Scala, as the Cypriots affectionately call their third largest city in Cyprus, Larnaca. With a population of 75,000, Larnaca is considerably smaller than Cyprus’ main cities Nicosia and Limassol.
In antiquity, Larnaca was known as “Kition”. As the birthplace of the stoic philosopher Zenon, Larnaca is also the second home of St Lazarus, who came here after his resurrection and later became the first bishop. Visit the agios Lazarus church in the centre, which was built in the 10th century and whose crypt still shows the sarcophagus of the saint.
People can enjoy the casual and rustic charisma here, combined with a southern atmosphere of the main shopping area with its colourful and narrow streets full of small shops. The palm-fringed promenade of Larnaca is dotted with street cafes, tavernas and bars.
From LCA airport people can easily reach the areas Ayia Napa and Protaras. Ayia Napa is just 40 km and Protaras 45 km east of Larnaca.
Ayia Napa, means “Holy Forest”, and is known for its sandy beaches, white sand and crystal waters. The centre of the village is formed by a medieval monastery with a beautiful courtyard. People can walk to the beautiful small fishing harbour with cozy tavernas, restaurants and shops.
Protaras is known for its long stretches of sandy beaches, all of excellent quality with crystal clear waters and some blue flag beaches. Among the main streets of Protaras you can enjoy excellent food and drinks in a big variety of tavernas, restaurants, bars etc. A pedestrian zone along the seaside invites you to linger and enjoy the summer sea breeze.
Let yourself be captured by the typical Cypriot flair!!