The Story Line Of The Cities Of Cyprus
The city of Larnaca is the 3rd largest city of Cyprus and it is located on the southern coast of the island 30 minutes’ drive from Nicosia, 45 minutes from Limassol, 40 minutes from Ayia Napa/Protaras and 1.5 Hour from Paphos. With a population of approximately 85.000, Larnaca is known well for the long beach front with its palm trees and other landmarks such as the Medieval Castle, the Church/Tomb of Saint Lazarus, the Hala Sultan Tekke Temple and the Kamares Aqueduct.
It is one of the most historical cities of Cyprus and one of the 20 most ancient Cities of the World, as it is built on the ruins of ancient Kition which was the home of Kimon the philosopher and one of the most ancient ports. The port itself with everything that might be discovered with it still remains intact but under a large area of the city.
Larnaca has always been the home of the biggest airport on the island the Larnaca International Airport which was recently rebuild (2010) to withstand the increasing tourist flow that comes up to 5,320,000 tourists per year. Furthermore there is a marina which can hold around 250 boats and yachts but with plans made to extent that number to 500 along with more development around the marina. Lastly, there is the port of Larnaca that is being used for imports of cargo into Cyprus and as a tourist port for different cruise lines from around the world.
The latest information regarding Larnaca indicates a serious increase in demand for investments and development such as the Radisson Blu Luxury Hotel which is being built near the port area. Another investment from a group of Israeli investors is the Crocodile Park in a village outside of Larnaca.
Finally a Casino Resort that will be built in the next one or two years will probably be in Larnaca City due to the fact that there are big available pieces of land that are next to the sea and a short drive from the International Airport as well.
The city of Limassol is the 2nd largest city in Cyprus located at the south of the island. It is approximately 1 hour drive to Nicosia, 45 minute drive to Larnaca and a 40 minute drive to Paphos City. In the ancient years Limassol was built between Amathous and Kourion two ancient cities, and was called Neapolis which means Newtown in ancient greek.
With a total population of 160.000 people roughly, Limassol is well known for its wineries and the national beer KEO brewery. The city enjoys a festive spell every year while celebrating the Wine Festival and the Carnival Festival which gathers thousands of people from all over the island.
The port of Limassol is the biggest port in Cyprus and is one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean Sea regarding business and trading. On the other hand the Marina of Limassol was recently re-developed and became one of the most luxurious places on the Eastern Mediterranean. There was Real Estate Development right on the water, accompanied by different shops, restaurants and spas.
Concerning the constant rise of Limassol’s standard of living and increase in business and trading, a very important role is playing the Russian population which lives permanently in the City. The numbers are quite high according to some reports reaching over 40.000 wealthy Russian civilians that moved permanently in Limassol bringing investments and growth with them.