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Larnaca

Facing the Lebanon and set in a wide bay is Larnaca, the shopping is excellent and the sea front is wide and paved with many outdoor restaurants which specialise in Cyprus cuisine, you will also find kebab vendors,( the local take away,) who's kebabs and sheftalies ( a type of charcoal grilled sausage/meatball) served in pitta bread with salad is a great value meal at around £1.75.

You can hire a sun bed and umbrella and eat that kebab in comfort, or maybe try your hand at jet skiing, go for a boat trip, or hang from a parachute over the sea whilst being pulled along by a speed boat. Sounds interesting ? Well we think Larnaca is.

Activities in and around Larnaca include horse riding, which is avialable at both Oroklini (sometimes Voroklini), Dhekelia and near Tekke. Sailing and boat trips can be taken from the marina , which can berth around 400 yachts. If you7 are a sailor yourself you may bareboat charter a yacht or just take a day trip onb a motor boat or catamaran. See Cyprusyachts for full details. Sightseeing on one of the many coach trips is a popular way to get in a lot of places of interest in an afternoon or to travel to another town for the day. Diving is a popular sport here as well, and although there is not as much underwater wildlife to see as there once was, Larnaca bay boasts one of the top 10 diving wrecks of the world, the Zenobia.

There is now a new football stadium on the edge of town on the Nicosia road which is not the only football stadium in town, but it houses football matches on Saturdays throughout the season.

If you are on a limited budget in Cyprus there are some good places to stay and food is relatively cheap and delicious, certainly wines and cigarettes are not as expensive as most other European countries yet, so enjoy.

Culture is rampant in Larnaca, and the Municipal Cultural Centre do a wonderful job and bring a lot of interesting events to Larnaca's various venues. There is an indoor theatre in the grounds of the Municipal gardens, which also boasts a childrens playground which is well equipped with activity toys for toddlers to twelve year olds and a small animal and bird zoo. There is also the open amphitheatre on the right hand side of the airport road which hosts a lot of events throughout the summer. See Cyprus-art.com for a weekly schedule of events.

Larnaca has the best of both worlds, it is on the coast, with all that implies , is an interesting and charming destination both modern and old world. The whole town sits on ancient ruins and here and there you will see empty plots where digs are either in progress or have been left for future excavation. For a good example see opposite the church at Chysopolitissa. Behind the museum, next to the Larnaca tennis club there is a knoll of trees, another small children's playground, which behind in the field is an important ongoing dig which supplies the museum with finds.

There are many museums and places of interest to visit,( see below) as well as a rich menu of cultural activities