Larnaka, Cyprus (July 11-14, 2012)

Tomorrow's top beach volleyball players, coming from all the five continents, will vie for the FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championship title in Larnaka, Cyprus from July 11 to 14, 2012. Larnaka is the second largest city in Cyprus with a population of over 70,000, situated on the southern coast. Cyprus hosted FIVB Challenger events in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as a number of CEV Satellite tournaments.

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Larnaka Tourism Board outlines the Top Ten Reasons that make Larnaka a unique tourist destination:

1. Larnaka is Cyprus's entrance point. The country's main international airport, the largest marina in Cyprus and a Port are all located in Larnaka.

2. Larnaka has a long and rich history. It is one of the oldest regions in Europe with 10.000 years of contrasting civilisations and such evidence is scattered all across the area.

3. Larnaka is an all year round destination since the hotels of the region remain open throughout the year and cultural events are continuously organised.

4. Larnaka is a diverse region: eastern vs western culture, new vs old, quiet vs cosmopolitan, traditional vs modern.

5. Larnaka is compact: there are hundreds of things to see and do, all within walking distance.

6. Larnaka has kept its "soul" and its character and has not succumbed to mass tourism.

7. Larnaka has long clean beaches - most awarded with the EU blue flag - with very safe, shallow and warm waters. Its stunning sea is a paradise for all sort of fascinating watersports.

8. Larnaka's picturesque villages are number one in agrotouristic development and offer the chance to experience genuine Cypriot hospitality and culture. The traditional lace of the village of Lefkara has recently been included in the UNESCO world list for intangible heritage.

9. In Larnaka's seas lies the famous Zenobia Wreck which is considered to be the best wreck dive site in the Mediterranean and amongst the top ten in the world.

10. Larnaka is the ideal place to stay and discover the rest of the island - based in Larnaka, one can see the whole of Cyprus in less kilometers than staying anywhere else.

More information about Larnaka in and in the Larnaka Tourism Board's Electronic Tourist Information Kiosks located in Finikoudes Promenade (Kimonos Sq.), St. Lazarus Square, along the Larnaka-Dekeleia Road in the areas of Pyla and Voroklini and Lefkara Village.

Athens Avenue 6
Finikoudes Beach