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    Larnaca – a brief overview

    Swathes of British, German and Russian holidaymakers head to Cyprus every year to lounge on the beaches and bathe in the warm sea. But the eastern Cypriot city of Larnaca, with a modern international airport, is not just about sun seeking. Cyprus has been a cradle of civilisation for at least 9,000 years, and as an island of great strategic importance, Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and British rulers have all left their mark.

    With a clutch of important museums and churches to explore, Larnaca manages to combine a rich history with the appeal of its pretty beachfront promenade, a vibrant traditional crafts scene, and excellent Cypriot cuisine.

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    Ayios Lazarus

    Plateia Agiou Lazarou
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 2465 2498
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1230 and 1530-1830 (Apr-Aug)
    Daily 0800-1230 and 1430-1700 (Sep-Mar)

    Built in the ninth century by the Byzantines, the Church of Lazarus is decorated in gleaming gold and intricate woodcarving. It also contains the tomb of Lazarus, whom Jesus rose from the dead.

    Kition

    Archbishop Kyprianos Avenue
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 2430 4115
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1700 (mid-Apr to mid-Sep
    )Mon-Fri 0830-1600 (mid-Sep to mid-Apr)

    These architectural ruins dating back to the 13th century BC, and the ancient biblical city of Kition, are another reminder of Cyprus’ formidable historical importance.

    Larnaca Fort

    Leoforos Athinon
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 2430 4576
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-1930 (mid-Apr to mid-Sep)
    Sat-Sun 0930-1700 (mid-Apr to mid-Sep)
    Mon-Fri 0800-1700 (mid-Sep to mid-Apr)
    Sat-Sun 0930-1700 (mid-Sep to mid-Apr)

    With a history dating back to the 14th century, these impressive fortifications feature Ottoman and British elements, and house the curious Medieval Museum.

    Larnaca District Archaeological Museum

    Plateia Kalograion
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 2430 4169
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-1600

    Including ceramics, artworks and other artefacts from Cyprus that document its rich past from prehistory to the Byzantines and Romans, this is a wonderfully presented museum.

    Hala Sultan Tekke

    Tekke Rd.
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1930 (mid-Apr to mid-Sep)
    Daily 0830-1700 (mid-Sep to mid-Apr)

    Surrounded by palm trees, this calm, pleasant mosque on the Salt Lake contains the remains of Muhammad’s aunt Umm Haram and is an important Islamic shrine.

    Angeloktisti Church

    Route B4, Kiti
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
    Tel: +357 2442 4646
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0700-1845 (summer)
    Sun 0930-1845 (summer)
    Mon-Sat 0700-1645 (winter)
    Sun 0930-1645 (winter)

    This 11th-century Byzantine church contains a sixth-century mosaic of the Virgin and Jesus, one of the few to survive the period of iconoclasm. The name means ‘built by angels’.

    Pierides-Marfin Laiki Bank Museum

    Zinonos Kitieos
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 0900-1600
    Fri-Sat 0900-1300

    Bringing together around 3,000 archaeological finds, this extraordinary collection includes Byzantine art and rare Bronze Age artefacts dating back 9,000 years.

    Stavrorouni Monastery

    Troodos-Gebirge
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1200 and 1500-1800 (Apr-Aug)
    Daily 0700-1100 and 1400-1700 (Sep-Mar)

    Established by Constantine’s mother in the fourth century on a mountain west of Larnaca, the Stavrorouni Monastery is a peaceful spot with spectacular views.

    Salt Lake

    Artemidos
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    When the water dries up leaving salt deposits, this lake becomes one of Cyprus’ most impressive sights. It’s beautiful all year round however, and popular with birdwatchers.

    Phinikoudes Beach

    Athenon
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Despite all of the archaeological and historical value of Larnaca, most visitors come for the beautiful beaches. The popular Phinikoudes Beach lies beyond the main promenade.

