Read on for a brief overview of some of the most interesting historical sites and places of interest in and around Larnaca.
A bustling tree lined promenade that marks a central meeting point in town, this is the perfect place to watch the world go by right by the sea.
Centre of Larnaca town
A lovely walkway and cycle path directly leading on from the Finikoudes Promenade all the way down to the Mackenzie beach strip, there is much to enjoy along the way, including the old architecture and lovely artists’ workshops in the Old Turkish Quarter.
Centre of Larnaca town
Larnaca Fort (or Castle) and Museum
The Larnaca Fort stands at the south end of the Finikoudes Strip and at the start of the Piale Pasha strip. Some sources indicate that the fort was founded during the Byzantine era as the first fortification of the island. But 18th century sources insist that the castle was built by the Turks in 1625 AD. More recently, it is known that the English used the fort as a place for the execution of convicts and as a prison, up until 1948. Now housing the District Medieval Museum which is well worth a visit, the courtyard is sometimes used for cultural events.
Athenon St, End of the seafront promenade , Tel: (+357) 24-304576
Saint Lazarus Church
One of the most high profile attractions in town, Saint Lazarus is the patron saint of Larnaca. The church was erected over his tomb in the 9th century and was restored in the 17th century. The churchyard contains a Byzantine museum and a small cemetery.
Plateia Agiou Lazarou, Tel: (+357) 24-652498
Hala Sultan Tekke
Right by the lovely salt lake and situated in green grounds, the mosque was built in 1816 over the tomb of Umm Haram, said to be a relative of the Prophet Mohammed. The shrine is an important one for Muslims in Cyprus.
5 km west of Larnaca town
Tent of Kalavassos- Archeological Site
One of the most important Neolithic sites in Cyprus, this dates back to 7000 BC. Inhabited since the early Stone Age, the settlement is surrounded by walls and consists of a compound of circular mud brick buildings. The site is clearly visible from the road thanks to the large tent-like canopy covering the area.
Kalavassos, 40 km from Larnaca town
Located just outside Larnaca off the old road towards Limassol, many believe that this great public work has existed since Roman times, and that it was reconstructed in 1745 on the basis of the surviving facilities. The aqueduct was used to transport water a distance of 10 kilometres, from springs at the Trimithius River. In use until the 1930’s, the aqueduct is now attractively floodlit at night.
Just outside Larnaca, off the old road towards Limassol
Located in Kiti Village, this 11th century Byzantine church was built over the ruins of an early Christian basilica.
Kiti village -11km west of Larnaca, Tel: (+357) 24-424646
These cylindrical mud brick houses perched high on a hillside between Larnaca and Limassol have been proudly included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dating back to the Neolithic period and marking the first examples of community dwellings on the island, visitors can get a real feel for life centuries ago.
32 km from Larnaca town off the Nicosia – Limassol highway, Tel: (+357) 24-322710