- The Mosque Umm Haram/Hala Sultan
Full day or half day trips with prokipr.ru\en
1. Panayia Angeloktistos church
in Kiti (10km outi-side of Larnaca town). Here you can see one of the best mosaic in Cyprus showing the Virgin Mary holding the baby Christ flanked by the archangels Michael and Gabriel.
2. Salt lake
, home in the cooler months to colonies of graceful flamingos and other migratory birds. Beside the lake, in a tranquil setting crowned by lush palms, is the Hala Sultan Tekkesi, built to the memory of Prophet Mohammed's aunt.
3. Agios Lazaros Church
. Larnaca's first bishop was St Lazaros, who chose to live his second life in this town after Jesus had raised him from the dead. This church was then built in his name and his remains are said to be held in a tomb below the church.
4. Time for a spot of lunch
for those taking the full day trip or home for those wh are taking the half day trip.
5. Pierides Foundation Museum
. The town's marble bust of Zeno, after the philosopher who founded the famous Stoic School, bears testimony to another famous son.
6. Larnaca Seafront
is vaguely reminiscent of the Continental promenade, with its line of mature palms and its languid air of sleepy charm. Cafes and tavernas line the area near the sea, making this popular spot with visitors and Cypriots alike during the long Summer. Nearby is the Marina, frequented by yachtsmen from all over the world. At the western end of the promenade is the town's 17th century fort, which now houses the Larnaca Mediavel Museum.
in Ermou Street.
Our first stop will be Stavrovouni Monestery - (Holy Cross) where you can get a spectacular view of the neighbouring villages. The monastery itself will not permit women to enter, however there is a small church to visit whilst the men may enter the monestery (modest clothing a must).
Next, onwards to the village of Lefkara where you can stroll the quaint cobbled streets and admire the lace making and the silverware for which the village is renowned.
We will pass by one of the islands potteries at Kofinou before heading to the villages of Chirokitia with its archeological site and Tochni. After a spot of lunch at a traditional taverna we will continue to Kalavassos for our final visit of the day.
larnaka this month
a tourist and shopping guide
Larnaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A tourist and Shopping Guide
issued by the
Larnaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
From the Editor ........................................................5
Message from the Mayor of Larnaka .......................6
LARNAKA: History and places to see .........................7
Cyprus Traditional Food.........................................14
Europe Square, Larnaka Marina
and the Colonial Pier .......................................15
The wealth of Larnaka’s underwater world ..........20
This Month Culture Diary ......................................23
Tourist Information ................................................30
LARNAKA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
P.O. BOX 40287, LARNAKA
TEL: 24823855, FAX: 24628281
Larnaka this Month NOW online at
Responsible under the Law:
Secretary-Director of the Larnaka Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
Tel: 24531112, Fax: 24531587
Larnaka Industrial Area
Cover foto by A.A.K. LARNAKA NAPA SEA CRUISES LTD
From the Editor
To get to know Larnaka you must get
Most certainly you have already visited
the 9th century AD church of St
Lazarus, church of Angeloktisti at Kiti,
the 5800 B.C. settlement at Khirokitia,
the District and Pierides museums,
the 13th century B.C. Ruins of
Ancient Kition and many other interesting
places of great historical importance.
But all of a sudden you discovered that you hadn’t...
Because Larnaka is not only history and past. It is also a
vivid and lively present which you may discover only if
you let yourself get lost by riding a bicycle, a motorbike
or by simply strolling through unrodden by
Keep your eye out of unknown spots, find a forgotten
“taverna” and try “souvlaki” with a glass of ice cold
beer, get into a traditional pottery house and try the
wheel yourslef, join the locals in singing and dancing,
discover the Cyprus architecture in the old neighborhoods
or rent a car and visit the small villages around
Try intentionally to lose your way. By getting lost you
will not only find the real Larnaka but you will definitely
find yourself as well.
President of Larnaka Chamber of Commerce
& Industry & Larnaka Regional Tourism Body
LARNAKA this month
Message from the
Mayor of Larnaka
It is with great pleasure
that I welcome all readers
of Larnaka This
Month to our beautiful
city which Larnaka has a
continuous and uninterrupted
for 4000 years.