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    Country overview

    With beautiful villages surrounded by vineyards and cities full of trendy art galleries, spas and restaurants, to shipwreck diving, skiing on snow-covered mountains and strolls around

    fabulous archaeological sites, colourful Cyprus is every inch a sophisticated Mediterranean destination.

    Geography

    Cyprus is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies to the east at a point where European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures merge. To the east of the island is Syria and Lebanon, while to the southeast is Israel and to the west is Greece and its Dodecanese group of islands. North of Cyprus is Turkey and to the south Egypt.

    The island’s landscape varies between rugged coastlines with dramatic gorges, bays and sandy beaches, rocky hills, flat plains, river valleys and forest-covered mountains. The Troodos Mountains dominate the interior of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952m (6,400ft) above sea level.

    North of Nicosia and following a course towards the barren Karpasia Peninsula runs the mountain range of Pentadaktylos, meaning five fingers after its shape. Between the two is the fertile Mesaoria plain where produce is grown.

    To the west of the island is the Akamas peninsula, a thickly wooded area that runs from Agios Georgios around headland to Latsi near Polis. It is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna, many species of which are endemic to Cyprus.  In north Cyprus the Morphou basin runs around the coast of Morphou Bay.

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    Key facts

    Population: 1200000

    Population Density (per sq km): 130

    Capital: Nicosia (Greek: Lefkosia; Turkish: Lefkoşa).

    Language

    The majority of Cypriots (approximately 80%) speak Greek and approximately 11% speak Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect is different from mainland Greek. Turkish is spoken by Turkish Cypriots. English, German and French are also spoken in tourist centres.

    Currency

    The currency in the Republic of Cyprus is the Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. The currency used in north Cyprus is the Turkish Lira (TL; symbol ₺ ) = 100 kuruş. Notes are in denominations of ₺200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of ₺1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 kuruş. Euros, Pound Sterling and US dollars are generally accepted in the north.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square 13-amp three-pin plugs (UK-type) are used.

    General business opening hours

    Typical office hours are 0800-1300 and 1500-1800 (winter), and 0800-1300 and 1600-1900 (summer).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Epiphany: 06. January 2016
    Greek Independence Day: 25. March 2016
    Greek Cypriot National Day: 01. April 2016
    Greek Orthodox Good Friday: 29. April 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Greek Orthodox Easter Monday: 02. May 2016
    Kataklysmos (Pentecost): 20. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    Independence Day: 01. October 2016
    Greek National Day (Ochi Day): 28. October 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Epiphany: 06. January 2017
    Greek Independence Day: 25. March 2017
    Greek Cypriot National Day: 01. April 2017
    Greek Orthodox Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Greek Orthodox Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Kataklysmos (Pentecost): 05. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    Independence Day: 01. October 2017
    Greek National Day (Ochi Day): 28. October 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Larnaca

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    During the summer, and much of the rest of the year, Larnaca’s many bars are packed with young revellers. There are also several large clubs to while away the small hours.

    You can find quieter, classier spots in the Old Town.

    Seagull

    Piale Pasha St
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    A cheerful bar at the end of the strip by the beautiful Mackenzie beach, Seagull has been going since 1989.

    Apothiki 79

    79 Ayiou Lazarou
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    For a more sophisticated evening, try this part bar, part art gallery, with live music and exhibitions.

    Savino

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    Laiki Geitonia
    Larnaca
    Cypern 6022
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    A noisy rock bar in the heart of the city, Savino has been a local institution for two decades.

    Aquarium Bar

    Larnaca Marina Finnecudes
    Athenon Avenue
    Larnaca 6027
    Cyprus
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    Based out of Larnaca Marina, sexy Aquarium Bar feels like a night under the sea.

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    Restaurants in Larnaca

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    Larnaca’s culinary scene can seem a bit too tourist friendly, with menus in English, but there are some very good options in and around the city.

    Try some of the more sophisticated places on the city fringes, as well as the rustic-style taverns.

