• JUDITH BAKER

Learning to love Larnaka


The southern Cypriot town of Larnaka has not always been as popular as some other spots in Cyprus. But a recent visit found a wealth of attractions with old meeting new in traditional architecture, historic churches and bustling taverns. Don't miss a walk around the lovely old town with some good shops and cafes, or a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants. Here is our top ten:

1 Agios Lazaros - Saint Lazarus Byzantine church. Built in 900 AD the church stands in a lovely open square lined with cafes, shops and restaurants

2 Palm Trees Promenade - a long stretch of seafront entertainment

3 Larnaka Saltlake - Thought to be one of the most important wetlands areas in Cyprus

ABOVE: EUROPE SQUARE

4 Larnaka Medieval castle and Museum - Founded by the Byzantines in the 12th century

ABOVE; KITION ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

5 Halaa Sultan tekke - Built over a tomb said to belong to the foster mother of the Prophet Mohammed

6 Kamares, the old aqueduct - built in 1745 with grandiose arches

ABOVE: THE OLD AQUEDUCT

7 Ancient Kition - dating from the 14th until the 4th century BC. Goddesses Aphrodite and Astarte were worshipped here

8 Europe Square - containing some of the first colonial buildings built by the British Administration in 1881

9 Mckenzie Beach - the strip is said to be one of the main hotspots on the island

10 Zenobia Wrek - One of the worlds best dive sites, MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank close to Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. The Zenobia now rests on her port side in approximately 42 metres of water.

For further information visit www.visitcyprus.com

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