Limassol is one of the most popular resorts in Cyprus, where rushing tourists from the very beginning of the beach season. This city is mainly chosen by travelers who prefer a vacation with a lot of entertainment available. In this sense, Limassol is one hundred percent suitable. There are many entertainment venues, there is a huge water park, several zoos and theater venues, where concerts and performances are held every day in the summer.
In the vicinity of Limassol, evidence of an ancient Aegean civilization has been preserved. The ruins of ancient cities will appeal to history buffs, and rich museum exhibits can arouse interest even among those who have never been interested in the past of the island of Cyprus.
What to see and where to go in Limassol?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.
1. The ancient city of Kourion
The ancient city, founded in the XII century BC. e. representatives of the Aegean civilization. In the 4th century BC it was destroyed by an earthquake and, over time, was buried under numerous cultural layers. On the territory of Kourion, as a result of excavations, the buildings of the Greeks, Romans, the remains of buildings belonging to the Byzantine period and the era of the Early Middle Ages were found. Today, on the site of Kourion is an archaeological park.
2. The ancient city of Amathus
According to a common legend, Amathus is believed to have been founded by Kineer, the mythical Cypriot ruler who initiated the cult of Aphrodite on the island. In the VIII century BC a port was already built in the city through which trade with the mainland and the royal palace were carried out. Amathus lasted until the XII century, then people gradually began to leave it, and rich burials and pagan temples were plundered.
3. The Sanctuary of Apollo Gilat
Apollo Gilat was the patron saint of Kourion. In the VIII century BC near the city a grand sanctuary was erected in honor of this god. The temple was destroyed along with a significant part of Kourion in the IV century BC, later another temple was erected in its place, which dates back to the later Roman period. But this building also suffered a sad fate to be destroyed as a result of another earthquake.
4. Limassol Marina
The prestigious area of Limassol, including residential apartments, as well as parking for yachts, where ships up to 115 meters in length can be moored. On the territory of Limassol Marina there are also restaurants and boutiques of the appropriate price segment, spa and fitness center, and a yacht club. The area is equipped with comfortable infrastructure, which provides residents with a high quality of life.
5. Embankment of Molos
A promenade of Limassol with a length of about 3 km, decorated with tropical vegetation and flower beds. The alley stretches from the old city port along residential areas. The embankment was reconstructed several years ago in accordance with the traditions of modern landscape design. Here appeared decorative pools, sculptures, fountains and other elements that adorn the space.
6. The village of Omodos
An ancient settlement that already existed in the Byzantine era. The village received its modern name during the Middle Ages. The place is famous for the fact that it produces Cypriot wine of excellent quality. Almost all locals are involved in this process. A wine festival takes place in Omodos every summer in August. The village also has a museum of Byzantine icons and an exhibition of folk art.
7. Limassol castle
The castle was erected in the XIV century during the reign of the representatives of the Lusignanian family in Cyprus. Previously, the walls of the Byzantine fortress of the X-XI centuries towered at this place. The construction more than once passed from one conqueror of Cyprus to another, while undergoing significant destruction. At the beginning of the XIX century, a prison was located on the territory of the fort, which lasted until 1950. After reconstruction, the Cyprus Museum of the Middle Ages was opened in the castle.
8. Kolossi Castle
The fortress was erected under King Hugo I of the Lusignan family in the 13th century. Since 1291, the Knights of the Order of St. John (Hospitallers) settled in the castle. In the XIV century, Kolossi for a short time passed into the hands of the Templars. The structure is built of limestone in the best traditions of medieval military architecture. The main castle tower reaches a height of 22 meters, the thickness of its powerful walls is more than 2.5 meters.
9. KEO Winery
KEO factory was founded in 1929, in our time it is considered one of the largest wineries on the island of Cyprus. At first, a small production was opened, by 1951 the volume of output increased to hundreds of liters of wine and beer per day. The range of KEO is quite wide, the factory produces cognac, liquor, soft drinks, canned fruits and vegetables. Factory products are bought by many European countries.
