One of the most significant locations in Larnaca is the ruin of the ancient city of Kition, which has architectural remains and features dating from the 13th century BC. Visitors can look out for the remnants of the fortified city walls and temples, one of which was devoted to the goddess Astarte.
Another historic site worth exploring is the Church of St Lazarus, a ninth century Orthodox church that was reportedly built near the place where Lazarus, the Biblical figure said to have been resurrected by Jesus, was buried for the second and final time. According to Christian tradition, Lazarus lived in this part of Cyprus for 30 years before his death.
Holidaymakers interested in seeing some of Larnaca's natural sights can head west out of town towards the airport to visit a salt lake that attracts dozens of species of migratory birds from November to March every year, including thousands of pink flamingos.
Larnaca is a popular travel destination among scuba divers owing to the fact that its waters contain the wreck of the Zenobia, a ferry that capsized during its maiden voyage in June 1980. The vessel now rests on its port side at a depth of 42 metres, with the starboard side 18 metres under the water, making it suitable for newly qualified divers.
People who would rather spend their time relaxing on land can head to Phinikoudes beach, which takes its name from the word for small palm trees in the Cypriot dialect. The beach is located near a range of amenities and attractions, including small markets, restaurants, bars and cafes.