Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is the third largest city on the island, after Nicosia
. It’s an area that truly allows you to enjoy the Cypriot way of life thanks to its heritage, culture and endless activities. It provides you with the perfect balance between relaxing days and more exciting adventures. Discover our top picks of things to do in our guide to Larnaca.
Things to do in Larnaca
Larnaca is known for its beautiful seafront that is adorned with stunning palm trees, which makes it the dream for those who love spending days in the sun. Thrillseekers, however, may be more interested in the impressive range of hair-raising watersports that can be enjoyed. There’s plenty to keep you occupied, with something suitable being available no matter your lifestyle preferences.
Days at the Beach
One of the most popular things to do during the day in Larnaca is going to the beach. There’s a vast array of beautiful beaches in Larnaca to visit, all staggered throughout the city and leaving you spoilt for choice. Clear waters and white sand make them so appealing to families and individuals as they offer the ideal location for soaking up the rays from the sun while enjoying some wind-down time. Some of the most popular beaches are:
- Mackenzie beach
- Lenios beach
- Meneou beach
- Cessac beach
- Yanathes beach
Get Wet with Water Sports
While visiting one of the many beaches, you’ll more than likely witness people taking part in water sports. It’s one of the most popular activities to take part in while on the island, especially for those looking for a bit of excitement. Everyone from adrenaline junkies and daredevils to those who may be a little more nervous will find something of interest thanks to the vast assortment of options available. Popular water sports in Larnaca include:
- Jet skiing
- Renting a speed boat
- Riding a banana boat
Visit a Medieval Castle
Larnaca Castle can be found on the southern coast by following what is potentially the most well-known promenade of Finikoudes, which is a 600m stretch lined with palm trees. Anyone who is interested in history or architecture will find this medieval castle highly fascinating. Originally constructed for defensive purposes, the castle has since been used as an artillery station, prison and a museum. You’ll notice it features 16th Century cannons and a range of well-preserved artefacts, which help to give this attraction its charming appeal.
Hala Sultan Teke Mosque
To really get an insight into the local culture, visiting the Hala Sultan Teke Mosque is a must. Located on the western side of Larnaca’s Salt Lake and just a 7-minute drive from the city centre, Hala Sultan Tekke boasts beautiful peace, serenity and tranquillity. This historic mosque, which is built over a tomb that tradition suggests belongs to Umm Haram, is the main Muslim pilgrimage site of Cyprus and is among one of the most important holy places of Islam.
Wine and Dine
Whether you’re looking for a big night out where you can put on your dancing shoes or want to enjoy a quiet drink and grab a quick bite to eat, Larnaca has a real mix of restaurants, bars and pubs. The majority of the more lively options are located in the city centre, though there are still plenty of places with a more relaxed atmosphere that can be found near the harbour. No matter your preferences, you’re sure to find somewhere you’ll be visiting time and time again.
Larnaca Property Market
As there’s so much to see and do in Larnaca, there’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular resorts in Cyprus. The property market has seen a huge boost since 2018, especially in Larnaca thanks to the huge new marina with mixed-use developments and additional plans to build hotels, shopping malls and luxury residential blocks. Last year, property transactions rose a total of 9% in Larnaca, with more and more interest being generated.
Available Properties in Larnaca
As one of the largest real estate agencies in Cyprus, FOX Smart Estate Agency
will be able to help you find your dream Larnaca property. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, we have plenty of property types available.
To speak to one of our specialists or to find out more about life in Larnaca, get in touch with one of our estate agents.
Larnaca Aradippou Office: (+357) 70002324
Larnaca Chrysopolitissa Office: (+357) 24254747