10. Cyprus Wine Museum in Erimi
Erimi Village is 17 km away. from Limassol. Since ancient times, the settlement was located at the intersection of important trade routes, which contributed well to the development of winemaking. The wine museum was organized in 2000 on the territory of one of the local mansions. The exposition is dedicated to the history of Cypriot wine, the details of the process of production and storage of the drink. There is also an extensive collection of wine vessels.
11. Carob Museum
The museum is located in the old quarters of Limassol. Its small exposition is dedicated to the carob tree, which grows everywhere in Cyprus. In past centuries, the gifts of this tree were used quite widely. Juice was extracted from the fruit, a substance was made like sugar, honey and even animal feed were made, and parts of the fruit were added to baking.
12. Museum of historical and classic cars
The museum exposition is located on an area of 1000 m². Here are historical models of cars and motorcycles made in different countries in different years. The basis of the exhibition was the private collection of the Cypriot collector D. Mavropoulos. The museum’s oldest exhibit is the Ford T Model, released in 1912. There is a retro car rental at the exhibition.
13. Archaeological Museum of Limassol
The museum was founded in 1948, initially the collection was located on the territory of Limassol Castle, but in the 70s. XX century, it was moved to the building, where it is to this day. Most of the exposition consists of finds discovered during excavations in the vicinity of Limassol. Ancient statues, marble tombstones, jewelry, coin collections and other artifacts are exhibited here.
14. Agia Napa Cathedral
The main Orthodox church in Limassol, built in 1903 according to the project of the architect Papadakis on the site of the church of the XVIII century. The architecture of the cathedral imitates the features of the Greek style and the Byzantine manner of construction. Inside the temple is stored the Miracle Image of the Mother of God. The interior is distinguished by splendor of decoration and an abundance of luxurious decorative elements, while the external facade looks quite modest.
15. Monastery of St. George to Alaman
The women's monastery, located 19 km from Limassol near the settlement of Pendacomo. The monastery was founded in the XIII century by a monk who was saved in Cyprus from persecution of Christians. Over the course of seven centuries, the monastery flourished several times and fell into decay; until the middle of the 20th century, male monks lived on its territory. After another revival in 1949, nuns came to the monastery of St. George to Alaman.
16. Feline Monastery of St. Nicholas
The monastery is located 10 km from Limassol, several nuns and dozens of cats live on its territory. The history of the creation of the monastery is connected with the name of St. Helena, who in the IV century ordered to deliver about 1000 cats to the island so that the animals exterminated the bred poisonous snakes. Cats immediately settled in the monastery, founded near the place where the ship of St. Helena moored. Since then, cats have been given all respect in Cyprus.
17. Donkey Shelter
The shelter has existed since 1994; it was created by the Friends of the Cyprus Donkeys charity. The fact is that in Cyprus there have always been a lot of these animals, they were used in the household for transportation of goods and as a means of transportation. As people ceased to need donkeys, they simply left them where necessary. The shelter took care of homeless and feeble animals.
18. Municipal park
In the city park of Limassol there is a mini zoo, an open amphitheater, a botanical garden, playgrounds and a cafe. Mass events such as a marathon or a children's festival are often held here. The park has a monument to the Russian poet A.S. Pushkin. In the summer, the amphitheater often hosts performances with artists from different countries. Collectives from Russia, Europe and the USA come here.
19. Zoo in Limassol
A small zoo where animals live in a natural environment. The administration is very kind to every inhabitant of his menagerie. The zoo team organizes a large number of educational programs, for example, conducts open lectures for students on biology and classes on environmental protection. On the territory of the zoo there is a mini-farm where ponies, goats, donkeys, turkeys, ducks and cows live.
20. Petra tou Romiu
The same place where, according to legend, the goddess of beauty Aphrodite emerged from the waters. This is a small stone beach surrounded by rocks, which every tourist who has come to Cyprus wants to get to. It is believed that if a couple in love bathes in Petra tou Romiou, then she will have a long happy life and many beautiful children. A woman who has bathed here at midnight during the full moon will provide herself with eternal youth and beauty.
21. Governor's beach
The beach is located 20 km from Limassol, it is a group of small cozy bays hidden on a rocky coast. The place got its name thanks to one of the British governors of the island, who liked to come here to swim. The governor's beach is an amazingly picturesque place. The coastline is dotted with chalk cliffs, which contrast with the blue color of the water, creating magnificent landscapes.
