Budget Travel Ideas in Larnaca

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The Larnaca budget travel ideas mentioned below help visitors cut costs in the lovely Cyprian city without compromising on the fun. Larnaca sports a quiet and laid-back charm of the old and a hip vibe of the new in the glamorous Mediterranean region. Though extremely popular for its lovely tropical weather and heritage walking tours, traveling to Larnaca need not weigh heavily on your pockets.

Best Time for Budget Travel

The off-season months of March to November bring cooler weather and less tourist traffic, and are just as good a time to visit as the summer. One of the cheapest round trip flights from New York to Larnaca off-peak would cost between $816 and $894 on Cyprus Airways (2010). There are other airline deals out there, so it's always best to book ahead and shop around for the best choice.

Moving about in Larnaca on a Budget

Once in Larnaca, the best bet to get around on a budget is through the public bus transport that covers the whole city until 7:30 PM. Another option is to charter metered taxis. Compared to buses, taxis are available 24 hours and can bring one around Larnaca on a planned itinerary, but are slightly more expensive if chartered alone. A smarter option is to book a seat in a shared taxi (sharing among 7 passengers) at a slightly lower rate.

Attractions and Activities

The best way to know the history and culture of Larnaca is to go on one of the guided walking tours. The Cyprus Tourist Organization runs two walking tours: "Larnaca - Past and Present" and "Skala-its Craftsmen." These 2-hour guided walking tours will give you the various historical and cultural attractions of Larnaca on a budget. 

Cheap Eats

The cheapest food to eat is the kebab and the sheftalies (charcoal-grilled skewered meats, sausages or meatballs) that are served with pita bread and a salad. These are bought from outside street vendors and are the Cypriot version of takeout. Make sure to keep an open eye for a beachfront restaurant or a courtyard café that is filled with locals. Cheap and delicious food is widely available in Larnaca.

Economy Accommodation Options

The room tariff of a 2-star hotel like the Larco Hotel starts at  approximately US$24 per room per night, while a 3-star hotel like the Crown Resorts Henipa Hotel charges around US$31 per person per night. 

Budget Shopping

For budget shoppers, basic necessities and interesting finds can be purchased at any of the shops lining the market area of Ermous Street and Zenonos Kiteos. The Open Air Market is a bargain hunter's haven for budget finds on almost everything, be it food, clothes or even rare artifacts. There are also a lot of family owned shops tucked away inside the side streets amid quaint, cozy courtyard cafes, where budget finds on jewelry, watches and leather goods can be sourced.

A visit to Larnaca can be full of interesting things to do, even on a modest budget.  The Larnaca Regional Tourism Body can help plan an itinerary for a budget tour to cover a cross section of what the city has to offer - from guided city tours of museums, archeological sites, nature trails in green parks and beaches to a suburban assortment of restaurants, bars and nightlife. One just has to plan ahead and shop for the best deals.

February 23, 2010 change by sameera kumar
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