LARNACA, NATURE AND MYSTICISM
Larnaca has been known since biblical times: Saint Lazarus died here and on his tomb was built a church, which you will visit on this sightseeing tour. In Greek, Finikoudes means “where the palms grow” and you'll quickly realize why the city's promenade is thus named. The salt lake is home to 85 species of aquatic birds and the Muslim shrine of Hala Sultan Tekke. You'll end the tour on a high with a visit to the church of Angeloktisti.
- Visit to the churches of Saint Lazarus e Angeloktisti
- Larnaca salt lake
- Finikoudes seafront promenade
- After being brought back to life by Jesus, Lazarus moved to Larnaca, where he died for the second and last time 30 years later: you'll see his tomb in the church of Saint Lazarus. Don't miss the portico, a vestige from the period of Venetian rule, and the bell tower with its pyramid roof.
- The Finikoudes promenade runs from the fortress to the marina, from where you'll be able to spot the distant wreck of a ship at sea. Look for the smiling statue of the winged lion of St. Mark: a tribute to Venice. The Larnaca salt lake is an essential “pit-stop” for many species of migrating birds: in winter it teems with flamingoes, but in summer the water evaporates and creates what looks like a lunar landscape.
- On the shore you'll find the Ottoman Hala Sultan Tekke shrine, dedicated to the prophet Muhammad's wet nurse, including a mosque, mausoleum, minaret and cemetery.
- In the village of Kiti is the church of Angeloktisti, meaning 'built by the angels': a stone-built architectural gem, full of little domes and mosaics dating back to the 6th century.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.
- Limited number of Italian guides: if none are available, you will be accompanied by a guide who will present the tour in English.