Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus and the island's largest resort which welcomes guests all year round.
The resort was named Cypriot Riviera for its pleasant climate, hospitality, cosmopolitan and well-developed tourist infrastructure.
There are a variety of excellent hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and discos. Besides the active tourist life, the city features a business atmosphere, it is a cultural and commercial center of the island. In addition, Limassol (means "the average city") is located between the popular resorts of Paphos and Ayia Napa, between main attractions of the island, ancient Curio and ancient Amathus.
Each tourist will find for themselves the entertainments or a relaxing stay at the resort. There is available a wide range of activities, such as tennis, horse riding, yachting, and in winter it is ski in the mountains. And if you want just a sunny holidays, welcome to the beaches and outdoor terrace with stunning sea views.
Older neighborhoods, which are a nice place for a walking today, is located between Avenue of the Archbishop Macarius and port. There is also a brisk market which transforms this part of the city into a bright attraction in the morning. You can see and buy spices, traditional sweets, handicrafts, trinkets for the house, reproductions of icons. There are plenty of cafes near the market. You can also look the colorful Turkish neighborhood with houses decorated in traditional style near the old port. A pedestrian zone stretches along the old port, it is a pleasant place for walking. Unique avant-garde pictures of contemporary artists from Greece, Cyprus and other countries enliven a Limassol promenade. Discos and clubs, bars with live music concentrated in the area of Potamos Germasogeia will attract admirers of nightlife in Limassol.
The resort is recommended for couples or groups of friends, active young people, and for measured family vacation or business travel; it is also a good starting point to travel the island. However Limassol may seem too quick for travelers who prefer only peaceful rest. You can choose accommodation in prestigious hotels, which is conveniently located in the tourist area away from the noisy part if you want to combine a really active, dynamic rest and relaxing.
Limassol is one of the most colorful and cosmopolitan cities of Cyprus with festivals and nightlife. In spring the city "blooms" with carnivals, colorful parades, masquerades; Summer brings Dramatic Art Festival, on which theater companies come from different countries of the world, and the performances are in historic buildings and on the stage of the ancient theater of Kourion, which gives the action a special appeal. By the beginning of autumn harvest festivals and the famous festival in honor of Dionysus, god of wine, representing the best Cypriot aromatic wines come in Limassol. The first days of October are the annual festival "Afamiya" grape, which takes place in a site Koilani, near from Limassol. There are wine tasting, desserts, sweets. Festival "Kataklysmos" with rich entertainment program is held in the Trinity holiday days in different parts of the island. During the festival, you can see traditional dances, boat races and canoeing, swimming competition and struggle, and the highlight of the festival is douche water on each other meaning the ablution and renewal.
The beaches in Limassol are not wide, with a gentle descent into the water and a good infrastructure. Basically, the beaches have dark volcanic sand (a beneficial effect on the skin), and there are also sand-and-shingle beaches.
The most popular beach is Dassudi (near Park Beach Hotel) marked with the Blue Flag for clearness, safety and infrastructure of the resort.
Beach of Cyprus Tourism Organisation is located about 3 km from the district Potamos Germasogeia. It is modern, comfortable, with tavernas, bars, changing rooms. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas there.
The best beach is considered Ladie's Mile Beach. It stretches for 8 km to the west of the city. It is located near the British military base of Akrotiri and it is recommended to have a passport to travel to this part of the coast.
Museum of the History of the Middle Ages is located near the old port. Exhibits are coins, bronzes, pottery, dishes, vases, weapons, armors of the Templar era. An excellent view of the surroundings and the minaret towering near palm grove opens from the terrace.
The museum is located in the eastern part of the city, next to the city garden. The earliest exhibits in the museum's collection is dated back to the Bronze Age, such as pottery, vases, statuettes of pagan Egyptian deities.
The only Zoo in Cyprus operates in the city park, where the annual wine festival is held. Its inhabitants are the elephants, lions, mouflon, monkeys, birds.
Waterpark Fasouri Watermania
It is located 10 km west of Limassol in a beautiful area Fasouri surrounded by citrus orchards. It is open daily from May to the end of October, from 10.00 to 18.00.
It is in the Yermasoyia area. There are attractions for children of younger and older age groups.
There are a large selection of scuba diving spots in Limassol. There are Scuba Diving Centers Aloha (nearby Park Beach Hotel) and Dive-in (at Amathus Beach Hotel) as well as in the Mediterranean Beach Hotel and Four Seasons.
The fortress, built at the beginning of the XIII century, is located 15 km to the west of the city. Colossus is a symbol of the Crusaders stay in Cyprus. Castle's name comes from the name Garinusa de Colossus, the original owner of the land in Limassol surroundings. Historically, the area adjacent to the castle united 40 villages where olives, grapes, sugar cane and cotton was grown.
Kourion Ruins are located 22 km west of Limassol, 5 km to the west of the Colossus. This is one of the oldest cities of the island, its occurrence belong to the Mycenaean era. The city reached the greatest heyday in Roman times. The ruins at several sites is kept to this day such as the Sanctuary of Apollo, the ancient stadium, villas with mosaics, Greek-Roman amphitheater (could accommodate up to 3500 spectators, it was renovated in 1961 and performs its original role today, music festivals, concerts, Greek tragedy are held here). You can reach Kourion from the fortress of Kolossi by bus.