Limassol (Lemesos) is the largest coastal resort in Cyprus and as such has plenty of attractions on offer for visitors and locals alike. Whether you're after a relaxing beach vacation, or a more sophisticated cultural and historical tour, Limassol can cater to all.
The city attracts a considerable amount of visitors each year, who come to discover its beautiful beaches which offer numerous water activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing and para-gliding etc. Moreover, the city is significantly famous for its historical and archaeological sites that are to this day some of its most popular attractions.
Amathus Archaeological Site
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This historical point is 11km east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion, however unlike Kourion it also acted as a port.
Various attractions at the Amathus site include the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.
Kolossi Castle ( Wikipedia )
This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol in the south of Cyprus. There have been indications that the castle we see today has been built on the site of an earlier castle from the 13th century.
The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name 'Commandaria' originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the 'Grand Commanderie'.
Limassol is the main city in Cyprus for exporting and this dates back also to the Middle Ages when the city acted as the centre for exports of olives, cotton and sugar with the help of the fertile area around Kolossi castle.
Kourion ( Visit Site )
Kourion is located 18km, west of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi and is one of the most famous ancient attractions. It is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus. Furthermore, Kourion hosts a considerable amount of impressive musical and theatrical events in its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre that was originally built in the second century B.C.
The site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea complimenting surrounding monuments which mostly date from the Roman period. These include the Forum, the Nymphaeum, the Fountain House, and the House of the Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the Public Baths.
Limassol Zoo ( Visit Site )
The zoo is located on the coastal road of Limassol, and is the only one in Cyprus. It accommodates a diverse selection of animals, an average of 300, including birds. The residents of the zoo include lions, tigers, bears, panthers, zebras, monkeys, ostriches, peacocks, vultures, emu, falcons and macaws etc.
Limassol zoo also features a natural history museum and an educational centre, which frequently screens films on wildlife and nature.
The zoo includes a special designated area for children.
The Castle of Limassol ( Visit Site )
The history of this castle dates back to 1228, when Frederick II of Germany and his supporters imprisoned the hostages seized by Ibeline, the King Regent of Cyprus. It is also said that it is an ancient Byzantine castle. This castle also witnessed the marriage between King Richard and his Queen Berengaria.
Today's structure is mostly rebuilt under the Turkish domination (19th century) and is home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum.
The Limassol District Archaeological Museum ( Visit Site )
This museum was initially housed in a section of the Limassol Castle, which was founded in 1948. It holds many extraordinary artefacts dating from the beginning of the 4th and 5th centuries AD and covers all the historical periods to the early phases of the Ottoman period (16th-17th centuries). Collections of artefacts presented are mostly connected with the latest periods of Cyprus' history, signifying various great archaeological discoveries.
The city of Limassol has the longest coastline of all the cities and beach resorts in Cyprus. The city offers a diverse style of public and controlled beaches.
Featured below are some of the most popular tourist beaches in Limassol
Ladies' Mile (Lady's Mile) ( Visit Page )
This is a superb beach with grainy white sand and shallow clear water. It is located near the New Limassol port and can be reached in 15 minutes from Limassol's town centre. It is one of the safest beaches for children and the facilities for windsurfing are assured. It is a perfect place to enjoy a swim, sunbathe or a peaceful walk along the sandy beach.
This beach is not as crowded as others and is located midway between Larnaca and Limassol. Governor's beach has a sandy coastline and shallow clear water with a rocky area beneath the shore, ideal for snorkelling and fishing. It is a relaxing beach where you can witness a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a meal in a typical Greek Cypriot Taverna just a few metres away from the beach.
Kourion (Chris Blue) Beach
This is a large beach and is one of the most spectacular beaches in Limassol. The ruins of the Ancient Roman Kourion Amphitheatre are just next to the beach on a high mountain, which is also a popular spot for hand-gliders to emerge from. Sailing and wind-surfing opportunities are assured here but sometimes the beach can get very overcrowded with swimmers.
This beach is located midway between Limassol and Paphos. It is clean with warm water and is safe for swimming and other water sports activities offered during the summer months. The area surrounding the beach is quiet and unspoilt as Pissouri is a small village which does not get overcrowded with many tourists. Furthermore, there are many restaurants along the beach offering delicious traditional cuisines of Cyprus.
Flo Cafe Beach Cove ( Visit Page )
For those who wish to escape the crowds and enjoy a perfectly peaceful experience, head towards the Flo Cafe Beach Cove. This is a small pleasant bay located in the heart of the tourist area in Limassol. The water is clean and considerably shallow which makes it a safe beach for small children. The beach cove is complimented by the Flo Cafe which is situated directly on the beach front.