Larnaca District combines coastal charm with a picturesque mountainous interior. It’s one of the six districts of Cyprus and is an ideal base for exploring the Mediterranean island. Enjoy cafes and cultural attractions in the bustling city of Larnaca and venture inland to discover charm-soaked towns and villages.
Things to do in Larnaca
The port city of Larnaca is an excellent home base for exploring the region. Fringed by sandy beaches and a palm-lined promenade, the city will charm you with its waterside setting and laid-back atmosphere. Bask on sun-drenched Finikoudes Beach, cool off in the crystalline water and explore offshore dive sites like MS Zenobia. The promenade is dotted with lively cafes, bars and bistros.
Day trip into the mountainous interior to discover postcard-perfect villages like Lefkara. Narrow streets wind through the village and take you past centuries-old townhouses, chapels and courtyards. Local gift shops specialise in Lefkara lace, which has been made in the village since the 14th century.
One of the oldest settlements on the island, Tochni is home to some of the last remaining Cypriot houses built from locally quarried stone. Take your time wandering around the atmospheric village, stopping to chat to friendly locals and admire the ruins of a Latin church.
The Pierides Archaeological Foundation Museum charts the fascinating narrative of Cyprus. It was founded in 1839 to protect local artefacts and is filled with ancient treasures, including a Neolithic figurine dating to the 6th millennium BC. Other highlights include Iron Age relics, Roman glassware and traditional Cypriot folk costumes and art.
Getting around Larnaca
Larnaca District is located on the south coast of Cyprus, a 45-minute drive from Nicosia. The city is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Larnaca International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre.