Larnaca is the on the southern coast and plays host to the largest of two airports on the island on the outskirts of the district. The port of Larnaca and the marina are two of the four official entry points by sea to Cyprus. The city’s landmarks include: the Church of Saint Lazarus; the Catacomb of Phaneromeni Church; Hala Sultan Tekke; the Kamares Aqueduct; and the Fort of Larnaca. The beaches of Larnaca are lined with nearly identical seafood restaurants catering to tourists. Although there are many continental and international restaurants in Larnaca, visitors do not miss out on indulging in the local food.
Larnaka, founded in the 14th century BC by Mycenaean Greeks, encloses an uninterrupted history of centuries. Indisputably, Larnaka carries on a long heritage that emerges through the archaeological monuments, churches and other landmarks. It is a must for a tourist to visit the ruins of ancient Kition, one of the most important archaeological places in Cyprus. The oldest remains are dated back to the 13th BC century.
One can also see signs of the rebuilt kingdom by the Achaeans (Cyclopean walls and the complex of five temples). Then, Choirokitia, situated 30 Km southwest of the city, is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical attractions of Larnaka and is considered a world-heritage site by UNESCO. It is a Neolithic settlement in the 7th BC century. The findings of Choirokitia are kept in the Nicosia Cyprus Museum.
A key point of reference is definitely the promenade of Foinikoudes, which is considered to be the prime tourist attraction of Larnaka. Apart from the beach, which is in line with the European standards, the region is famous for its cafes, restaurants and bars that are full of life, especially during summer. Furthermore, the main market of the city is located behind the promenade, rendering the place as the center of Larnaka. Undoubtedly, Larnaka’s landmark is the new International Airport, which has been elaborated by Hermes Airports Ltd in 2009 and has rendered the city as the “Gateway of the Cyprus Republic”. It is a modern-designed and functional project, able to handle up to 9 million passengers as well as commercial and civilian aircrafts. It has been said that the new airport offers world class facilities and the latest technology while it sets the best service to the public at the top of its priorities list!