22. Dasoudi Beach
The city beach of Limassol, featuring a fairly convenient location. It can be reached from almost any hotel in the city in a short time. The coastal area is planted with eucalyptus trees that emit a pleasant aroma, very useful for the respiratory system. Infrastructure for tourists includes: parking, sports fields, cafes, a playground and comfortable paths leading directly to the sea.
23. Ladies' Mile Beach
The beach is considered the most beautiful in Cyprus and one of the largest. Its coastline stretches for almost 5 km. Ladies' Mile is a part of the coast, on which there are several beaches, passing one into another. In high season, there are a lot of tourists, as this place is considered the most popular in Limassol for sunbathing. Like all Cypriot beaches, Ladies' Mile is well equipped.
24. Kourion Beach
The beach is 19 km away. from Limassol, its territory is included in the conservation zone of Cyprus. The place is very popular with locals. The coastline of Kourion stretches for 1 km. There is practically no infrastructure here, except for one large restaurant and some tourist facilities organized at it, but there are magnificent views from the coast, especially in the evenings.
25. Water Park Fasouri Watermania
The best water park in Cyprus, located 7 km from Limassol. It is surrounded by magnificent olive groves and citrus orchards. The park was opened in 1999, by 2007 its area has increased significantly. Now Fasouri Watermania covers an area of 100 thousand m². The water park offers 30 attractions and 7 restaurants for tourists. The design is made in the style of the natural landscapes of French Polynesia.
Attractions in Limassol
Attractions of the resort will interest any visitor. But, given their huge number, it will be necessary to draw up a tight schedule.
Due to the large distances between the facilities and the inaccessibility of some noteworthy places for public transport, the best solution is to rent a car, which is offered by numerous rental companies, this will not cost too much and will give you the opportunity to see whatever you like.
Quay Molos (Molos)
The first thing you should pay attention to is the Molos embankment. It is located in the central part of the city, separating it from the sea. Parking is adjacent to the promenade, so finding a convenient parking for a car is not difficult.
Molos is equipped with playgrounds for children, the landscape attracts with green palm trees and neatly trimmed lawns, and sculptures, a picturesque pile of large stones on the shore - this is worth it to see and remember.
Most locals and visitors like to relax here. Those who wish can tour the promenade on a rental bike.
One of the main attractions that you should visit on your own is the city park. This place you will be called among the first when trying to find out where to go and what you can see. Nearby are the zoo and the archaeological museum.
It is easy to get to the park by bus from the promenade. Visitors will be able to walk along the picturesque alleys decorated with exotic trees and shrubs, to visit the numerous recreational activities that are held very often. Every spring, the park hosts a flower festival, and in September a colorful enchanting show. The local amphitheater regularly hosts concerts by famous artists from around the world.
Those who want to not only relax, but also do some shopping, will find many interesting things in the Limassol flea market, located near the promenade. The range of goods is huge - from clothes and shoes to antiques.
Even if you don’t buy anything, there is something to see - old books, watches, furniture and other products. Collectors of stamps and coins are gathering in the market. This is a great replacement for an outdoor exhibition.
It was supposed that this castle was built during the time of the Crusaders, but recent studies have revealed earlier Byzantine traces. This architectural monument was repeatedly completed in various eras, therefore it is of considerable historical value.
The castle was repeatedly tried to capture the Genoese and the aliens from Egypt, causing serious damage. In the era of Ottoman rule, reconstruction was carried out in order to increase the defensive ability of the building. Until the middle of the twentieth century, prison chambers were located in the lower parts of the castle, but now there is a museum where historical exhibits, weapons, ceramics and other things are exhibited. The castle is located near the city park.
Olive Park and Oleastro Museum
Olive oil is one of the most popular products in Cyprus, so it would be surprising if there were no museum dedicated to it. It is located in an olive park. Here is an original selection of exhibits. Oleastro is organized by the Cypriot olive oil producer of the same name.