The city is the third largest of the Republic of Cyprus in
terms of population and economy. It hosts the main
international airport, a port and a nice marina for yachts.
It has clean sandy beaches with clear blue waters and an
efficient tourist infrastructure. The town is organized
with everything that a large city can offer, but it lucks
vices and problems of big population centers.
The development plan of the city is extremely ambitious
and it is already turning the wider Larnaka area in
to a field of investments and opportunities. A new
attractive and beautiful European city is emerging
with an unsurpassed and unique mingling with the sea
and the beautiful beaches of the Larnaka bay. The
regeneration project of the port and the Marina will
unify the city centre promenade with the popular
palm trees – finikoudes pleasure and entertainment
area. In combination with the regeneration projects of
the Airport and the removal of the oil storage tanks.
Larnaka will soon become even more attractive.
Furthermore, a number of other projects in the city
center and elsewhere are already under materialization
and I urge you to find out about them by enjoying
a walk in the city.
LARNAKA: History and places to see
Like most other towns on the southern coast, Larnaka was refashioned by the building boom of the late 1970s.
The loss of Nicosia airport with the Turkish occupation led to the airstrip outside Larnaka being extended and new terminal buildings being built.
This facilitated a considerable increase in tourist traffic, and a number of large hotels were constructed on the long beach situated just outside the town.
Originally, Larnaka was the successor to the ancient city of Kitium, the birthplace of Zeno, the great Stoic philosopher.
The town is built on the ancient site of Kition, and excavations have brought to light important finds, including a Phoenician temple dedicated to Astarte, city walls, baths and a house of the Hellenistic - early Roman period.
There are many places worth visiting in and around Larnaka, the most interesting being the following.
The Church of St. Lazarus
Of great interest is the church of St. Lazarus.
As the name suggests, it was built to enshrine the tomb of Lazarus, who, according to legend, was expelled from Bethany after his resurrection and forced into an unseaworthy boat which brought him to Kiti.
Here he met with the Apostles and was consecrated a bishop and canonised.
The saint’s remains were discovered and removed in 890AD.
However, the sarcophagus is held in great veneration by Greek Cypriots to this day.
The Angeloktisti Church
At Kiti, to the West of Larnaka town, is the famous church of PANAYIA ANGELOKTISTI ("build by Angels”).
This 11th Century building replaced an earlier one, whilst the chapel at the entrance is of the 14th Century.
The outstanding feature of the church is its splendid early Byzantine mosaic, considered to be the finest on the island.
The only similar one is in the church of Kanakaria in the occupied Karpasia district.
The church is certainly worth visiting for the mosaic alone.
The Phaneromeni Church
On the way to the Airport there is the underground chapel of Ayia Phaneromeni.
It is a rock cavern with the two chambers.
The structure suggests that it was a pagan tomb once, possibly dating back to Phoenician times.
The place is credited with various magical properties: thus those who suffer from headaches or other diseases walk three times round it and leave a piece of clothing or a tuft of their hair.
It is visited by girls, whose lovers are overseas, who come here to pray for their safety.
The Fort of Larnaka
was erected by the Turks in 1625.
This fort is now a museum and its inner courtyard is used as a an open air garden-theatre during the summer months, by kind permission of the Director of Antiquities.
The Larnaka District Museum
houses a rich collection of antiquities from Larnaka and its surrounding district.
The Pierides Museum
contains a unique archaeological, mediaeval, post-Byzantine and Cypriot fork art collections gathered by five consecutive generations of the family.
It also exhibits an old arsenal and a rich collection of old chartography of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Municipal Art Gallery and the Tornaritis - Pierides Paleontological Museum
in co-operation with Hellenic Bank.
This Museum is now open at the five old customs stores of Neo-Gothic architecture which were handed to the Larnaka Municipality by the Cyprus Government.
This date back to the early years of British rule in the late 19th century.
The Paleontology Museum
contains finds that date back 600 million years.
The Marble Bust of Zeno
stands at the six crossroads near the American Academy.
