Larnaca is a popular destination for sun worshippers and culture enthusiasts alike. With its golden sandy beaches, historical sites and charming old town alleys, the city has something to offer every visitor. For travelers interested in culture, Larnaca offers a wealth of historical sites. The Hala Sultan Tekke is one of the most important Muslim shrines and a place of great spiritual significance. The mosque and surrounding garden are a peaceful place to linger and contemplate. Larnaca Fort, a 17th century Venetian fortress, is another highlight. From the top of the fort you have a breathtaking view of the city and the sea.

Old Town and Archaeological Museum Larnaca

The old town of Larnaca is another must-see for any visitor. Here you can stroll through narrow streets, admire traditional Cypriot houses and taste authentic local food in cozy taverns. The famous Lazarus Square is a central meeting point in the old town and is home to the impressive Saint Lazarus Church. This 9th century Orthodox church is known for its beautiful frescoes and icons and attracts many visitors every year.

 Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca
Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca

For those interested in the history and culture of Cyprus, the Larnaca Archaeological Museum is an absolute must. Here you can admire an impressive collection of ancient artifacts from the region, including statues, ceramics and jewelry. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Cyprus from prehistoric times to the Roman and Byzantine empires.

In addition to its cultural and historical attractions, Larnaca also offers a vibrant and diverse culinary scene. The city is known for its fresh seafood and fish dishes, which are offered in the many restaurants along the coast. Be sure to try “souvlaki”, a traditional Greek dish of grilled meat, or “halloumi”, a delicious Cypriot cheese.

Finikoudes beach and salt lake

A visit to Larnaca would be incomplete without a trip to the famous Finikoudes beach. This stunning beach stretches along the promenade and is known for its fine golden sand and crystal clear waters. Here you can sunbathe, swim or simply enjoy the spectacular view of the turquoise sea. The promenade itself is lined with cafes, restaurants and stores offering a wide range of culinary delights and souvenirs.

When you’ve had your fill of sun, be sure to visit the Larnaca Salt Lake. This unique nature reserve is home to a variety of bird species, including flamingos, herons and ducks. The salt lake is especially impressive at sunset, when the shallow water shimmers in the most beautiful shades of pink and orange.

Larnaca salt lake
Larnaca salt lake

Travel from Agia Napa to Larnaca

From Agia Napa you can easily get to Larnaca by Intercity bus 43. There is a bus every 30-45 minutes and the round trip ticket costs only 7 euros. The exact departure times can be viewed on the website of the bus company IntercityBuses. Alternatively, you can also go by rental car. The drive from Agia Napa to Larnaca takes about 30 minutes via the A3 highway, which covers a distance of about 40 kilometers. This option gives you the flexibility to explore the area on your own and allows you to set your own itinerary. For this, it may be helpful to read a guidebook.