Larnaca International Airport “Glafcos Clerides”
Larnaca International Airport “Glafcos Clerides” (IATA: LCA) serves Larnaca city of Cyprus, located 4 km southwest of the city. It is Cyprus’ principal international gateway and the larger of the two commercial airports in the area. The airport was named Glafcos Clerides in July 2016, in honour of the former President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides. Developed in the end of 1974, after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, it first started its operations in 1975, due to closure of Nicosia International Airport. As Cyprus is a highly touristic island, Larnaca International Airport was further expanded to serve the ongoing rising demands. Its location is significant, as it connects Europe with Africa and the Middle East, and thus facilitates domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services by over 30 airlines.
Designed by French architects, Larnaca International Airport features a state-of-the-art passenger terminal, accommodating departures on an upper level while arrivals at the ground level. The new terminal, opened in 2009, can now serve up to 7.5 million passengers per year.
What to do in Larnaca
Larnaca lies on the southern coast of Cyprus, as the third-largest city of the country. Built on the ruins of the ancient city of Citium, birthplace of the Stoic philosopher Zeno, Larnaca is popular to travelers for its palm-tree seafront promenade, called Foinikoudes, as well as for the atmospheric Turkish quarter with the famous ceramics.
Beginning your exploration of Larnaca, a must-see landmark of the town in the Church of St. Lazarus, built in the 9th century. According to traditions, Lazarus, after his resurrection from the dead, lived in Larnaca for several years. The church features a beautifully ornated iconostasis, amazing paintings and the Tomb of Lazarus. Across the courtyard, you can also visit the Byzantine Museum if you are an admirer of the era. Talking about museums, Pierides Archaeological Foundation Museum, set in a restored 18th-century mansion, is home to 2,500 Cypriot antiquities from the Neolithic to the Medieval period, whereas Larnaca’s Archaeological Museum displays sculptures, pottery and terracotta figures, dated from the Neolithic to the Roman Era. On a walking distance from the latter, you can visit the site of Ancient Kition, with temples and the Cyclopaean walls of the 13th century BC.
Of course, you should take a stroll to the seaside promenade, Foinikoudes, mentioned above. Right on its edge though, Larnaca Fort, built by the Ottomans in 1625, is home to a small Medieval Museum, displaying weaponry of the era. Across the road, you will also find Larnaca’s Grand Mosque, dating from the 16th century, with a small cemetery featuring old embellished tombstones. Another district worth to explore on foot, is the old Turkish Quarter, or Skala, where you can admire the old-fashioned architecture style of whitewashed cottages with colorful window frames, as well as stroll around the ceramic workshops operating there.
If you are thinking about taking a daytrip outside Larnaca, then you should definitely take a private transfer to Hana Sultan Tekke. Only 3 km west of Larnaca, this mosque dedicated to Umm Haram lies on the western side of Larnaca’s Salt Lake, a natural reserve where ducks and flamingos rest on its waters. Also, an interesting trip to take is to the village Agia Napa, where the famous Venetian monastery lies. Built in the 16th century by the daughter of a Venetian nobleman, it features a Catholic and Orthodox Church as well as a fountain house built as her tomb.
Of course, Larnaca’s beaches are a must, if you are visiting the town during the summer. Lose no time and book a private transfer to avoid traveling with crowds of people and feel the summer sun on your back! Ask your driver to take you to the south to Cape Kiti Beach or its neighboring Perivolia Beach, located in secluded coves. Last but not least, if you like hiking, then head to the east of Larnaka to Cape Greco. It is a national park, located between Agia Napa and Protaras, where you can enjoy nature while hiking and also cool off with a swim at Konnos Beach at the end of Cape Greco.
Enjoy your adventure to Larnaca and worry for nothing but time, as there are much to see! Of course, you can always save time and effort, by booking a Taxi Mover service. Organizing your taxi transfers in advance, you make sure that your daytrips will be a blast, provided by a professional driver and a suitable car. All we need to know is when, where and how; Taxi Mover will take care of all the rest. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the beautiful nature of Larnaca! Book your transfer now!