Zeno was born in Kition (ancient Larnaka), in 326 B.C. After studying philosophy in Athens he founded the famous Stoic school of Philosophy.
The Ruins of the Ancient City of Kition
The earliest architectural remains date back to the 13th century B.C. In about 1200 BC the area was rebuilt by Archaean Greeks.
The remains of the Cyclopean Walls, made of giant blocks and the complex of the five temples are of interest.
The Hala Sultan Tekke
is about 5 kilometres west of Larnaka, on the banks of the Salt Lake.
It is equivalent to a Christian “monastery”. Within the precincts of this Tekke is the tomb of Umm Haram, said to be the foster mother of Mohammed.
According to Moslem tradition Umm Haram died on this spot in 647 A.D. while accompanying the Arab invaders.
She was buried here and later the Ottomans built the present mosque in her honour.
The place is considered to be third holiest in the Moslem world after Mecca and Medina.
The Larnaka Salt Lake
is near Larnaka International Airport.
It gets filled up with water during the winter and is visited by flocks of flamingoes that stay here from November until the end of March.
The Old Aqueduct
, known as “The Kamares”, stands outside the town on the way to Limassol.
It was built in Roman style in 1745 to carry water from a source about 6 miles south of Larnaka into the town.
One of Larnaka’s most distinctive features is the mid-town seaside promenade lined with tall palm trees.
It is a popular with local people as a meeting and walking place with local people and is bordered by tavernas, and a sandy beach.
: Nearby is the Larnaka Marina, one of the few shelters for yachts on the island.
: It is the oldest site that one may visit in Cyprus and its dates back to 7000 B.C. (It features in the UNESCO catalogue of World heritage).
Discovered in 1934 this significant site revealed numerous stone foundations of bee-hive shaped houses, usually circular.
The houses themselves would have been of mud brick and the ancient inhabitants of Khirokitia buried their dead under the floors of their dwellings.
As many as 26 adult and infant skeletons have been discovered beneath superimposed floors in one of the houses.
The site lies off the main Nicosia-Limassol road, and many of the finds are in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.
, about 15 miles from Larnaka, stands on the peak of a striking lone mountain, over which St. Helena, the finder of the cross of Jesus, saw a strange light gleam.
Taking it as a sign from heaven, she founded the monastery and left a piece of the Cross enshrined there.
The Village of Lefkara
can be reached after a pleasant drive through the hills.
It is renowned worldwide for its lace and embroideries.
The Orini Region
is a mountainous district beyond Lefkara which is studded with beautiful villages and old churches.
A visit to this area, which offers breath-taking scenery is a must for the tourist.
It is a completed unspoilt and as yet untouched by tourist development.
The most interesting stops are Ayios Minas Monastery, Vavatsinia, Ayioi Vavatsinias, Ora, Odou, Kato Drys and Vavla.
The Venetian Castle of Pyla
at the centre of the village and next to the old church of Archangel Michael.
Pyla is the only mixed village in Cyprus, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived peacefully together for many years.
Have a walk through the neighbourhoods and the coffee shops and experience the differences and similarities of the two communities.
“Tower of Regena”
(17km west of Larnaka) is the Venetian observation castle near Pervolia village.
The castle is found on a hill overlooking the beach and the surrounding area and was used by the Venetians and Cypriots for observing the coasts and informing the people of the approach of pirates and other invadors.
From Pervolia castle they used to make signals of fire and smoke to Pyla castle informing them of the coming danger.
The old chapel of prophet Elias is on the top of the highest hill of Oroklini village.
The visitor may have a breathtaking view of the whole Larnaka town, Oroklini village and the Larnaka Bay.
Europe Square, Larnaka Marina and the Colonial Pier
from the book “Discover Larnaka and District”.
It is at the beginning of Athens Avenue and it is decorated with the first colonial buildings the British Administration built in Cyprus in 1879.
It was the first year the British occupied the island and Larnaka was the biggest port and urban center of the island, so the housing of British colonial administration had to get started from here.
