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Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaka is known for its beautiful clean beaches, great food and vibrant nightlife. As Cyprus’ most economically important city, it’s the perfect location for a University and its student community.
Larnaka is both a modern and culturally rich city, with newly developed shopping centres alongside areas of archaeological importance. There are many attractions including museums, historic sites and festivals, and as well as shopping, there is a wide selection of bars and restaurants to visit, with something for those who enjoy the more lively and energetic nightlife or for those who prefer the more relaxing scene.
With the fantastic Mediterranean weather, outdoor leisure activities are very popular. Students can take part in water sports, diving, snorkelling, fishing, hiking, cycling and many more. The waters of the bay are crystal clear and unusually rich in wrecks for exploring, including HMS Cricket, a British helicopter and the Zenovia Ferry. There are many qualified and licensed diving instructors and businesses along the beach areas.
Inland, there are many historic churches, archaeological sites, museums, galleries, gardens and other tourist attractions. The most notable are probably the Larnaka fort built in 1625 on the seafront, and the 9th century St Lazarus Church close to the fort. Natural sites for wildlife and beauty include the Salt Lake next to Larnaka, a haven for migratory birds, including flocks of flamingos and other waders. Horse and camel rides and excursions are also available from Larnaka as an alternative to motorised transport or walks, and bikes and quad bikes can also be hired for day trips.
Larnaka Airport is the main airport of Cyprus, and is only 4.5 to 5 hours flight time from UK airports. A taxi from the airport to Pyla takes only 15 minutes. A regular bus service is available from Larnaka to the campus in Pyla and vice versa. You can obtain more travel information by emailing Student Support:
English is widely spoken, and is the language of instruction at the University, but there will also be opportunities for students who do not come from Cyprus to learn Greek by taking study electives in the language. Traffic follows the UK system of driving on the left. Cyprus is only 2 hours ahead of the UK in time difference, making telephone or internet communication with families and friends between the two countries convenient.
Living and studying in Larnaka allows students to flourish in idyllic surroundings whilst receiving a first class education. What’s not to love!
Pyla is a quiet village in the Larnaka district situated only a 5 minute drive away from the blue flag awarded CTO beach.
The map below shows where various places such as grocery shops and pubs/restaurants are situated in the village of Pyla.
When going south towards the sea, you reach the Larnaka-Dhekelia road which hosts many restaurants and pubs, shops and hotels. Being situated in Pyla gives you easy access to Larnaka on the one side and Ayia Napa to the other. The highway is also very near to Pyla, thus you gain easy access to any place you want to visit in Cyprus.
In Larnaka you can find a number of grocery shops, plenty of shops and entertainment all year round. The main two centres for entertainment are the Foinikoudes and Makenzie beach fronts. Both offer numerous restaurants, fast food, cafes, bars and night clubs and live up particularly during the summer season.
Ayia Napa is east from Pyla and is very famous for its sandy beaches and clear blue waters and of course, its vibrant night life in the summer season. Ayia Napa also hosts many restaurants, featuring local and international cuisine.