Lively, cosmopolitan Limassol offers the pleasures of excellent shopping and a wide range of tavernas, bars and night clubs.
Limassol is Cyprus's largest holiday resort. A carefree town with a wide promenade and bustling shopping streets surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Troodos mountains, it enjoys a reputation for fun and some of the best nightlife to be found on the island. Situated on the southern coast, it is the second largest city in Cyprus and plays host to some of the most important events in the calendar including the carnival and annual wine festival.
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Who holidays in Limassol?
Limassol is an ideal choice for those seeking a lively and varied nightlife. The wide range of tavernas, restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs to be found in Potamos Yermasoyia make it the most popular area for the young and energetic. A wide range of holiday accommodation is available, however, catering for all tastes and pockets.
Lively Limassol brings a choice of numerous sandy beaches and an attractive, newly developed marina. Some of the quieter, less crowded beaches are to be found on the outskirts of town, while those more central to the action enjoy some excellent facilities including changing rooms, showers, and places to eat.
Wander away from the town's lovely, wide beachfront promenade to busy little shopping streets where what's on offer to the tourist can veer widely from the ultra-modern to traditional, handmade goods and local produce; many a tourist has returned home with made-to-measure clothes or a pair of hand-made shoes.
St Andrews Street, not far from the seafront, is a narrow, jostling hive of activity, fascinating with its quaint buildings and overhanging terraces shading busy little boutiques and businesses which compete for your attention. Makarios Avenue is another tourist attraction with its collection of up-market stores as well as more traditional, smaller shops.
History lovers will be fascinated by Limassol castle in the old port. It's said that Richard the Lionheart married Queen Berengaria of Navarre here in 1191, crowning her Queen of England. Its grounds house the Medieval Museum of Cyprus with some marvellous examples of pottery and tombstones amongst its numerous exhibits. An archaeological museum, municipal art gallery and folk art museum are further cultural attractions for those interested in the history and antiquities of the area, and visits to places a little further out might include the magnificent setting of the ancient Curium Theatre or Kolossi Medieval Castle. But if you can't bear to miss a moment of the sunshine, the municipal gardens offer a pleasant stroll amid some lush greenery and include a small zoo to ensure younger family members will be happy too.
Finally, with the Cyprus wine making industry centred in Limassol, don't miss out on a tour to one of the wineries to see the production process in action and to sample the fruits of its labour.
- Lively Nightlife
- Historical Interest
- Excellent Base for Exploring
Things To Do
Limassol holidays offer activities all year round: diving, golf, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, horse riding. For those who seek relaxation and pampering there are plenty of spa and health centres around Cyprus.
Watersports: Water Sports All sorts of beach activities from water and jet skiing to windsurfing and pedal boating are catered for along the coast. Both the beaches backing onto hotels and those further afield provide equipment hire
Diving: Diving: With over forty different dive sites in Cyprus the best way to find out more is to visit a local dive centre within the area. Around Latchi and Akamas you can find the best scuba-diving centres available in Cyprus. With crystal clear waters no tides or strong currents to worry about. Its definitely something to tick off your to-do list.
Cycling: Cyprus is a natural mountain-biking place. Its terrain offers many opportunities for exciting mountain-biking in different tracks, making the island a paradise for the sport's fans. Due to the excellent weather conditions prevailing on the island, cycling sports can be enjoyed almost throughout the year.
Hiking: The Akamas peninsular, to the north of Paphos, provides an excellent area for walking as it has been virtually untouched by tourism and development. Further afield, numerous interesting walks can be found among the breathtaking Troodos mountains.
Golf: Cyprus is quickly getting a reputation as the latest holiday Mecca for golfers. There are two 18-hole courses only a short drive from Paphos. The Tsada Golf Club near Tsada village is the oldest in Cyprus and is set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The Secret Valley Golf Club is slightly further away, about 18 km east of Paphos.
Skiing: Skiing for the winter lovers. Cyprus is also becoming established as a destination for winter sports. In Cyprus, snow-skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus (1951 metres a.s.l.), from the beginning of January to the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 3 kms from Troodos hill resort.
Limassol Wine Festival: Taking place yearly for two weeks from the end of August to early September the Limassol wine festival is a celebration of wine and the art of winemaking. Held in the Limassol Municipal Gardens on the sea-front near the old town, it is one of the largest annual festivals in Cyprus and focuses on Greek music, dancing, food and the wine of the Gods. Dionysus - the god of wine would surely approve!
Curium Ancient Theatre: Watch a play or enjoy a concert at the Curium Ancient Theatre, Kourion which is situated in the archaeological site. This ancient site plays host to many performances ranging from traditional Greek tragedies to modern comedies.
Things To See
Limassol holidays are perfect to explore the history and culture of Cyprus, the resort has a number of fascinating historic sites that will make your holiday to Limassol even more fulfilling. Visit the Amathus which is one of the ancient Kingdom of Cyprus where numerous tombs have been found. The Kolossi Castle is a fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century, and subsequently rebuilt in the form it is now, in the middle of the 15th century. The Kourion is also an important ancient city kingdom, and one of the more interesting and spectacular archaeological sites on the island with excavations still bringing new treasures to light.
Great Excursions During Limassol Holidays
Cairo by Air: Less than one hour away by flight, a wealth of history awaits you in the land of the Pharaohs, Egypt. See one of the few remaining seventh wonders of the world the pyramids, treat yourself to some unique bargains at the largest Souk in the middle East Khan El Khalli. See the original death mask of the boy king Tutankhamen completely crafted from Solid gold. Cruise on the famous river Nile through the cosmopolitan city of Cairo. Surprise your friends with a postcard from Egypt during your holiday in Cyprus.
Troodos Jeep Safari: An exploration trip to the green heart of Cyprus in a 4x4 Landrover defender. Travelling through rugged hills and valleys, various picturesque villages and pine forests reaching some of the most remote places on the island.
Paphos & Ancient Curium: Relax and enjoy a pleasant journey to the ancient City of Curium with its breathtaking amphitheatre. Stop at the legendary Rock of Aphrodite. Visit the picturesque harbour of Paphos lined with local fishing boats and cafes. Discover the best preserved mosaics in the Mediterranean at the House of Dionysos and marvel at the Church of St Paul's Pillar.
Famagusta: Visit the 'sleepy town' with its many hidden treasures - the city of Famagusta with fine medieval architecture. A highlight is Othello's tower and the so-called 'Ghost Town' of Famagusta! Visit Salamis, once the most important city in Cyprus. Truly unforgettable.
Kyrenia: For the first time in more than 30 years take advantage of this fantastic day out to northern Cyprus. View the last divided city in the world and cross the 'green line'. Time stands still at the picturesque port of Kyrenia. The medieval fort, the small houses and narrow streets invite you to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Some things just shouldn't be missed.
Village Culture Donkey Riding: Saddle up and join us on this unique experience, especially designed for those who wish to capture the original spirit of Cyprus. Sample some of the wine, 'Zivania', and try some local delicacies before mounting your personal donkey to enjoy a ride through the countryside. BBQ, dancing - a great day out for all ages! Cyprus Night with a twist.
Grand Tour Kykkos: A scenic and beautiful area of the island, cameras are a must! Visit the richest monastery in Cyprus, the world renowned Kykkos. Stop off at Lefkara, famous for its lace and silverware. Free wine tasting, panoramic views and breathtaking scenery. A perfect day out!!