Limassol is one of the ‘must-see’ destinations of Cyprus. Situated on the island’s southern coast, Limassol is a very proud city. Visitors are treated to everything from historic sites to beautiful beaches to great nightlife.
The city has a lot to offer, and many visitors find themselves coming back again and again.
Limassol is actually placed on the list of the top 100 cities in the world for quality of living. It is the second largest city in Cyprus and is also one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. As the largest port in Cyprus, the area has historically welcomed people of many cultures, which is why you can spot such a wide range of cultural marks in the old town and within the large, modern marina.
So where does the story start?
To help you understand why the city is as it is today, we need to look at its history. Limassol was built between the two ancient cities of Kourion and Amathus during the Byzantine period. The historical centre of the city is close to the Old Port and marina and the defensive structure that is known as Limassol Castle, all of which are worth a visit.
Today, Limassol is a sprawling metropolitan area encompassing much of the surrounding coast and immediate foothills of the Troodos mountain range to the north.
Do Anything, Be Anything
Limassol is a place you visit because you want to do anything you want. You can relax on its pristine beaches and paddle in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, or you can indulge in some more extreme pursuits, such as para-gliding and jet-skiing.
The city is a place for everyone, from the casual holidaymaker to the backpacker looking to do a grand tour of Europe and the Middle East.
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The City and More
Once you have explored the medieval castles and winding streets of the old town, you may be wondering what happens next?
Well, Limassol is a city that can easily keep you entertained for weeks. The size of Cyprus and an efficient public transport infrastructure makes it easy to enjoy the surrounding area. Get yourself out into the country and take in sites such as Kolossi Castle and the ruins of a 14th-century sugar mill.
Cypriots are proud of their history and heritage, and they have done much to make sure that they can still show it off to the rest of the world. As such, you’ll find this place to be one of the most hassle-free destinations in your itinerary.
The town doesn’t have its own international airport, so the majority of arrivals to the island enter via Larnaca or Paphos international airports. From here, there are shuttle buses that will take you to Limassol (approximately 40-minute road journey from both). The city itself has a conventional public bus system that will take you anywhere within the city and suburbs.
Another way to arrive is through Limassol’s passenger port. There are regular summer cruises from a variety of destinations around Europe and countries like Lebanon and Israel.
When to Visit
The best time to visit is when the sea is at its warmest and when the city is at its peak, during the summer months. If peak time is not something that you relish, a visit in the spring or the autumn can give you the best of both worlds. You still have the warm weather but with a little breathing space.
Have you been to Limassol before, or are you planning to visit? What did you think, or what do you have planned if you are visiting in the near future? I’d love to hear from you, so why not drop me a comment below? Maybe you can even share some of your photos of the local scenery or attractions?