Larnaka – Voroklini Beach Trail

The Larnaka – Voroklini Beach Trail takes you on a long walk of several kilometres along the beautiful coastal front of Larnaka Bay. The permanent walking structure, which combines a construction of stone, cement, wood and pier, was awarded an international architectural prize and runs parallel to the sea along the eastern beaches of Larnaka towards Voroklini and Pyla. The Larnaka sandy coast part of the trail is rich in seashells and tiny colourful stones, whilst the sunrise and sunset on this part of the beach are magical. Pedestrians can step on or off the trail at any point along the Larnaka – Pyla tourist area.

 

Larnaka Salt Lake Nature Trail

Located west of the city centre, this 4km trail has two main starting points; the first at the Kamares Aqueduct (on the exit of Larnaka towards Lemesos), and the second at the salt collection plateau (on Artemis Avenue towards the old airport, 150 metres after the District Judicial Court). Aside from the majestic migratory birds and the interesting plant life of the area, the Goddesses Artemis-Diana and Aphrodite-Astarte were worshiped at the site. A sanctuary, which no longer survives, existed in this area, and an elegant sculpture of Artemis - Diana was discovered here, with a copy now adorning the roundabout on Artemis Avenue. The close connection of the area with these Greek, Semetic and Roman Goddesses is mirrored in the ultra-red sunsets that can be enjoyed on the trail. This trail is also part of the European Walking Route E4.

 

City Seafront Walk: Foinikoudes - Piale Pashia - McKenzie

Starting from Europe Square (the start of the palm tree promenade, Foinikoudes, opposite the marina) you can enjoy a seamless 5km walk along the city’s seafront pavements, firstly along the promenade then along the upgraded Piale Pashia sea walkway, all the way up to the popular hotspot of McKenzie Beach. The first – and shorter - part of the walk along the promenade reaches the Medieval Castle and its picturesque square and pier. Thereafter, the walk continues along Piale Pashia, which was completely remodelled in 2014 and offers two walking paths; one on road level, partitioned with glass panels that do not obstruct the sea views, and a second lower walkway with a feeling of ‘walking on the water’. There are also ample wooden and stone pebble benches along the path. The route passes the section of road that is lined with traditional tavernas - offering fish and meat meze - and past the old Turkish Cypriot neighbourhoods. If you would like to detour here, you can take the side streets and discover the local artisans at work. If continuing on the seafront path then you will reach the quaint fishing harbour after a time, where several traditional fish restaurants are situated, offering diners pretty views of bobbing boats. This is followed by a strip of ice-cream parlours running parallel to the beach and popular with families, with the walking and cycle path culminating at McKenzie beach. 

 

Larnaka Marina Walk 

The entrance to Larnaka Marina is located opposite the colonial buildings on Europe Square (Foinikoudes promenade), and offers a picturesque short stroll along the pier. Built in the early 1970’s, the marina is based around the Colonial Pier, which was constructed by the British in 1879 to develop the facilities of Larnaka port. This walk is popular thanks to offering sea views on both sides, with one side lined with private boats, and the other offering various boat trips and even boat bars! The marina is also home to a colony of friendly cats that have their own cat houses in the undergrowth and are a familiar sight for regular walkers. Those who wish to continue walking can also stroll the length of the promenade up until the Medieval Castle, with the option to continue further on the upgraded Piale Pashia sea walkway.

 

Walking in Traditional Quarters

For a stroll with historical and cultural elements, the traditional city quarters between Agios Lazaros (Saint Lazaru) Church, the market place and the town centre’s shopping streets offer a relaxed and interesting walk that takes in many old buildings, along with an optional visit to the Pierides Museum (exhibiting archaeological artefacts), or the Kyriazis Medical Museum. Walkers can also continue along the promenade that runs parallel to the town centre.

 

The Pattichio Park Trail

The municipal Pattichio Park is situated north of Artemis Avenue and is a 2km pedestrian trail that winds through a large natural park that runs parallel to Larnaka Salt Lake - which it is a wider part of. The park area was separated from the salt lake in the 1980’s, and in order to protect the rare Cyprus flora that grows there, an extensive network of pedestrian paths were constructed. The park also houses the town’s large outdoor amphitheatre and is lit up at night, allowing walkers to enjoy a stroll any time of day or evening.