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Guidebook for Larnaka

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Guidebook for Larnaka

Archaelogical Monuments
The magnificent 9th century stone church of Ayios Lazaros was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century and restored in the 17th century. The church is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus, was ordained as Bishop of Kition by the Apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived here for 30 years. His tomb can be seen under the sanctuary. The icon-stand is a superb example of baroque woodcarving. Eight days before Easter a procession is held during which St. Lazarus' icon is carried through the streets of Larnaka. Next to the church is the Ecclesiastical Museum.
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Church of Saint Lazarus
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The magnificent 9th century stone church of Ayios Lazaros was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century and restored in the 17th century. The church is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus, was ordained as Bishop of Kition by the Apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived here for 30 years. His tomb can be seen under the sanctuary. The icon-stand is a superb example of baroque woodcarving. Eight days before Easter a procession is held during which St. Lazarus' icon is carried through the streets of Larnaka. Next to the church is the Ecclesiastical Museum.
The mosque was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she feel off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island. According to tradition Umm Haram was related to the Prophet Mohammed. Grand Chalif Moavia, who was taking part in the expedition , immediately ordered the construction of a mosque on the spot. It is now one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca ,Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was first renovated in 1816 and the more recently in 2002 by UNOPS.
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Hala Sultan Tekke
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The mosque was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she feel off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island. According to tradition Umm Haram was related to the Prophet Mohammed. Grand Chalif Moavia, who was taking part in the expedition , immediately ordered the construction of a mosque on the spot. It is now one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca ,Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was first renovated in 1816 and the more recently in 2002 by UNOPS.
The 11th century Byzantine church was erected over the ruins of an Early Christian basilica. The original apse of the basilica has survived together with one of the finest pieces of Byzantine art. a rare 6th century mosaic of Virgin and Child between the two archangels Michael and Gabriel. It is a rare work of art , equaling the mosaics of Ravenna-Italy . Only in Cyprus and in Mount Sinai have mosaics from that period been found. Similar mosaics are those from the church of Panagia Kanakaria in the occupied village of Lythragkomi, now on the display in the Byzantine museum in Lefkosia.
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Church Panagia Angeloktisti
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The 11th century Byzantine church was erected over the ruins of an Early Christian basilica. The original apse of the basilica has survived together with one of the finest pieces of Byzantine art. a rare 6th century mosaic of Virgin and Child between the two archangels Michael and Gabriel. It is a rare work of art , equaling the mosaics of Ravenna-Italy . Only in Cyprus and in Mount Sinai have mosaics from that period been found. Similar mosaics are those from the church of Panagia Kanakaria in the occupied village of Lythragkomi, now on the display in the Byzantine museum in Lefkosia.
The Neolithic Age settlement of Tenta is situated a short distance from Kalavasos Village and dates to 7000 BC. It is one of the most significant Neolithic settlements on the island, and is covered by a characteristic cone-shaped roof, which forms a contemporary architectural intervention in the landscape. According to local tradition, the name of the site goes back to 327 AD when St. Helen - the mother of Constantine the Great - stayed in a tent (‘tenta’) in this location during her visit to the island following the discovery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
Kalavasos-Tenta
The Neolithic Age settlement of Tenta is situated a short distance from Kalavasos Village and dates to 7000 BC. It is one of the most significant Neolithic settlements on the island, and is covered by a characteristic cone-shaped roof, which forms a contemporary architectural intervention in the landscape. According to local tradition, the name of the site goes back to 327 AD when St. Helen - the mother of Constantine the Great - stayed in a tent (‘tenta’) in this location during her visit to the island following the discovery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
The archaeological site of Choirokoitia is a remarkably well-preserved settlement from the Neolithic Age that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Remains from all phases of the Neolithic Age are evident in the settlement, and provide an insight of living conditions in the region during prehistoric times, as well as how the Neolithic culture was spread throughout the region. Five characteristic cylindrical shaped dwellings have been reconstructed near the settlement, using the same construction methods and materials used in Neolithic times. The dwellings are fitted with replicas of household objects found inside the original dwellings, thus providing a vivid representation of how they actually were in the past. The vegetation around the dwellings consists of native plants and trees that have grown in Cyprus since Neolithic times.
