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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.
Limassol, Limassol Area
Set in abundantly lush grounds, the Elias Beach Hotel combines comfort, luxury and a vast array of activities year round for tourists of all ages and interests. Strategically located by the sea in the ancient Amathus area, which in ancient times was a bustling centre for the island, you have historical sights and local facilities. With great accommodation, particularly for families with children, and lovely dining options, The Elias Beach Hotel is a wonderful place to stay for total relaxation with lots of things to do for all the family.
Getting to the hotel: The Elias Beach Hotel is 60 km from Larnaca airport and 70 km from Paphos airport.
Local Tips: Just 4 km from Limassol centre, the city centre bus service daily every 20 minutes.
Food, drink and entertainment: Flavours Restaurant & Terrace serves lunch and dinner buffet & live cooking with theme nights; Amadeus serves buffet & live cooking dinner; Blue Paradise Restaurant & Bar serves drinks (weather permitting)Blue Paradise Tavern serves local meze (only dinner one per week included in AI,weather permitting); Kiku Japanese Restaurant serves the best of contemporary Japanese cuisine (only dinner once per week in AIM, Summer period, weather permitting); Daily Snacks 10:30 - 22:00; Daily ice cream; New Havana Entertainment Venue serves drinks (evening); Zodiac Lounge Bar serves drinks (evening); Main lobby and Terrace serves drinks (daytime & evening); Splash Pool Bar serves drinks (daytime, weather permitting); Alcoholic & Non - alcoholic beverages 10:00-23:00.
The new Havana indoor entertainment venue offers a new range of entertainment options; The hotel runs its own fully qualified entertainment and animation team; Daily evening entertainment includes Broadway style musicals, tribute bands, magicians, family fun shows, disco nights etc.; Daytime activities are organised and run by the hotel in-house animation team, suitable for families and adults and include aerobics, yoga, exercises activities, cooking demonstrations, tennis, table tennis darts, casino nights etc; Water Sports and Diving Centre under separate management are available at the beach (seasonal).
Sport, games and activities: The outdoor swimming pool and sun terraces are surrounded by magnificent gardens, leading to a private sandy beach with a pier. The Aphrodite Health Club & Spa offers an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, beauty treatments, squash and tennis courts and a modern fully equipped gym. Other facilities include a PADI 5 star Gold Palm Diving School, water sports on the beach, volleyball, cycling, table tennis, and aerobics.
For the kids: Large kid's swimming pool and a children's playground.
Additional: Reception and house-keeping. The hotel also features a ballroom, chapel and pier for special events.
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Limassol, Limassol Area
The Mediterranean Beach Hotel is located at the seaside overlooking the Bay of Limassol, about ½ mile from the beautiful ancient ruins of Amathunda. Recently renovated and surrounded by pretty gardens and sparkling pools, this 4 Star hotel makes a comfortable base for couples and families with a wide range of comfortable guestrooms boasting modern amenities. Guests of the Mediterranean Beach Hotel can enjoy delicious dining, plenty of sports and leisure facilities for adults and children, excellent service from the friendly staff, and the most beautiful sunsets nature has to offer.
Getting to the hotel: Paphos International Airport is 63 km from the Mediterranean Beach Hotel.
Local tips: There is a very nice golf course in Limassol for seasoned golfers and beginners alike.
Dining: The hotel is booked as Bed and Breakfast, Half Board or Full Board accommodation. Mediterranean Beach Hotel is proud to present a choice of six restaurants offering guests delicious gourmet menus and appetizing healthy options, using locally grown ingredients. There is also a friendly bar and stunning pool bar area. A full entertainment programme runs throughout the season. A total of 6 restaurants in resort.
Activities: Split-level swimming pool with stone cave and arcaded area, heated indoor pool, Blue-flag beach in front of the hotel, hi-tech gym, Pilates and aerobics studio, one floodlit tennis court, a 5* Padi scuba diving centre, variety of water sports on the beach. The Aquum Health Spa offers a full range of health and beauty treatments designed to de-stress, revitalize and rejuvenate both body and mind. The SPA has four dry treatment rooms - including one for couples - and three wet rooms.
For the kids: A supervised children's club operates from April to October, and during the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays. The club has an amusement centre with video games, two Billiard tables, table tennis, children's outdoor pool and a playground. Baby-sitting service is available on request.
Additional: 24-hour reception and room service, safe deposit boxes, free WiFi in public areas, tour desk, foreign exchange facilities, laundry service, elevator, banquet facilities, five conference rooms that can hold up to 150 and 270 people, wedding service, housekeeping and parking. Wheelchair access is available to all floors (except the rooms on level 3), restaurants, bars and the pool grounds.
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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.