Larnaca is the third-largest city in the Republic of Cyprus and is home to the main international airport and the second largest port. Its treasures include the bustling promenade of Finikoudes – a popular beachfront lined with exquisite palms, trendy cafes and unique restaurants. Finikoudes connects to the sea walkway of Piale Pasha, which passes by quaint old neighbourhoods and fish taverns.
Just beyond Finikoudes and Piale Pasha is the bustling centre of Larnaca, an architecturally fascinating maze of chic shops and local food vendors. The famous Salt Lake – which lies just beyond Mackenzie Beach, one of the island’s most popular sandy beaches – is home to flocks of pink flamingos and adjacent to the mosque of Hala Sultan, an important pilgrimage site for Muslims. The centre of Larnaca is also home to the Church of Agios Lazaros, an early tenth-century stone church.
Larnaca is growing rapidly and offers tremendous investment opportunities. The government of Cyprus recently announced a master plan for the development of the city’s business and seafront districts, to be executed in cooperation with the municipality and other authorities – the plan includes a new marina and port. The city has 75km of coastline, and an additional 7km of coastline for new real estate and tourism developments will be available by 2020.