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Choirokoitia
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The archaeological site of Choirokoitia is a remarkably well-preserved settlement from the Neolithic Age that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Remains from all phases of the Neolithic Age are evident in the settlement, and provide an insight of living conditions in the region during prehistoric times, as well as how the Neolithic culture was spread throughout the region. Five characteristic cylindrical shaped dwellings have been reconstructed near the settlement, using the same construction methods and materials used in Neolithic times. The dwellings are fitted with replicas of household objects found inside the original dwellings, thus providing a vivid representation of how they actually were in the past. The vegetation around the dwellings consists of native plants and trees that have grown in Cyprus since Neolithic times.
The architectural ruins of the ancient city-kingdom of Kition provide the first clear evidence that the Mycenaean Greeks arrived in Larnaka in the 13th century BC, and the Phoenicians in the 9th. Achaeans redesigned and rebuilt the city around the end of the 13th century, fortifying it with cyclopean walls made of giant blocks of stone, whilst the Phoenicians settled in the area in the 9th century. In 312BC, Kition was occupied and then destroyed by Ptolemy 1st Soter, though habitation continued into Christian times. Kition was well known for its harbour during antiquity, from which many agricultural products were exported to the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and the Aegean. Moreover, its strategic position rendered it an exceptional naval base. Of particular interest at the ancient port are the drawings of ships etched into the walls of buildings. The most interesting architectural remains are those of the Temple of Aphrodite – Astarte, built by the same Phoenician masons that built the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, both originating in the 9th century BC. Egyptian-style temples of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty - which are older than the Greek equivalents and served the pre-Hellenic Cypriot population - have also been found nearby. The site is one of the first that the Cyprus Department of Antiquities excavated after independence in the early 1960’s, and is linked to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
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Ancient Kition
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The architectural ruins of the ancient city-kingdom of Kition provide the first clear evidence that the Mycenaean Greeks arrived in Larnaka in the 13th century BC, and the Phoenicians in the 9th. Achaeans redesigned and rebuilt the city around the end of the 13th century, fortifying it with cyclopean walls made of giant blocks of stone, whilst the Phoenicians settled in the area in the 9th century. In 312BC, Kition was occupied and then destroyed by Ptolemy 1st Soter, though habitation continued into Christian times. Kition was well known for its harbour during antiquity, from which many agricultural products were exported to the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and the Aegean. Moreover, its strategic position rendered it an exceptional naval base. Of particular interest at the ancient port are the drawings of ships etched into the walls of buildings. The most interesting architectural remains are those of the Temple of Aphrodite – Astarte, built by the same Phoenician masons that built the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, both originating in the 9th century BC. Egyptian-style temples of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty - which are older than the Greek equivalents and served the pre-Hellenic Cypriot population - have also been found nearby. The site is one of the first that the Cyprus Department of Antiquities excavated after independence in the early 1960’s, and is linked to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Arts & Culture
The Pierides Museum is the oldest private museum in Cyprus.It is housed in the ancestral Pierides family home , a colonial style building built in 1815.The museum's comprehensive collection was assembled by the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative items of the island's civilisation.It charts its economic, social and cultural devepolment over thousands of years.The objects on display dating from 4000 BC to the 15th century AD are an important testimory to a centuries old civilisation that flourished in Cyprus.Prized items in the collection are the red polished ware from Early Bronze age.Roman glassware and medieval ceramic dishes.The museum is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
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Pierides Museum
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The Pierides Museum is the oldest private museum in Cyprus.It is housed in the ancestral Pierides family home , a colonial style building built in 1815.The museum's comprehensive collection was assembled by the Pierides family and includes some of the most representative items of the island's civilisation.It charts its economic, social and cultural devepolment over thousands of years.The objects on display dating from 4000 BC to the 15th century AD are an important testimory to a centuries old civilisation that flourished in Cyprus.Prized items in the collection are the red polished ware from Early Bronze age.Roman glassware and medieval ceramic dishes.The museum is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Originally built during the Middle Ages, the Fort took its present form during Ottoman rule.After the end of the Ottoman rule. After the end of the Ottoman rule in Cyprus, the British converted it into a prison during the first years of their rule.Today the Fort houses the District Medieval Museum, whose collection covers 15 centuries of history, from early Christian period to the 19th century.The open-air courtyard is used in the summer for functions by the Larnaka Municipality.Near the Fort is Tusla Mosque, which was originally a medieval three-aisled church.