    Campanario

    Nikodemou Mylona 10
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Price: Expensive

    Set in a classic Cypriot villa, Campanario has a beautiful terrace and a good range of wines.

    Archontiko Papadopoulou

    67 Archbishop Makariou III
    7640 Kornos
    Cyprus
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    Price: Expensive

    Treat yourself to a fine-dining experience in a renovated mansion half an hour’s drive from Larnaca.

    Zephyros

    37 Piyale Pasha
    6028 Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Price: Moderate

    Conjuring the spirit of a Cypriot tavern, Zephyros’ seafood meze is a local legend.

    Militzis

    42 Piale Pascha
    6026 Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Price: Moderate

    With a terrace overlooking the sea, Militzis serves up traditional Cypriot fare.

    Vlachos Tavern

    Dhekelia Road
    Kermia Dasaki Beach
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Price: Cheap

    With a lively atmosphere and generous mezes, Vlachos is unpretentious Cypriot cooking at its best.

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    Procession of St Lazarus

    19 March 2016
    Website

    Venue: Procession begins at St Lazarus Church.

    Greek Orthodox clergy dress up in their finery for the annual parade of the icon of St Lazarus. Following a special mass, the statue (normally housed in St Lazarus Church) is carried through the streets and along the seafront, accompanied by music.

    Easter

    25 – 28 March 2016

    Venue: Throughout Larnaca.

    Greek Orthodox Christians begin their Easter celebrations with solemn religious processions on Good Friday. On Easter Saturday, crowds gather at midnight for outdoor mass, while Easter Sunday and Monday are a less sombre affair with traditional games, feasting and festivities.

    Anthestiria

    8 May 2016

    Venue: Athens Avenue.

    Beautiful blooms and fresh plants decorate every nook and cranny of Larnaca during this flower festival celebrating the start of spring. In a lively parade along the seafront, brightly costumed revellers clutching bunches of flowers follow colourful floats bedecked in fantastic floral arrangements.

    Kataklysmos (Flood Festival)

    20 June 2016

    Venue: Seafront.

    Coinciding with Pentecost, Kataklysmos is a huge folk festival encompassing six days of music, dance and theatrical performances. Aside from a packed programme of live outdoor entertainment, there’s a parade, sailing races, swimming and beach volleyball contests, traditional craft demonstrations and fireworks.

    Larnaka Festival

    July 2016

    Venue: Various venues.

    An incredible programme of music, dance, literature and theatre entertains summer audiences throughout most of July. World-class orchestral performances, open-air plays, mesmerising ballet productions and full-moon poetry readings are staged in multiple venues, including the medieval fort and Patticheio amphitheatre.

    Mediterranean Folklore Dance Festival

    9 – 13 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Seafront.

    Folk dance groups from across Cyprus and the Mediterranean region participate in this late-summer festival hosted by the Cultural Heritage Association of Nicosia. Expect a riot of colourful traditional garb, stomping feet, twirling bodies, clapping hands and rousing Mediterranean folk tunes.

    Kypria

    1 September – 10 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Cyprus, including Larnaca’s municipal theatre and amphitheatre

    Cutting-edge drama, outstanding orchestral concerts and captivating ballet are among the phenomenal productions to feature in this international festival. Past performers have included the Cyprus Theatre Organisation, English National Symphony Orchestra and Madrigalisti di Venezia. The festival takes place in venues across Cyprus, including Larnaca.

    Green Monday Feast

    27 February 2017

    Venue: Tekke Grove and throughout Larnaca.

    Cypriots mark the beginning of Lent with lively festivities across Larnaca, including a special festival organised by the city at Tekke Grove. Families and friends get together for outdoor picnics laden with tasty Mediterranean vegetarian food and celebrate with traditional music, dancing and games.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Larnaca

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    Larnaca is fully geared up for visitors, with plenty of hotels just steps from the beach.

    Accommodation runs the gamut from huge resort hotels with pools, watersports and multiple restaurants, to more intimate, family-run affairs and self-catering apartments.

