The ancient town of Larnaca is a popular starting point for travel around the beautiful island of Cyprus. The main international airport is here and Larnaca flights set down tourists keen to explore the many sunny beaches that surround the resort. This is the hub for Cypriot summer holidays: excellent weather, warm clear seas, sandy beaches and palm trees. The watersports are also good, and the area is popular with divers and snorkellers, especially around the harbour where the wreck of the Zenobia sits.
Most holidaymakers visiting Cyprus arrive from flights to Larnaca and head straight to the main beach resorts. But to do so is to miss much in this old city. While the modern day town has spread a long way, with plenty of hotels and restaurants sprawling from the beach, the old city centre remains in good condition. The Byzantine Church of St Lazarus is in the town’s centre and dates to the 9th century. After visiting, take a stroll along the seafront promenade, which is one of the most attractive in the country, lined with palm trees.
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Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate — the sun shines year-round, summers are long and dry and winters are mild.Temperatures are high in summer, reaching the 30s (Celsius) in July and August, but the sea breezes cool the coastal areas. Winter temperatures can be in the teens and 20s but rarely drop below 10 degrees. Winter is colder in the Troodos Mountains and brings some snow — it is possible to ski in the mountains in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon.
The peak season is summer, especially June, July, and August.
Spring and autumn are great times to catch a flight to Larnaca when it is warm enough to swim but not uncomfortably hot.
There’s not really an off season in Larnaca, but November to March is the rainy season. Don’t be alarmed by the words “rainy season” – the average is eight or nine days per month.
Buses crisscross Larnaca and are the cheapest way to get around. There are plenty of taxis, which are fairly inexpensive, but you’ll save even more money using shared taxis between towns. Shared taxis can fit four to seven passengers and are fast and comfortable, especially if you’re going to other towns like Paphos, Nicosia and Limassol. Private taxis run for 24 hours and can be hailed or called ahead. The law requires taxis to run the meter.