Visitors will discover the production technology of this product, including such subtleties as soil composition and packaging.The program will add color to the description of the legends and myths of ancient Greece.
Along with olive oil, Cypriot products are widely represented in the world markets by exquisite wines. Keo factory is one of the largest and most famous wineries on the island. It produces not only wine, but also beer, cognacs, liquors, a variety of soft drinks, canned fruits and vegetables. Products are sent to many European countries.
Visitors will be offered a fact-finding tour of the enterprise with a brief description of the technological features of production, and a wine cellar will be shown. Those interested can not only look at the storage of wines, but also taste some varieties of drinks.
Where to go with a child
There is something to see, and it will be possible to find entertainment to the taste of those who came here with children. The city has a huge assortment of entertainment and recreational facilities that will be interesting to children and adults. The following is a brief overview of such facilities.
Despite its modest size, the zoo presents its guests a large program and numerous exotic animals kept in natural conditions. The administration provides proper care for the pets of the zoo, invites visitors to learn a lot at the fascinating lectures held here about the features of the animal world and environmental protection.
Separately, there is a small farm with pets, on which children can not only watch, but also pet, and even ride a pony or a donkey.
The territory is kept clean, attracts with its original design and shady avenues.
Agia Napa Church
This Orthodox Cathedral is located on Agios Street. It was built in 1903 according to the project of the architect Papadakis. At the location of the temple used to be an eighteenth-century church.
The cathedral is made in the style of imitation of the Greek school in a Byzantine manner. Behind the seemingly modest facade lies the interior decoration, which attracts with splendor and exquisite variety of stucco molding and other decorative ornaments.
Cathedral of Panagia Catholics
Another temple of Russian representatives of Cyprus, but functioning recently. The cathedral was built in 2012, the name "cathedral" means that the bishop serves here. The temple bears the name of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and represents the Russian Orthodox Church, faith and culture on the island.
The building has a rectangular shape, equipped with two belfries, announcing the district with a magnificent ringing on church holidays. The white and light beige coloring of the walls is in harmony with the surrounding landscape, pacifying and calming.
Turkish Quarter and Kebir Jami Mosque
Ottoman rule did not pass without leaving a trace for the island. The city has a Turkish quarter with the ancient cathedral mosque Kebir Jami. In previous years, the mosque served as the center of Islam, gathering a large Turkish community for services. But since 1974, religious ceremonies have not been held in the mosque, so now the building is interesting exclusively as an architectural landmark.
For the construction of the building used white limestone, yellowed from time to time. Simple outlines attract the elegance of forms. But tourists will be able to admire the mosque only from the outside, since the entrance is closed to visitors. Representatives of the Muslim culture society gather in the temple; noble Turkish nobles were buried in the territory from ancient times.
Church of St. John the Merciful
The temple in honor of the saint of the same name, known for lifetime miracles and support for the poor. He is buried in this church, now bearing his name. According to legend, during his lifetime, John predicted his own death. He is one of the most revered saints of Cyprus.
In addition to the above, it is possible to note the monastery of St. Nicholas, located ten kilometers from the city, and other church monuments of architecture.
It has been functioning since 1985 and invites visitors to get acquainted with the history and life, cultural traditions of the local population. The exposition consists of collections of old clothes, embroideries, agricultural implements, wooden and ceramic products, furniture, decorative crafts and decorations.
The building in which the exhibits are located was built in the nineteenth century, after the reconstruction it acquired an attractive appearance and an elegant interior.
Exhibits donated by local residents. The porcelain collection is the pride of the museum. Exquisite ancient bedspreads and bedding, which traditionally made up the bride’s dowry, will not leave indifferent.
For its significant contribution to the preservation of the world cultural heritage in 1989, the exhibition center deservedly received a prestigious international award.
Historic and classic cars
Most of the exposition is organized with the assistance of the famous car collector - Mavropoulos. The exhibits are housed in an extensive pavilion, an area of about a thousand square meters.
Visitors will see motorcycle and automotive technology at the beginning of the last century. The pride of the collection is a Ford car (model “T”) of 1912. Guests are invited to not only look at the exhibits, but also to drive a vintage car.