The Colony’s Governor building, the chief Port Master house and office, the Chief Customs Officer residence and office, the colonial port warehouses are some of these old buildings now restored to accommodate the Palaeontology museum, the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the City-Museum and Archives and the District Administration of Larnaka.
The restoration of the old colonial warehouses won the “Europa Nostra” award in 1996.
The artistic composition “seagulls in flight” of sculptor Papagiannis was also placed in 1996, updating the area, and ‘Europe Square’ name was given by the Municipal Council to honor the European Union.
Opposite the colonial buildings of Europe Square is the entrance of the Larnaka Marina.
It was built in the early 1970’s all around the Colonial Pier, which was constructed by the British in 1879 to develop the facilities of the Larnaka port at that time.
The walk on the Pier is a traditional social activity of the people of Larnaka and it is strongly recommended because it is the only place you can have a look at the Larnaka seafront from the side of the sea and at the same time enjoy the feeling of a real sea-town where activities are extended in the open sea.
All organized mini cruises in the Larnaka Bay and to Agia Napa and Protaras areas start from here and you can even choose a glass bottom boat to enjoy the deep, or you can chart your own yacht for a day cruise of your choice.
Jewellery & Silverware
14, Okeanias str. (Opposite Palm Beach Hotel)
7041 Larnaka-Dhekelia Rd
Tel. 24644223, Fax: 24647066
My Mall, 3150 Limassol, Tel. 25363305
Diamonds, Gold, Silver, Watches. Tax Free Shopping
NEOPHYTOU BROS JEWELLERY LTD
116 Phaneromenis Av. Tel. 24657082, Fax: 24620645
Jewellery Manufacturers. Retailers
In selected shops. Contact us on Tel. 24723933
7-9 Ipsypilis Str 6308, Tel. 24631111, Fax: 24631446
7-9 Ipsypilis Str 6308, Tel. 24631111, Fax: 24631446
M. L. ECONOMIC SUPERMARKET
Okeanias 16 Opposite Palm Beach Hotel
L/ka Dhekelia Rd, Tel. 24645147
Nic. Mylona Str, Tel. 24650280, Fax: 24628858
Clothing and Footwear
15-17 Zen. Pierides Str
Tel. 24620730, 24650246, Fax 24485150
120, Ermou Str., Tel: 24650246
Retail Shop for Clothing and Footwear
7-9 Ipsypilis Str 6308, Tel. 24631111, Fax: 24631446
26-28, Evanthias Pieridou Str., 6022
Tel. 24626205, Fax: 24623590
22-26 Evanthia Pierides Str., Shop 3 (Off Athens Av.)
Tel. 24652457, Fax 24654593
95 Moore Park Rd, London SW6 2DA
Tel. 00442077315008, Fax: 00442077361301
Hand Tailored Made to Measure Shirts and Blouses.
Mail order to Any Part of the World.
ZACHARIOU OPTICAL HOUSE
Eye test, Contact Lenses
27, Gladstonos str., Sofiana Court, Acropolis Square,
6023 Larnaca, Tel. 24627828, Fax: 24628060
ACADEMIC & GENERAL BOOKSHOP
41 Hermes Str, Tel. & Fax 24628401
Specialising In English Books And Large Variety of magazines
GEORGIANA BOOKSHOP LTD.
Gr. Afxentiou Ave. & St. Lena, Block C, Shops 45, 48, 49
Tel. 24818422, Fax: 24650074
Books, Stationery, Services: Typing, Photocopying
C. TOFARIDES & CO LTD
45-47 Zen. Kitieos Str, Tel. 24654912
Bookshop and Stationery Shop
KMAX Entertainment Centre
K CINEPLEX -KMAX BOWLING-FINNIGANS BAR AND
Tel.: 24819022, 7777 8383, 7777 8373, 7777 8393
Ipsypilis Str (Off Str. Timayia Av.)
Tel. 24631111, Fax: 24653446
28 Piale Pashia, Tel. 24653815, 24629504
Fish Meze (Fresh Fish), Cyprus Meze, Kleftiko,
Mousaka, Ttavas, Steaks, Souvla
VENUE CAFE AT DEBENHAMS ZENON
7-9 Ipsypilis Str 6308
Tel. 24631111, Fax: 24631446 (Off Str. Timayia Av.)
SHANGHAI CHINESE RESTAURANT
4, Apollonos str., Larnaka
Tel: 70007879, 24828575/76, Fax: 24657788
Take away services
SHANGHAI CHINESE RESTAURANT TWO
53 Archiepiskopou Makariou III, Kiti
Tel: 24426600, 24426042
37 Piale Pashia, Tel. 24657198, Fish Food
THE CAMEL PARK
Mazotos - Larnaka, Tel. 24991243, 99416968
Restaurant, Cafeteria, Pool Bar, Swimming pool,
Souvenir Shop, Fun Park. Enjoy the experience of
Fast Food & Take Away
30-32 Athinon Ave., Tel. 24659777
Str. Timayia Av., Tel. 24669777
LARNAKA HOSPITAL: Tel. 24800500
CASUALTY: Tel. 24800369
LARNAKA CENTRAL POLICE STATION: Tel. 24804040
LARNAKA ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF
ANIMALS AND BIRDS TEL.: 24621034, 24625667
Bus - Time Tables
Larnaka Dhekelia Road
Starting Point: Makris Offices at King Paul Sq. 13,
every day from 6.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. every half an hour.
Terminal Point: Cyprus Tourism Organization Beach.
Cyprus Tourism Organization
Larnaka International Airport: Tel. 24643576
Larnaka International Flight Information: 24643000, 077.88.33
Larnaka Town: King Paul Sq.: Tel. 24654322
CYPRUS TELECOMMUNICATION AUTHORITY
7 Zen. Pierides Str., Tel. 132, Fax: 24704044
Telecards, Telephone Service
CYTANET - CALL SERVICE 80008080
LARNAKA REGIONAL TOURISM BODY
For more information contact
Nana Asmeni Pavlou
SCOUROS COURT, 4TH FLOOR
12, GREGORI AFXENTIOU AVE.
P.O. BOX 40287 6302 LARNAKA - CYPRUS
TEL. +357 24657070, FAX : +357 24628281
Car Rentals & Motorbikes
Makariou III Aven. 18, 6017 Larnaka
Tel.: 99624726, 24658333
Cars for Hire, Motorbikes, Bicycles. Open everyday, Low
Buggy Cars. Up to 25% discount, service in 10 minutes.
We have in stock original Japanese new motorbikes, Suzuki,
Honda, Yamaha (Cruiser, Enduro 1400, 800, 650, 350, 250,
125 CC), 4X4 cars.
Larnaka Dhekelia Rd, P.O. Box 40741, 6306 Larnaka
Tel: 24645444, Fax: 24645451
LORDOS BEACH ****
L/ka Dhekelia Rd, P.O. Box 40542, 6305 Larnaka
Tel. 24647444, Fax: 24645847
PALM BEACH HOTEL & BUNGALOWS ****
Larnaka Dhekelia Rd, P.O. Box 40394, 6303 Larnaka
Tel. 24846600, Fax: 24846601
SUN HALL ****
6. Athens Ave., 6023, P. O. Box 40300, 6302
Tel: 24653341, Fax: 24652717
LIVADHIOTIS CITY HOTEL
100 meters from Phinikoudes Beach, Tel. 24626222,
50, Nicolaou Rossou Str., P.O. Box 42800, 6021 Larnaka
www.livadhiotis.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cafe blue at Livadhiotis hotel Lounge
FRIXOS HOTEL APTS
Larnaka Dekelia Rd., P.O. Box 42072, 6530 Larnaka
Tel.: 24645200, Fax: 24644200
Mini Sea Cruises & Diving
A. A. K. LARNACA NAPA SEA CRUISES
Larnaka Marina, P. O. Box 40843, 6307 Larnaka
Tel. 99648476, 24656949 Fax: 24658473
Daily Relaxing Cruises Including Fishing, Diving and
Watersports, Ayia Napa Cruise
51 Str. Timayia Av., Tel.: 24661452
23 Makariou III Av., Tel.: 246522949
16 Griva Digheni Av., Tel.: 24652402
56, Artemidos Av., Tel.: 24656118
1 Kilkis str., Tel.: 24848000
Larnaka Marina, Tel.: 99425110
Griva Digheni Av., Tel.: 24652638
NOT JUST CARDS
Shop 16, Forest Beach, Dhekelia Road, Larnaka
Tel.: 24647840, 99653002
Hallmark Cards, Ballons, Soft Toys, Stationery, Fax &
ALPHA BANK LTD
1. Larnaca Main Branch, Corner of Griva
Digheni & Kritis Str
P.O.Box 40343, 6303 Larnaka.
