Cyprus’ third-largest city, Larnaca, is the perfect blend of old and new, with beach hopping, antique shopping, and neon-nightlife bopping. Perched on the south-eastern coastline, there’s a swathe of Blue Flag beaches to lay your towel out on. McKenzie and Finikoues beaches are family favourites, where the warm Mediterranean gently kisses fine golden sand. After soaking up the sunshine, the palm-tree-lined promenade is a buzz of life and offers a taste of the island. Restaurants and bars hug the waterfront, serving up local Cypriot dishes and international bites, all backed by a peach-tinted sunset.
One of the oldest cities on the island, the winding, narrow streets echo 6,000 years of ancient history. The Cypriot quarter hums a traditional tune, stacked with whitewashed cafes and shops selling pottery, artisan crafts, and souvenirs. Admire grand medieval forts, marvel at mosaic-painted churches, and gape at centuries-old ancient ruins. Away from the city, you’ve got the rolling countryside at your doorstep, swept with lemon groves, wineries, and hilltop villages to explore. For some thrills and spills nearby, whiz down slides and plunge into pools at Water World, or head to the bright lights of Ayia Napa for a bustling bar scene.