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Limassol Mini Guide
Limassol is a major cosmopolitan city which is rich in culture with a powerful industrial centre and surrounded by valleys steeped in vineyards. The second biggest city in Cyprus, Limassol is situated on Akrotiri Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus at the base of the foothills of the Troodos Mountains.
Limassol combines the laid-back feeling and high quality of life in Cyprus with the hustle and bustle of a port which is visited by ships from all over the Mediterranean. Accordingly, Limassol is at the heart of tourism and trade on the island.
Limassol is where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre in the Castle of Limassol/Lemesos. It is the home of the Greco-Roman theatre which can be found on the sea cliff overlooking the Mediterranean at Kourion and also nearby is the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the protector of the city of Kourion. The Kaningos Museum has an interesting collection of antiquities which have been found in the district of Lemesos (Limassol), which date from the Neolithic age to the Roman.
There is always something happening in Limassol which is home to the Cyprus University of Technology and attracts a large number of tourists to see its green, tree-lined boulevards and the spacious beaches on its beautiful seafront.
Many visitors also go for its lavish festivals, such as the festival of Ancient Greek Drama and the Yermasogeia Flower Festival in May. You shouldn't forget the Limassol Carnival either on Green Monday - reputedly the second biggest in the world after Rio or the Limassol Wine Festival in September celebrating the grape harvest. Limassol also has a sporting tradition with successful football, basketball and volleyball teams. The old port of Limassol has seen a rich history including attacks from Egypt, the visit of English King Richard the Lionheart during crusading times and the British take-over in 1878.
The city has since been renovated and there are modern cafes next to old-style Cypriot taverns, giving it a unique feel. There is also a new port which accommodates a great flow of traffic from commercial vessels. Because of Limassol’s position on the coast it is within easy reach of neighbouring countries and it is possible to take a cruise to Greece
, the Middle East or Egypt
if you want to. This location has made it a city where the influences of the Middle East and Europe co-exist in harmony.
Limassol is especially famous for its wine production, and many Cypriot wine companies are based there because of the ideal growing conditions on the slopes of the nearby Troodos Mountains. These wines and cognacs are top quality, having won plenty of international prizes. Boat-lovers will fall in love with Limassol, especially thanks to the new 1,000 berth marina which is ecologically friendly and has built-in entertainments such as a recreational centre, walking paths, and restaurants. There will also be a church built there.
To arrive in Limassol you can either fly into Paphos or Larnaca International Airport which are both equidistant from the city, about an hour’s drive away. It is worth having a car in Limassol as taxis are expensive and this gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Troodos Mountains.
Boasting the longest coastline of any city in Cyprus, in front of every hotel you will find a beach where you can relax or swim in the sea. There are plenty of beach bars and restaurants to suit everyone.
Ladies Mile Beach is only a 10-15 minute drive by car from the town centre and near the port. The water there is shallow and very clear, so it’s safe for children, and the sand runs for miles so if you prefer some peace and quiet you will be sure to find it there. Alternatively for the more energetic, Ladies Mile Beach is one of the most popular windsurfing spots on the island and also has many other water sports to offer including a free water based assault course.
The village of Pissouri has its own lovely beach with clean warm and safe waters to swim in along with a great beach of sand and shingle. In the summer there are plenty of water sports available and a diving school for anyone who would like to learn scuba diving. There you'll also find the hotel where Zara Phillips had her honeymoon; the Columbia Beach Resort.
There is a good variety of nightlife in Limassol to suit families, young people and those looking for a quiet drink and many bars and pubs stay open till 2am. In the centre of the tourist area of Limassol there is a small area/alley which is filled with bars which attract mainly the young party goers. At 2am when the bars close you can then move on to the nightclubs and discos which are nearby.
One of the most visited restaurants / pub in Limassol, serving home made grub with big screens for the sport fans
The Welsh Crown Inn
A pub with a Welsh setting, great welsh food from the menu. Also has large screen for sports
Malibu Cocktail Bar
A large variety of meals from our special menu as well as local and imported wines,spirits and beers.
The Hamlet Pub
A typical english style pub with big screen sports and tv
Tepee Strictly Rock
A "Strictly" rock bar and grill in the Yermasoyia area, with its own style and friendly astmosphere.
Step Inn The Irish Bar
There is a good variety of nightlife in Limassol to suit families
Guaba Beach Bar
Awesome spot to chill. Gets Poppin around night fall. You gotta pay the extra money for VIP (VIG... read more
This has proven to be one of my favorite places to go out in Limassol, and it's a great place to... read more
Situated in the old Limassol town with a decent coffee and food menu.
Elixir Cocktail Bar
A very trendy cocktail bar located just by Saripolou square.
Vinarte Wine Bar
There is a good variety of nightlife in Limassol to suit families
Located in the Amathounta part of Limassol, has an amazing atmosphere and is a short distance from the beach
Limassol's only electric night club with a pulsating atmosphere
Opa Opa Club
The Opa Opa Club is set to become the most talked-about and haunted hangout in the heart of Limassol
Just the best club! Swell Service, great music, a lot of people.
– Limassol is well known for its festivals throughout the year. The greatest festival in the calendar is the Easter festival, which is held between February and March. Green Monday will mark the start of the Greek Orthodox on Monday 27th February this year.
- For a great shopping experience and fun for the family, visit My Mall in Limassol which has a skating rink as well as dozens of big name shops. There are also a large number of great places to eat in the mall making it a perfect day out if the weather isn't suitable for the beach.
- On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June, Kourion Amphitheatre will host Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, tickets cost 20 euros for adults, ten for children, telephone 99990535 to book.