Your flight to Larnaca, Cyprus
Cyprus is the third biggest Island in the Mediterranean, about a 100 km west from Syria. Cyprus was settled as early as 7000 B.C., the Neolithic settlements can still be seen in an excavation near Choirokoitía. Did these early settlers come here for the beautiful landscape and the gorgeous beaches? We don’t really know, but todays tourists certainly come here exactly for that reason.
Cypus, Island of the GodsThe name of the island derives from their fortune in copper, for the Romans the “aes cyprium”, the Cypriote ore, became “cuprum”, copper. Throughout the Bronze Age Cyprus was the main source for this important material. The location on the main trade routes between the ancient cultures Egypt, the Minoans, Mycenae, Troy and the Hittites made Cyprus extremely rich. This makes the Island for history geeks even more interesting than the exceptionally beautiful beaches. In Greek mythology it was at Pétra tou Romioú near Paphos, in the southwest of Cyprus, that the Goddess of Love Aphrodite emerged from the sea. A Temple to her honour became a point of pilgrimage for all antiquity until Christianized Romans closed the Temple. You can also visit a Temple of Apollon, that was an active site of Pilgrimage for 1200 years. The highest mountain of Cyprus is called Mount Olympos. Even the Gods felt good on Cyprus, it seems.
Beaches, bars and skiing on CyprusInterestingly enough Cyprus has a good skiing area in the middle of the Island around Mount Olympus. During winter you can actually take a dive in the still warm waters of the Mediterranean in the morning and go snowboarding in the afternoon. During summer this option is not available, but the beaches are in full swing. Larnaca alone has two beaches: Foinikoudes Beach is at the front of town and the beach promenade turns into a party mile at night. More to the south, near a salt lake that is home for migrating flamingos, is Mckenzie Beach, with a host of cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs that line the beach promenade. Nissi Beach in nearby Ayia Napa has been voted most beautiful beach in Europe. Try to take part in Mesé, a traditional meal that consists of up to 20 different courses and can take hours. Together with the local wines it is a culinary adventure trip. Enjoy your stay on the Island of the Gods!
What else to see in Larnaca and Cyprus
- Agios-Lazaros-Church from the 9th century
- ”Kings Graves” in Paphos
- ”The Bath of Adonis”, beautiful pond in the woods
Information Airport Larnaca
- Name: Larnaka International Airport
- IATA Code: LCA
- Distance to downtown Larnaca: 6 km
- Transportation: bus, rented car, shuttle, taxi