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Holidays in Larnaca

Larnaca is one of the oldest and most interesting cities in Cyprus, winning new fans every year for its blend of charm, culture and coast. The city is home to several sandy beaches complete with great diving and water sports, and behind the beaches, the historic city is a treasure trove of ancient churches, antique shops and local restaurants.

27 °C

 June and July are popular with beach lovers.

4.5 hours

Larnaca International Airport (LCA).

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Larnaca for an appealing mix of golden sand beaches and a cultured old town filled with museums, Cypriot antique shops and Byzantine architecture.

Recommended offers in Larnaca

Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • Themed outdoor pool
  • Fantastic hotel-run kids' club

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Olympic Lagoon Resort Nissi Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Amazing renovations for 2018
  • Fantastic kids' and teenagers' clubs
  • A great choice of dining options

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Anastasia Beach Complex

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Fantastic on-site waterpark
  • Only 50m from the beach
  • Ideal for families

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Resort service
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers

smartline Paphos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Two outdoor pools and kids' pool
  • Modern and comfortable rooms
  • Free Kids' Places

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SENTIDO Cypria Bay

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • Variety of daily entertainment
  • Lovely buffet/à la carte restaurant

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Set on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is varied enough for the whole family. Wander through the old town, taking in the historic sites in the Turkish Quarter. Break for a seafood lunch along Larnaca’s vibrant seafront promenade, or hop on a bus and cool off on the golden sands of Nissi Beach. Come evening, Ayia Napa’s famous party strip is the perfect place for night owls to let loose, or for a more low-key evening, head to a local taverna for traditional Cypriot mezé. However you spend your time, don’t leave your holiday in the Larnaca area without enjoying a fun family day at Waterworld waterpark in Nissi Bay.

The Larnaca area has an unrivalled stretch of coastline, with Ayia Napa alone boasting 14 Blue Flag beaches along its 8km sandy stretch. The Blue Flag-awarded Nissi Beach offers a seemingly endless stretch of white sand which is perfect for a relaxing day, or if you're the more active type, try your hand at a range of water sports at Fig Tree Bay. The clear waters make diving and snorkelling favourite activities in Larnaca.  Explorers can take an organised trip to the wreck of the Zenobia; one of the most famous dive sites in Cyprus. 

Larnaca’s historic centre is an intriguing place to sightsee. For a real taste of the past, take a trip to the ghost town of Varosha in Famagusta. Deserted after the Turkish invasion, this former tourist resort is now an extraordinary open-air museum, complete with empty beaches, nesting sea turtles and deserted hotels. Spend the rest of your day exploring the city’s Byzantine basilicas, medieval cathedrals and other historic treasures.  Othello’s Castle, a 14th century fortress, is one of the most popular attractions in the Larnaca area.

A surprise oasis in Larnaca is its large salt lake, located to the north of the town. The lake is known as a home to a variety of migratory birds, including thousands of pink flamingos that gather at the beginning of the year.  For guests travelling with children, Ayia Napa offers the best family attractions in the Larnaca area. If braving the slides at WaterWorld Waterpark isn't thrilling enough, they’re sure to get their kicks at one of the many attractions in Parko Paliatso. From indoor play areas to traditional fairground rides, this amusement park is fun for the whole family. 

LARNACA IS BEST FOR...

Families: Protaras and Pernera are firm favourites for families, with a choice of beaches and a more relaxed nightlife.    

Beach lovers: This area boasts the best beaches in Cyprus. Head to the famous Nissi Beach or popular Fig Tree Bay to relax on the golden sands. 

Party Animals: Dance all night long in Ayia Napa’s lively clubs; there are plenty of quieter bars for chilled out cocktails too. 


FAST FACTS

Language: The languages spoken in Larnaca are Greek and Turkish.

Currency: The currency used in Larnaca is the Euro (€).

Local time: Larnaca is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Larnaca International Airport (LCA).

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Larnaca tourist information can be found at www.visitcyprus.com.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Larnaca.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 25-27°C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July are popular with beach lovers.

Cyprus experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers that begin warming up around May. The hottest month to visit Larnaca is July, which has around 12 hours of sunshine a day and an average temperature of 27°C.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: There's one bus running through Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa and Protaras. Buses are a cheap and easy way of getting around the area. 

By car: If you want to explore the island, driving is the easiest way to get around Cyprus. The island is fairly small and there are plenty of international car hire companies at the airport.

By bike: If you’re looking for a pleasant way to get from A to B, Larnaca is easily navigated on two wheels. It's a small city with a lovely seafront promenade, and a number of bicycle hire companies. 


EVENTS

Ayia Napa Medieval Festival: Ayia Napa hosts this cultural festival in October each year. All activities are inspired by the country's medieval history and include street theatre performances, concerts, markets, craft workshops, with all participants wearing traditional costumes from the period.

Summer festival: In July, Larnaca holds its annual Summer Festival. An exciting mix of art and cultural events, the festival features a programme of dance, music and theatrical performances, as well as poetry readings and film screenings. 

Wine festival: Approximately one hour’s drive away is the city of Limassol, the centre of Cyprus’ winemaking. In August and September, the city hosts the Limassol Wine Festival in the peaceful Municipal Gardens. For a small entrance fee, you can taste a selection of local wines.


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