Family Travel Ideas in Larnaca

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Larnaca is a panoramic beach resort on Cyprus' southern coast and is the second most important port of the island. A visit to Larnaca exhibits remnants of the past while also showcasing the amenities of modern living. Here are some Larnaca family travel ideas to help you make the most of your Cyprian vacation.

Beach Fun

The Mediterranean climate provides the perfect setting for families to either laze around in the sun or participate in the many beach activities like beach volleyball, scuba diving or swimming. The Makenzie Beach offers a range of water sports activities for tourists. The CTO beach holds regular handball and volleyball competitions and other sporting events. The Faros Beach is the preferred venue for peaceful sunbathing, while taking in the picturesque surroundings. The Phinikoudes Beach is the where shops, restaurants, bars and the Larnaca marina is located.

Boating and Fishing

The Larnaca Marina is the usual jump off point for a variety of nautical activities. Organized boat trips that skim the bay are ideal for family outings. There are several opportunities for the family to engage in fishing activities like angling or trolling.

Zenobia Ferry Wreck

For the active family with older children, Zenobia Ferry Wreck (located very close to Larnaca) - one of the finest dive sites in the world - offers a variety of water sports activities like snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing and kayaking.

Hiking and Cycling

From experiencing the thrills of its surf, families can also come to enjoy its turf. There are various trekking tours that unfold the beauty of Larnaca's forests and archaic monasteries. Larnaca also boasts of picturesque cycling routes and lots of parks with plenty of kiddie rides and activity centers.

Archeology and Culture

Larnaca offers a first-hand opportunity for children to explore the region's history. There is the Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement that dates back to 7,000 B.C. and is one the world's best preserved east Mediterranean ancient sites. A camel ride in Camel Park, E.P Mazotos will surely bring goose bumps to the children as they experience riding on top of a camel's hump. Trekking through Ancient Kition to visit the ancient temples of Astarte and the city walls will showcase life during the Bronze Age.

Religious, Mystical and Philosophical

There are a number of interesting churches, mosques, temples and monasteries in Larnaca. The St. Lazaruz Church built in 9th century AD honors St. Lazarus, who lived in the area after Jesus Christ resurrected him from the dead. The St. Phaneromeni Church, built in 80 B.C. and dedicated to the Virgin Mary is said to cure a person's illness after following a prescribed ritual. The Statue of Zeno on the promenade of the Larnaca Marina honors the Greek philosopher who founded Stoic Philosophy.

A family visit to Larnaca is sure to be a well-rounded experience of fun, frolic and a deep appreciation of the region's historical and cultural heritage.

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