One of the most notable sights in Larnaca, and for visitors who arrive by airplane, one of the first to welcome you to the city, is the Larnaca Salt Lake of Cyprus. Larnaca Salt Lake, which is a complex network of four salt lakes (3 of which are interconnected) is just to the west of Larnaca City. The largest of these lakes is Aliki, which is followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros, and lake Spiro. Together, these lakes form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus (after the Limassol), with a total surface area of 2.2 km2. Also, its location, just off the road leading to Larnaca International Airport, makes the Larnaca Salt Lake an instantly recognizable sight for visitors to the district.
The Salt Lake is considered one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus and in 1997, it was declared a Ramsar site, a Natura 2000 site, a Special Protected Area under the Barcelona Convention, and an Important Bird Area.
An unforgettable sight occurs on the Larnaca Salt Lake during the winter season, when it fills with water and is visited by flocks of flamingoes, who remain there from November until the end of March.
Located just adjacent to the Lake is the Larnaca Salt Lake Park, a lovely collection of green trees featuring scenic and relaxing walking paths, with no entrance fee. Salt Lake Park is one of the most beautiful green zones of Larnaca, as it provides direct access to Salt Lake and is also a vantage point from which the flamingos can be seen. The Larnaca Salt Lake Walk is a must-do on any photography or sightseeing tour.
The park is also home to the Larnaca Amphitheatre, a venue for major concerts in Larnaca.
To add to the beauty of the lake, on the banks of Larnaca Salt Lake lies the Hala Sultan Tekke, which was built in 648 A.D. and is one of the holiest Muslim shrines in the world, just after Mecca and Medina. Inside the Hala Sultan Tekke lies the tomb of Umm Haram, who was the maternal aunt of the Prophet Muhammad. There is also a museum here, and the Hala Sultan Tekke often hosts cultural and entertainment events.