going down. It is a wintering hole for all nationalities living aboard in the Med. A boatyardis available for repairs, be it major or minor. You name it, Larnaka marina has it, you want it? the chances are that you WILL find it.

 

 

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Oroklini Lake

A wetland of pan-European ecological importance

Oroklini Lake is one of only seven natural wetlands in Cyprus. The site is located about 10km from the city of Larnaka town and south of the village of Voroklini, in the District of Larnaka.

The lake is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) (CY6000010) mainly for two nesting species - The Black-winged Stilt Himantopus and the Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus (Hoplopterus spinosus).

This groundbreaking project, co-funded by the European Union (LIFE+) started in January 2012 to restore and manage Oroklini Lake. The lake is an important wetland as it is a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive, and a Site of Community Importance (SCI) under the EU Habitats Directive. The 3-year project's beneficiaries were the Game Fund as lead beneficiary, BirdLife Cyprus as coordinator, the Environment Department, the Department of Forests and the Voroklini Community Council.

The LIFE Oroklini project,  (LIFE10NATCY716) consisted of both conservation and awareness-raising actions that tackled the pressures threatening this important wetland. Conservation actions included fencing of the lake to prevent disturbance from motor vehicles and motorcycles that enter the lake during dry seasons, removal of invasive alien plant species, planting of native shrubs and trees, water management and restoration of the area where a flea market used to operate illegally.

However, the environment is not the only one that was benefited by this project, as many communication actions were also planned during the implementation of the LIFE Oroklini project. Public awareness actions for the significance of the lake included installation of notice boards at the site, construction of a visitor information point with a hide for nature watching, a photo competition for the production of a photo album, volunteer-based ‘Clean Oroklini Day’ and information material for schools and the wider public. In this way, the project played a significant role on raising public awareness for the wetland. Oroklini Lake has attracted many nature enthousiasts.

Oroklini Lake is a Natura 2000 site and is especially important for the two qualifying bird species, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus Himantopus (Oroklini Lake is the best nesting site in Cyprus for this species) and Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus that nest there. It is worth noting that Cyprus holds more than 50% of the EU’s breeding population of the Spur-winged Plover and on a local scale, Oroklini Lake is one of the top 5 areas in Cyprus for the reproduction of this species. In total 190 bird species have been recorded at the site. The site is also classified as a SCI under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) for its halophytic marsh vegetation.

The benefits from this project ahave been many. An important wetland was restored and this project can be the model for future projects. Through the project we managed to raise public awareness in the area, and also the lake can now be used for environmental education among pupils. At the same time, the project has helped managing the water level of the lake. Moreover, the involvement of these five beneficiaries, provided by the project, has played a great role in the project's success in restoring and managing Oroklini Lake and for building support in the community for this important site.

Source: http://www.orokliniproject.org 

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Angeloktisti Church

The church contains sacred images of different seasons and styles

This 11th century Byzantine church, whose name means “built by angels”, was erected over the ruins of an Early Christian basilica in Kiti. The original apse survived together with one of the finest pieces of Byzantine art of the Justinian period, a rare 6th century mosaic of the Virgin and Child between two archangels. Only Cyprus and Mount Sinai have mosaics of this period surviving due to the the iconoclastic decrees ordering the destruction of most icons and objects of idolatry. Similar mosaics were those from the Church of Kanakaria, now on display in the Byzantine Museum in Lefkosia (Nicosia).

This church regularly holds a festival on the 15th of August where you can experiance traditional Cypriot dancers, shows, market stalls, food and activities for children.
It should be noted most church parishes hold regular charity events in their courtyards or in their local village squares!

Monday - Saturday [Summer]: 07:00 - 18:45

Sunday [Summer]: 09:30 - 18:45

Monday - Saturday [Winter]: 07:00 - 16:45

Sunday [Winter]: 09:30 - 16:45

Entrance: Free.

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Zenobia Wreck

Fantastic place to dive!

The Zenobia Wreck is in the top ten places to visit worldwide when it comes down to diving. It is truly a magnificent sight and is visited by people all over the world mainly because of its location and its history.

Zenobia was an 11,000 ton Swedish Ferry which was built to increase traffic on the Greece-Syria express line. Unfortunately, it sunk on its maiden voyage in June 1980, just 1.5 km off the Larnaka coast. Zenobia took with it an entire cargo full of 100 trucks down to the seabed. This site is now used mainly as a destination for divers and Tourists who are visiting Cyprus.

