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Holidays in Limassol
Limassol is one of Cyprus’ most vibrant and interesting cities, located on its Mediterranean south coast. The city’s sun-drenched seaside promenade buzzes with bars and international eateries, running alongside a palm-lined golden beach. Behind the promenade, however, you have an intriguing old town full of interesting architecture, historic landmarks and traditional Cypriot restaurants.
Early summer for quieter beaches and plenty of sunshine.
Larnaca International Airport (LCA).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Limassol to experience the exciting mix of a historic Cypriot city and vibrant seaside resort.
Experience the charm of Limassol’s traditional old town with a wander through the maze-like streets, where you can marvel at the line-up of Byzantine architecture, visit some local craft shops or pay a visit to the landmark medieval castle. Cool off on the coast with a little sunbathing or plan a diving excursion to visit the Zenobia wreck. For families, take a day trip to the city’s local water park, with slides and wave pools that are a hit with kids. After dark, the bustling old town has plenty of Cypriot restaurants for sampling the local cuisine, then head to the promenade to chill out in a seafront wine bar.
Limassol’s long, sun-drenched coast has a choice of beaches, linked by a pleasant palm-lined promenade. The further along the coast you venture, the quieter the beaches become, with peaceful spots like Governor’s Beach providing all the soft, golden sand and clear waters that you could want. The best place in Limassol for water sports is Akti Olympion, a Blue Flag winner popular for the water skiing and windsurfing amongst others. Limassol’s clear, calm coast is also a great place to dive, with local diving centres providing boat charters out to explore the famous Zenobia wreck.
Limassol’s old town is a fascinating place to wander, with narrow cobbled streets opening up into landmarks like the Grand Mosque and Byzantine churches. Sightseers should visit the medieval Limassol Castle, just outside the heart of the old town. The area around the castle is a wonderful place in Limassol for trying the local fare, with clusters of pavement cafes and tavernas serving up Cypriot favourites like slow-cooked lamb kleftiko. In the evenings, the attractive seafront promenade comes alive with a mix of modern bars and lounges, plus some good late night clubs.
Limassol is a great place to shop, with more traditional Cypriot specialties like Lefkara lace to be found down cobbled streets like Ayios Andreas. If you’re serious about shopping, the place to visit in Limassol is My Mall, the biggest in Cyprus, with hundreds of boutiques and famous brands. If you’re away with kids, take them to Limassol’s popular Fasouri Watermania, which has dozens of water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. You can also get a massage, relax on a sun bed or pick from several restaurants, cocktail bars and ice cream parlours.
History buffs: Limassol’s charming old town and landmarks like the medieval castle provide plenty of sightseeing for visitors with an interest in history.
Beach lovers: There are numerous sandy beaches along Limassol’s coast, which are the ideal jump-off for diving excursions.
Families: As well as the beaches, Limassol has lots of family-friendly restaurants and attractions like the local water park.
Language: The languages spoken in Limassol are Greek and Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Limassol is the Euro (€)
Local time: Limassol is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Larnaca International Airport (LCA).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Limassol tourist information can be found at www.visitcyprus.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Limassol
Temperature: An average high of 27°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Early summer for quieter beaches and plenty of sunshine.
Limassol enjoys long, dry summers classic of the Mediterranean climate in Cyprus. The temperature rises into the mid 20s (°C) around May, peaking around 27°C in July. July and August experience around 12 hours of sunshine per day.
By bus: Limassol has a network of public buses for cheap transport around the resort. The buses are ideal for transport to the beach and run approximately every 15 minutes in high season.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Limassol, and are a good option for short journeys like returning to your hotel in the evening. Taxi ranks are located in the resort, and they can be booked in advance for airport transfers.
By bike: If you don’t have to travel too far, hiring a bike is a pleasant way to get around in Limassol. The waterfront area in particularly is ideal for two wheels.
Wine festival: The Limassol Wine Festival has run for over 50 years, held in celebration of the island’s famous winemaking. The festival takes place for 12 days in August and September, in the town’s pretty Municipal Gardens. Visitors pay a small entrance fee and then can enjoy unlimited samples of the local wine, along with food, concerts and dance performances.
Carnival: Cyprus celebrates Carnival enthusiastically, and Limassol hosts some of its biggest celebrations. Taking place 10 days before Lent, carnival involves parades with colourful floats, feasts, music and a real party atmosphere.