Larnaca, Larnaka, Kition, Kitoen, Kitim, Kitium, Citium , Λάρνακα, Kimon, Skalla, all of these are Larnaca's names !

Where to stay in Larnaca


 As we have said before, Larnaca is a strange mixture of ancient and modern. It really depends on what your tastes are. And ancient is no exaggeration. Larnaca is supposed to have been around since just after the days of the flood. Yes, Noah's flood. In fact his grandson is said to have founded the first city of Larnaca and his name was Kitim.

The friendly name for Larnaca amongst the locals is Skalla, which means ladder or steps. Now if you drive out to Tekke, (pronounced tek-eh ) which is a must visit as not only is it a lovely place it is also the 7th most holy shrine of the Muslim world as it is the place where Mohamed's Aunt fell off a donkey and broke her pellucid neck. Until this day a large stone hovers over the spot. A low wall has been built under it just in case it should fall, which is unlikely as there is a wall under it. Anyway, now that you have driven out there, carry on the dirt track which goes along beside the salt lake and after about 500m on the right you will see a wide set of steps from nowhere leading to, nowhere. We think that these steps (not necessarily the same ones) are the old steps down to the water in what once would have been the port in ancient times.

On this side of Larnaca you will find the villages of Kiti, Pervolia and Mazotos, which have over recent years grown inexorably and have plenty of private self catering accommodation to choose from. These are coastal, whilst further inland is the rural village of Ayia Anna with its land coloured stone buildings and Agrotourism flavour.

If you want something racier, then on the other side of Larnaca along what we call 'the strip ' the road running from Larnaca to Dhekelia, there are many hotels and apartments which cater especially for tourists, and it is only a short taxi ride from the town centre. This is where you will find an abundance of bars and restaurants and other touristenalia. On that side you will find the 5 * Golden Bay hotel and the self proclaimed 'Jewel of Cyprus' aka The Palm Beach hotel which is a beach side 4* with decent facilities and a modern crap attitude. For something cheaper air b'n b has taken off here, so much so that ' 'something is imminently going to be done about them!. 'There are too many hotels in the Larnaca area to mention here, but here is the full selection of hotels in Larnaka whilst the self catering options of both apartments and villas can be seen at Cyprus villas 
 The Agrotourism options are not many for the coastal areas and Larnaca is no exception. Apart from the fact that they have knocked down most of the lovely old colonial houses in Larnaca now (Oh so short sighted) there never was much in the way of stone built cottages by the sea. No one had the leisure time in those days to live in a place that was not primarily agricultural, although a few very small deserted one room hovels can still be seen along the coast..

We personally think that Larnaca is an interesting town, not only for its sights, but we like the pace and the people. It has grown incredibly in the last 30 years, with what were once outlying villages becoming suburbs. Most of the accommodation options are on the seafront and in the main town itself, but there are a couple of central, reasonably priced Hotels and Apartment in Larnaca town , the one below is especially good on stop overs from Larnaca Airport (they pick you up from the Airport), they also have good long term deals for 1 month or more.

The Larnaca Youth Hostel was a good bet, they did family rooms and are no longer restricted to the young only. We have been told they are closed, but will check.

    Sun, sea, sand and a cool drink on holiday in Cyprus

There are a few new boutique hotels opening up in the town, we will look and report back soon.

 Jacuzzi and pools in Larnaka Sandtoys and beach furniture is readily available for a few euros a day from the beach touts


See Cyprus Hotels in Larnaka for details and reservations at most Larnaca hotels.

Cyprus has plently of adventurous activities for you to enjoy whilst on holiday - or take a break on your business trip - riding to kayaking, mountaineering to diving.



Youth Hostel in Larnaca

Contrary to popular opinion they are not just open to young people. They have family rooms for couples,  kitchen facilities available and only cost about 12 Euros per night per person.

If you do not have a youth hostels card, you will be issued with a guest card, which will enable you to use the facilities of these wonderful places in Cyprus.

     No - seems the youth hostel has closed!

If you need cheap and cheerful just let us know with your dated and number here, we will do our best to place you in a good family home environment.


Cyprus has plently of adventurous activities for you to enjoy whilst on holiday - or take a break on your business trip - riding to kayaking, mountaineering to diving.


 For more on where to stay, why not fill in our holiday in Cyprus online form and tell us what you want, we'll do the rest.


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