In this post, you will find our guide to travel to Limassol, in Cyprus. We have put it together based on our experience, so if you want to know more before or during your trip to the city, keep on reading. What to see in Limassol and its surroundings, what to do in Limassol, where to sleep in Limassol, how to get around Limassol and much more.
- 1 A little bit of history about Limassol
- 2 What to see in Limassol
- 3 What to see around Limassol
- 4 Important information to plan your trip to Limassol
A little bit of history about Limassol
Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus. It was built between two ancient cities, Amatunte and Kourion. During the Byzantine Empire, it was known as Neapolis or New City.
It is one of the most important ports of trading in the Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, Limassol has become a really big tourist and commercial center in the country.
What to see in Limassol
The historical center of Limassol:
With a strong Turkish influence, this historical center is very easy to see by walking and a must-see when traveling to Limassol in Cyprus. The following places stand out:
- Limassol Castle: Inside you can find a medieval museum with several objects of this ancient era.
- Ayia Napa Cathedral: A beautiful church built in the typical architecture of the island with strong Greek influence.
The coast of Limassol is very beautiful and the city knows how to take advantage of it by building a nice coastal walk where you can find juice stands, corn, musicians and many families strolling.
There are several beaches suitable for swimming in the city, just choose the one you like and enjoy. Many visitors prefer instead to travel to Ayia Napa to enjoy the most beautiful beaches of Cyprus.
What to see around Limassol
Stone of Aphrodite or Petra Tou Romiou
There is no doubt that this is the “postcard” of the island. If you are going to travel to Limassol you can not miss this beautiful rock formation very close to the beach.
Near the coast, a huge stone rises from the sea in a majestic way. Legend has it that this is the place where Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, was born. By just looking at it you can imagine Aphrodite coming out of the water as seen in the famous work of Sandro Botticelli, “The Birth of Venus.”
The popular belief is that if you go around the stone three times you will have eternal love (or at least stay youth and beauty).
Ancient Kourion or Ruins of Kourion.
This ancient archaeological site was founded thousands of years ago, however, the ruins that we can see today strongly remind us of Roman and Greek cultures.
It is made up of several houses that owe their names to the mosaics found in their floors, some of which are still in good condition (House of Achilles, House of the gladiators, Fountain house, etc.).
The Greco-Roman amphitheater stands out through all of the other constructions and is still used nowadays in summer (July and August) at concerts and plays that take their scene here. You can see several ruins of what was a cathedral and the public baths (both of thermal and cold water) that show us the advanced technology they had compared to the time they were built.
You have to pay a fee of 5 euros to enter the site, but it is really beautiful and highly recommended to visit on your trip to Limassol.
House of Achilles
Sanctuary of Apollo Hiliates
Very close to Kourion and part of the archaeological site, its what once was the sanctuary of Apollo Hiliates. Here you can see more ruins of what used to be a place of worship to Apollo for the society that inhabited Kourion. You must pay again 5 euros per person to enter. The ruins are beautiful and reminiscent of Greece.
Kolossi Castle and aqueduct:
Medieval castle from the time of the Crusades, which was key at the time due to its sugar production facilities, the main export good of the island at that time. It was initially built in 1210 but underwent several modifications over the years. Today we can enter the castle through a staircase that is where used to be a suspension bridge. Right next to the castle there are also the ruins of an ancient aqueduct and a sugar refinery factory.
The United Kingdom
No, we are not joking. To the west of the city, there is a part of the island that belongs to the United Kingdom. The name of the city is Akrotiri, but it is also called “Western Sovereign Base.”
Here, more than 3,500 people from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy live in the base. Their tasks include the collaboration in the maintenance of the peace process because of the was between Cyprus and Turkey.
Important information to plan your trip to Limassol
Best time to go to Limassol
The climate of the island is Mediterranean, so like other cities in this area the best time to travel to Limassol is between April and June. Between September and October is also a good time.
For more information regarding the climate of the city, please visit our post of Cyprus.
How to get to Limassol
Public transport / Buses
- As Limassol is one of the largest cities in the country, you can find transportation on buses from other cities on the island.
- We leave you the link of the most popular company on the island, Intercity.
- You can also enter the bus page of Cyprus. Enter here.
Renting a car
Despite the fact that parking lots are scarce in the center of the city, if you drive a little bit away from them you can find free parking on the streets. Just worry about not parking on a yellow line. Here we tell you our best tips for renting a car abroad.
How to move around Limassol
Once in the city it is small, you will only need to walk from one place to another. If you want to go to more distant places or want to travel more quietly, the taxi system works quite well. Just remember to ask them to use the meter.
How to see the surroundings of Limassol
To go to the surroundings, many tourists prefer to rent a car given the low cost of it and the freedom it gives them because public transport does not reach all parts of the island or is really difficult to take and understand. We saw several people doing car stop or asking other tourists to take them because they could not find any public buses. There are also tours leaving from Limassol that arrive at all the points that you will want to know.
Accommodation in Limassol
To the east of the historic center, there is a nice variety of offerings at more accessible prices that will allow you to be within walking distance of the attractions and restaurants. This area of accommodation in Limassol is perfect for your visit. Keep in mind that in Cyprus the apartment lease system is used a lot so Airbnb is an excellent alternative when looking for accommodation.
Where to eat and gastronomy
In the historical center of Limassol, there is a varied offer of restaurants; but you can also find some very good on the street Agiou Andreou. We recommendMeze Taverna on the corner with Vasiliou Makedonos. Exquisite Greek food and house wine.
For more information on the typical dishes and schedules, please visit our post of Cyprus in this link.
Shopping in Limassol
In the historic center of Limassol, you can find the same style of souvenir shops as in the rest of the island. The truth is that we were unable to find nice objects at low cost, but if you like art you can find several galleries of local painters and sculptors.
Scams and dangers
There are no dangers beyond the common in terms of theft of unattended objects. Therefore, be careful and secure your belongings.