The Best Places to see and things to do in Limassol, Cyprus
Limassol, or Λεμεσός (Lemessos) is one of Cyprus’ biggest and most developed cities. Over the past 25-or so years, the city has transformed from a fishing village into a modern metropolis. If you are visiting Cyprus and want to witness a melting pot of Cypriot culture and modernity, then Limassol is the place for you. Limassol is an incredibly popular tourist spot all year round, especially for more luxurious vacations, although it does also offer the opportunity to have a traditional Cypriot vacation as well. In a nutshell, Limassol has a vibrant nightlife, countless archaeological attractions, and a beautiful seafront.
The city itself was built in between two ancient cities, namely Amathus and Kourion during the Byzantine era, although it is likely it was built after the former had already been destroyed. The land the city is built on has likely been inhabited for millennia, with ancient graves indicating life in the city goes back as far as the 4th to even the 8th centuries BC. In more recent history, Limassol got its place in the history books during the Third Crusade, with Richard Lionheart setting up a base there while on his way to the Holy Land in 1190. Richard Lionheart also married his then-fiancee Berengaria in Cyprus (see number 11).
Whether you are arriving at Paphos or Larnaca Airport, we have handy guides to help you get from either to Limassol. Now, let’s have a look into what we consider to be the top 10+1 things you definitely have to see when visiting Limassol. We don’t expect you to follow the guide to a T, but including at least one of these picks will ensure you get more out of your Cyprus Vacation.
Facts about Cyprus
The world’s oldest wine label comes from Cyprus. Commandaria dates back 5000 years!
Cyprus is the first nation to include the shape of its country of its Flag.
The first Olympic Medal won by Cyprus was at the 2012 London Games
More than 45 Beaches in Cyprus have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for Cleanliness & Safety
Nicosia, the capital of the island, is the only capital that is divided between two nations!
Cyprus has sunshine for 300 days a year. Make sure to pack your sunscreen!
10+1 Best Places to See and Things to do in Limassol, Cyprus
1. Limassol Marina: A modern pier, jutting out into the sea at the end of Limassol Promenade. Here, you can enjoy the sunset while eating some gelato, or even head to one of the many restaurants and enjoy lunch or dinner. There are also numerous activities which occur throughout the year, meaning that you will likely be able to see a cultural event when visiting.
2. Limassol Promenade: The entire beachfront in Limassol has been renovated to include over 4 kilometre promenade, which is completely pedestrian- and bike-friendly. In addition to simply walking along the promenade, you can also head into one of the luxurious restaurants along the route, or even walk down to the beach at certain points.
3. Old Town Limassol: With winding streets and countless hidden spots to have lunch or dinner at, you can spend an entire day or more exploring the old town of Limassol! With stunning architecture dating back to the English rule of Cyprus, to the modern Columbia Plaza, this has to be part of your Limassol Bucket List. We recommend heading to Saripolou in the evening to enjoy some live music!
4. Ancient Kourion: This site dates back to the late neolithic and early chalcolithic period, some 4000-5000 years ago, although a kingdom was formed there around 1050-750 BC. The kingdom remained intact under Assyrian, Egyptian, Mycaenean and Roman rule, although fell later to an Arabian siege. Since then it has remained deserted, serving as a tourist spot to view the long history of Cyprus from. You can now enjoy a day walking through the ruins, either alone or with a guide, and see how life was all those millennia ago. Distance from Limassol: 14km / 8.7mi
5. Kyperounta: If you are a wine lover, who also has a penchant for small mountain villages in Cyprus, then you are in luck here. Kyperounta is hidden away in the mountains above Limassol and was established during the Byzantine period, taking its name from a plant local to the area. Nowadays, you can take a drive up to the village and see what local life is still like in the mountains. There are also numerous vineyards in the village, where you can visit for a tasting, or even have lunch at some. Distance from Limassol: 30km / 18.7mi
6. Kolossi Castle: Remember the crusaders we mentioned earlier? Well, this castle was one of the strongholds they built during their stay in Cyprus. Not only was it an incredibly important strategic keep, it also produced sugar – one of Cyprus’ most popular exports in that time. As we were just speaking about wine, this castle was where Richard Lionheart famously exclaimed about Coumandaria that it is the “wine of kings and the king of wines”. The architecture of the castle is surprisingly intact, and can be explored at length by visitors. Distance from Limassol: 10km / 6.5mi
7. Limassol Zoo: Just off the promenade in Limassol, this zoo, although modest in size, has quite a few rare and interesting species. The zoo is run by the municipality of Limassol and offers cafes and restaurants for lunch as well. Tickets cost only €5.00 for adults, and €2.00 for children, making this zoo much cheaper than some of the other ones on the island
8. Governor’s Beach: Just outside the main city of Limassol, this city boasts stunning cliff views, as well as a small naturally-formed pier from one can either jump in the sea, or take a killer instagram photo! On top of the cliffs is a traditional restaurant, offering seafood as well as cold drinks. Distance from Limassol: 20km / 13.6mi
9. Agros: Some of the most popular drinking water in Cyprus comes from Agros. This mountain village is very close to the top of the Troodos mountain range, and is perfect for a day-trip. Argos is a prime location for agritourism, with multiple locations offering bed and breakfast opportunities. The village is also home to a genus of Rose bush that only grows there. Distance from Limassol: 26.6km / 16.5mi
10. Akrotiri: Did you know that there is sovereign land of the United Kingdom on the island of Cyprus? That’s right, you can in fact walk between the UK and Cyprus at two locations on the island, Akrotiri near Limassol and Dekeleia near Larnaca. There is no border control, meaning you can easily drive through the area and even stop at one of the many shops, restaurants and bars located there. In Akrotiri there is a large salt-lake which welcomes flamingos every year. Distance from Limassol: 12km / 7mi
11. Prodromos and the Ruins of Verengaria: Although only just outside the borders of Limassol, the tiny mountain village of Prodromos as well as the haunted ruins of Verengaria are a great exploration opportunity for travellers who like a little adventure! If you are a fan of haunted, abandoned buildings then the Veregaria hotel should be on your list. This hotel, constructed in the 1920’s has a long, dark history. Named after Richard Lionheart’s wife, this hotel went into disrepair after a guest allegedly drowned in the swimming pool. Now, we aren’t going to go into more morbid detail than that, but there are many articles to read on the topic – or better yet, check it out yourself! Distance from Limassol: 35.5km / 22.1mi
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Cyprus Travel and More
Are you excited about visiting Cyprus and Limassol? Well, with these top 10+1 tips you are sure to be in store for a great trip! If you plan to visit any of the other cities on the island, make sure to check out our helpful guides, which will provide you with all the possible transportation methods as well as 10+1 guides in each city!
Happy Travel, or Καλό Ταξίδι, and see you in Cyprus soon!