KATAKLYSMOS Flood Festival - June
Much of the activity is centered around the city promenade during the major festivals. The most important of these is Kataklysmos, celebrated in early summer. Monday 13th June is a public bank holiday in Cyprus for Kataklysmos, which is otherwise known as the Festival of the Flood, or the Water Festival.
The festival is enjoyed with a series of cultural events. The festival used to last for about a week, but in recent years, with the increased commercialism of peripheral stalls, rides and temporary Loukoumades restaurants (a sweet delicacy) it has extended to about three weeks, during which the seafront is closed to traffic in the evenings.
What to See...
Larnaka a town with an easy-going pace has strong links to the past. In the heart of modern Larnaka one finds remains of the ancient city-kingdom, reminiscent of its glorious days. The Mycenaean Greeks fortified the town with cyclopean walls in the 12th century while the Phoenicians founded a powerful kingdom here in the 9th century. Kition is the birthplace of the philosopher Zeno, founder of the Stoic School, and it is here that St. Lazarus came to live after his resurrection. In the 18th century it became a commercial centre and the seat of the European consulates. The delightful Palm Trees Promenade, its fort, and its old quarters give Larnaka its unique character. The nearby salt lake is a favourite stop-over spot for thousands of migrant birds in winter, whilst on its edge in a tranquil setting stands a popular Muslim pilgrimage place.
The whole district of Larnaka has something special to offer the visitors, including Choirokoitia, the oldest Neolithic settlement on the island, Stavrovouni Monastery and the famous Church of Angeloktisti.
Do not miss the unique opportunity of becoming acquainted with the authentic character of the city by joining the Larnaka walks.
a) C.T.O office 10:00am on Wednesday (Tel: 24- 65 43 22)
b) Larnaka Fort – 10:00am on Fridays (Tel: 24- 63 05 76)
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