Larnaca is a destination that goes all-out to keep everyone happy, no matter how old or young. You can soak up the sun on the beach and enjoy fun-filled water sports that get your adrenaline pumping. If that’s just a little bit too energetic for you, top up on culture instead of your tan by discovering the historical wonders of the town. An ideal base for exploring the stunning south coast of Cyprus, there’s plenty of things to do in Larnaca itself, as well as attractions within easy reach of the resort’s best hotels.
Beach holidays for the kids
If you’re travelling with children you can take your pick of sandy beaches with crystal clear, shallow calm waters for splashing in. The town’s Finikoudas beach is rated highly with families. It has a life-guard patrol and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat conveniently nearby on Larnaca’s promenade. Mackenzie Beach is also popular, with easy parking and changing rooms available.
Sinking your toes into the soft white sands of Ayia Napa’s Nissi Beach 50km up the coast is well worth the day trip. While you’re here, why not treat the kids (and yourself) to a day at the must-do Water World waterpark? This popular attraction is rated in the top two waterparks in the whole of Europe, and is right at the top of the list for family things to do in Larnaca. It’s one of Cyprus’ top destinations for some fun in the sun, with lots of splashing about! Enjoy the thrills and spills of 35 waterslides and pools, or simply relax in the pretty tropical gardens.
Party on, dudes!
Ayia Napa is also the place to head if you’re looking for a good party. From club nights and foam parties in the main square to a more sophisticated vibe at the harbour, it’s a vibrant and lively place to see and be seen.
The stunning coastline is best explored from the water, and you can set sail on numerous trips from Larnaca’s harbour. Join a dive boat to explore underwater on the wreck of the Zenobia, or rent a motor-boat to find your own private cove to moor up in. There’s also lots of other ways to get out on the water, from fun-charged doughnut rides to a spot of canoeing, as you’ll find a wide choice of activities available at the beaches.
Larnaca also has a fascinating history to explore. Walk through the ancient streets and discover more at Larnaca’s medieval castle. One of the town’s most popular cultural highlights, it houses a museum packed with artefacts tracing the town’s Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine past. You can step even further back in time, travelling 9,000 years to the Neolithic period at the towns Pierides Museum. Located close to the beach, it’s home to 2,500 objects from Roman glassware to traditional Cypriot folk art.
If culture is your priority for things to do in Larnaca, or you’re looking for a chance for some peaceful reflection, the Hala Sultan Teke Mosque is just a 7-minute drive from the centre of the town. You don’t have to be religious to soak up the splendour of the setting, as this famous mosque is surrounded by palm trees and set beside an ethereal salt lake, which dries during the hot summer months. In the cooler months, it’s popular with birdwatchers who come here to spot migratory birds, including flocks of stunning pink flamingos.