The lively port town of Limassol on Cyprus’ sun-drenched southern coast has become a holiday hotspot in recent years – voted the world’s third most up-and-coming destination in 2019 – and for good reason. The popular Mediterranean tourist resort offers something for the whole family, from white sandy beaches, a water park and zoo to historic and archaeological sites, quaint tavernas and wonderful local wine.
Why cruise Limassol
This Mediterranean holiday resort is perfect for families, with plenty of beaches, great cuisine and some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Cruise passengers will be able to easily explore the Cypriot city’s architectural and cultural wonders in a day on their stopover or venture further afield to see archaeological sites such as Paphos, the Troodos mountains and the magnificent amphitheatre at Kourion.
What to see and do in Limassol
The miniature medieval castle is a historic and important monument in Limassol’s elegant old quarter. It was erected by the Lusignans during the Crusades and was reportedly the location of Richard the Lionheart’s wedding to Berengaria of Navarre in 1191. The castle underwent extensive refurbishment during the 16th century when the island was under Ottoman rule, but you will still find hallmarks of its medieval origins. The castle today houses Cyprus’ medieval museum, displaying historic artefacts such as pottery, tombstones, Byzantine-era plates, weapons, crosses and coins. Another castle worth a visit during your time in Limassol is Kolossi, which was primarily used to store sugarcane during the Middle Ages.
Limassol Archaeological Museum
Fans of archaeology must pay a visit to this fascinating museum. The rich display of antiquities dating from the Neolithic age to the Roman period were excavated at various archaeological sites in the Lemesos region. Divided into three rooms, the exhibits include pottery, jewellery, coins, copper tools, tombstones and sculptures. A number of offerings relating to the cult of Aphrodite are also on display.
Immerse yourself in Cypriot culture and traditional way of life with a visit to the charming village of Omodos. Get away from the tourist hubs and head to this traditional village, surrounded by mountains, where time appears to have stood still, with quaint old houses, a village church and small cafés. The gateway to Cyprus’ wine region, Omodos is home to local wineries and a medieval wine press. As well as producing excellent wine, the inhabitants of Omodos are also known for their handicraft, including handmade embroideries, threaded quilts and Chantilly lace.
Limassol’s contemporary and bustling waterfront is lined with a host of luxury restaurants, bars, shops and exclusive beaches. Seafood is the star attraction in terms of cuisine and one of the best restaurants for this is Pyxida, an upmarket fish tavern that offers spectacular views of the sea and the freshest catch of the day. A short walk from Limassol Marina is Molos, a multifunctional seaside park – one for the whole family to enjoy.
History fans must pay a visit to Kourion. The archaeological site was one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity. The impressive Greco-Roman theatre – built in the 2nd century BC and extended in the 2nd century AD – has been restored and is now used for open-air musical and theatrical performances during the summer months. Guided tours are available or you can simply walk around and take in the remains of the city, which include large buildings, mosaic floors, porticos and statues.
Need to know when travelling to Limassol
Getting around in Limassol
Limassol’s port is situated three kilometres from the centre (the old port) of Limassol. Cruise passengers can either walk, take a shuttle bus or grab a taxi. Once there, you can easily navigate the narrow, pedestrianised streets around the medieval centre on foot. Taxis are also available in town and are a good way to travel around the island, being inexpensive, or there are buses which operate daily and run within towns and tourist centres.
When to go to Limassol
The island of Cyprus boasts a Mediterranean climate with sunshine all-year round. Sun worshippers should visit Limassol between June and September, but if you prefer milder temperatures and fewer crowds you should visit in the spring and early autumn months.
Cyprus and its port town Limassol use the euro. ATMs are scattered across the town and most places will accept debit and credit cards, although be aware some credit cards carry charges when used abroad.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Cyprus if you're staying less than three months.
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