Larnaca, Cyprus: the shelter of Lazarus and the dream of tourists
Larnaca (Cyprus). City of Legends
It sounds like a strange (as for tourist Mecca), but the word "Larnaca" means "crypt". Historians say that in ancient times the commercial Phoenician port of Kition roared briskly here. And in the days of the Roman Empire, he entered into its composition. According to the early Christian legend, Lazarus - the one who was resurrected from the dead - was baptized, lived and was buried in these places. They say in his honor and renamed the city, calling it "the tomb of a friend of Christ" or Larnaca. Cyprus, modern not only, is proud of its legends, but also earns it well.The most popular
Of all the island resorts for lovers of the sea and the homeland of Aphrodite, this resort can be called the most popular. It ranks third in terms of population and infrastructure, has one of the best airports that serves international flights, and its port, although it has lost its importance as a trade crossroad, now takes on snow-white beauties.The sea is also not the last value for those who liked Larnaca. Cyprus as such does not contain white sand beaches, but soak up here. The smallest pebbles, rustling under the sea surf, is not only good for sunbathing, but also has a healthy effect on sore joints. And children can swim in the sea with pleasure (it is small, comfortable) and adults (diving is excellent here).
Bonuses offered by Larnaca
Cyprus is famous for its pleasant climate, so the winter is mild and the summer is hot but not suffocating. The water in summer is very warm, often heats up to 28 degrees, especially in August. Hotels, oddly enough, do not exploit the popularity of the resort, and offer good service at absolutely reasonable prices. Basically these are two-three star hotels, but they usually don't go to these places behind the “fives” and “all inclusive”. Apartments are in great demand. The resort of Larnaca provides an opportunity for those who wish to get acquainted with ancient and medieval history and culture. There are ruins of five ancient Greek temples dedicated to various deities. The Christian church of Panayia of the early Byzantine style attracts tourists with the fresco of St. Mary, created in the fourth century. In general, they say that this temple was not built without the participation of angels.Be that as it may, the island’s visitors should check out this version. For a change, it is recommended to visit Muslim shrines: the Al-Kebir mosque with a panoramic view from the minaret and Tekka Hala, secluded on the shore of the lake surrounded by rare flamingos with pink feathers.And what to bring?
Tours in Larnaca, of course, can not do without shopping. Famous laces hand-made by residents of Lefkara village (according to another legend, even Leonardo da Vinci was shocked by their craftsmanship), as well as various jugs, cups and other traditional pottery items are being brought as souvenirs from this Cyprus resort. In addition, buying gifts to relatives and friends, you will definitely get to the Date Embankment, seated with the same palm trees. Here and amazing sea sunsets, and captivating views, and the most authentic taverns with fish catch and other seafood. So, a fine Cypriot wine to the languid melody of eternal summer will help you successfully complete the day full of impressions.