Recently, British Airways announced a new flight route to Larnaca that would operate three times a week from London Gatwick, so for travellers wanting to make the most of this new flight, our beach of the week this week is Phinikoudes, Larnaca’s main beach.

Larnaca is one of the oldest cities in Cyprus and there’s evidence that people were living here up to 6000 years ago, meaning that there’s plenty of history to discover.

Phinikoudes means ‘small palm trees’ and the beach is lined with many of them (although they have all grown big now). It has soft slate-coloured sand and enjoys the prestigious Blue Flag status, with excellent water quality. It’s clear and shallow and is ideal for swimming.

The beach stretches for 500m and has great family facilities such as toilets, showers, changing rooms and sun loungers. There are also lifeguards on duty during the high season.

The area around the beach is a popular hangout for both tourists and locals and is home to many bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and hotels. There is also a large shopping centre just behind the promenade.

Only a few hundred metres from the coast lies the famous wreck of Zenobia, a popular diving location. The ship sank along with all its cargo on her maiden voyage in 1980 and now makes for an interesting diving experience.

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