Larnaca is a fascinating Mediterranean port, a city with over of 6,000 years of history and one that has many interesting sights, an interesting market and an exciting nightlife.
Although Greek Cypriot tradition calls for a coffee and maybe a couple of cookies for breakfast, this is one habit you should never adopt, especially if you are doing a lot of walking during your exploration of the city. Walking is the only way you can make the best of your visit anywhere and Larnaca is a very friendly city to walk around as it is flat and by the sea offering beautiful pictures of ships , yachts and boats coming and going. However, if you have had nothing but coffee and some biscuits, you will quickly succumb to the heat.
It is by the sea that you will find the statue of one of Larnaca’s great heroes: Kimon the Athenian. Kimon was in charge of the Athenian fleet defending Larnaca from the Persians. On his deathbed he pleaded with his comrades not to reveal the secret of his loss, not even to their allies. The cunning general knew that this would hurt the moral of his soldiers and his famous words Ke en Thanato Nika (be victorious even when dead) have since been an inspiration.
The 9th century St Lazarus church is well worth a visit both for its beauty and its history. The archaeological museum and the Acropolis of Kition will give you an idea of what this ancient city used to be like. If it is a Sunday, you can join thousands of locals and visitors for the Open Market. People come here from nearby Nikosia and the market enjoys a great reputation for its bargains. If it is not Sunday, you can ruthlessly haggle with the city vendors and then cool off with an afternoon swim before starting your night in one of the restaurants of the city, enjoying good food and wine together with live entertainment of your choice. Whatever you do Larnaca is there for you.
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