Larnaca was founded in the 13th Century BC by the Mycenaeans and was originally known as Kition. Today the town is a fascinating blend of old and new, with historic sites, museums and a fortress castle overlooking the tree lined seafront and long sandy bay. The town is rich in history and has several museums. Larnaca is particularly proud to have been the town chosen by the biblical figure Lazarus. He is said to have spent his ‘second life’ in Larnaca becoming the Bishop of Cyprus and was buried under the main alter of Ayios Lazarus in the town centre. Larnaca’s fascinating Salt Lake is home to wild fowl and hundreds of flamingos in winter and in summer, when the water evaporates, the salt is collected for marketing. On the west bank is the Moslem shrine of Hala Sultan Tekke. In the surrounding area there are many pretty villages such as Kiti with their own history and attractions.
In recent years Larnaca has developed into a sophisticated holiday resort with the convenience of an international airport, yachting marina and elegant shopping area around Zenon Kitieos Street. The lovely cafes of the seafront promenade are perfect for an evening drink whilst watching the world go by. The resort has a bustling nightlife with an abundance of restaurants ranging from contemporary international cuisine to small family run tavernas offering traditional local dishes. Larnaca's central location means that it is an excellent base from which to explore the exciting attractions of Cyprus.
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