Situated in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus enjoys the best type of Mediterranean climate. Hot summers, moderated by refreshing sea-breezes, mild winters and around 320 days of sunshine each year make Southern Cyprus ideal to take on that feel-good factor.
Larnaca is an interesting old town, steeped in history going back to Roman times, where time can be spent wandering down winding streets, visiting beautiful ancient Greek churches, roaming the colourful markets selling crafts and local produce and visiting the yacht marina.
Shopping in Larnaca caters for all pockets and tastes, from Italian designer labels and multi-national stores to local specialities.
By night the town and lively, palm tree lined seafront are transformed as the numerous local nightclubs, music bars, cafes, restaurants, bowling alley and cinemas come to life.
Watersport facilities on Larnaca’s sandy beach normally include speedboat hire, paragliding, scuba diving and boat trips.
Don’t miss the beautiful aqueduct alongside the motorway from Limassol, built in the 18th century to feed the city with water from the mountains, or the site of the ancient city of Kition featuring the remains of five temples dating back to 1300BC.
And please try the good value Cyprus wines, or the mixture of familiar and exotic fruit and vegetables.
Excellent in-store butchers in the supermarkets cater for those wanting to try a little cooking at home.
But with tavernas offering a full kebab meal for about 6 Euros, there’s no need to cook unless you really want to!
Within easy driving distance are Ayia Napa's nightlife, Limassol, Nicosia and the foothills of the Troodos Mountains.
Between Larnaca and Pervolia are the Salt Lakes, a winter sanctuary for migrating pink flamingoes.
Also for animal lovers is the Camel Park on the road to the sleepy village of Mazotos, with the seaside village of Zigi a little further on for lovers of waterside fish restaurants.
Up in the hills, South of Nicosia, is Lefkara, a village famous for its traditional style of lace embroidery.
And to keep the kids amused, there is Luna Park in the village of Kiti
Just a few miles south-west of Larnaca is the unspoiled village of Pervolia, offering an ideal balance between a popular holiday centre and a traditional Cypriot village, its facilities are used by holidaymakers and friendly local villagers alike.
The cobbled village square is closed-off to evening traffic during the main holiday season, ideal for families with children. Here the variety of tavernas and pubs offer superb value eating, drinking and entertainment. Nearby are three supermarkets, a bank and local shops.