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Larnaca beaches - dark sand and wavebreakers

Larnaca (or Larnaka as is its official English name) is found at the south coast of Cyprus, some 40 km west of the resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, 45 km south of the capital Nicosia, 70 km north east of the significantly larger city of Limassol, 135 kilometers north east of Paphos, 105 kilometers east of Platres and 170 kilometers south east of Polis and Latchi.  Mckenzie beach, just east of the Larnaca airport, is presently the most ‘hot’ Larnaca beach.  Other well known Larnaca beaches include Phinikoudes beach, right in the middle of Larnaca coastline just to the west of the marina, and Voroklini beach and Pyla beach towards the east.  In the west, the coastline of Mazotos and Alaminos beach are gradually catching up in development with the coast of Pervolia and Meneou.  Larnaca beaches as a rule have dark sand and/or pebble on their surface, and the more developed beaches of Pyla and Voroklini have many wavebreakers.  Wavebrakers have also been built or are planned to be constructed at Alaminos beach, Pervolia and Mazotos.

The wetlands of Larnaca are significant attractions and should be visited by birdwatchers holidaying here (except for the hot summer months when most are completely dry).  These include Voroklini lake, the Larnaca salt lake(s) and the Sewerage Works Pools.  Larnaca is the birthplace of the philosopher Zeno of Citium , the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy.  Larnaca was also a refuge for Lazarus, one of Christ’s friends.  At the (main) salt lake, which has an oasis aura (except for summer when it is dry) one could also visit the picturesque and important Hala Sultan mosque.  Kiti village, a few kilometers to the west has a very ancient church (Panagia Angeloktisti) and huge ancient terebinth trees in its courtyard.  The mountainous region of Larnaca makes a nice excursion for your holiday in Larnaca.  Picturesque villages to visit include the well preserved Tochni village, Kato Drys village with its extraordinary early 20th century architecture and Lefkara village, the home of the famous Unesco Intangible Heritage Lefkaritika lace.  The nearby Lefkara dam offers excellent opportunities for exploration.  The world heritage Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia is also worth a visit.

Larnaca hotels are few, and relatively modern or renovated.  Most luxury hotels of Larnaca are found on Pyla beach and Voroklini beach.

Larnaca attractions in our database related to nature include 9 beaches, 1 walking trail, 5 wetlands, and 2 ancient (individual or groups of) trees.

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