Life in Larnaka

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Studying in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Our location could not be better even if we tried! Situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaka is known for its beautiful clean beaches, great food and vibrant nightlife. It is the perfect location for a University and its student community (#UCLanians).

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. Interestingly, the crystal clear bays are unusually rich in underwater wreckages for you to explore. There are many qualified and licensed diving instructors and businesses along the beach areas.

According to the EU environment agency, Cyprus’ beaches have the best water quality in the EU for 2019.

Zenobia Wreck, rated one of the 10 best wrecks in the world.

Inland, there are many historic churches, mosques, 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, again close to the Fort. Natural sites for wildlife and beauty include the Salt Lake on the outskirts of Larnaka, a haven for migratory birds, including flamingos and other waders. Also, one of the most infamous Mosques in Cyprus, Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram is a Muslim shrine on the west bank of Larnaca Salt Lake.

Horse riding, nature walks, camel rides and organised excursions are just a few of the many activities that Larnaka has to offer. Alternatively, bikes and quad bikes can also be hired for day trips.

Larnaka Fort 

St. Lazarus Church

The flamingos and the Hala Sultan Tekke at the back. 


Larnaka Airport is the main airport in Cyprus, with only a 4.5 to 5-hour flight time from UK airports. A taxi from the airport to the UCLan Cyprus campus takes only 15 minutes.

A regular bus service is available from Larnaka to the campus and vice versa. Living and studying in Larnaka allows students to flourish in idyllic surroundings whilst receiving a first class education. What’s not to love!

Pyla, Larnaka

Pyla is a quiet village in the Larnaka district situated just a 5-minute drive away from the blue flag awarded CTO beach. When going south towards the sea, you reach the Larnaka-Dhekelia road, which hosts many restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops and hotels. Being situated in Pyla gives you easy access to Larnaka and Ayia Napa, as the highway is very near, providing access to any town you wish to visit in Cyprus.

Ayia Napa lies east from Pyla and is very famous for its white-sanded beaches, clear blue waters and of course, its vibrant night life in the summer season. Ayia Napa also hosts many restaurants, featuring local and international cuisines.