The city

The city we only dreamed of is now a reality

Limassol, or Lemesos, is the second largest city in Cyprus and is situated on the southern coast of the island. It offers a fusion of historical riches and modern cosmopolitan living. It has developed significantly in recent years, emerging as a business hub.
Limassol has the largest port in Cyprus. The 650-berth Limassol marina which was officially opened in June 2014, has already been compared very favourably with other marinas in the region and further afield.

Limassol, the second largest city in Cyprus, has recently been ranked by the prominent travel directory TripAdvisoras its 3rd ‘upcoming’ destination, in its listing of the Top
10 Traveler’s Choice Destinations on the Rise around the world. “Cyprus’ second-largest city appeals to a wide range of tourists, from those interested in sun and sand vacations to those who prefer to delve into the island’s culture at its museums and sites of archaeological interest”, TripAdvisor
states. The large seaside resort on Akrotiri Bay offers lively nightlife and a slew of energetic festivals, its summary continues, adding that a cornucopia of cafes and bars lines the bustling seafront.
Limassol is situated between archaeological sites, the ancient kingdoms of Amathous, Kourion and Kolossi.
Limassol is also home to the newly constructed Marina and the city’s geographical location provides easy access to mountainous villages and Troodos mountain. In addition, the city is an upcoming business centre attracting businessmen, as well as couples, families and young people.

Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus and is situated on the southern coast of the island. It has developedsignificantly in recent years, emerging as a business hub.
Limassol has the largest port in Cyprus. The 650-berth Limassol marina which was officially opened in June 2014, has already been compared very favourably with other marinas in the region and further afield.

Limassol, the second largest city in Cyprus, has recentlybeen ranked by the prominent travel directory TripAdvisoras its 3rd ‘upcoming’ destination, in its listing of the Top
10 Traveler’s Choice Destinations on the Rise around the world. “Cyprus’ second-largest city appeals to a wide range of tourists, from those interested in sun and sand vacations to those who prefer to delve into the island’s culture at its museums and sites of archaeological interest”, TripAdvisor
states. The large seaside resort on Akrotiri Bay offers lively nightlife and a slew of energetic festivals, its summary continues, adding that a cornucopia of cafes and bars lines the bustling seafront.
Limassol is situated between archaeological sites, the ancient kingdoms of Amathous, Kourion and Kolossi.
Limassol is also home to the newly constructed Marina and the city’s geographical location provides easy access to mountainous villages and Troodos mountain. In addition, the city is an upcoming business centre attracting businessmen, as well as couples, families and young people.

Thanks to its central location, Limassol is an ideal place to stay in Cyprus as you can easily reach other cities such as Paphos and the capital Nicosia, whilst also being within a reasonable distance of the stunning natural sites of the Troodos Mountains. So whether you fancy a day out shopping followed by an evening of city nightlife or a gallop across rustic meadows, Limassol is a good place to call base.

There is also plenty to do within Limassol itself, from an array of Byzantine churches, castles, museums and gardens to visit to gorgeous beaches and crystal clear ocean to dabble with some water sports. Various annual celebrations take place in the city so it might be worth timing your visit to your Limassol holiday home during September to ensure you can scoop up some free samples at the Wine Festival, or during the pre-Lenten Carnival when the streets are soaked in colour from masquerade balls and grand parades. In addition, there is the Limassol Festival during summer and the Drama Festival at Kourion. Whenever you arrive, there is likely to be a celebration to get involved in!

There will inevitably be something going on in the city during your stay, so Limassol gives you the freedom to head out and explore on any night, from various restaurants to beach sunsets and nights out at the carnival, all whilst having the flexibility to head back to the apartment on a quiet night for a BBQ on the balcony. 

Dining Out

When you fancy a night off from cooking in your Limassol self catering apartment, the city is brimming with a choice of diverse fares. During your stay it would be a shame not to visit a traditional Cypriot taverna, giving you an old school feel of the island. Limassol has great nightlife so there is also a fantastic choice of bars. 

