Located on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Limassol is an intriguing blend of old town quaintness and modern elegance with a few areas of over-development thrown in for good measure. It has long been a favourite tourist destination, especially with the Brits, but more recently with Russians as well. But wherever the visitors are from, they will have no problem at all finding things to do in Limassol.
From ancient sites and monuments to fabulous contemporary structures, and incredible beaches to the majestic backdrop that is the Troodos mountains, the town of Limassol has something for everyone. On top of all this are the many cultural traditions that are exclusive to the town, including the annual wine festival in autumn and the carnival parade in the spring.
Limassol has a population of around 175,000, while the town’s port is one of the busiest in the Mediterranean. A marina takes pride of place just metres from the town’s medieval castle. Read an in-depth piece on Limassol by clicking the link.
Things to Do in Limassol Right Now
Go to Sayious Adventure Park
An absolute must-do in Limassol is a visit Sayious Adventure Park. This fun-filled adventure park is a family-owned business that is a haven for all adrenaline junkies. The aim of the park is to allow these adventure seekers to do what they love doing in a safe and controlled environment.
One great thing about a day at the Sayious Adventure Park is that your experience is always tailored to suit you or your group’s requirements. This makes it suitable for almost anyone, and the fantastic team go out of their way to make sure everything is as it should be.
There are many different activities that you can partake in at Sayious. These range from paintballing to archery to driving off-road buggies, and with an array of packages also available, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Prices range from €15 for five minutes of drift go-karting to €130 for a 2.5-hour session on a two-person buggy.
As the activities are private, so you will not be mixed with other groups of eager thrill seekers. It is recommended that you visit early morning from around 8am to 12.30pm or late afternoon from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and you will need to pre-book your visit.
Check Out Limassol Old Town
A must-see when visiting Limassol is Limassol’s lively old town. There is no doubt that this is one of the most interesting places to explore while in the town. The main square is full of delightful restaurants and cafes, which are usually the main hideout for Limassol’s youth.
Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the main square is Limassol Castle, which was built in the fourteenth century. This castle was home to many historical events; it is where Richard the Lionheart of England married Berengaria, and in later years it was used as a military base by the Ottomans. The castle is now used as Limassol’s very own Medieval Museum and houses a huge selection of tombstones, weapons and armour. This certainly makes it a top attraction for visitors as it is both interesting and educational.
Other attractions in Limassol’s old town include the stunning Limassol Cathedral along with the Grand Mosque. You should at least try to leave some time in your itinerary to visit the old town as the sights and sounds are simply magnificent and provide an unforgettable experience.
Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra Tou Romiou)
I have visited Aphrodite’s Rock many times, and I am still blown away every time I visit. It is a truly breathtaking sight, especially when accompanied by a magnificent Cypriot sunset. The two large rocks that dramatically stand out from the rest have ensured that this is one of Cyprus’ most photographed beachscapes. Many people choose to come here for a picnic, a simple stroll along the beach, or just to admire the magical location.
This spot is where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea, and this legend is popular with locals and visitors alike. This beautiful site has been the inspiration behind many paintings and poems, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus painting. It is clear to see why.
The village of Platres is set high up in the Troodos Mountains and is the perfect setting for lovers of everything nature, lured in by the picturesque scenery of the stunning mountain range. Platres is particularly busy during the summer months when the temperatures soar, and many of Limassol’s residents seek the cooler climes of this mountain location.
The history of Platres dates to the Lusignan and the Venetian eras, and the village has kept much of its traditional heritage. With narrow streets and stone houses, the Kaledonian Falls nearby, and many smaller villages nearby within hiking range, Platres is definitely a place I would recommend visiting before you leave Limassol! Transport is available by bus from Limassol town to Platres three times daily.
One of the most beautiful sights in all of Limassol district is Kykkos Monastery. It is a building of stunning architecture. This Greek Orthodox monastery is one of Cyprus’ wealthiest and most well-known monasteries. There are no remains of the original monastery as the structure has burned down on many occasions over the centuries, but the current monastery dates to 1831. It lies on the north-west face of the Troodos Mountains, which makes for a stunning backdrop.
Many people visit this beautiful attraction solely to gaze upon the dazzling architecture of the monastery’s exterior and admire the magnificent surroundings.
Sitting adjacent to the monastery is the Byzantine Museum, which is home to a collection of important religious artefacts including manuscripts and religious art that is owned by the monastery itself.
If you are looking for an interesting way to spend a day while in Limassol, I suggest heading to the Greek Orthodox monastery of Kykkos for an unforgettable experience.
Kolossi Castle is located about 14km west of Limassol. Constructed in the fifteenth century, the castle has held strategic importance throughout the ages. In its different iterations, the building has been linked to the Knights Templar, the Crusaders, Richard the Lionheart and the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Find out more about Kolossi Castle by clicking the link.
Fasouri Watermania Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Cyprus. It covers an area of 25 acres and is purported to have the biggest wave pool in Europe. The attraction was constructed in 1999, and won Europe’s Leading Waterpark Attraction for the World Travel Awards 2007. It currently has 30 different slides and attractions for all age groups. Find out more on Fasouri Waterpark by clicking the link.
Limassol Marina is a full service marina that also comprises residences, shops, and restaurants. Regular cultural events are hosted in the on-site cultural centre, and there is also a spa and fitness centre for visitors to enjoy. Learn more about Limassol Marina by clicking the link.
Limassol Castle is located near the marina in the old port area, close to the old part of Limassol town. The castle was thought to have been originally constructed in the thirteenth century, but it is known to have been rebuilt in the sixteenth century during the Ottoman rule. According to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre at the site of Limassol Castle in 1191, crowning her Queen of England. Read more on Limassol Castle by clicking the link.
Ancient Amathus is very close to Limassol, just six miles to the east, on the coastal road. With structures on the site dating back to the eighth century BC, and known human habitation from at least 1000 BC, this site really is worth a visit. Easily accessible and open all year round, you really need to add this to your itinerary next time you are looking for things to do in Limassol. Read more about Ancient Amathus by clicking the link.
Also known as Curium, Kourion is one of the most recognisable archaeological sites in Cyprus. It’s a combination of both Roman and Byzantium influences, so if you are an ancient history lover, this is the place to visit! Just one of the many things to do in Limassol! Read more on Kourion by clicking the link.
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- Kykkos Monastery: http://www.holidayincyprus.eu/
- Platres: http://allaboutlimassol.com/en/platres/
- Sayious: http://cyprusexcursion.com/
- Limassol Old Town: By Tech bro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons