Larnaca is the oldest city in Cyprus and was was originally known as Kition, or Kittium.
Larnaca was founded more than 6000 years ago, and has existed in its same site since that time. This is unlike other ancient cities of Cyprus.
With its sancient founding Larnaca has been in the crossroads of civilisation from the early dawn of history attracted many visitors and settlers.
Over the time people have come to Larnaca as colonisers, traders and as invaders, conquerors or tourists. These being the Greeks, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians, the Turks and the British.
Today Larnaca attracts three million travellers annually, with visitors entering Cyprus from Larnaca's International airport, marina and port.
Larnaca and the South East
Larnaca is fast becoming a very popular are to live and work or even retire. The area is flat and excellent for walking whereas Paphos is very hilly. Larnaca boasts a beautiful sea front marina and harbour and is home to Larnaca International Airport which is the main airport in Cyprus.
It is perhaps less popular with tourists but does appeal to expatriates seeking a better lifestyle. The sea front promenade has recently be improved and is now a very pleasant area lined with cafes and tavern's. There are a number of museums, theatres and cinemas and it is a very popular destination for water sports enthusiasts.
As a result of its relative lack of tourists, resorts in Larnaca can be cheaper than other coastal areas which could be a deciding factor when thinking about visiting this very welcoming town and its friendly people.