Larnaca (also spelt as Larnaka) is a port city located on the southern coast of Cyprus. It is the third largest town after Nicosia and Limassol and home to the second largest commercial port.
The city which is built on the ruins of ancient Citium is endowed with numerous attractions such as Larnaca Castle, the Church of Saint Lazarus, Hala Sultan Tekke etc. Larnaca’s waterfronts, scenic vistas and beautiful beaches with leisure and sporting facilities enhance its beautiful coastline.
The city’s International Airport is located on the fringe of the city with easy access to and from the city centre.
Ancient Kition ( Visit Site )
Kition is an ancient city-state located on the southern coast of Cyprus. At present, it is a part of Larnaca, also known as Citium in earlier days. In the 13th century, Greeks established Kition, but it was re-established in 800BC by Phoenicians. The site has been heavily excavated; first by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in 1929, then the Cyprus Department of Antiquities in 1959 and finally by a French team in 1976.
Hala Sultan Tekke
Grand Mosque is a popular spiritual landmark in Larnaca. It is set on the outskirts of the earlier Turkish and Greek quarters of Larnaca. In the 16th century it was used by the small local Muslim community but since 1974 the mosque has stood pretty much unused. The top of minaret offers a wonderful view of Larnaca city and its stunning surrounding landscape.
Europe Square ( Visit Page )
Europe Square is located at the beginning of Athens Avenue. It consists of the first colonial buildings built by the British Administration in 1881. The place is full of memories from the past, like the Governor’s building, the chief Port Master house and office, the Chief Customs Officer’s residence and office, and the colonial port warehouses.
These buildings are now occupied by the Palaeontology museum, the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the City-Museum and Archives, the District Administration of Larnaca, which are considered historically important sites.