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Travel Guide 2   >   Europe   >   Cyprus   >   Towns and Cities   >   Larnaca



Larnaca (Greek: Λαρνακα - Larnaka) is a city on the South coast of Cyprus, and home to the island's main international airport (Larnaca International Airport) which lies just to the South of the city. As well as containing the airport, Larnaca is also an important tourist resort and contains a large commercial seaport.

As of 2001, Larnaca's population was approximately 72,000. Larnaca is the capital of the Larnaca district, and the third largest city (after Nicosia and Limassol) in Cyprus.

Key Facts about Larnaca

Here are some facts about Larnaca:
  1. Larnaca is a city on the South coast of Cyprus.

  2. As of 2001, Larnaca had a population of approximately 72,000, making it the island's third largest city (after Nicosia and Limassol).

  3. Larnaca is home to the main international airport in Cyprus, Larnaca International Airport.

  4. The name Larnaca is probably derived from the word "larnakes", which means "sarcophagoi" - more than 3,000 sarcophagoi were found in the area in the 19th century.

  5. Larnaca has a very ancient past - dating back to around the 13th century BCE, when the city-kingdom of Kition (also known as "Citium") was established on the site. Remains of this past have been found at archaeological sites in the area.

  6. In the area of Larnaca, just to the West, are the Larnaca Salt Lakes (Greek: Αλυκη Λαρνακαξ; Turkish: Larnaka Tuz Gölü). These are a complex of four interconnected salt lakes (Aliki, Orphani, oros and Spiro) which fills with water during the Winter months, and is habitat for many birds, including flamingoes.

    • On the bank is the Hala Sultan Tekke, also known as Mosque of Umm Haram. This is one of the holiest sites in Ottoman Islam, and houses the tomb of Umm Haram (Turkish: Hala Sultan), the Prophet Muhammad's "wet-nurse".

    • A Christian legend tells that the lake's saltiness from an incident involving Saint Lazarus (Lazarus of Bethany). According to the legend, Saint Lazarus asked an old woman for food and drink, but the old woman refused claiming her vines had dried up. Saint Lazarus supposedly replied "may your vines be dry and be a salt lake forever more".

  7. The Church of Saint Lazarus is a prominent building in Larnaca. It is a Greek Orthodox Church and dates back to the late 9th century, and which contains the tomb of Saint Lazarus.

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Weather in Larnaca

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How To Enjoy Cyprus For Less Than 10 Euros Per Day - Larnaca - Paphos (BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE Book 7)

By Jason Taylor
Released: 2012-06-15
Kindle Edition (24 pages)

How To Enjoy Cyprus For Less Than 10 Euros Per Day - Larnaca - Paphos (BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE Book 7)
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"I work all night, I work all day
To pay the bills I have to pay

Ain't it sad?

And still there never seems to be
A single penny left for me

......" - who doesnt recognise these lyrics from the song Mamma Mia, by Abba and more recently in the movie Mamma Mia performed by Meryl Streep.

And then there you are drudging your way through the daily grind. Working every hour that god sends, just to pay the bills….sounds familiar doesn’t it?

You’re losing your quality of life and any meaning of happiness. Perhaps you are reading this right now while in between household chores like the ironing or the washing or parenting to your screaming children.

Are you commuting to work, stuck in a never ending sea of brake lights, perhaps your on the train just look up and around you right now are you just another sardine in the can on the way to work a work you hate, are poorly paid and not appreciated.

When you feel you have the same problems, but it is just a different day, then life is really doing you no favours whatsoever. But when you are in this negative and demanding trap it is very difficult to see any true happiness or relaxation.

Close your eyes for a minute and dream the dream. Imagine the gentle sound of the warm seas, lapping up against the perfect sands of the beach. There you are laid out on a soft comfortable sun lounger listening to the gentle flapping of the parasol in the warm welcoming wind, which is cooling you body down on this hot sunny day. Picture sipping slowly on that cool glass of your favourite cocktail, brimming with ice and fresh fruit or perhaps an ice cool beer, with the small pearls of condensation running down the outside of the glass dripping gently on to your skin, offering a welcoming cool tingle on your hot body.

Now open your eyes and you probably think this is an unrealistic dream, something which you have no chance of achieving.

But it honestly is achievable and throughout this book we are going to show you how you can live this dream, this luxurious escape for less than it will cost you to stay at home.

You have absolutely nothing to lose and much more to gain, happiness, relaxation, great food and a suntan will make your life, once again a much more bearable and enjoyable time.

Utilising our many months of research and our experience, you can now benefit by using our budget travel guide as a means to escape your normal daily life.

You think it is impossible to get luxurious accommodation for less than €10 per day – no it is not and this guide shows you how.

You think it is impossible to experience the finest international cuisines for less than €10 per day – no in this guide we will show you exactly how it is possible.

You can have everything you have ever dreamt from a holiday for less than €10 per day….including flight!

Which is considerably less than your water, gas and electric usage per day when you stay at home!

Stop dreaming the dream and start living the dream now in your next holiday destination Cyprus.

250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day*

By Chris Alden

Islebright Books
Released: 2013-02-15
Kindle Edition (146 pages)

250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day*
Product Description:
Are you planning to travel around Cyprus – and looking for a reliable, insider guide?

If so, you need 250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day* – the guidebook to Cyprus by Chris Alden, a writer who has lived in the beautiful Troodos foothills and has been visiting the island since he was a child.

It's full of honest recommendations of things to see and do, on and off the tourist trail - including the best beaches, the best tavernas, the most sublime mountain scenery and the most evocative ancient sites.

The book covers the whole island - including Paphos, Limassol, Troodos, Nicosia, Larnaca and the north - and has tips for sporty types and arty types, lovers of wildlife and fans of authentic Cypriot food and drink.

It also includes more than 170 useful web links, and includes updates for 2013.

So buy 250 Things to Do in Cyprus on a Sunny Day* - and discover more about sunny Cyprus, today.

* ... or a rainy one. They happen, you know - just not very often!

City Maps Larnaca Cyprus

By James McFee

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (24 pages)

City Maps Larnaca Cyprus
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City Maps Larnaca Cyprus is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Larnaca adventure :)

Larnaca: ORAMA.CY012

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Larnaca (Cyprus) 1:7,500 Street Map & Region 1:100,000

By Orama Cyprus

Orama Cyprus
Map (2 pages)

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Larnaca (Cyprus) 1:7,500 Street Map & Region 1:100,000

Large, double sided map features a street plan of Larnaca plus bilingual (Greek / English) guide on one side and a detailed regional map at scale 1:100,000 on reverse. The regional map is indexed and good even for cycling: 1 inch = 1.58 miles. Place and street names are in both Greek and Latin script. Map legend is multilingual including English. Authentic Greek cartography, hard cover.

Photographs of Larnaca, Cyprus : The Peaceful Beach Town with a War-strung Dark History (Best of Europe Photography)

By Hannah Spadafora

Released: 2013-05-29
Kindle Edition

Photographs of Larnaca, Cyprus : The Peaceful Beach Town with a War-strung Dark History (Best of Europe Photography)
Product Description:
Larnaca, Cyprus is a beach town with an atmosphere that makes one want to chill back. It is also a city which has historically been a post for various wars and occupations by at least a few different conquering groups and occupying religious sects. The structures left behind stand now in tribute to this history, some open as museums which only hint at the tumultuous history.

Disregarding the history though, the beauty of the natural beach setting and the now-calm buildings, gives Larnaca a laid back character when one is visiting.

This collection of photos is, as always, meant to encourage the viewer to visit, explore, and investigate this amazing city! Hope you enjoy this book and your future travels!


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