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Lar­naca is renowned for its salt lake, made up of a com­plex of wet­lands, the big­gest of which is Alyki. Dur­ing sum­mer, with a lack of rain, the lake dries out so much that ar­eas are left as ex­posed lay­ers of caked salt. In win­ter, rains re­fill the lake and an abun­dance of shrimp draws the is­land’s flamin­gos. Be pre­pared though: there are no nearby toi­lets and sun­shine is brightly re­flected and puts you at risk of sun­burn.

Lar­naca Ma­rina is a beau­ti­ful area right in the mid­dle of the city. With a palm tree lined prom­e­nade and an ar­ray of restau­rants and cafes, watch the sun­set right by the wa­ter. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors all agree that the abun­dance of stray but friendly cats sim­ply adds to the ethe­real qual­ity of the ma­rina.

Lar­naca tourism board of­fer a num­ber of free walk­ing tours. No

need to book, you just turn up at the meet­ing point be­fore start-time. There are two dif­fer­ent walks that each last for around two hours and are led by a li­censed guide. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, 10am from the tourist in­for­ma­tion of­fice is ‘Lar­naca - Past and Present’ and ev­ery Fri­day, 10am from Lar­naca Cas­tle, is ‘Scala - Its Crafts­men’.

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