Worth a Trip: Kiti
This village 9km southwest of Larnaka is home to the 11th-century domed cruciform church of Panagia Angeloktisti. Literally meaning ‘built by angels’, the church is home to the extraordinary 6th-century Mosaic of the Virgin Mary. The mosaic was discovered in 1952 amid the remains of the original 5th-century apse, which has been incorporated into the current building. Brilliantly preserved, the mosaic portrays Mary standing on a jewelled pedestal with baby Jesus in her arms, bordered by the archangels Gabriel and Michael. The church is a working place of worship, with regular services.
Further along the coastline you will find the village of Perivolia and Cape Kiti. The cape, complete with cliffs and lighthouse, has a cluster of getaway hotels and simple ice-cream parlours.
Larnaka’s beaches can be bland compared to those in Agia Napa and the east coast. Most have hard-packed, greyish sand and occasional pebbles. The waters, though, are generally very shallow and great for kids.