Built on the site where ancient Kition once stood, Larnaka is the successor of one of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus. Kition was the birthplace of Zeno, the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy and the second home of St. Lazarus, who lived here after his resurrection and later became its first Bishop. The foundation legend of Kition is associated with Kittim, Noah’s grandson who named it after himself. In the 13th century bc Mycenaean Greeks settled in the town, while Phoenicians moved here from the 9th century bc. Medieval Kition, then called Larnaka or Salines, became an important port with increasing commercial activity between East and West. In the 18th century it became a flourishing trading centre, the place where all European consuls established their missions. Contemporary Larnaka, with its palm-lined sea-front promenade known as Foinikoudes and picturesque yachting marina, has a charm of its own. In the winter months thousands of flamingos, wild swans and other migrating birds make their annual stopover at the nearby salt lake. The district of Larnaka has many interesting places to visit, particularly ancient, Byzantine and Moslem monuments.

Main places of interest: Archaeological site of Kition Archaeological Museum The Pierides Foundation Arhaeological Museum Larnaka Municipal Cultural Centre Church of St Lazarus Larnaka Fort Church of Panagia Angeloktisti (Kiti village) Hala Sultan Tekke Lefkara village Prehestoric site of Choirokoitia

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Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean. The mean daily temperature in July and August ranges between 29°C on the central plain to 22°C on the Troodos mountains, while the average maximum temperature for these months ranges between 36°C and 27°C respectively. Winters are mild. The island, on average, enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year, and the rainy season is confined to the period between November and March. Snow occurs rarely in the lowland and on the northern range of Keryneia but falls every winter on ground above 1.000 metres on the Troodos Range, usually occurring by the first week in December and ending by the middle of April.

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