Award-winning duty free shopping in Cyprus ….
The ultra-modern Larnaca International (LCA) is the largest airport on Cyprus, the Mediterranean island strategically located at the crossroads of three continents. This state-of-the-art, open plan airport is located just 4km southwest of Larnaca and replaces the original 1975 airport, which closed its doors for good in 2009.Getting into Larnaca or around the island is easy, with taxi ranks and shuttle buses just outside the terminal and car hire companies inside, such as Avis, Sixt and Europcar.LCA has one bright, airy and efficient passenger terminal with 67 check-in desks, and 16 air bridges leading out to its one apron.
Departures are upstairs with Arrivals at ground level, and the airport can accommodate up to 7.5 million passengers per year. Enjoy art exhibitions from celebrated local artists in the Arrivals Hall then check in your bags (try one of the many self-service check-in machines); free up your hands; and dive into the new Zenon Terminal’s award-winning retail paradise.Larnaca’s Duty Free outlets recently won a major global accolade for “Best New Airport Shop Opening” . The judges hailed Larnaca as the model of great airport shopping • even though the airport was the smallest on the competition shortlist. It boasts over 6,000 square metres of retail space, with many brands exclusive to Cyprus, and passengers can browse in the largest perfume and cosmetics area of any European Airport.
Cyprus has everything from golfing and rugged mountain trails to chic beach and harbour side resorts • so get ready to look the part. Cosmetic and skincare brands available at the airport include MAC, Bobbi Brown, Revlon, Maybelline, Ahava and Le Mer, with scents for her from Shiseido, Lolita Lempicka, Juicy Couture and Cartier. For eau de cologne and male beauty products, look to the musky or masculine ranges from L’Eau d’Issey, Giorgio Armani, Burberry and Bvlgari.
For clothing and accessories, fashion, apparel, leather and accessories Larnaca has options for every taste and budget, from stylish high fashion to funky street and sportswear. World-leading designers include Furla, Hugo Boss and Italy’s Rocco Barroco, with denim and casual wear from Diesel, CK Jeans, Desigual and Guess. Fitness and yoga fans will find tax-free bargains from Umbro, Ferrari, Reebok and Speedo.
There’s nothing like a newly tanned neckline to show off a sparkling new jewellery purchase, and you’re spoilt for choice at Larnaca International. For jewellery sets, bracelets, unique pieces or exclusive-to-travel gift sets, browse the contemporary collections of Damiani (diamonds, watches and pearls); Pandora (charms, bracelets and rings); Franco Pianegonda (gold, silver and gem-set rings); Misaki (costume and cultured pearls); and Hot Diamonds.
Whether beginning a sun-drenched villa holiday or simply heading back to the office, a few bottles of duty-free liquor are sure to go down a treat. For significant savings, Jameson and Glenfiddich Whiskey, Absolut Vodka, Smirnoff Red Vodka and Three Barrels Brandy offer some of the best deals, with savings of over 40% compared to local and EU high street prices. If your bar or pool room is equipped with a humidor • pick up some finely-crafted duty free cigars, too, from Habanos, Dunhill or Cohiba.
If you’re feeling flush, throw in a timepiece or two. Larnaca airport stocks luxurious, world-class watches from Swiss craftsmen IWC, Hublot, Piaget, Panerai, Omega, Longines and Vertu. Though Swiss seem to have the monopoly on watch making – at Larnaca, you have the monopoly on retail choice. To enjoy glare-free views from the airport’s panoramic windows, select some sunglasses from designer labels such as Ray Ban, Versace, Prada, Police, Guess or Diesel.For a wind-down, there’s plenty of comfortable seating in this spacious airport, or nip into one of the 19 bars, cafés and restaurants. These include coffee shops, a Greek Café, the Panopolis traditional bakery, juice and milkshake bars, Finn’s Seafood Bar and the freshly-prepared cuisine of Japan, China, Italy and the USA.
In short, whatever you crave • from a fashion must-have to an authentic local dish • your desires will be sated in style at the brand new, award-winning Larnaca International Airport.