Rather unusually for Cyprus, this is a beach in an urban environment, with sunbeds and umbrellas on one side and cafÈs, restaurants and bars on the other. The middle stretch of the promenade is always busy. At the northern end is Larnaka Marina, with space for 450 yachts. Only the owners and crew are allowed inside, but you can walk freely along the pier. At the southern end, Larnaka Fort, built in the 1600s, divides the main seafront from the old Turkish quarter. The building was used as a prison during the early years of British rule. Today, it is open to the public with the Medieval Museum and often hosts events.