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Limassol: what to see and do. A perfect place for winter sun, with sandy beaches and ancient ruins
November 30, 2015 | By: High50
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Why go

Limassol is a lively port town on the southern coast of Cyrus which offers great holiday hotels, sandy beaches, lovely tavernas and cultural attractions to boot. 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.

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What to do
Limassol Kourion Amphi Theatre

One of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island, Kourion Amphi Theatre

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, which has recently been redeveloped offers a nice setting for a meal while watersport addicts will enjoy the range of options on Dasoudi Beach too.

Where to stay
limassol four seasons hotel pools

The pool at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel

There are accommodation options for all budgets but you do really get what you pay for. It’s really worth splashing out on the best accommodation you can afford. The Four Seasons is pricey but has everything you need on site and is great for kids.

Amanthos Hotel-Beach

Sun loungers out at the romantic Amanthos Beach Hotel

The Amathus Beach Hotel also has lots to offer but for something a little smaller and more romantic, the Londa is well worth checking out and the infinity pool is stunning!

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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 new Limassol Marina has a variety of different dining options too.

Getting around

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
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The medieval Limassol Castle

  1. Limassol Castle. Dating back to 1228 the site is believed to be where Richard The Lionheart wed Queen Berengaria and crowned her Queen of England in 1191. Afterwards enjoy a coffee on one of the many pavement cafes.
  2. The Troodos mountains aren’t too away and are a great place to go hiking in autumn when temperatures are cooler.
  3. The Limassol festival in February. Pro tennis player Marcos Baghdatis hails from the city and regularly is in attendance at the fun event which attracts people from all over the island.
Something we don’t like

It gets very hot, perhaps too hot, in July and August so just make sure all people travelling in your party enjoy the sun if travelling during this time.

Don’t miss

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.

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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