Flights to Larnaca
Larnaca (or Larnaka in Turkish) is one of the main tourist resorts on the island of Cyprus, in the east Mediterranean Sea. The town is located on the eastern coast of the island and features plenty of great beaches, many hotels, restaurants and nightlife, plus cultural and historical attractions too.
The Larnaca International Airport (airport code: LCA) is the main entry point into Cyprus, and one-stop flights to Larnaca from South Africa are offered by many airlines. Egyptair and South African Airlines both go the same way, through Cairo, and British Airways makes a stop in London. If you get a flight to Larnaca with Lufthansa, you’ll be transferring in Munich instead. Most flights to Larnaca run between 15 and 20 hours long, and you can get to and from the city by public bus, airport shuttle and taxi cab.
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The Tourist Attractions of Larnaca:
As with most of the rest of Cyprus, Larnaca is a popular summer holiday destination where people come mainly to enjoy the good Mediterranean weather and the clean, attractive beaches. The fact that Larnaca has more than just its beaches to offer is a bonus, and you can read more about its historical attractions below.
Larnaca actually has around 25 kilometres of shoreline to enjoy so when you visit you don’t have to stay within the city centre, you can make use of the many hotels and resorts that line the coast away from Larnaca. There are Blue Flag awarded beaches so you can be sure that they are clean. The beach at Phinikoudes is one of these, and this suburb of Larnaca is one of the top destinations. The seaside promenade makes a great place for an evening stroll.
Off the beaches you can enjoy all sorts of water sports, plus there’s a popular scuba diving site just off the coast of Larnaca where the wreck of a ferry, called Zenobia, sunk in 1980.
Larnaca’s Historical Sites
When you fancy a day away from the beach you can visit to city centre of Larnaca. This is an ancient city though due to numerous earthquakes over the millennia much of the evidence of previous civilisations has now gone. There are a couple of places left though – you can see ruins of the ancient site of Kitium, or see the more recent Fort of Larnaca that was built by the Turks in 1625. Larnaca’s old Aqueduct looks older than it actually is because it was built to resemble ancient Roman aqueducts! It was actually built in 1745.
Larnaca Salt Lake
If you’re visiting Larnaca during the mild winter months you should head out to Larnaca Salt Lake just outside the city. This important wetland area fills up with migratory birds during the winter, and is particularly well known for its migratory flamingos who visit between November and March.
When Should You Visit?:
Winters are mild in Larnaca though remember that this is the rainy season, so is not so good for sightseeing. Summers are always the most popular time to visit and the beaches usually start filling up from May right through to October when average highs are still up around 28C.