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The Medieval Castle of Larnaka
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Originally built during the Middle Ages, the Fort took its present form during Ottoman rule.After the end of the Ottoman rule. After the end of the Ottoman rule in Cyprus, the British converted it into a prison during the first years of their rule.Today the Fort houses the District Medieval Museum, whose collection covers 15 centuries of history, from early Christian period to the 19th century.The open-air courtyard is used in the summer for functions by the Larnaka Municipality.Near the Fort is Tusla Mosque, which was originally a medieval three-aisled church.
Drinks & Nightlife
If there is a beach bar-restaurant synonymous with exclusivity, it is Lush Beach Bar-Resto. With gentle beats of music, modern decor and excellent service, Lush provides you with the absolute all day experience that cannot be replaced!
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Lush Beach Bar Resto
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If there is a beach bar-restaurant synonymous with exclusivity, it is Lush Beach Bar-Resto. With gentle beats of music, modern decor and excellent service, Lush provides you with the absolute all day experience that cannot be replaced!
Ammos Beach Bar is located on Mackenzie beach in Larnaca. The restaurant specializes in Greek cuisine. The bar offers a wide variety of alcoholic and soft beverages. Music shows, including DJ sets, start in the evening. Free WiFi.
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Ammos
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Ammos Beach Bar is located on Mackenzie beach in Larnaca. The restaurant specializes in Greek cuisine. The bar offers a wide variety of alcoholic and soft beverages. Music shows, including DJ sets, start in the evening. Free WiFi.
The latest beachside getaway that has got everyone talking of late is one that you wouldn’t necessarily know about, if it wasn’t for word of mouth. A real dreamy gem-of-a-place, Akakia Beach Bar is the perfect spot to spend those lazy summer days, whether you want to laze under the shade of the umbrella by the beach, or wish to grab a bite to eat – think pizza and burgers – with cool drink in hand.
Akakia Beach Bar
The latest beachside getaway that has got everyone talking of late is one that you wouldn’t necessarily know about, if it wasn’t for word of mouth. A real dreamy gem-of-a-place, Akakia Beach Bar is the perfect spot to spend those lazy summer days, whether you want to laze under the shade of the umbrella by the beach, or wish to grab a bite to eat – think pizza and burgers – with cool drink in hand.
Food Scene
The mansion was built in 1850. Due to its architectural style and historic value, it has been classified as an ancient monument. Evanthia Pieride's Mansion dishes are made up of a variety of Cypriot and Greek dishes. The word ‘meze’ comes from the Persian word ‘ma-ze’, which means ‘taste’.
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To Arxontikon / Το Αρχοντικόν
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The mansion was built in 1850. Due to its architectural style and historic value, it has been classified as an ancient monument. Evanthia Pieride's Mansion dishes are made up of a variety of Cypriot and Greek dishes. The word ‘meze’ comes from the Persian word ‘ma-ze’, which means ‘taste’.
Parks & Nature
The Camel Park at Mazotos is conveniently located only 15 minutes from Larnaka Airport and centrally located between Larnaka, Limassol & Nicosia. As you walk into the Park, you will understand that this is truly a day out for the family. There are play areas for the children, games and so much more. The Camel Park is a place where all can also learn about other animals that live here such as ostriches, goats, deer’s, ponies, wallabies, lamas, turtles, fish, a lot of birds and many more. The Camel Park also offers the great opportunity of riding a camel around the park and having a great memorable picture taken. You are also able to purchase food bags so you can feed the animals close up. There is also a great play area for the children, from bull riding games to 5D cinema for the little ones and also play rides to amuse them. Walking around the park you can take in all the camels the new born and a pleasant stroll. In the summer they also open their swimming pool area offering refreshments, snacks and cold and hot drinks. Be prepared to stay a while as the swimming pool area surrounded by greenery offers a great afternoon out.
