Limassol, Cyprus » City Info

The skyline of Limassol (Lemesos) has left behind very little evidence of its historical past and given way instead to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting (don't forget the camera!).

Top Limassol FAQs

Q.1) What is the capital city of Cyprus?

Ans: The capital and the largest city of Cyprus is Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia. The northern part of the city is ruled by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a self-proclaimed region whose independence is recognized only by Turkey.

Q.2) What is the official language spoken in Limassol?

Ans: Greek is the most commonly spoken language in Limassol. But in tourist areas, English and Russian is prevalent due to a major influx of Russian holidaymakers.

Q.3) What is the weather in Limassol like?

Ans:Limassol enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Summer is the most popular season for tourists who visit Limassol to enjoy beach and water activities. During the months between May and September, temperatures are over 40°C making it impossible to take pleasure in activities like sightseeing. If you cannot stand the heat, arrive a little late in September or late May / early June.

Spring and autumn season in October, March and April when temperatures range around 20 – 25°C are the best to explore the city without getting a sunstroke.

Q.4) How safe is Limassol for tourists?

Ans: Cyprus has been rated as one of the safest places in the world to travel. Limassol assures travelers of their health and well-being. They have nothing to worry about and can safely go around enjoying their vacation.

Q.5) What is the cheapest way to get around in Limassol?

Ans: The cheapest way to get around in Limassol is on a bus. Most locals would recommend taking a bus to visit the crowded tourist areas with a minimum wait. These buses run between all of the major resorts and all along the coast. So getting a bus to the tourist attractions and back to the hotel should not be a problem.

Q.6) What type of clothing should I carry to Limassol?

Ans: Bring along light cotton clothing, swimwear and flip-flops / sandals if traveling during the summer months between May and September. During the autumn or spring season, bundle in a mix of clothes to include a jacket or sweater for the evenings.

Q.7) Which countries border Cyprus?

Ans: Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea surrounded by Greece to the northwest, Israel to the southeast, Syria & Lebanon to the east and Egypt to the south. The country is divided into two parts over highly controversial issues. Southern Cyprus is ruled by the Republic of Cyprus while Northern Cyprus is occupied by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, though it recognized only by Turkey.

Q.8) What are the Important Phrases in Greek while conversing with locals?

Ans: Though the tourist areas in Limassol are fluent in English, it always helps to know a little bit of Greek. Here is a glossary of emergency terms and phrases:

 

English

Greek

YesNei
NoOhki
HelloGh'ya
Good MorningKaleemeerah
Good AfternoonKaleespeerah
Good NightKaleenihkta
Good ByeKherete
How are you?Tee kahnis?
I'm finePoli kala
Thank YouEfkharisto
PleaseParakalo
SorrySignomi
Do you speak English?Milate anglika?
What time is it?Ti ora ine?
How much is it?Posso kane?
I don't understandDen Katalaveno
Can you help me?Borite na me?

 

Q.9) Can you provide a list of Emergency Numbers in Limassol?

Ans: Here are the emergency numbers to call in Limassol

  • All emergency services: 199 or 112
  • Fire: 199
  • Forest Fire: 177
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Police: 155, (+357) 25 805050
  • Limassol General Hospital: + 357 25 801 100
  • First Aid: +357 25 305770
  • 24-hour Pharmacy: 90901415

Q.10) What are the Visa Requirements for Limassol?

Ans: Please visit our Visa Requirements page for more details.

Q.11) What is the Time Zone of Limassol?

Ans: The Standard Time Zone for Limassol is UTC/GMT +2 hours, while daylight saving time during summers is +1 hour. The time zone abbreviation is EEST - Eastern European Summer Time.

Q.12) How do I make a call to Limassol?

Ans: The country code of Cyprus is +357 and the area code of Limassol is 25. So if you are dialing to Limassol from another country, you have to enter the international direct dial code or exit code to dial somewhere outside of your country followed by +357 which is the international code used to dial to Cyprus and lastly xxxxx which is the local number. Example, if you are dialing from United States, New York, dial 011 357 25 xxxxx.

Q.13) Is it legal to go to the Turkish occupied side of Cyprus?

Ans: Yes, it is legal to go to “the occupied side” as the Greek Cypriots call it. But you have to pass borders at various locations including UN buffer zone (green link) where the security personnel will ask for your passport and other travel documents.

Q.14) What is the electric current voltage in Cyprus?

Ans: The electric current voltage in Cyprus is 240V, 50 Hz. Sockets are typically 13 amp, square pin in most places. Adaptors are provided by hotels but can also be bought from electricians, supermarkets, grocery shops, etc.

Q.15) Where are the best beaches in Limassol?

Ans: Limassol’s beachfront is dotted by resorts and public beaches. These beaches are fun for the whole family but if you want to enjoy a serene experience head away from Limassol to Ladies Beach, Curium Beach or Pissouri Beach.

Top Activities

Water Sports

For tourists who love the surge of water, Limassol is blessed with miles of sun kissed coastline. Apart from soaking in the sunshine and swimming in the waters of Blue flag beaches, Limassol has lined out many exciting water sport activities including diving, snorkeling, surfing, water-skiing, catamaran trips and yachting in the blue Mediterranean waters. Fasouri Watermania is equally enticing for family tourists who love its water rides and different dining and relaxation options.

Shopping

Limassol offers it guests everything from traditional, hand made handicrafts to branded, ready-made produce. The shopping malls are filled to the brim with latest jewelry, leather goods and superstore essentials while the markets reflect the daily life of Limassol, where tourists can virtually find anything right from souvenirs and maps to groceries.

Cruises

In Limassol, shore excursions offer a unique experience of exploring the city's various monuments and landmarks amidst the elaborate luxury of a cruise. Shore excursions take tourists to places and attractions in and nearby Limassol, including Kolossi Castle, Troodos Mountains, Omodos Village, Larnaka and Lefkara, Paphos and Nicosia.

In recent times, Limassol's harbour has developed into an important destination for cruise ships heading towards Greece, the Greek islands and other Mid-East countries. Tourists find it a great idea to book a cruise from Limassol to visit neighbouring countries of Greece and Turkey.

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Outdoor Sports

Many sports such as golf, go karting, skiing, cycling, horse riding, walking trails, bowling and clay shooting are nurtured by this Cypriot city, making it an ideal place to visit during the holidays. Being an international tourist destination, Limassol has ensured tourists have access to all modern facilities monitored by well-trained professionals.

Nightlife

The nightlife of Limassol is vibrant and active until the wee hours of the morning. Those who like to party or chill out with friends should visit the Limassol Tourist area where there is a maximum concentration of pubs, bars and cafes. They play various types of music from trance, house to classics and modern hits.

Sightseeing Tours

Tourists prefer to book sightseeing tours with reputed companies to enjoy hassle free vacations. The tourist guide plans visits to archaeological sites, tourist villages, shopping markets, boat, cruise and nature trips along the way explaining the importance and history behind each sightseeing point. Such tours are excellent for visitors who are in Limassol only for a few days but want to memorize every little nuance of the city.

Dining Out

Limassol inspires the taste buds of tourists from every corner of the world. Whether it is Italian, Russian or Indian cuisine, the city has a diverse mix of different types of restaurants. In fact, many of them offer meals at fairly affordable prices. The city also houses international fast food chains, the usual including McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut.