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Larnaca is a city on the sunny island of Cyprus and one of the oldest cities on the southeast coast of the country. It was founded by the Mycenaeans in the 13th century BC. The city is situated on a plains, flanked by salt lakes which dry in the summer, but during winter it becomes home to many birds, including pink flamingos. The eastern part of the city has great sandy beaches (Phinikoudes, Castella Beach, McKenzie Beach), resorts and hotels.
There are many buildings of old architecture in the Old Town of Larnaca. The most famous are Church of Saint Lazarus, Medieval Fort, Hala Sultan Tekke (one of the most impressive mosques in Cyprus). Furthermore, Larnaca museums have many interesting exhibits. The main museums are the Larnaka District Archeological Museum, the Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery and the Pierides Museum. You will find beautiful sights not only in the city but also outside the city. On the outskirts of the city there is an interesting structure, Kamares Aqueduct which supplied water to Larnaca until the beginning of the 20th century and west of Larnaca on the top of a cliff stands the Stavrovouni Monastery.
One of the most interesting areas of Larnaca is the Skala district. This is a former Turkish district, now a workshop for craftsmen in Larnaca. It features traditional white houses with colorful window frames. In the evenings, Larnaca’s most popular entertainment spot on the coast is Palm Avenue. It has many restaurants, cozy cafes and bars, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the bay and try traditional Cypriot dishes and local wine. The most popular ones are Koupepia (minced meat with rice wrapped in grape leaves) or Meze (different dishes served in small portions). Cypriots also love fresh seafood dishes, the Halloumi (grilled cheese) and Souvla (grilled pork or lamb).
Best time to visit
Weather in Cyprus is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, therefore summers are hot and winters are mild. Average temperature vary from 7° C in winter up to 33° C in summer. The best time to visit Cyprus is from April to October.
When choosing travel dates to visit Cyprus you should take into account tourist peak season which is between June and August, therefore, you could save money and avoid crowds in the shoulder months of April, May or September to October.
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