What to see by car: Larnaca
Slightly out of town is the shrine of Hala Sultan Tekkesi, situated in magnificent
gardens and considered by Muslims to be one of their holiest sites. It stands
on the edge of a salt pan, where the locals gather salt when the water evaporates
in the summer. In winter, it is transformed into a riot of pink and red, with
the seasonal migration of flamingos. Close by is the church of Panayia Angelokosti,
which means 'built by the angels'. It contains a 6th century life-sized mosaic,
Virgin Mary and Child.
About 32kms away from Larnaca, along the Lefkosia-Lemesos road, are archaeological
excavations which have uncovered one of the most ancient Neolithic sites in
Cyprus, dating back to 7000 BC. The site is known as Choirokoitia, and here
visitors can wander around the settlement's defensive wall, circular houses
The oldest monastery in Cyprus can be found 40kms from Larnaca, off the same
Lefkosia-Lemesos road. It is known as Stavrouvouni Monastery and dates back
to the 4th century. The monastery contains a fragment of the holy cross, and
the interior is off limits to women.
Ayia Napa and Protaras are two popular resorts within close proximity of Larnaca.
They are both renowned for their beaches; however, Ayia Napa is known to have
a lively party scene, while Protaras is more suited to family holidays. There
are several points of historical interest in Ayia Napa, including a Venetian
monastery with a 600-year-old sycamore tree at its entrance.
Lefkara is a beautiful village situated in the Troodos Hills and is famous
for its lace-making. Leonardo da Vinci is reputed to have bought an altar cloth
here. In its picturesque cobbled streets, you can admire the charming architecture
and watch groups of women working on their embroidery.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Sandy Beach Hotel
Louis Princess Beach
Avenue Hotel Apartments
Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows
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full list of hotels and online booking