Given the ancient history of winemaking in the country, estimated at five and a half millennia, tourists will not be indifferent to the museum on this subject. Guests will be introduced to the historical traditions and features of the preparation of wines, successfully restored after oblivion from the sixteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century, when the island was under Ottoman influence. Despite the fact that some recipes were irretrievably lost, the wine traditions of Cyprus still occupy an important place in global winemaking.
The attraction has been operating since 2004, but for a short period of existence has collected a diverse and rich collection of wines. In addition to the drinks themselves, guests will be shown a selection of containers for wine.
Location - Erimi village, located at the intersection of the ancient routes of wine merchants. The stone-built building where the exposition is located used to be a hotel where winemakers often stopped to make deals and communicate with colleagues.
Located in the old part of Limassol. The theme of the exposition is the carob tree, one of the most common representatives of the Cypriot flora. Given the high sugar content of the fruits of the tree, they have long been used for the manufacture of syrup and other confectionery products, juice, feed for livestock.
The exposition will acquaint visitors with the peculiarities of using this variety of wood in the household, and will demonstrate a variety of exhibits.
The ancient city-state of Amanthus
According to legend, Amanthus founded Kinir - the ruler of Cyprus, whose name is shrouded in myths. The cult of Aphrodite began with him. From the eighth century BC, there was a port through which trade with mainland settlements took place. But from the twelfth century AD, Amanthus began to decline, and now serves as a monument of ancient architecture.
Within the marathon distance from the resort in the north-west direction is the ancient village of Omodos. The local wineries and the monastery of the Holy Cross are famous far beyond the borders of Limassol. The village is located in a mountainous area: tourists will find themselves in a picturesque village, where narrow streets are paved with smooth old stone, houses are buried in greenery, hiding behind the slopes of the mountains.
In summer, a wine festival is held here, which attracts many guests. Museum exhibits, icons and exhibitions of folk art are presented to visitors.
Another ancient settlement nearby. It is famous for its winemaking traditions. Old stone limestone buildings are lost in the green of the trees. Guests can enjoy the old atmosphere brought to the modern world.
Despite the small number of local residents (two hundred and fifty people), this ancient settlement is notable for its eight-thousand-year history. Most of the historical traditions and cultural heritage have been preserved to this day, which contributes to the increased interest among tourists from all over the world.
Numerous hiking trails pass through this village. Local people from ancient times cultivated grapes and were engaged in sheep farming. But from the middle of the twentieth century, the settlement was overwhelmed by a real tourist boom.
For visitors in the village, many cafes and restaurants are organized, in the vicinity there are a large number of sources with clean mountain water, which allowed the creation of a trout breeding farm.
The village received the nickname of the village “Rulers and Poets” due to the wide popularity of the people who lived in it, who are among the strengths of the world, and cultural figures.
Salt Lake Akrotiri
This Limassol lake with salt water is located in a mountain valley and is ranked among the largest inland waters of the island. It does not differ in particular depth, but occupies a vast area - more than ten and a half square kilometers.
According to the assumptions of geologists, the formation of the lake is associated with the gradual adjoining to Cyprus of a small island, located off the coast.
In the summer months, the lake dries out very much. And the rest of the time it will be interesting for tourists to watch the swamp birds, some species of which are on the verge of extinction.
City beach Akti Olympion
This is the central beach, consisting of two parts (A and B) and spread over a two-kilometer distance. He was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award for cleanliness and environmental standards.
It offers vacationers all the possible amenities that allow you to spend time under the warm sun - sun loungers, umbrellas and other beach equipment. Tourists will be welcome in the many cafes and bars located nearby.
Sandy beach, perfect for families with children. The gently sloping bottom, convenient infrastructure, soft sand and picturesque landscapes fascinate and invite you to return to the island again.
The variety of opportunities offered to tourists in Limassol will make you forever remember the time spent here. No vacation is enough to see all the sights in one visit and enjoy the magical ancient atmosphere of the island and the city. Arriving in Limassol once, you will want to return more than once or stay forever.