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Camel Park
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The Camel Park at Mazotos is conveniently located only 15 minutes from Larnaka Airport and centrally located between Larnaka, Limassol & Nicosia. As you walk into the Park, you will understand that this is truly a day out for the family. There are play areas for the children, games and so much more. The Camel Park is a place where all can also learn about other animals that live here such as ostriches, goats, deer’s, ponies, wallabies, lamas, turtles, fish, a lot of birds and many more. The Camel Park also offers the great opportunity of riding a camel around the park and having a great memorable picture taken. You are also able to purchase food bags so you can feed the animals close up. There is also a great play area for the children, from bull riding games to 5D cinema for the little ones and also play rides to amuse them. Walking around the park you can take in all the camels the new born and a pleasant stroll. In the summer they also open their swimming pool area offering refreshments, snacks and cold and hot drinks. Be prepared to stay a while as the swimming pool area surrounded by greenery offers a great afternoon out.
Golden Donkeys Farm is located in Skarinou village, halfway between Larnaca and Limassol. When building it, we were based on our love and care for sustaining the Cyprus traditions. And we really wanted to help preserve the heritage of Cyprus – friendly and industrious animals, which many centuries faithfully served the Cypriots. After all, it is the Cyprus donkeys, who were the indispensable tool: they transported food and wine, they were the primary mode of transportation on the island for many centuries, it was the donkeys that helped in the production of olive oil, turning the heavy millstones, and in the manufacture of wine, carrying grapes from mountain plantations. Well, today our farm is a home for around 170 donkeys, and each of them has its own name and character. Nowadays, we are the biggest donkey farm in Cyprus and probably, one of the biggest in Europe. The majority of our animals are females, in order to produce milk. Milking is done in a special designed space, in accordance with the requirements of the EU. Arriving at our farm, you will get a lot of positive impressions and unforgettable emotions: here, you can take a walk on donkeys in the surrounding area, take a picture with the friendly animals and feed them. Our calm atmosphere, will melt away any stress and make you feel completely relax. Moreover, in this farm you will also find a lot of other interesting things such as: the wax museum, the traditional Cyprus house, an ancient olive press, a small botanical garden, an amphitheater, one of the oldest olive trees in Cyprus, the small church of Virgin Mary of Memila (Memila is the name of the aria farm locates) and the coop, as well as our cozy restaurant and a souvenir shop.
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Golden Donkeys Farm
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Golden Donkeys Farm is located in Skarinou village, halfway between Larnaca and Limassol. When building it, we were based on our love and care for sustaining the Cyprus traditions. And we really wanted to help preserve the heritage of Cyprus – friendly and industrious animals, which many centuries faithfully served the Cypriots. After all, it is the Cyprus donkeys, who were the indispensable tool: they transported food and wine, they were the primary mode of transportation on the island for many centuries, it was the donkeys that helped in the production of olive oil, turning the heavy millstones, and in the manufacture of wine, carrying grapes from mountain plantations. Well, today our farm is a home for around 170 donkeys, and each of them has its own name and character. Nowadays, we are the biggest donkey farm in Cyprus and probably, one of the biggest in Europe. The majority of our animals are females, in order to produce milk. Milking is done in a special designed space, in accordance with the requirements of the EU. Arriving at our farm, you will get a lot of positive impressions and unforgettable emotions: here, you can take a walk on donkeys in the surrounding area, take a picture with the friendly animals and feed them. Our calm atmosphere, will melt away any stress and make you feel completely relax. Moreover, in this farm you will also find a lot of other interesting things such as: the wax museum, the traditional Cyprus house, an ancient olive press, a small botanical garden, an amphitheater, one of the oldest olive trees in Cyprus, the small church of Virgin Mary of Memila (Memila is the name of the aria farm locates) and the coop, as well as our cozy restaurant and a souvenir shop.
Zygi Community Park
Favourite Beaches & Watersports
Governor’s beach is next to Pentakomo Village, approximately 20Km east of Limassol. It is among the most famous beaches in Limassol and of Cyprus island. The white rocks carved by the sea waves and salt, in combination of the deep blue of the sea, create a scenery of spectacular beauty which is visited by many visitors each year. The coastline is formed by smaller coves that can attract the visitor who is looking for rest and tranquillity. It is an ideal destination for families and children. Governor’s beach is one of crystal clear waters and sandy beach. The facilities of the beach include WCs, showers, sunbeds with umbrellas, and along the coastline you can find water sports, cafes, restaurants, a playground and a camping site. During the summer season there are lifeguards on duty with all their first aid equipment. The access to the beach is easy and can be accessed with car, bus. The beach is also accessible to the disabled. This is also a blue flag awarded beach. The beach was named as Governor’s beach during the English occupation, because at this location was the house of the then Governor. After the English occupation the Governor’s holiday house was taken under the Cyprus Republic authority. The real name of the beach is Kalymnos. Kalymnos naming derived from the Kalymnos island of Greece, because sponge gatherers from that island used to gather sponges at the location.
