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Located on the southern coast of Cyprus is a city that will add some culture and history to your holiday; the city of Larnaka. Larnaka is the third largest city in Cyprus and is known for the many attractions and activities it offers. The city is home to awe-inspiring historic sites and monuments, beautiful golden beaches, a palm tree lined harbor and so much more. Those visiting Larnaca also have the opportunity to participate in numerous outdoor activities. The city has something for everyone and is a must-visit when in Cyprus. For Muslims visiting Larnaca, finding Halal-friendly facilities will prove to be a problem. Larnaka has a number of popular sites of historical significance. One such site is the Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement. This settlement is renowned for being one of the best-preserved pre-historic sites. It is home to the remains of a Neolithic settlement and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This settlement dates back to 7000 B.C and visitors will get a glimpse of ancient farm houses, defense walls, tombs and other incredibly old sites. Those looking to learn about the area further can visit the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia where the artefacts from the settlement are displayed. The main reason divers come to Larnaca is to explore the Zenobia Ferry Wreck. MS Zenobia was a RO-RO ferry that capsized and sank close to Larnaca on her maiden voyage in 1980. This site has now become one of the top wreck diving sites in the world. Those interested can hire the services of one of the few diving centres located in Larnaca. This wreck is great for exploration and is even ideal for those with less experience as the top of the wreck sits at 18m. When in Larnaca, diving in the crystalline waters around the wreck is a must. Apart from participating in common water activities, visitors can also go snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking and paddle boating. The city is also known as a cyclist's paradise and therefore visitors to Larnaka must spend a day just cycling around and discovering what the city has to offer. Two other popular attractions in Larnaca include the Grand Mosque or Djámi Kebír and the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque. Not only are both of these sites popular among Muslim visitors, they are also frequented by non-Muslim tourists from all around the world. When in the area tourists must also pay a visit to the Larnaca District Archeological Museum, the Larnaca Marina, Larnaca Fort and Ancient Kition....more

Larnaka, Cyprus

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Located on the southern coast of Cyprus is a city that will add some culture and history to your holiday; the city of Larnaka. Larnaka is the third largest city in Cyprus and is known for the many attractions and activities it offers. The city is home to awe-inspiring historic sites and monuments, beautiful golden beaches, a palm tree lined harbor and so much more. Those visiting Larnaca also have the opportunity to participate in numerous outdoor activities. The city has something for everyone and is a must-visit when in Cyprus. For Muslims visiting Larnaca, finding Halal-friendly facilities will prove to be a problem.

Larnaka has a number of popular sites of historical significance. One such site is the Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement. This settlement is renowned for being one of the best-preserved pre-historic sites. It is home to the remains of a Neolithic settlement and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This settlement dates back to 7000 B.C and visitors will get a glimpse of ancient farm houses, defense walls, tombs and other incredibly old sites. Those looking to learn about the area further can visit the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia where the artefacts from the settlement are displayed.

The main reason divers come to Larnaca is to explore the Zenobia Ferry Wreck. MS Zenobia was a RO-RO ferry that capsized and sank close to Larnaca on her maiden voyage in 1980. This site has now become one of the top wreck diving sites in the world. Those interested can hire the services of one of the few diving centres located in Larnaca. This wreck is great for exploration and is even ideal for those with less experience as the top of the wreck sits at 18m. When in Larnaca, diving in the crystalline waters around the wreck is a must.

Apart from participating in common water activities, visitors can also go snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking and paddle boating. The city is also known as a cyclist's paradise and therefore visitors to Larnaka must spend a day just cycling around and discovering what the city has to offer.

Two other popular attractions in Larnaca include the Grand Mosque or Djámi Kebír and the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque. Not only are both of these sites popular among Muslim visitors, they are also frequented by non-Muslim tourists from all around the world. When in the area tourists must also pay a visit to the Larnaca District Archeological Museum, the Larnaca Marina, Larnaca Fort and Ancient Kition.

Nearby Airports

The closest major airport to the city of Larnaca is Larnaca International Airport, which is located approximately 5 kilometres from the center of Larnaca. It is the larger of the country's two commercial airports and can be reached by car, taxi and the public transport system. There is also a shuttle bus that visitors can use to get to and from Nicosia and Limassol.

Halal Restaurants

There are no known Halal restaurants in Larnaca. Muslim visitors will have to dine on vegetarian or seafood dishes from local non-Halal restaurants after ensuring that the dishes do not consist of any non-Halal items. Because Larnaca has a small Muslim population, Muslim tourists may be able to obtain more information on the availability of Halal food in the area, at the local mosque. Muslim visitors must also be aware that most restaurants in Larnaca do serve alcohol and pork.