Interesting Fact: Zenobia was 172 meters in length which is larger than the average football stadium.

 

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Tassos Mitsopoulos Avenue / Piale Pasia

Ideal place for relaxing walks

Paile Pasha Street in Larnaca was renamed to Tassos Mitsopoulos Avenue as a mark of honor for the deceased's offer to the city of Larnaca

Recently upgraded, Tassos Mitsopoulos Avenue has now become the perfect place for a relaxing walk, aligned with fragrant plants and lighting making it also suitable for evening strolls. Tassos Mitsopoulos Avenue is now an extension to the lovely Phoinikoudes path and is the number one destination for those visiting Larnaka in Cyprus.

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The Monastery of Ayios Mina (Near Lefkara)

Magic place to visit, ideal relaxation!

The visitor is fascinated by the quiet, idyllic and majestic environment of the monastery, the church of which stands in the middle of the monastery complex.

Around the church are the semi-vaulted two storeyed cloisters. The monastery started functioning as from 1965 with nuns who came from the monastery of Agios Georgios Alamanos. They gave life to a men’s monastery which stopped operating a long time ago.

 

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Saint Lazarus Church

Visit the church of St. Lazarus where there are also the remains of the Saint

The Church of Saint Lazarus is a late-9th century church. It belongs to the Church of Cyprus, an autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church.

The Church of Saint Lazarus is named after the New Testament figure, Lazarus of Bethany, in which Jesus raised him from the dead. According to Orthodox tradition, sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea because of rumoured plots on his life and came to Cyprus. There he was appointed by Paul and Barnabas as the first Bishop of Kition (present-day Larnaka).

He is said to have lived for thirty more years and on his death was buried there. The Church of Saint Lazarus was built over the reputed tomb of Lazarus.

Working Hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 12:30 + 14:30 - 17:30.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 08:00 - 17:30.

Entrance: Free

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Larnaka Aqueduct (Kamares)

Τhe most prominent water supply ever built in Cyprus

Kamares Aqueduct, also known as the Bekir Pasha Aqueduct, was built in 1747 and is considered the most important building of the time being Ottoman era. The aqueduct functioned until 1939 and consisted of 75 arches that carried the water from the river Tremithos in Larnaca.

 

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City Shopping Center

Οne of the most exciting streets to walk down in Larnaka. Great for shopping!

The main Shopping Center in Larnaka is found along the road called "Ermou Street". This is the street for Shopping enthusiasts where they can find shops for clthing, shoes, accessories, sunglasses, and even cafes and a few bars along the way. Ermou Street has grown in the past few year.

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Zygi Harbor

Zygi harbour is a definite must visit for all fish enthusiasts

Recently UPGRADED, Zygi has always been the destination for FISH! Now Zygi has come together to build a magnificent harbour with surrounding restaurants along with cafes and bars for your entertainment. Smell the fresh fish coming out of the ocean and onto the stove, smell the fresh summer air in the wind as it picks up the scents of freshly cooked fish on its way to you.

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Stavrovouni Monastery

Monastery located on the top of a hill called Stavrovouni

Stavrovouni is the earliest documented monastery on the island. The oldest written reference dates from the Byzantine period, and it proves that Stavrovouni had been an important religious centre since the 4th century. The relevant information can be found in the memoirs of a Russian traveler, Abbot Daniel, who stayed on Cyprus in 1106.

He recorded that the Holy Cross was located on Mount Olympus (Stavrovouni ancient name) with the objective of "warding off evil spirits and curing any illness", and he noted, "This cross is like a meteorite, it is not supported in the ground, because the Holy Ghost holds it in the empty space. I, unworthy man, knelt down before this holy, mysterious object and have seen with my own, sinful eyes the inherent holy grace present in this place."

After its foundation, Stavrovouni was occupied by Orthodox monks living according to the rule of St. Basil.

Working Hours:
September - March: 07:00 - 11:00 + 14:00 - 17:00.
April - August: 08:00 - 12:00 + 15:00 - 18:00.

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Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement

The settlement represents the history of the Neolithic period in Cyprus

The ancient site of Choirokoitia dates back to the 6th millennium BC. It lies in the domain of the village from which it takes its name in the Larnaka district on the west bank of the Maroni River overlooking the south coast, 6 kilometres from the sea.