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Governor's Beach
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Governor’s beach is next to Pentakomo Village, approximately 20Km east of Limassol. It is among the most famous beaches in Limassol and of Cyprus island. The white rocks carved by the sea waves and salt, in combination of the deep blue of the sea, create a scenery of spectacular beauty which is visited by many visitors each year. The coastline is formed by smaller coves that can attract the visitor who is looking for rest and tranquillity. It is an ideal destination for families and children. Governor’s beach is one of crystal clear waters and sandy beach. The facilities of the beach include WCs, showers, sunbeds with umbrellas, and along the coastline you can find water sports, cafes, restaurants, a playground and a camping site. During the summer season there are lifeguards on duty with all their first aid equipment. The access to the beach is easy and can be accessed with car, bus. The beach is also accessible to the disabled. This is also a blue flag awarded beach. The beach was named as Governor’s beach during the English occupation, because at this location was the house of the then Governor. After the English occupation the Governor’s holiday house was taken under the Cyprus Republic authority. The real name of the beach is Kalymnos. Kalymnos naming derived from the Kalymnos island of Greece, because sponge gatherers from that island used to gather sponges at the location.
A small beach near Zygi Marina which provides free unbrellas and sunbeds.
Zygi Public Beach
A small beach near Zygi Marina which provides free unbrellas and sunbeds.
Alaminos beach lies along the Larnaka-Kiti stretch of coast. Virtually hidden from plain sight it is a veritable ‘Secret Paradise’, in actual fact this is indeed what it is called. It is almost hidden from common view and it is truly a secret paradise. In order to get there you must turn off-road. On the shores of Alaminou, away from the sight of man, there is a secret paradise for swimming. This area was difficult to access until a few years ago. With the creation of the fishing refuge in two years, a paradise was formed. Hide
Alaminos Harbour
Alaminos beach lies along the Larnaka-Kiti stretch of coast. Virtually hidden from plain sight it is a veritable ‘Secret Paradise’, in actual fact this is indeed what it is called. It is almost hidden from common view and it is truly a secret paradise. In order to get there you must turn off-road. On the shores of Alaminou, away from the sight of man, there is a secret paradise for swimming. This area was difficult to access until a few years ago. With the creation of the fishing refuge in two years, a paradise was formed. Hide
Located by Pentakomo village, about 10 km east of the main hotel district of Lemesos (Limassol), the beach of Kalymnos is part of the famous Governor’s Beach, which is one of the most popular coastal areas of the island. Whilst Governor’s beach is characterized by chalk white rocks that extend into the deep blue sea and uneven surfaces, Kalymnos has flat ground and a long, narrow stretch of sandy coastline. Both boast calm, clean seawaters and provide a fantastic setting for walking amidst nature, as such they are popular with all, including families with small children. Facilities on the beach include toilets, changing rooms, sun beds, umbrellas, a children’s playground, beach cafes and the campsite. There are also several traditional restaurants, known for their fresh fish. Lifeguards with lifesaving equipment and first aid services are stationed at the beach from April - October. Access is easy by car via the A1 motorway, and the area has car-parking facilities available.
Kalymnos Beach
Located by Pentakomo village, about 10 km east of the main hotel district of Lemesos (Limassol), the beach of Kalymnos is part of the famous Governor’s Beach, which is one of the most popular coastal areas of the island. Whilst Governor’s beach is characterized by chalk white rocks that extend into the deep blue sea and uneven surfaces, Kalymnos has flat ground and a long, narrow stretch of sandy coastline. Both boast calm, clean seawaters and provide a fantastic setting for walking amidst nature, as such they are popular with all, including families with small children. Facilities on the beach include toilets, changing rooms, sun beds, umbrellas, a children’s playground, beach cafes and the campsite. There are also several traditional restaurants, known for their fresh fish. Lifeguards with lifesaving equipment and first aid services are stationed at the beach from April - October. Access is easy by car via the A1 motorway, and the area has car-parking facilities available.
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