Perfect weather, golden beaches, welcoming people and history; all on a small and amazing island. Looking for a new travel destination that fits this description? Stick around and you’ll get some travel ideas and useful tips.
This is Larnaca. A small city in Cyprus with only 80 k inhabitants that welcome you to step on their beach and be part of their exquisite story.
Just 15 minutes away from the airport, a small and warm city will appear before your eyes.
- Larnaca accommodation
Larnaca offers luxurious all-inclusive hotels but also perfect deals for a low budget traveler. Petrou Bros Hotel Apartments, Eleonora Hotel Apartments and Frangiorgio Hotel apartments are just a few of the places you can check.
Want to be surrounded by small cafes and restaurants but still just a few minutes away from the beach? Any of these options will fulfill this desire.
For more low-budget alternatives, check out the smaller ones and don’t be fooled by the map (as I was), because many of the hotels and hostels are really close to the beach, since the city is relatively small. If you are not in hurry, you can book a room in off-season when prices are even better, the weather is good (a minimum of 16C reached in winter) and the town so peaceful.
- Cyrus food
Cypriots can cook. Seafood and fish dishes are just two of their specialties that will make you fall in love with Larnaca. A downside (or an advantage) is the size of their portions – they are huge. I couldn’t finish any of the meals I had there, but I surely tried because of the delicious taste. I had a lovely experience with Alexander restaurant where the waiter told me that if I don’t like the food, I don’t have to pay for my meal. So I tried it. Not only that I paid my food, but I came back several times. Also, a good place is Ocean Basket. Great seafood. 🙂
- Larnaca prices
You don’t have to save a fortune for Larnaca holiday because you can easily eat a big lunch with 10-15 euro and buy a big pack of strawberries with 1 euro. Go to the local markets and supermarkets and you’ll pay a lot less than expected. If you are a digital nomad and looking for a long-term rental, a studio can go as low as 300 eur/month.
- What to do in Larnaca
First of all, get lost on the streets. Larnaca’s tight streets will reveal part of the city’s charm with every new step you take. Old houses blending in with new hotels, abandoned shops mixed with luxurious brands. All of them tell a story you just need to discover. Don’t miss the Church of Saint Lazarus that is dated back to late 9th century, or the amazing Larnaca Castle.
If you love spending time on water, you can get boat trips around the bay – there are not particularly special, but it’s a nice way to spend your day, especially with kids.
During weekend, keep your eyes open for events because that’s when the Cypriots organize dancing shows and live spectacles to entertain their tourists. I am not into these things, but it’s a nice way to discover what they like to do for fun.
Extra tip: With hundreds of kilometers of bike trails, Cyprus is a biker’s paradise. If you love adventures, these routes offer rapid changes of terrain and scenery that will make this experience more exciting. Some of the cycling routes in Larnaca include Kofinou to Larnaka, Lefkosia – Lemesos – Pafos, Larnaka – Lefkosia, Larnaka – Nisou and Larnaka Tourist Beach – Meneou.
- Larnaca beach
Ah, imagine golden beaches, small waves refreshing your feet and the loved one next to you. Haven, right? Don’t expect Maldives or Bali, but Larnaca’s beach is perfectly suitable for both couples and families in search of indulgence and relaxation.
If you have some extra time, go to the beach bus stop and go visit Nicosia – Cyprus’s capital. When you get there, don’t miss the old city. An interesting fact is that while you walk on the small and lovely roads, you’ll get to see a border – you’ll enter on Turkish territory. North Nicosia is the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. So be careful to have your passport on you if you want to enter.
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