Limassol: A vibrant city
Limassol, Cyprus’s most cosmopolitan city, is known for its vibrant atmosphere and spontaneous hospitality. While retaining the flavour of its colourful past, the city also serves as a thriving commercial centre for its international community.
The region around Limassol offers a wide range of activities; the warm weather and varied terrain ensure that there is always something to do, on land or at sea. Spend the day sunbathing on the beach or participating in watersports such as waterskiing and windsurfing, as well as scuba diving, sailing, and fishing. In close proximity to the marina, there are numerous sporting facilities, including golf courses. Cyclists love the 17-kilometer promenade that runs along the coast, while nature lovers can explore the wild trails of the Troodos mountains, enjoy the hospitality of traditional Cypriot villages, or discover areas of outstanding beauty. And after all that activity, there’s every reason to visit one of the many luxury spa resorts for some therapeutic treatments and relaxation.
A mile-long golden sandy beach is just a short drive away to the west, and a bustling boulevard with beachfront bars and nightclubs, five-star hotels, and chic boutiques is just a short drive away to the east. There’s also diving; the most famous dive wreck is the Zenobia, which lies in 18-42m of water off the port of Larnaca, 40 miles north-east of Limassol. The sunken Swedish ferry has remained remarkably intact since it sank with 200 million in vehicles and cargo in 1980, and it ranks as one of the top ten wreck dives in the world and one of the top 25 dive sites in the world. A tour of the local wineries surrounding Limassol is a must for wine lovers – and should definitely include a visit to the Castle of Kolossi, birthplace of the sweet dessert wine ‘Commandaria,’ the world’s oldest named wine still in production.
Traditional Cypriot cuisine is among the best in the Mediterranean, and there’s no better place to sample it than in Limassol’s tavernas. However, in keeping with the city’s cosmopolitan nature, there is also a delectable selection of international restaurants to discover – Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Whichever option you select, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a memorable atmosphere. The renowned meze – a mix of up to 12 different dishes – kleftico – succulent slow-cooked lamb, souvla – barbequed lamb or pork, moussaka – minced meat with vegetables in a creamy sauce, and shieftalia – remarkably tasty small sausages – are all traditional local dishes. But you don’t have to travel far to enjoy fine dining or a relaxing sundowner.
The Limassol Marina has its own international restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as a shopping area. More information can be found in the Limassol Marina guide.
The historical part of town’s shopping streets are also close to the marina’s seafront promenade. There is an array of shops dotted across the city centre, from internationally renowned high-street brands to prestigious boutiques and designer showrooms, lined by quaint listed buildings and overhanging terraces.
Limassol Marina’s commercial area includes a variety of shops, elegant boutiques, designer stores and amenities, as well as restaurants and waterfront bars.
From day to night
Limassol, whether for business or pleasure, has it all: from bustling markets and exuberant festivals to relaxing spas; ancient monuments and museums to fashionable boutiques and art galleries; prestige hotels and gourmet restaurants to lively tavernas and glamorous bars and clubs. Locals and visitors to the city can now enjoy world-class gaming and exceptional dining at Cyprus Casinos, with each visit providing a one-of-a-kind Melco Resorts-style entertainment experience in luxurious style and comfort.
Treasures beyond compare
Beyond the city are the idyllic villages and nature trails of the Troodos mountains, secluded beaches and historic landmarks, wineries and orchards, and a variety of championship courses for golf enthusiasts.
The location to be
This enticing combination has elevated Limassol to one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations, with an increasing number of international carriers flying to the nearby airports of Larnaka and Pafos.