Limassol is a buzzing and sophisticated city, famed for its fantastic nightlife and intriguing cultural sites. Cyprus’ second-largest city is ideal for travelers seeking to indulge at cosmopolitan restaurants and bars, as well as those hoping to discover the island’s compelling history.
Take a walk through the city’s Old Town and shop for traditional handicrafts and products, which are sold along the cobblestone streets. Explore the city’s Turkish heritage at the 16th-century Grand Mosque or follow the pleasant waterfront promenade to see the Sculpture Park.
At the center of the Old Town, you’ll find the modest 16th-century Limassol Castle. Best known as the place where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, this ancient castle has been renovated into a museum of medieval artifacts. Browse collections of armor, pottery and sculptures or see the views from the castle’s rooftop terrace.
Take a trip east of Limassol to visit the Amathus Ruins, one of the island’s most important archeological sites. Walk through the remains of the city’s agora and admire the ancient Acropolis ruins. A little further east you’ll find Kolossi Castle, the original production center of Cyprus’s famous Commandaria dessert wine.
Save time to see the Kourion Ruins, which are located west of the city. Take a look at the intricate mosaics decorating the site’s centuries-old villas and catch a performance at the restored 3rd-century amphitheater.
Don’t leave without experiencing Limassol’s exciting nightlife at the bars found along the illuminated waterfront. Sample typical Cypriot dishes like sheftalia, which is grilled sausage made with pork, lamb, onions and parsley, at a charming taverna.
One of the best times of year to visit Limassol is during the Apokreo Festival, the biggest carnival in Cyprus, which takes place 2 weeks before Greek Orthodox Lent. If you visit during the summer, be sure to see the Limassol Wine Festival in late August, when local wineries offer tastings and traditional dances are performed.
Limassol is well connected to both Paphos and Larnaka airports.
Cafés, Beaches and Marinas
This ancient castle now houses a compelling museum of artifacts dating back as far as the 4th century.
Explore the remains of this important ancient kingdom, an intriguing set of stone ruins overlooking Limassol.
Inhale the salty sea air and enjoy the sea views during a stroll down Paphos’ busy and bustling restaurant and shop-lined promenade.
Venture out and explore the scenic Akamas Peninsula area, with its wild landscapes and dramatic gorges. Behold some of the most breathtaking views in Cyprus, and discover Avakas Gorge, Lara Bay, and the Baths of Aphrodite on this 4x4 adventure that goes well off the beaten track.
On this trip, you can re-enact the biblical story, by encountering some of the world’s animals before stepping aboard your own, small-scale ark. You’ll start the day in Pafos Zoo, where you’ll have the morning to wander around.
You will visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Arriving in the south part of Nicosia, your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town.
The journey into the Troodos Mountains is spectacular. You’ll pass small villages and get a glimpse of traditional Cypriot life. You will be transferred to a local Village for a coffee break. Afterwards, you travel high in the pine-clad Troodos Mountains you’ll find the Kykkos Monastery.
A great experience on board of a catamaran, available from Limassol, for those looking to relax and top up their tan! Experience for participants +16 years old only!Pull out of Limassol old Port and cruise along the West Coast of Limassol towards Cape Gata (weather permitting).
The journey into the Troodos Mountain is remarkable. You’ll pass small villages and experience the traditional Cypriot life. As you travel high in the Troodos Mountain you will have your first stop in Anogyra Village.