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Larnaka (Larnaca) | Where Palm Trees Befriend Flamingos
Often characterised by its eye catching seaside promenade lined with graceful palm trees that frame the entrances of dozens of bustling modern cafes and eateries, Larnaka has a lot more to offer than this highly tooted highlight. Stroll deep into the winding backstreets built over the ancient city of Kition and you’ll discover local craft shops making their way down to St Lazarus Church, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus.
Ask a local about the absolute highlight of the town and they are more than likely to point you in the direction of the splendid salt lake, home to nearly 80 migratory birds, with the famed pink Flamingos flocking to the area between February and April. Truly a sight worth savouring, the shimmering lake straddles the magnificent Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, a sacred shrine visited by thousands of pilgrims each year characterised by steep minarets peeping through a thick density of palm and Cypress trees.
With the seaside town also attracting those with a soft spot for adventure, its windswept beaches filled with colourful kites scattered across the endless blue horizon have become a popular sight.
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