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.
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 handmade 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.
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.