Around Larnaka

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Top ChoiceCypriot in Around Larnaka


Ten minutes north of Larnaka in Oroklini village, this house with a courtyard offers traditional foods, surrounds and hospitality. The aroma of herbs, the succulent variety of meat and the wild vegetable meze...

Church in Around Larnaka

Stavrovouni Monastery

Perched 668m high at the peak of Stavrovouni (literally ‘Mountain of the Cross’), this monastery is revered as the oldest on the island and is said to hold a piece of the Holy Cross, brought here by St Helena,...

Archaeological Site in Around Larnaka


Occupying a well-defended hillside with a large perimeter wall, this small but well-preserved neolithic site is the earliest permanent human settlement found in Cyprus, dating back to 7000 BC. A walkway guides...

Lake in Around Larnaka

Larnaka Salt Lake

During winter this protected reserve fills with rainwater, creating an important migratory habitat for flamingos, wild ducks and water fowl. As summer approaches the waters slowly dry up and the birds leave. They...

Mosque in Around Larnaka

Hala Sultan Tekkesi

Surrounded by date palms, cypress and olive trees, this late-18th-century mosque and tekke (shrine) sits wistfully on the edge of Larnaka’s salt lake. According to Muslim lore, during the Arab raids on Cyprus in...

Aqueduct in Around Larnaka

Kamares Aqueduct

Sanctioned in 1746 by Ottoman governor Bekir Pasha, and built in classical Roman style – some historians believe it is actually a Roman creation that was simply refurbished by the Ottomans – this aqueduct was...

Church in Around Larnaka

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...

Cafe in Lefkara

Tasties Cafe

With its blue shuttered windows and a gorgeously restored blue-and-white old-world interior, including original ornate lintels and cornice detailing, this may just be the cutest cafe in all of Cyprus. There's...

Museum in Lefkara

Lefkara Folk Art Museum

Formerly the home of one of Lefkara’s wealthiest families, this restored building is set around a large courtyard complete with outdoor oven and pomegranate and citrus trees. The ground floor has information...

Cypriot in Around Larnaka

To Patrikon

It's meze, but with a twist. To Patrikon infuses a modern-Med approach to classic Cypriot meze (minimum two people), adding touches of creative flair. Grilled meats get lashed with Commandaria (sweet wine); the...

Church in Lefkara

Timiou Stavrou Church

Although the building you see today was greatly remodelled in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Timiou Stavrou (Holy Cross) Church dates back to the 14th century. The iconostasis holds some lovely...

Music in Around Larnaka


A line-up of rock, pop, dance, blues, folk and more, from both local and international bands and DJs, takes over the village of Kato Drys in the hills above Larnaka for three days during August.

Beach in Around Larnaka

Cape Kiti & Perivolia

Southwest of Larnaka, these two adjoining narrow beaches have large, white stones and shallow waters. The Perivolia side of the cape is often exposed to tremendous winds, ideal for kite- and windsurfing. You’ll...

Beach in Around Larnaka

CTO Municipal Beach

East of Larnaka, this beach is very popular with locals and is backed by dozens of taverns, restaurants and hotels.