Tel. 24843000, Fax: 24651370
Phinikoudes Branch: Athinon Ave., No. 44, Tel. 24818520,
Kamares Branch: 63, Constantinou Paleologou Str., 6037
Larnaca, Tel: 24824440, Fax: 24360300
Stratigou Timayia: 106 Stratigou Timayia Ave., Omega
Business Centre, 6057 Larnaca Tel: 24821333
Makariou Branch: 28, Makariou Ave., 6017 Larnaka, Tel:
24818940, Fax: 24651461
BANK OF CYPRUS LTD
25 King Paul Sq. 6023, Tel.: 24653181
81 Makarios III Av. 6017, Tel.: 24656182
HELLENIC BANK LTD
Z, Zenonos Kitieus Str., P.O. Box 40434, Larnaca
Tel. 24503000, Fax: 24655984
Nail & Fashion
THE NAIL STUDIO - DESI FASHION
Lordos Forest Beach, Shop No. 10, Larnaka -
Tel.: 24648100, 99643862, 99139938
GAH AUDIT SERVICES LTD
Ria Court 8, 1st Floor, Simou Menardou 8
P. O. Box 42633, 6501 Larnaca - Cyprus
Tel: +35724627250, Fax: +357 24655442
KPMG METAXAS LOIZIDES SYRIMIS & CO
G. Aradhipioti 1, P.O. Box 40075, 6300 L/ka
Tel. 24817999, Fax: 24817997
Developers / Real Estate Agents
INVESTIA PROPERTY CONSULTANTS
31 King Paul Sq., P.O. Box 40096, 6300 Larnaka
Tel.: 24650384, Fax: 24626038
Sales-Rentals: Flats, Houses, Plots, Offices
FRIXOS LOUKA LTD
Building Contraction - Land Development
Frixos Center, Off. 109, Makarios Avenue, Larnaka
Tel.: 24664045, 99654255, Fax: 24664046
For sale: Houses, Flats, Shops, Offices
LEFTERIS LIVADHIOTIS & SONS
Property Developers / Flats & Houses for Sale
50, Nicolaou Rossou Str., P.O. Box 42800, 6021
FREE PHONE 80002030, Fax: 24624222
NEW BUS ROUTES FOR THE LARNAKA REGION
A new and improved transport system is now in place in Larnaka with the operation of new bus routes.
The buses service all the tourist areas of Larnaka including the Larnaka-Dekeleia Road, the McKenzie beach area and the Larnaka promenade, as well as the residential areas and suburbs of the town.
Tickets for travel anywhere within Larnaka are available for a single trip, day pass, weekly pass and monthly pass at €1, €2, €10 and €30 respectively, making the buses a convenient and cost effective way to see the town.
Why not catch a bus to an area of Larnaka you have not seen before? With so many villages on the routes – such as Lefkara, Tochni, Ayios Theodoros and Skarinou – you will get to see a different side to the region, or you can enjoy a spot of shopping or some lunch in an area outside of the main town centre that you would not normally have discovered.
Various tourist attractions are also on the buses routes such as the old aqueduct (Kamares), the Medieval Castle and the prominent Hala Sultan Tekke mosque overlooking the salt-lake.
Full details of the route schedules visit www.larnakaregion.com www.zinonasbuses.com
Bus fares within the Larnaka Region:
One way ticket: €1.00
Full day ticket: €2.00
7-day ticket: €10.00
Monthly ticket: €30.00
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