Town and the tourist area
With its excellent infrastructure, Larnaca has been
a popular tourist destination for some years
The town is the home of a marina with a capacity
of 200 yachts, a modern harbour, the international
airport of Cyprus and countless water sports and leisure
To the east, the town incorporates the Makenzy
Beach tourist zone with many modern apartments and hotels.
Rows of palm trees, Oi Finikoudes, in the local Greek
dialect, at the picturesque sea-front are what the
city of Larnaka is well-known for.
During the major
festivals, much of the activity is centered around
the city promenade. Kataklysmos or the Festival of
the Flood, celebrated in early summer with a series
of cultural events is the most important of these
for the city of Larnaka.
The province of Larnaca’s larger areas consist
of plain. The province has a population of some 100,000
and occupies about 12% of the total area of Cyprus.
history of Larnaca
The church of Ayios Lazaros in the centre of Larnaca
town is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture
The final resting place of St. Lazarus being here distinguishes this church.
The inscription: 'The friend of Christ' was engraved on his sarcophagus.
In previous centuries, many foreign merchants and consuls settled
in the town, which gradually became a trade centre
due to the rich revenues created through the export
of salt from Larnaca's salt-lakes.
The name Larnaca most probably derives from the
discovery in the area of a large number of sarcophagi
(larnakes) and was probably first used in the early
years of the Turkish domination in 1571 after the
defeat of the island's Venetian rulers..
The Fort of Larnaca, located on the seafront, now houses the local
Medieval Museum. It was originally built in the Middle Ages and used
by the British as a prison.