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Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca might not be as glamorous or touristy as Cyprus’s other districts but offers one of the best combinations of attractions, beaches, hotels and restaurants. The town is built around a huge salt lake and a habitat for around 85 species of bird including its famous flamingos. It has an impressive cathedral, a medieval fort and Grand Mosque. It is loved by yacht owners and has a flourishing marina the largest on the island and with berths for 450 yachts.

Larnaca is a haven for lovers of watersports, especially divers, with various dive centres which can offer dives to the Zenobia one of the finest wrecks in the Mediterranean. Most resorts hotels are grouped up the coast to the northeast of the town. Within Larnaca are smaller hotels and self-catering apartments. There’s a good range of places to eat including fine Cypriot tavernas and fish restaurants along the seafront on Piyale Pasa and McKenzie Beach.