Larnaca, Cyprus

History - Then and Now... Larnaca is steeped in the history and traditions of Cyprus. Known then as 'Kition', archaeological excavations show that Larnaca dates back to around 2000 BC. Today Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus. It provides the commercial and administrative heartbeat of the wider region. Just ten minutes from the centre is Larnaca International Airport, the principal 'gateway' for people travelling between Cyprus and the rest of Europe and the Middle East. The state-of-the-art airport terminal opened in November 2009 reflects Larnaca's growing importance as a transportation hub.

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If the city of Larnaca provides the heartbeat, the villages and stunning landscape of the surrounding region are the pulse - and testimony to life as it is lived in this part of Cyprus. A typical example is Lefkara, forty kilometres to the west. Resting on a gentle limestone slope, the village is full of tradition with its world-renowned local architecture and famous hand-made lace embroideries.

The charming villages that lie on the 'arc' of Larnaca Bay are home to a growing number of discerning home buyers who are attracted by a Cypriot way of life that is endearing - and enduring. Popular locations include Oroklini, Levadia and Xylofagou – all within easy reach of Larnaca and its diverse mix of culture and recreation - everything from museums, art galleries, ancient churches, waterfront concerts & exhibitions, a multi-screen cinema showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters plus an abundance of coffee houses, cafes and restaurants that cater for all tastes - from local Cypriot 'mezes' to cordon bleu international cuisine.

Life As It Should Be Lived… Strolling along the palm-tree lined promenade adjoining the Blue Flag Phinikoudes Beach on the seafront is a pleasure you will soon take for granted. Close to Larnaca marina, this is a favourite meeting place for young and old alike. The marina is being extended to provide berths for up to 2,000 yachts and the existing port - the second largest after Limassol - will be upgraded to form a new passenger and cruising centre serving the Eastern Mediterranean. This will be the focus of an imaginative 15 floor eco-friendly redevelopment with restaurants, offices, conference & exhibition halls, a Spa and fitness centre plus elevated, panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Shopping facilities in the main town area are good - with a wide choice of supermarkets including Carrefour (LIDL has recently arrived) plus Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, NEXT and Carrefour. Even the outlying villages have 24/7 bakeries and ubiquitous convenience stores to satisfy daily needs.

Larnaca has excellent road links to the wider region - and Paphos, Limassol, Paralimni, Agia Napa, Protaras, Nicosia and the scenic uphill routes towards the Troodos Mountains. Time distances to the rest of Cyprus are relatively short, with Paphos or Troodos less than 90 minutes away.

Whatever your preferences in real estate, the Larnaca region is likely to appeal to investors taking a long term view about the benefits of buying property in a location known for quality of life defined by its own time-honoured traditions.

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