Welcome to a place where the world moves a little slower and life seems a little sweeter. Buying a home in Laranca means you're purchasing a lifetime investment that will serve as both a sanctuary for you and your family, and as a solid asset base on the Mediterranean. The purchase of a home is a huge undertaking and something to be taken very seriously, because it will affect your future in such profound ways. But you already know this, so you'll be pleased to hear that a future in the Larnaca area is just plain more likely to turn out well, owing to the providential qualities that are relatively universal to both properties and homes here. Ask any resident! Historically, Larnaca is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In the time of the Old Testament, the city was known as Kition and the ruins of the ancient city can still be seen today. The Hala Sultan tekke Mosque dates back to 647AD at the time of the first Arab invasion of Cyprus. The city is also home to the final resting place of St Lazarus in the city’s central church. Today, Larnaca is the international gateway to Cyprus with palm lined promenades, fantastic restaurants (both local Cypriot and ethnic), excellent shops, sandy beaches and clear blue sea. Things to see and do in Larnaca:
Beaches - There are many fabulous beaches in or close to Larnaca. Phinikoudes Beach is on the palm-lined seafront of Larnaca and is the perfect place for sunbathing and relaxing. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment within walking distance from the beach. The harbour is nearby where you can rent a boat to enjoy the views of the Larnaca coast from a distance. Another great beach is Makenzie Beach, which is known for its lovely white sand and clear blue waters. There are fantastic watersports facilities there. Scuba diving to name one is very popular in Cyprus and particularly on this part of the island. Mackenzie Beach also has a large choice of excellent restaurants, which are famous for their local Cypriot cuisine and especially the fresh fish.
The Salt Lake - it is close to the airport and in the summer months when it is dry the salt is collected. The main lake is the largest, and at it's deepest it is approximately seven feet below sea level. If you visit Larnaca during the winter months thousands of pink flamingos migrate here making it a spectacular sight to see.
Larnaca Fortand Musuem – This small fort was a prison at the time of British occupation. It was originally built by the Venations in the 15th century to protect the harbour. If you climb the wall you will get an excellent view Laranca town. There is also a small museum below the wall. It was originally used as a prison and now contains a range of treasures from the Neolithic Age through the Roman Period. There are also exhibits from the finds at Kition. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2.30pm.
Larnaca Marina - a 200 berth yachting marina is located by the harbour that has a lovely palm lined promenade where you can stroll and take a look at the numerous yachts and sailing vessels that are here from all over the world. There are many cafés and tavernas where you can relax and take in the beautiful views of the harbour.
Church of Agios Lazarus – In this beautiful 9th century church lies the tomb of St Lazarus. This is one of the most important Orthodox pilgrimage sites. Open daily in the morning and afternoon.
Kition – An underground temple complex is the remains of the biblical city of Kition, which was settled in 1300BC. Open Mondays to Fridays 9am to 2.30pm.