The settlement’s only entrance – a stairway integrated within a stone massif that lay against the exterior face of the settlement’s enclosure wall, can be traced for more than 180 metres. Perfectly functional as an entrance and exit, this stairway provided a solution to the problem posed by the fact that the settlement stood 2 metres higher than the surrounding area. Protected by this wall, the houses were crowded together, separated only by narrow strips of land that were used as passage ways and for the disposal of rubbish.

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Hala Sultan Tekke

Hala Sultan Tekke is a listed Ancient Monument

Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram (Turkish: Hala Sultan Tekkesi) is a Muslim shrine on the west bank of Larnaka Salt Lake, near Larnaka, Cyprus. Umm Haram (Turkish: Hala Sultan) was relative to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Hala Sultan Tekke complex is composed of a mosque, mausoleum, minaret, cemetery, and living quarters for men and women. The tomb of Umm Haram is covered with fabrics and surrounded by a three-stone construction. According to tradition, one of the stones is hovering.The term tekke (convent) applies to a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and may have referred to an earlier feature of the location. The present-day complex, open to all and not belonging to a single religious movement, lies in a serene setting on the shores of the Larnaka Salt Lake, which appears to be an important site also in prehistory.

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Pieridis Museum

One of the most important museums in Cyprus!

The Pierides-Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, could be characterised as one of the most important museums in Cyprus since its archaeological collection comprises the most complete and significant presentation of Cypriot culture throughout the centuries. The archaeological collection is hosted at the Pierides Family house in Larnaka, a building dated in 1825, and covers all main periodes of Cypriot history and prehistory. The visitor can watch the panorama of 9000 years of Cypriot civilisation, starting from the Neolitic period, the Bronze Age, the Geometric, the Archaic, the Hellenistic, the Roman, and Byzantine-Medieval era. Apart from the archaeological collection, the Museum houses an exemplary collection of old maps of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean as well as a marvelous collection of Hellenistic and Roman glass vases. At the yard of the Museum, one can see, the open air sculpture collection by Cypriot and Greek artists.

Entrance Fee: Adults: €2.00 | Students: €1.00

Opening Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Friday - Saturday: 09:00 - 13:00
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Mackenzie Area

The nightlife along this area guarantees you an enjoyable night out!

In recent developments, the Mackenzie Area has been modified and renewed as an Area of Pleasure where you can go for a swim and listen to the music from the many bars along the strip. If you feel peckish then you have a choice from a wide range of restaurants including Fast Food Restaurants and Traditional Cypriot Taverns.

When the Sun sets, the party begins! Along the Mackenzie strip you can find a wide variety of bars playing different types of music, from Jazz to Reggae, House to Trance and Hip-Hop to Rnb and Pop (greek and international). 

 

 

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Medieval Fort

The Medieval Castle is one of the most popular sights of Cyprus

The Medieval Fort was constructed to defend the southern coasts of Cyprus and was later used as a prison, artillery and an outpost.

Working Hours:

  • 16/04 - 15/09 (Weekdays): 08:00 - 19:30.
  • 16/04 - 15/09 (Weekends): 09:30 - 17:00.
  • 16/09 - 15/04 (Weekdays): 08:00 - 17:00.
  • 16/09 - 15/04 (Weekends): 09:30 - 17:00.

Entrance: €1.25. (Children Free)

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Aliki - Salt Lake

The Lake is known for its walking trails and the flamingoes who gather in the centre

Larnaka Salt Lake is a complex network of four salt lakes (3 of them interconnected) of different sizes to the west of the Town of Larnaka.
The largest is lake Aliki, followed by lake Orphani, lake Patsalos,and Para Orphani. They form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake. The total surface area of the lakes add up to 2.2 km² and being just off the road leading to Larnaka International Airport is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area.

Besides its picturesque beauty, the lake is the haunt of 85 species of water-birds with estimated populations between 20,000–38,000. It is one of the important migratory passages through Cyprus. Among them are 2,000–12,000 flamingoes ] which spend the winter months there feeding off populations of the brine shrimp Artemia salina.

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Larnaka Promenade (Finikoudes)

The ideal place for relaxation, food and fun

Stroll along the palm-lined sea-front promenade, known as “Phinikoudes”, and indulge in some people-watching at one of the many pavement cafes or restaurants. The nearby marina is a favourite haunt for a friendly community of local yacht owners as well as yachtsmen from all over the world.


 

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