The coastal city of Limassol in Cyprus deserves more hype than it is actually getting at present. Don’t be put off by its industrial image because there is a lot waiting to be discovered underneath its bustling facade. It is located at the south coast…
The coastal city of Limassol in Cyprus deserves more hype than it is actually getting at present. Don’t be put off by its industrial image because there is a lot waiting to be discovered underneath its bustling facade. It is located at the south coast of the island where the beaches are stunning, the food is great and the nightlife is fantastic.
The town offers a distinctive cool vibe that is a hit for those who simply want to chill out but, at the same, it also offers a wide range of attractions for those who want to see the sights, immerse in history, or party till daybreak.
Limassol, also known as Lemesos, is about 44 miles from Larnaca Airport. You can take a taxi or an airport shuttle bus and get to the area in approximately 45 minutes. If you are coming in by boat, berthing should not be a problem because there are several marinas to choose from onsite.
An exploration of Limassol will lead you to discover the rich historical backdrop of the area. Although the city looks quite modern at first glance, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are more than a few medieval treasures to check out. The centuries-old Limassol Castle takes the top spot, not so much for its unimpressive appearance but for its historical importance – that is, as the venue of Richard the Lionheart’s wedding to Berengaria of Navarre and the latter’s crowning as the queen of England in the 12th century. The castle now houses a medieval museum that makes for a worthwhile visit.
A short distance from Limassol Castle you will discover the picturesque Old Harbour. Walk around the atmospheric area with your camera in tow because there are plenty of photo opportunities on the waterfront and its myriad display of colorful fishing boats. There is also an abundance of charming seafood restaurants in the area where you can sit down for a great meal and enjoy a wonderful view.
After your scrumptious fare, burn the calories off with a mile-long stroll at the City Park. This lovely green space features a small zoo and if you are lucky, you just might chance upon a charming performance at the site’s open-air theatre. Continue your walking tour of the area at the nearby Limassol Archaeological Museum. History enthusiasts will find an interesting exhibit of various artifacts from different periods, most of which were taken from the nearby archaeological sites, Amathous in particular.
Other attractions worth seeing in the city center include the Folk Art Museum and its remarkable display of Cypriot crafts. There is also the Silks Gallery which is truly a superb treat for the art enthusiast. It features works from both famous and up-and-coming talent from different parts of the world. The Limassol Sculpture Park, strategically located at the waterfront, is also a must-see. Its 20 medium to large scale sculptures from renowned local and international artists are remarkable creative expressions that inspire both mind and spirit.
Of course, there are several exciting shopping opportunities in the area. Check out the cobbled streets of Ayios Andreas and Anexartisias for their traditional shops as well as the Saturday Market for some great finds. Finally, party-loving tourists will delight in the bubbly nightlife of Limassol, which is usually the most popular night-time destination in Cyprus when Ayia Napa hibernates during low season. Two of the most popular spots for an all-nighter include the Yermasoyia Strip and the old medieval town center.