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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.
Visit in early summer before the school holidays for warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, but quieter beaches.
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.
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Stroll along the palm-lined golden sandy beach or step back in time and wander the maze of cobbled streets that run behind in the old town. Here you can shop for local crafts as you admire the Byzantine architecture, or delve deeper into the history of the town with a trip to the medieval castle. 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, cafés and bars to choose from as the sun goes down.
A pretty, palm-lined promenade links the towns selection of sandy beaches. For water sports, head to Akti Olympion, a Blue Flag beach that is very popular for water skiing and windsurfing. Fancy escaping the crowds on your holiday in Limassol? Simply venture a little further from the resort to Governor’s Beach, where you’ll find soft golden sand and clear blue waters for a refreshing dip in the sea. The clear, calm coastline is also a great place to dive, with local diving centres providing boat charters out to explore the famous Zenobia wreck.
If you want to find out more about the history of Cyprus, you find lots to do during your Limassol holiday. Local landmarks like the Grand Mosque and Byzantine churches highlight the mixed Turkish and Greek influences. The medieval Limassol Castle is just beyond the harbor, and houses a museum stuffed full of local artifacts, including coins and weapons. It has some great vistas, too, and the terrace at the top has a commanding view across the town. The area around the castle is also a great place to start if you’re looking to sample some authentic Cypriot cuisine. Here you’ll find tavernas serving up local favourites like slow-cooked lamb kleftiko. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, the seafront promenade comes to life in the evening with a mix of modern bars and lounges as well as some late-night clubs.
If you like to shop, you’ll love Limassol. In the old town you’ll find boutiques selling everything from the latest fashions to exquisite local crafts, like Lefkara lace. If you’re looking for some serious retail therapy, the place to visit is My Mall. This is the biggest shopping mall in Cyprus, with hundreds of famous brands on offer. If you need something to keep the kids happy, take them to Fasouri Watermania. This popular waterpark has dozens of water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river to suit all ages. There’s also a choice of restaurants and ice cream parlours in the park, if you need to refuel during the day.
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.
Language: Greek and Turkish are spoken
Currency: The local currency is the Euro (€)
Local time: Limassol is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further 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
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.
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.
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.