World Travel Market visitors were invited to engage in the new campaign launched by Larnaka Tourism entitled ‘They always come back’, which features the famous mascot of the region, the Great Flamingo, chosen because of the flamingo’s enduring love affair with Larnaka, where they can be seen at Voroklini Lake and Larnaka Salt Lake between November to March.
Larnaka Region’s wide appeal for the many visitors that return each year include diving at the Zenobia Wreck; a cocktail and dancing at Mckenzie; a relaxing coffee at Foinikoudes promenade; a cycle ride through Pervolia; watersports and sunbathing on the beaches of Pyla and Voroklini; kitesurfing in Kiti, and birdwatching at Voroklini Lake and Larnaka Salt Lake.
Larnaka Salt Lake is the place to see thousands of pink flamingos during the winter as the lake fills and attracts migrating birds who take refuge here. The most basic element of the food chain in the lakes’ ecosystem is a small brine shrimp. When flamingos and other water birds are unable to find the shrimp, they desert the salt lakes and continue their journey by travelling south towards Africa.
Coastal Village Upgrade at Pervolia
Keen walkers will soon be able to enjoy a new coastal walkway that is part of the enhancements due to be unveiled in the village of Pervolia, 16 km west of Larnaka. Construction on the walkway began last year, and the first phase from the iconic Lighthouse (Faros) to ‘Journalist’s Village’ (a holiday retreat) is now open. The walk offers stunning, unobstructed sea views, incorporating cycle lanes, lighting, green areas, kiosks and parking at various points. Phase two will see the walkway extend to Meneou village – another tranquil coastal area of greater Larnaka.
Larnaka Attracts Scuba-divers with New Artificial Reef
Larnaka is renowned as a world-class diving destination and boasts one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world – the famous Zenobia wreck. Its diving credentials are now set to become even better with the creation of an artificial reef in the Voroklini area along with a dedicated snorkelling area, further cementing Larnaka’s status for having some of the best seas in which to discover the vibrant underwater world.
This is Larnaka’s first artificial reef, although others have been successfully deployed on the island since 2009, quickly increasing marine life and enriching the island’s waters through the organised sinking of various vessels, some of which are then designated as protected marine-life areas. The waters here are also perfect for children to snorkel safely.
Free Winter Excursions for Holidaymakers
The Larnaka region will for the fourth year be hosting its popular free ‘Winter Experiences’ programme which run from now until 30th April 2017. This programme gives holidaymakers the chance to take part in whole range of activities including visiting Voroklini Lake to enjoy bird watching with an expert on hand to answer any questions, a full day out at the unique Mazotos Camel Park, great entertainment for all ages and a trip to Athienou village, including a demonstration of traditional Halloumi making, with the cheese, village bread and other local produce offered to guests to sample.
Other activities include a guided tour of Larnaka’s old neighbourhoods where traditional crafts are practised at the local workshops and a full-day excursion to the three picturesque villages of Lefkara, Kato Drys and Skarinou, which each retain their own special traditions and character. All the activities are free of charge upon presentation of a voucher issued by the hotels in Larnaka, with prior booking only required for the two village excursions.
For more information on the entire region visit www.larnakaregion.com