Most travelers first see Cyprus at Larnaka, which is the second
port and the site of an international airport. No welcome could
be sunnier: at Larnaka, deep blue seas meet bright sand beaches
under incomparably brilliant skies.
Here yachts and sailing vessels from around the globe bob
and glint, and along the harbor perimeter is a palm-lined promenade.
Between shopping trips to Larnaka’s international-caliber
boutiques, inviting cafés offer shady resting spots
and sweeping ocean views. The promenade winds its way to a
striking finale, the Larnaka Medieval Museum, housed in a 17th-century
Make your way north from the fort, toward the center of the
city, and you will come to one of Larnaka’s and the island’s
most cherished sites — the church of St. Lazarus. After
his resurrection from the dead by Jesus, Lazarus elected to
live out his “second” life as Bishop of Cyprus.
He is reputedly buried in a crypt under the main altar.
Originally called Kition in the days of the Old Testament,
Larnaka reached a heyday as a commercial center in the 1700’s,
when the consulates were established here.
One of the oldest, continually-inhabited cities in the world,
Larnaka abounds with sights. Nearby is an 18th-century aqueduct,
and two wonderful museums — the Larnaka District Archaeological
Museum and the Pierides Foundation Museum. Both contain exceptional
examples of Mediterranean art.
Heading out from Larnaka toward Limassol (next section), stop
by the enchanting village of Lefkara. Doubtless you, like Leonardo
da Vinci five centuries before you, will be seduced by Lefkara’s
exquisite handmade lace...