The City and Region
Larnaca is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is the considered to be the ‘gateway’ to the Republic of Cyprus. It is the third largest city in the Republic of Cyprus after Nicosia and Limassol and has a population of around 145,000 (2011). It is also the location for the second largest commercial port on the island after Limassol.
The local economy is largely geared towards tourism and is home to the island's main international airport, (Larnaca International Airport), capable of handling in excess of 7 million passengers per annum providing many visitors their first taste of the Republic of Cyprus. Investment in Larnaca is immense with permission granted for the development of a new Super Marina costing in excess €200m and having the capacity to berth 800 – 1000 vessels
Tourist growth along the huge Larnaca Bay has been substantial, with an abundance of attractions to accommodate all tastes, including varied watersports, impressive historical sites, ancient salt lake and a stunning nightlife. Festivals are also a major feature of Larnaca life with at least eight major celebrations each year, from the Easter Carnival in March, through the Larnaca Summer Festival in July to nearby village festivals throughout August. World tourists are attracted to the area by its cosmopolitan ambience, stunning scenery, spectacular attractions and the friendly local people.
Development in the Area
The announcement that Larnaca is set to embark on new multi-million pound development plans spells good news for the region, further enhancing employment and rental opportunities.
15 projects are planned to take place over the next five years including:
Development of a new International Super Marina
Renovation of the Piale Pashia coastal road
A pedestrian walkway between the popular tourist areas of Pyla and Voroklini
An international standard 18 hole golf course
A new sports complex
An open air amphitheatre
An environmental centre at the Salt Lake
Super Marina in Larnaca
Planning permission has been granted for the development of a ‘super’ marina in Larnaca to accommodate ‘super- yachts’ over 35 meters long which along with other improvements to the area should make the city an even more popular tourist destination and in turn drive demand for property and commercial investment in the region.
CYPRUS and the Zenon Corporation have signed a contract for the joint transformation of the Larnaca port and marina, in a project costing in excess of €700 million.
The project is extremely important for both Larnaca and Cyprus as a whole, creating employment and further boosting the local and Cypriot economy .
The Zenon Consortium will undertake the construction of the new harbour & marina and will manage the facility for a period of 35 years. The project will be carried out in three phases – the construction of the marina and port infrastructure, including a new passenger pier, an offshore jetty, a yacht club and marina and commercial buildings at an estimated cost of €130 million. Extensions to the port and marina will be constructed at a further cost of €55 million.
Under the agreement, Zenon is required to secure funding for the project within six months, while the first two phases of the project are to be completed within the next three years
Zenon will also provide some of the 200,000 square metres of land designated for the residential developments, bringing its total cost to €700 or €800 million. Source: Cyprus Property News 6th August 2012
Olympic shooting range in Klavdia, Larnaca
Forming part of 15 new development projects in Larnaca, the village of Klavdia will see the construction of an Olympic shooting range. More specifically, the configuration will be four combined Olympic trap-skeetdouble trap, one separate skeet, one separate trap double for trap layout and 10-12 layouts for sporting and kompak shooting. Once the venue begins hosting, the new shooting range is expected to host major competitions and European training.
Beside the Larnaca salt lake, in a tranquil setting, is the Hala Sultan Tekesi which was built to honour the aunt of the Prophet Mohammed who accompanied the Arab invaders of Cyprus in 694AD but died after falling from a mule near Larnaca. Her shrine, the third holiest in the Moslem world after Mecca and Medina.
The enticing Mediterranean climate of Larnaca and gorgeous sandy beaches have made this a leading vacation destination and residential location. Hot and extremely dry summer weather sees Larnaca become busy, with August marking the very peak of the summer season for Larnaca, when daytime temperatures average around 32°C / 90°F, and can even top 35°C / 95°F on some days.
There are over a hundred educational institutions in the city of Larnaca. Larnaca hosts the American Academy, a non-profit school that is supported by a multi-functional operation to achieve its core purpose of preschool-to-university-entrance education of the highest standard. Larnaca also hosts Kimon College, which is a private institution of higher education.
The first British University is to open its doors in Cyprus and will be located in Pyla, Larnaca. University of Central Lancashire Cyprus, (UCLan Cyprus) is a modern €53 million university which is the first British university on the island, UCLan Cyprus will have the option of studying their programme entirely in Cyprus or transferring for part of their studies to the UK. The university expects to accommodate 5,000 students, and all courses will be taught in English.
St. Raphael Private Hospital is the first and only private hospital in Larnaca, and is leading the way in expertise, cutting edge technology, innovation and environment. Designed and built to European specification, the deluxe modern facility offers some of the best doctors and specialists on the island
Larnaca General Hospital was first opened in October, 1984. The build was built by donation provided by people of the United States of America. The ground breaking ceremony was hosted by the formed president of Cyprus, Mr. Spyros Kyprianou on the 24 of April 1985. The hospital is a fully equipped medical institution and undertakes many surgical operations including, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Oculist, Ear Nose and Throat Operations, Gynaecologist and Obstetrics and Urology.
Shopping in Larnaca has never been better. The city has developed many large shopping centres and modern boutiques with plenty of choice of international designer labels in addition to more traditional shops. Larnaca is particularly famous for its pottery, with many beautiful ceramics being produced within the historic Turkish Quarter, around the Ak Deniz.