6. Game center and amusement park “Galaxy”
Not sure what to visit with your whole family in Limassol? Go to the Galaxy. The complex has everything that is necessary for entertaining children and adults: sports areas, playgrounds, a cafe with desserts and ice cream, a race track with pendulum ships, a rope town, inflatable slides and labyrinths. In total there are over 3 dozens of halls with video games and about 80 attractions for every taste and age.
7. Fasouri Watermania Waterpark
What to see in Limassol in 1 day? A huge water park with an area of one hundred thousand squares. At least a day you will need to go around all the playgrounds, attractions, pools and water slides, to visit restaurants and cafes. Older people will be interested in additional services such as massage.
The menagerie is located in a city park. Not so long ago, he underwent a massive reconstruction, due to which the number of inhabitants increased, and their living conditions improved significantly. By the way, the largest inhabitants are funny dwarf hippos. The green area is equipped not only with spacious cages and aviaries, but also with a playground.
12. Dasoudi Beach
The natural attractions of Limassol are no less numerous than those created by man. An example is the beach of Dasoudi, surrounded by eucalyptus trees that give a healing aroma to the air. The coastal line is equipped with the highest class: convenient paths lead to the water, there are playgrounds for children, for adults - car parking and areas for sports games.
13. Ladies Mile Beach
Listing the best attractions of Limassol, one can not help but mention this coastline. It starts from the air base and continues to the port. On the territory you can find changing cabins and showers, sun loungers and umbrellas, cafes and restaurants. There are several “wild” sites. The beach is covered with soft sand, the entrance to the sea is shallow and safe.
14. Kourion Beach
A kilometer-long beach, the nature of which is under protection. The tourist infrastructure here is almost completely absent. There is only one restaurant with excellent cuisine. Experienced guides in Limassol recommend Kourion because of its area offers amazingly beautiful views. In particular, in the evening.
16. KEO Winery
The opening date of the winery is 1929. Now it is one of the largest wineries on the island, it is included in all lists of the "main attractions of Cyprus." The assortment of the manufacturer is represented by liquors and cognacs, non-alcoholic products, canned vegetables and fruits. During the excursion to the factory, you can purchase any of these products at a cost without an intermediary extra charge.
18. Limassol castle
The Byzantine palace, which has a rich history. He repeatedly managed to restrain the attacks of the Egyptian and Genoese armies. In the 16th century, the castle was strengthened, later making its lower levels a prison for prisoners. Now inside is a museum complex with ancient ceramic exhibits, weapons, coins and other artifacts.
19. Kolossi Castle
In the 13th century, Richard the Lionheart played his wedding in this castle. Subsequently, the building was used as a defensive fortress and protected from constant attacks of enemies. Now from Kolossi there are only ruins, a well and a yard of a characteristic rectangular shape. However, talking about the main attractions in Limassol briefly, it is impossible not to mention it.
22. Museum of historical and classic cars
The territory of the museum is about one thousand squares. Exhibits - motorcycles and cars created in different eras and in various countries of the world. The base for the opening of the complex was the collection of the Cypriot Mavropoulos. The oldest example is the Ford of the early 20th century. It, as well as other retro cars, can be rented.
25. Monastery of St. George to Alaman
Established in the 12th century. Initially, only male monks lived in the temple. However, in the future (in the middle of the 20th century), all work on the reconstruction of the architectural monument of history and religion was performed by Orthodox nuns. Currently, about 20 women live in the monastery. On the square of the monastery is a source of holy water - access to it is open to all comers. Nuns sell hand-made souvenirs and homemade sweets, and you can buy icons and books on Orthodoxy in the local shop.
26. Feline Monastery of St. Nicholas
According to legend, sv. Elena, visiting the island in the 4th century, instructed to bring several hundred cats from Egypt (animals had to fight snakes). Tailed people have taken root in the temple, and live here to this day. On the flowering territory of the monastery there are at least one hundred cats and cats, and only 6 nuns. Guests can donate cat food or meat to the complex. Near the temple is an olive grove.
27. Shelter for donkeys
The date of creation of the unusual attractions - 1994 (founded by a charity). We remind you that Cypriots use donkeys both as a “passenger transport” and for cargo transportation.However, gradually, the need for animal services disappears, and they are left on the streets. Homeless donkeys have a place in this shelter.