The ancient seaside resort of Larnaca is regarded as one of the oldest cities in the world and a good place to visit if you want to embrace Cypriot history during your cruise around the Mediterranean.
Sitting on the east coast of the island, Larnaca is near to the busy resorts of Ayia Napa and Nissi Bay but isn’t as party focused – so don’t be concerned that your time ashore will be spent in party central…
Instead, you’ll find some impressive stretches of blue-flag rated beach if you simply want to spend some of your time relaxing under the sun, with inviting blue water where you can take a refreshing dip or sample a range of watersports.
Diving and snorkeling is particularly popular, with various wrecks located off the shore.
Most people will prefer to use the limited time they have to explore however, and Larnaca is a great place from which to embrace Cypriot history.
A small castle that dates back to the twelfth century was originally built to help the city to defend itself from attack and is now home to a small museum and open-air theatre.
St Lazarus Church is even older, dating back to the ninth century, and is regarded as one of the most important historical buildings anywhere on the island and is built over what is believed to be the second tomb of Lazarus of Bethany, whilst the Hala Sultan Tekke Muslim shrine and the Kamara Aqueduct just outside the city are also worth visiting.
Outside the city limits, it’s also possible to visit a local camel park where you can ride on camel back for a unique experience that will serve as a long time reminder of your Mediterranean adventure.
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