This street is named after the Commanding General of the Ottoman navy Piyale Pasha and army that arrived in Larnaka in 1571 to occupy Cyprus. The Venetians resisted the Ottomans only in Lefkosia and Ammochostos. This street has been the seafront road of Larnaka in the Ottoman times and it is only in the 19th century that the city was extended towards Athens Avenue. The street is famous for touching the waves on the one side, for its traditional architecture on the other, and for its seafood and meze restaurants, which are extended up to the fishing harbor or “Psarolimano” and the Mckenzie Beach.
Walking in the narrow picturesque streets vertical on the Piyale Pasha street, just after the Castle, will give you the feeling of the 18th and 19th century Larnaka as this was the old Turkish-Cypriot quarter. In this area visitors can explore handicraft workshops, many of them inspired by ancient Cypriot art.