Limassol holidays

Mix up sun-drenched beaches with a cosmopolitan town bursting with restaurants, bars, and historic attractions to explore and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fun-filled Limassol holidays. Located on the south coast of Cyprus, it’s ideal if you want to do a bit of sightseeing alongside your classic beach holiday. It’s also a family-friendly place with lots on offer to keep the kids entertained. 

Things to do

Limassol is a great destination for shopping. Head to Agiou Andreou Street and you’ll find loads of local crafts on sale, as well as My Mall (the biggest in Cyprus), where you’ll find hundreds of shops under one roof including big-name brands like Adidas and Calvin Klein alongside highstreet favourites such as M&S. 

After a bit of retail therapy, make sure you delve deeper into the history of Limassol by wandering the maze of cobbled streets that run behind the Old Town. Start by admiring the Byzantine architecture around Agiou Andreou and make your way towards the Medieval castle, which sits near the Old Harbour. 

If everyone’s getting a bit hot and bothered, cool them down and take the kids to Limassol’s water park, with a range of slides and wave pools for a day of fun. Hit the beach and try one of the many water sports on offer. If you’re a more experienced diver, the Zenobia wreck, which is home to a rich and varied marine life, is close by.

There are plenty of restaurants in Limassol alongside cafés and bars, which is where most people head once the sun goes down. If you’re looking for a light bite, you’ll find a dozen places selling Cyprus’ answer to the doner kebab - gyros. Those craving something more substantial should hit Meze Taverna, whose chefs have 30 years’ experience. Do not leave here without trying the beef stifado, it’s delicious. 

Added to all that, there’s a reason that holidaymakers flock to Limassol year after year - it’s cheap! You can grab a pint of beer for around 3 euro, while a three-course set menu will cost as little as 20 euro, not to mention many of its top-rated attractions are free to enter.

Excellent beaches

A wide range of beaches cover the sun-drenched coast, so finding the right one for you is easy enough to do. You’ll be able to relax on soft, golden sand in Governor’s Beach, or for water sports, the Akti Olympion Blue Flag beach is perfect. Its clear, calm waters are great for activities such as learning to windsurfing or diving. But no matter which one you choose, all of the beautiful shores that line Limassol offer a relaxing setting with excellent views of the glistening, turquoise sea.

Fabulous shopping

As well as the beautiful beaches, Limassol is popular for its fantastic shopping opportunities. Only a short distance from the city centre is My Mall, the largest shopping mall in Cyprus. Browse in hundreds of boutiques, both designer and high street brands. If shopping isn’t for you, there’s lots of other entertainment to get involved with, including bowling and ice skating, plus plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat in.

History and culture

Limassol is an important city for Cyprus, as it’s the country’s main industrial port along the large Mediterranean trade route. This is what first made it such a popular holiday destination, well, that and the beautiful climate. There are lots of archaeological sites to see around the city including the ruined city of Kourion. Sticking to traditions of Cypriot life, the city hosts religious festivals throughout the year too.

Vibrant nightlife

The variety of bars and clubs that line the streets in the bustling city of Limassol will not disappoint. Head down to Limassol marina where you’ll find well-known places to enjoy a bite to eat at the start of your evening, such as Wagamama and TGI Fridays. There’s also a choice of traditional wine bars and restaurants here such as The Yacht Club, Crystal and Derlicious.

Dance under the stars along the beach in Guaba Beach Bar, where partygoers can dance all day and night to the latest summer music that’s playing from the sound system. For something fruity, make your way to one of the many cocktail bars to watch the bar staff flaunt their skills and enjoy a Mojito or two. Be entertained at a cabaret show, or take to the mic for karaoke; the nightlife is notoriously vibrant with something to suit all tastes. With the large amount of places open until the early hours, your hardest decision will be where to go first.

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History buffs: Quaint cobbled streets, old Byzantine architecture and landmarks like the medieval castle and Grand Mosque offer plenty of places to explore if you want to find out more about the town’s vibrant past.

Beach lovers: Soft sandy beaches with gently shelving waters are the ideal spot to relax of take a refreshing dip in the sea. The choice of water sports, such as diving and sailing, means you’re never stuck for something to do.

Families: As well as the safe beaches, you’ll find lots of family-friendly restaurants and fun attractions like the local water park to keep the little ones happy.

Fast facts for Limassol

Language:  Greek and Turkish are spoken.

Currency: The local currency is the Euro (€).

Local time: Limassol is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Larnaca International Airport. From Larnaca, it's 1 hour to Limassol.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Limassol is 4–5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/.

 

 

Getting around Limassol

By bus: Public buses are cheap and run every 15 minutes during the high season to make it easy to get around the town. 

By taxi: There are plenty of taxis which you can find waiting at a number of ranks in the resort. It’s normally wise to book in advance if you want to use a taxi for your airport transfer.

By bike: Enjoy the flat promenade that links the town’s beaches on two wheels when you hire a bike.

Events in Limassol

Wine festival: Celebrate the grape on your Limassol holiday at the town’s  famous Wine Festival. Held in the pretty Municipal Gardens in the town, the festival lasts for 12 days in August and September. You’ll need to pay a small entrance fee, but can then enjoy unlimited samples of local wine as well as try local food and watch music and dance performances.  

Carnival: Carnival is a big part of Cypriot tradition Cyprus, and Limassol is home to some of the biggest celebrations. Taking place 10 days before Lent, watch out for spectacular parades with multi-coloured floats all accompanied by plenty of food, music and dancing to ensure a vibrant party atmosphere. 

Limassol weather

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. During July and August you’re guaranteed around 12 hours of sunshine per day.

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