Mosques

There are a couple of mosques in Larnaca, however some of them are quite old and are now closed. One mosque that can be used by Muslim tourists is Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram. This mosque lies on the shores of the Larnaca Salt Lake and is also a popular attraction. There is also another mosque used by the Muslim community in Larnaca, called Djami Kebir. This mosque was built in the 16th century and is also known as the Grand Mosque of Larnaca.

Things to Do and See in Larnaka

  • Larnaca Salt Lake
  • MS Zenobia
  • Pierides Foundation Museum
  • Larnaca Fort
  • The Larnaca District Archeological Museum
  • Camel Park Mazotos
  • Mosque of Hala Saltan Tekke
  • Larnaca Promenade
  • Ancient Kition
  • Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
  • Phinikoudes Beach
  • Larnaca Marina
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  • How Muslim-Friendly is Cyprus?

    Located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea is the beautiful island country of Cyprus. Divided into Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, the country has a fascinating, rich history and culture and is thus packed to the brim with attractions of all kinds, making it the ideal place for a holiday. But is Cyprus a Muslim country? What is the pre-dominant religion in Cyprus? Will it be a great destination for Muslim travelers? Read on to discover how Muslim-friendly Cyprus is! . Islam in Cyprus Islam in Cyprus has been present since 649; when the island was conquered by Uthman - the third Caliph of the Arab Rashidun Empire, but settlers from Turkey, during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus strengthened the presence of the religion. Although most of the country is Christian, today, Muslims make up a large percentage of Cyprus’s population. Turkish Cypriots, Greek reverts, and settlers from Turkey and other countries now make up the population of Muslims in Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is home to a significant part of this Muslim population, and is therefore very Muslim-friendly and is frequented by Muslims from across the globe. . Mosques in Cyprus There are quite a number of mosques in Cyprus, many of which were once Byzantine Churches and converted during Ottoman rule. Muslims visiting Cyprus will therefore be able to find mosques in Northern Cyprus, and a few in its Southern part. The city of Nicosia is home to a large Muslim community. Mosques in Nicosia include the Selimiye Mosque; which is the city’s main mosque, and also a top tourist attraction. Arabahmet Mosque, Bayraktar Mosque, Arablar Mosque, Omerie Mosque and Taht-el-Kaleh Mosque are some of the other main mosques in Nicosia. Also on the northern coast of Cyprus is the city of Kyrenia, which is predominantly Turkish and Turkish-Cypriot. Muslim visitors will therefore be able to find a mosque in Kyrenia, namely the beautiful Agha Cafer Pasha Mosque. Muslims in search of mosques in Larnaka; on the southern coast of Cyprus, will also be able to find a couple. The Hala Sultan Tekke, situated on the shores of the Larnaka Salt Lake is one of the most well-known mosques in Larnaka and is also a popular tourist site. Other mosques in Larnaka include the Djámi Kebír, Zouhouri Mosque and Tousla Mosque. Limassol, a city on Cyprus’s southern coast also houses a sizeable number of Muslims. The main mosque in Limassol is the Grand Mosque, which is located in its Old Town. Muslims visiting Limassol will also be able to offer their Friday prayers at Cami Cedid Masjid. Also on the southern coast of Cyprus is the resort town of Ayia Napa, which is home to one mosque; Masjid Syedna Ibrahim. Muslim tourists will also be able to find a few mosques in the Paphos district. Although there are quite a few more than those mentioned above, many mosques in Cyprus are quite old, and are therefore closed or being used for other purposes. . Halal Food in Cyprus Muslims in search of Halal food in Cyprus will be able to locate some in the areas mentioned above. While there are not many Halal restaurants in Cyprus, it is possible to locate some eateries that serve Halal dishes. Northern Cyprus is the best place for Muslims to find Halal food. Delicious Turkish dishes as well as Cypriot specialties are served at most restaurants. Must-tries include Halloumi cheese, kebabs and the famous Turkish Delight. The best way to try out the diverse local cuisine would be to order a ‘mezze’, which consists of a variety of small dishes containing a selection of delicious items ranging from salads, to creamy hummus and grilled meats. While Halal food in Northern Cyprus will be easy to find, Muslim tourists will find it more difficult locating Halal food in Southern Cyprus. If unable to find any Halal restaurants in Southern Cyprus, Muslim visitors are sure to find numerous restaurants serving suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes, as both make up a huge part of Cypriot cuisine. There are also a few shops that sell Halal meat, throughout the island. Muslim visitors able to prepare their own meals can therefore buy meats from these butchers. ....



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