Cyprus Coastline. Buy plane tickets to Larnaca
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Larnaka is the oldest city in Cyprus. It was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Kition, which, legend has it, was founded by one of Noah’s grandsons. Its long history includes a period of Phoenician rule, and the city was conquered by the Egyptians, Romans and Turks. Larnaka was one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean connecting Europe to the Middle East for almost five hundred years (15th – 19th centuries). Today, the port has lost its importance, and Larnaka has become a quiet seaside town, located not far from the island’s main airport. It is a perfect starting point for travelling across Cyprus and getting to know its history.

Larnaka has a lot to offer its guests: you can go shopping, take a bike trip, go paragliding and look for treasures from shipwrecks while snorkelling or scuba diving. Agritourism, beautiful beaches, sports and cultural events, religious tourism and authentic taverns...this is just a small selection of what’s on offer in Larnaka, where the only thing you won’t find is a dull moment.

The fastest and easiest way to get to Cyprus is by flying direct from Moscow to Larnaka with Aeroflot. The flights arrive at Larnaka International Airport (duration: about 4 hours). Look for round-trip tickets and book in advance in order to save money.

General flight information Moscow  → Larnaca

Distance between cities

2 337 km

Time difference in winter

-1 h

Time difference in summer

0 h

Average direct flight time

4 h

What to see

Start your discovery of Larnaka by walking along the Finikoudes Promenade, the unofficial centre of the town,his place, beloved of both locals and tourists.. Here, people drink their morning coffee, have lunch on hot afternoons and have fun at bars at night. It’s great for sunbathing and swimming, taking photos and buying souvenirs, going on a date or just on a stroll, enjoying the view of the sea and the yachts moored in the marina.

The massive stone walls at the end of the promenade are Larnaka Castle. It was built in the 14th century to protect the city and the port. Later, it served as a fortress for the Venetians. After the 1625 Ottoman conquest, the castle was rebuilt by the Turks, who made it considerably smaller. Then, after the British came to Cyprus, the fortress was rebuilt again. At the end of the 19th century, it hosted a police department, where, among other things, death sentences were carried out. Today, a historical museum dedicated to the medieval history of Cyprus is located at the castle-fortress. In summer, dramatic performances take place in the courtyard.

If history thrills you, don’t miss the Kition ruins, which have been carefully preserved by archaeologists. This outdoor archaeological site includes fortress walls, tombs, remnants of workshops, and several temples. Some of the Kition artifacts are stored at the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, some of them are at the Cyprus Archaeological Museum in Nicosia and a vast collection is at the British Museum in London.

Just a few steps away from the promenade is a remarkable Christian shrine, the Church of Saint Lazarus, named after the Biblical figure who was restored to life by Jesus Christ four days after his death. Legend has it that Lazarus moved from Judea to Cyprus, where he became the first bishop of Kition. After the saint’s death, a church was built over his tomb. St. Lazarus is considered the patron saint of Larnaka.

Larnaka Salt Lake is located halfway between the airport and the city. According to legend, on a hot day, thirsty St. Lazarus was passing by a vineyard and asked the landlady for some water. But she refused, and Lazarus cursed this place, turning the vineyard into a salt lake. In summer, the lake dries up, leaving a white salt crust on the soil. And in autumn, after the rainy season, it fills up with water again. In December, flamingos come to the lake to winter. There are benches on the shore for bird-watching.