With Cyprus about to open-up to British tourists, time to check-out this Mediterranean gem.
The Cypriot government has just announced that it might open its borders to British tourists from 1st May, so long as they have had both doses of their COVID vaccine. The slight complication is that, at the time of writing, the government in London is restricting overseas travel until the end of that month and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not even set a date for the resumption of foreign holidays. However, even if you have to wait a few more weeks, we thought we’d give you our suggestion for the perfect Cyprus holiday.
Limassol is a lively port town on the southern coast of Cyrus which offers great holiday hotels, sandy beaches, lovely tavernas and cultural attractions. If you want nightlife there are lots of options for the young and older crowd and with 340 days of sun a year and temperatures that rarely drop below a mild 18C, Cyprus is a fabulous pick for winter sun.
During the summer months Limassol is a classic beach and book holiday destination. If you want to take in some history and culture, Limassol has a castle and the ancient ruins of Amathus, including a well-preserved amphitheatre to explore. Limassol Marina offers a pleasant setting for a meal while watersport addicts will enjoy the range of options on Dasoudi Beach.
There are accommodation options for all budgets. The Four Seasons is pricey but has everything you need on site and is great for kids. The Amathus Beach Hotel also has lots to offer and will have completed a refurb in time for the tourist season. If you are looking for something a little smaller and more romantic, check out the Londa with its stunning infinity pool
Where to eat
You’ll be able to find many different cuisines in Limassol so you might want to do some research in advance. Anotera Tavern is one of the most popular traditional restaurants while the locals flock to Itilo. La Maison Fleurie is one of the best-rated eateries in the area, serving up French cuisine in a romantic setting. The Limassol Marina also has a variety of different dining options.
Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus but it’s pretty easy get around. If you want to hire your own car you need to have your wits about you as the roads can be pretty manic. Taxis are reasonably priced and most drivers are friendly. You’d be wise to write down the address you need to avoid any confusion. Alternatively Limassol has a good bus service should you want to save your cash.
When to go
Limassol has 340 days of sun a year but the prime time to visit is between April and the end of June, and September to October. The area can get very hot in primetime summer months and a younger crowd tends to descend during the summer holidays.
Three things we like
Dasoudi Beach. There are lots of watersport and eating options along this pretty sandy stretch which has been awarded Blue Flag status.
Makarious Avenue is full of designer shops and Limassol is also a great place to buy leather goods.
The homemade gelato at the Colours Cafe at The Four Seasons resort is delicious.
High50 insider tips
Don’t bother taking lots of smart clothes. Most of the restaurants are very casual so shorts, T-shorts and flip-flops should see you through the week. Take insect repellent to keep flies away.
Travelling with family?
Children will love Limassol because of its pools and beaches. Many of the hotels offer great kids clubs too, meaning mum and dad can relax. Limassol is also home to the only zoo on the island and there is a waterpark nearby.
Need to know
Flying time is four and a half hours from the UK
Larnaca airport is about an hour from the centre of Limassol. Paphos airport is about 90 minutes away.
Two-pin European plugs are standard
Time difference is two hours (GMT + 2)
Currency is the Euro
Language is Greek Cypriot