    Sun Hall Hotel

    Athens Ave 6
    Larnaca 6023
    Cyprus
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    Category: Expensive

    Overlooking Phinikoudes Beach and the main promenade, Sun Hall has a great cocktail bar.

    Lordos Beach

    Archiepiskopou Makariou III 45
    Larnaca 6017
    Cyprus
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    Category: Moderate

    The fun Lordos Beach has a water park, kids’ club and various sports facilities.

    Flamingo Beach

    152 Piale Pasha Avenue
    Larnaca
    Cyprus
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    Category: Moderate

    Well-equipped for business travellers, the highlight of Flamingo is its verdant terrace.

    Elysso Hotel

    28c Demosthenes Street
    Larnaca 6058
    Cyprus
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    Category: Cheap

    This private, modern apartment-style hotel has a great café, and rooftop swimming pool.

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    Climate & best time to visit Cyprus

    Cyprus has a sub-tropical climate with sunshine likely on most days of the year. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm, while summer days are long, dry and hot with temperatures reaching the high 30s and even 40s. The heat is tempered by sea breezes in coastal areas. Winters are mild with often heavy, although sporadic, tropical-style rainstorms. Villages located on higher ground are often subjected to freezing temperatures and frost, while heavy snowfall is experienced in the interior Troodos Mountains and usually stays for several weeks, giving good ski conditions.

    The best time to visit for those who like the heat is June, July and August, although the intense sun can make sightseeing a challenge. Drinking lots of bottled water is essential to avoid dehydration. September to January, and April to May, tend to be quieter and are ideal for exploring the island and enjoying pursuits such as cycling and hiking. The ski season generally runs from early February to March.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +357

    Telephone

    Telecard or coin-operated public telephones are installed at various central locations in towns and villages. Call Direct (cheaper than ordinary collect calls) is available to most EU countries, as well as Australia, USA and Canada.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Internet cafes are located in the main towns and resorts.

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    Shopping in Larnaca

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    Key Areas

    Most nights, stalls line the promenade, and various markets crop up around town, but the main shopping area in Larnaca is on Zenonos Kitieos Street. You can find clothes, traditional copper pots and jewellery in the various shops. Meanwhile, Ermou Street has numerous designer stores including Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana.

    Markets

    The open-air market (Ermou Street) that takes place on Sunday mornings is a good chance to pick up local crafts, fresh produce and endless souvenirs.

    Shopping Centres

    For all your clothing needs head to the department store, Debenhams (Ypsipilis Street). Another option is the Alphamega hypermarket (2 Driadon Street), selling everything from food to household goods to beauty products.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The family, which includes the extended family, is at the centre of Cypriot society. Particular respect is shown to elders. It is not uncommon to see great, great relatives cradling tiny babies, especially at family occasions and festivals. Religious beliefs are also at the core of society and all members of the family are expected to attend church regularly.

    It is customary to shake hands when greeting, irrespective of whether you have just met or have known the person a long time. Normal courtesies should also be observed. It is viewed as impolite to refuse an offer of Greek coffee or a cold drink.

    For most occasions, casual attire is acceptable. Beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. More formal wear is required for business, and in more exclusive dining rooms and social functions.

    Photography is forbidden near military camps or installations. A licence from the appropriate authorities is required to photograph museum artefacts – this can sometimes be purchased from the museum’s ticket desk. No flash photography is allowed in churches with murals or icons.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Milk is pasteurised and tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available from supermarkets and kiosks. As with all destinations, it is advisable to eat well-cooked fish and meat, especially chicken and pork which are staples on all hotel and restaurant menus. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit washed in fresh water or peeled.

    Other Risks

    Cyprus temperatures can be high and the sun’s rays strong, especially in the summer months. It is advisable to stay out of the sun around midday and wear a hat, sunglasses and a good, high factor sunscreen at all times to protect your skin against sunburn. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

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    Visa & Immigration

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