"The Eastern Part of Cyprus has three main resorts – Ayia Napa, Protaras, and Larnaca. Ayia Napa is the liveliest – but there is more to this large resort than the clubs and karaoke bars, there are cobbled streets, lovely tavernas and even a Monastery. Nissi Bay is the area to head to for luxury hotels and quieter beaches. Protaras is a big favourite with Families. It’s made up of a number of beaches – Fog Tree Bay being the best known and the destination for Water Sports – to Lourna Beach which has lots of shade for any little ones unused to the Sun. Couples also love it here for it’s laid back nightlife & easy access to Paralimni and Cape Greco. Larnaca claims to be the oldest city in Cyprus, dating back over 6000 years. The Old Town is full of ancient monuments and the Church of St Lazarus is a highlight. The hotels are in the new part of town along the beachfront and there is a great Promenade which makes for a perfect evening stroll. The nearby village of Lefkara is famous for its lace and silver and the Airport is just 15 minutes away by Taxi."
In Larnaca avoid the Seafood restaurants on the front that are aimed at Tourists and head to Prasino Amaxoudi They serve the best Sheftalia (Cypriot meetballs) in Larnaca as well as lots of other regional specialities.
Events and festivals
The Larnaca Summer Festival is a festival of music and performing arts which takes place in July each year. The festival includes film screenings as well as poetry and is centred around the Fort and the Pattichion Municipal Amphitheatre.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
"Diving is really popular. One of the best sites to dive is the ferry Zenobia that sank on its maiden voyage in 1980 only a few hundred meters from the harbour in Larnaca. If you are lucky you can sometimes see the shadowy outline of the ship as you make your final descent into Larnaca Airport. If you hire a Car then visit Cape Greco, a beautiful headland between Protaras and Ayia Napa. You can dive off the rocks into the stunning emerald blue water and this is a brilliant spot for snorkelling. You can also visit this spot on many of the boat trips that run from Protaras and Ayia Napa. If you can try and visit at Sunrise or Sunset when the crowds are less and the view is especially beautiful."
Mild winters with highs in the 20’s with Hot Summers
- Best time of year to travel: Cyprus is an All Year round destination
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: 4-5 Hours
- Visa and passport information: A visa is not required, passports should be valid for 6 months after return
Getting out and about
Visit WaterWorld Water Park in Ayia Napa which is the largest Waterpark in Europe. Spend all day riding the flumes, waterslides and other exciting attractions, or alternatively relax on the Lazy River.