Things to do in Larnaca

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Larnaca is located near the east coast of Cyprus. It is a combination of old Turkish streets, Greek ruins, religious symbols, and modern amenities. The city saw a large influx of European immigrants, particularly from Lebanon, in the 1970s. Larnaca was once the second- or third-most important city in Cyprus, but the immigration gave rise to the city's modern-day importance.

Larnaca things to do focus on the area's history. In fact, the name "Larnaca" means "funerary chest" in Greek, an indication of the many tombs and ruins found in the city.

Ruins of Ancient Kitium

One of the oldest sights in Larnaca, the ruins of Ancient Kitium date back to the 13th century, B.C.  Among the most noticeable are the Cyclopean Walls.

Larnaca Salt Lake

The city's salt lake is located near the island's largest airport, Larnaca International Airport. During the spring and summer months, the lake water evaporates and leaves behind a salt crust. During the Middle Ages, the salt was farmed, used and sold from the lake. Today, air and water pollution have made the salt unusable. Recreational activities like ATV's are discouraged from the area, but the lake is nonetheless a sight to see.

Hala Sultan Tekkesi

Hala Sultan Tekkesi is next to Larnaca Salt Lake. It is one of the most important sites in Cyprus for Islamic pilgrimages. Founded in A.D. 627, the site is considered sacred because the aunt of the Prophet Muhammed, Umm Haram, is buried there. Visitors can enter the tomb and see her sarcophagus.

Ayai Phaneromeni

A small underground chapel, Ayai Phaneromeni is thought to date back to the Phonenician era. The chapel is believed by some to have magical healing powers.

Agios Lazaros

The Church of Lazarus is an Orthodox Church which was built over the burial site of St. Lazarus. The church was discovered in A.D. 890.

Stavrovouni Monastery

The first monastery in Cyprus, the Stavrovouni Monastery dates to A.D. 327.  History tells that Emperor Constantine the Great's mother, St. Helena, brought back a cross from Jerusalem. Part of the cross is still visible in the monastery. The building is open only to male visitors, and photography is not allowed. Female visitors may walk the grounds and take in the view from the hill.


South of the city of Larnaca lies a UNESCO World Heritage site which is considered the earliest settlement in Cyprus. Dating to 6800 B.C., Choirokoitia was settled by people from Anatolia or Lebanon. The site includes at least 60 houses, some of which have been recreated to give visitors a sense of the original area. 

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