What to do

You will not be short of things to do from your Limassol holiday home – it’s more a question of being spoiled for choice! Limassol Castle is a must visit during your time in Cyprus; since the old days when Richard the Lionheart is said to have crowned the Lord of Cyprus here, as well as it being used to serve as a prison during the old days of Ottoman rule, the imperial castle has become home to the Medieval Museum. As well as beautiful architecture you will be able to enjoy scenic gardens during your visit, as well as a peek at an authentic old olive press!

To keep with the museum theme, check out the Archaeological Museum which offers an insight into Cypriot society throughout the ages. You will see exhibits of ceramics, pottery and antiquities from the Roman period- quite different from the décor you will find in your Limassol holiday home! The treasures of this museum date all the way through from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. You will also find sculptures, pottery, lamps and inscriptions with in ancient Hellenistic and Roman koine, a classical Greek language.

The Municipal Museum of Folk Art is abundant with woodcarvings, jewellery, decorations, tools, utensils, traditional Cypriot costumes, embroidery, weaving and bronze artefacts. All of these exhibits date back centuries ago and one hall is even especially dedicated to Anna Kourea.

The Municipal Gardens and Twin Cities Park are undoubtedly a short stroll from your Limassol self catering apartment and are ideal for a calm afternoon to get away from the city bustle. Kids will be kept well-entertained as the Lemesos Zoo and Dinosaur Park can be found here. There is also an open air garden theatre for lovers of the dramatic art; this beautiful setting often features classical plays as well as modern adaptations. The Twin Cities Park, on the coastal embankment close to the park, displays art from Greek and Cypriot artists working all over the world.

The Amathus Ruins are perhaps one of Limassol’s most famous attractions. As one of the oldest imperial cities on the island, on the south coast of Agios Tychonas, Limassol is home to many myths including one which states that Cinyras is the city’s founder, whose son Adonis named the city after his mother Amathous; another suggests that the location of these ruins were of huge importance to Aphrodite, and another to Heracles’ son. Regardless, the ruins are full of mythical excavations and artefacts which will transport you back into the worlds of 3000 years ago, before giving you the luxury of heading back for a cup of tea at your Limassol holiday home! Another interesting site is the Kourion Archaeological Site which includes a Greco-Roman theatre, stately villas, spectacular floor mosaics and an early Christian Basilica. This impressive site dates back to the 2nd century BC and is enough to make anyone feel sufficiently regal as they glide across its imposing perimeter.

Kolossi Medieval Castle dates back to the 15th century and is situated 11km west of Larnaca. The castle was built by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem and holds the ruins of a 13th century fortress. The castle was later inhabited by Richard I of England and the Knights Templar.

Agios Nikolaous ton Gaton Convent located in Cape Gata southeast of Akrotiri Salt is said to have been the first monastery in Cyprus. However, having been built in the 14th century it was quickly abandoned in the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that it was finally adopted by nuns! Legend has it that it was founded by the mother of Constantine the Great, who had a piece of the Holy Cross in their possession.

As well as these mines of historical prowess, Limassol has some fabulous beaches! The water is known for being beautifully blue and clear, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, surfing, diving, water skiing and catamaran trips. Water babies will be totally within their element here, and that’s before they’ve even left the pool at their Limassol self catering holiday home. 

Lovers of retail therapy will be glad to hear that Limassol is a hub for shopping. Whether you are looking for quaint and traditional items at the markets or a luxurious purchase in one of the shopping malls, you won’t be short of choice. Why not try some local fare and spices from the markets to cook up your own Cypriot recipes at your Limassol self catering holiday home?

If you fancy getting out of Limassol for a day, there are a myriad of cruises to choose from to take you out onto the ocean. Your destination could be the tranquil Troodos Mountains for a day of natural glory during which you can visit the tradition Omodos Village, or alternatively head out for a metropolitan trip to Paphos or Nicosia. Troodos is home to most of Cyprus’ vineyards so there are many wine-tasting excursions that run here, whilst the wonderful topography also makes it an ideal location for riders and walkers to explore.

If all of this isn’t enough to keep you busy during your stay in Limassol, other activities include golf, go karting, bowling and even clay pigeon shooting. The challenge is going to be fitting it all in, so pack a diary!