Servicing one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus lies just four kilometres from the charming coastal town of Larnaca. Built atop the ancient city-kingdom of Kition, Larnaca harbours architectural ruins from Mycenaean Greeks and Phoenicians of centuries long past. The modern aviation facility now transports tourists and cargo from primarily Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Near the departure gates, travellers can access plenty of shops selling electronics, souvenirs and perfumes, as well as bar-bistros, a dedicated game area for children, and a Food Village serving authentic dishes from the largest restaurant chains in the world. Activities in nearby Larnaca include frolicking on pristine sandy beaches and strolling the palm-lined Phinikoudes promenade with its hipster eateries, pubs and seaside trinket shops. Divers can explore the Zenobia ferry wreck with more than 100 sunken trucks lying just 16 metres below the surface of the water.
Transportation options from the airport include shuttles, buses, taxis and private car companies. Rental car counters are located within the terminal for the majority of tourists who choose to visit the numerous charming beach towns on the island. Bicycle rentals are available for getting around the small streets and beachfront strips.
Larnaca Airport replaced the earlier Nicosia International Airport that closed after Turkey took control of Cyprus in 1974. The new airport location near Larnaca Salt Lake previously served as a small airfield in the 1930s. The philosopher Zeno was the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy and was born in Larnaca in 335 BC.