When is the best time to fly?
The peak season to fly to Larnaca is summer, especially June, July, and August when most festivals take place. Larnaca Summer Festival in July celebrates performance art at historical venues across Paphos, including the Pattichion Municipal Amphitheatre. This event features a series of indoor and outdoor music, dance, poetry and theatre performances.
The festival of Kataklysmos, an important folklore festival which usually takes place in June, showcases Cypriot Folk dance, music and poetry songs, shadow theatre, fireworks and traditional Cypriot crafts. Located on the sea front promenade of Larnaca, the event attracts a lot of tourists and people from all over Cyprus.
Spring and autumn are great times to find a cheap flight to Larnaca when it is warm enough to swim but not uncomfortably hot. One of the most important events in Larnaca, the Classical Music Festival takes place in April and provides a varied programme of philharmonic orchestras, quartets, brass bands and classical singers.
There's not really an off period in Larnaca, but November to March is the rainy season. Don't be alarmed by the words "rainy season" - the average is eight or nine days per month.
The ancient town of Larnaca is a popular starting point for travel around the beautiful island of Cyprus. The main international airport is here and Larnaca flights set down tourists keen to explore the many sunny beaches that surround the resort. This is the hub for Cypriot summer holidays as it provides excellent weather, warm clear seas, sandy beaches and palm trees. The watersports are also good, and the area is popular with divers and snorkellers, especially around the harbour where the wreck of the Zenobia sits. Make it your priority to book a scuba diving trip and see fish swimming among the remains of the shipwreck which is one of the most celebrated diving sites in the world.
Larnaca has history dating back nearly 6,000 years, making it one of the oldest settlements in Greece. Its long beaches and fun atmosphere also make it perfect for simply relaxing or having a party-filled holiday. There are many outdoor restaurants and cafes for enjoying the treat of eating near the sea; make sure you try some of the locals’ favourite dishes like fasoulaki, which is lamb and French beans cooked in red wine.
The marina is full of sailboats and yachts, and windsurfing, kite surfing and jet skiing are very popular here. On land, the nearby hills are very popular with mountain bikers and off-road races are often held there.
Although there are stylish and modern hotels for those wanting all mod cons, the old town area is full of charming stone buildings with colourful shutters. Zeno, the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy, was born here around 2,300 years ago when Larnaca was called Citium, and you’ll see statues of him around town. In Pierides Museum, you can see remarkable antiquities from the region’s history. On the surrounding hills, you’ll see old churches and monasteries built on the peaks overlooking the beautiful countryside.
Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate with the sun shining year-round, long and dry summers and mild winters.Temperatures are high in summer, reaching the 30s Celsius in July and August, but the sea breezes cool the coastal areas. Winter temperatures can be in the teens and 20s but rarely drop below 10 degrees. Winter is colder in the Troodos Mountains and brings some snow — it is possible to ski in the mountains in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon. Many holiday goers book their flights to Larnaca for the great weather.Getting from the Airport to the CityTransport from Larnaca airport (LCA) to hotels and resorts from the airport is provided by 24-hour taxis. There are also buses available but those operate a limited service. There are several car rental companies represented at the airport if you prefer the freedom of own transport.
Getting around Larnaca
Buses crisscross Larnaca and are the cheapest way to get around. There are plenty of taxis, which are fairly inexpensive, but you’ll save even more money using shared taxis between towns. Shared taxis can fit four to seven passengers and are fast and comfortable, especially if you’re going to other towns like Paphos, Nicosia and Limassol. Private taxis run for 24 hours and can be hailed or called ahead. The law requires taxis to run the meter.
Larnaca insider information
- Larnaca is home to the church of St Lazarus, but another site is also supposed to owe its legacy to him. The great salt lake, located to the west of the town, is the second largest in the country and is a white crust of salt from March through to November. Supposedly, the lake appeared when the saint was walking through some vineyards and asked the owner if he could eat a few grapes. The old lady refused, saying that her vines had not produced a single grape that year. Lazarus replied, “may your vines be dry and be a salt lake forever more” and so it was…
- The lake is also home to a huge migration of flamingos. If you visit between December and March you are likely to spot some of the 10,000-strong flock.
- Cyprus is an old island and Larnaca one of its oldest towns. As well as Christian churches dating from as early as the ninth century, there are ancient Muslim mosques. The mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke is situated on the shores of the salt lake and dates from around 647AD. Hala Sultan was Mohammed’s wet nurse, and the mosque named after her is situated near her grave.
- The beach in the town is not the best that Cyprus has to offer, but it’s easy to reach other beaches nearby. The bustling holiday town of Ayia Napa is just a short bus ride away (or moped ride for the brave). There is a string of beaches extending for 15 miles along the coast. So if you don’t find one you like straight away, just keep on exploring…
- If you have transport, it is also worth exploring some of the nearby villages. Less busy than Larnaca itself, towns such as Lefkara or the small villages in the Troodos Mountains are all easily accessible in a day.