Larnaca in Cyprus opened its new airport in November 2009 and the capacity of the airport is now four times bigger than it was before. The new airport at Larnaca can now handle 7.5 million passengers, a massive increase of over 4 million people. If the airlines start to use the new capacity at Larnaca then you can expect far more cheap seats to be available to this holiday island.
With a flying time from the UK of 4.5 hours Cyprus has long been a holiday favourite because of its warm year round climate and upmarket hotels. During January and February you can expect day time temperatures of about 18C which is very pleasant for exploring what Cyprus has to offer. In the summer you can expect hot and sunny days.
Flying into Larnaca is convenient for the popular holiday resorts of Protarus and Limassol as well as the lively summer destination of Ayia Napa, however Larnaca itself has plenty to offer the visitor and it is well worth staying longer. Larnaca has been a weekend break destination of locals for quite some time due to its 80 plus hotels and apartments, and its mix of old and new in the town centre.
The main tourist areas outside Larnaca town centre are Mackenzie Beach and Dhekelia Road. Larnaca also has a mile long palm tree lined sea front promenade. There are also museums, galleries and pretty squares where there are plenty of pavement cafes and restaurants. Larnaca also has its modern side like its designer shops, internet cafes. You can take a cruise around the bay or go on one of the officially organised walking tours. This is a good way to explore the rich history of Larnaca as the city is built on the remains of the ancient city of Kition and there is an impressive 17th century fort and archaeological sites.
Larnaca makes a good base from which to explore the rest of Cyprus. The resorts of Protaruas and Ayia Napa are only a half-hour drive away, as is Nocosia, while it takes 40 minutes to drive to Limassol or the amazing Trudos Mountains. Paphos takes about an hour and a half to drive to from Larnaca and the road is mostly dual carriageway.
Where to Stay in Larnaca
With over 80 hotels and apartments in Larnaca you won’t be short of somewhere to stay. However, if you are looking for a luxury hotel in Larnaca then look no further than the stunning Sandy Beach Mediterranean Senses Hotel. This eight storey, 195 room beachfront hotel is located at the far end of Larnaca Bay and is described on Gazetteers.com as “an unforgetable, stunning property that exceeds its four-star rating”.
Call Global Holidays for a price on this hotel which offers sea views, a stylish interior creating a sophisticated and opulent ambience.
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Cyprus – Perfect for a Winter HolidaySpend a Day in Nicossia – Capital of Cyprus
Niicosia is one the world’s oldest cities and is the capital of Cyprus. Nocosia shouldn’t be ignored or bypassed if you are on holiday in Cyprus as you will miss out on a beautiful gem of a city. Most visitors to Cyprus head for the coast and the beaches but if you make the journey to Nicosia, which lies in the centre of the island, you will not be disappointed and you will be rewarded with more than 1,000 years of history, authentic Cypriot cuisine and lively nightlife.
The old town of Nicosia lies within massive 16th-century Venetian walls and is home to important museums, Byzantine churches, medieval and neoclassical buildings.
Nicosia is known as Lefkosia to Greek speakers and it is famous for being the world’s last divided capital, with the infamous green line splitting the city in two. The northern part of Nicosia is Turkish and the southern part is Greek.
Things to see in Nocosia
Stroll the maze of narrow streets towards the city walls. The city walls are three and a half miles long and topped by 11 towers. Famagusta, once the main gate to the city, is worth seeing. If you are in Nicosia on a Monday, Thursday or Friday you can join one of the free guided walking and bus tours which starts from the Cyprus Tourism Office in the Old Town.
It is well worth taking the lift to the 11th floor of the Ledra Museum for fantastic panoramic views of the city. There is an entrance fee of 75p. For lunch you should head for the Laiki Yitonia district which is part of the Old Town pedestrian area. Many building here have been restored and this is a popular area for visitors where you can also try a selection of Meze or a slice of cheese pie.
Lunch in Nicosia will cost you about £15 a head which includes wine.If you walk towards the north of Nicosia city centre you will get to the Green Line. This is the divide that has been in existence since 1974. Crossings to the north by car or on foot take place at Ledra Palace.Nicosia is certainly worth a visit for a day when you are on holiday in Cyprus.
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The island of Cyprus glistens in the eastern Mediterranean and it enjoys an average of 300 days sunshine a year making it a great winter holiday destination. Just when the UK is cold and gloomy Cyprus is basking in temperatures of between 16C to 18C and it’s warm enough to swim in the sea in December and March.Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sardinia and Sicily and it stays open for visitors all year round. Some people even go to Cyprus for a long stay holiday to escape high fuel bills here in the UK. Surprisingly, it is possible to be skiing in the Troodos Mountains in the morning and then be back on a warm beach by the afternoon.Cyprus is four and a half hours flying time from the UK. There are two airports in the southern, Greek part of Cyprus; Paphos and Larnaca. Cyprus is even accessible for a winter short break and you don’t have to travel far from the airport to find lively towns such as Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol. With hoteliers introducing recession beating holiday offers Cyprus shows every sign of continuing to attract a loyal following of visitors.Here are a few ideas for what you can do in Cyprus:-The outdoor life– Cyprus has an excellent year round climate and with its varied terrain and attractive landscapes it’s a great destination if you enjoy the outdoor life. Winter in Cyprus is a great time for walking, cycling and horse riding. There is also a network of themes routes, such as the Aphrodite trail, which enable visitors to follow in the footsteps of history and also take in local wineries whilst en route.Golf in Cyprus– Cyprus is turning into a golfers paradise. There are 3 international standard 18-hole golf courses situated in beautiful surroundings and with wonderful views across the Mediterranean Sea. These golf courses are situated in the Paphos region.A spa break on Cyprus– Cyprus has built up an excellent reputation as the place to go if you want a spa holiday. Among the many spas across the island are Aphrodite Hills, Thalassa Boutique Hotel & Spa, Azia Resort & Spa, and Anassa.Water sports on Cyprus– Cyprus is a great water sports destination at all times of the year. Diving is available throughout the winter months and courses are on offer at dive centres in Paphos and Limassol. Excellent areas for watersports include Pissouri Bay where there are good conditions for kitesurfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing, and water skiing.For more information about a holiday to Cyprus call Global Holidays on 0845 299 4450 or check our our website by clicking this link – Holidays to Cyprus