Places to visit in Limassol
On the eastern part of the city, at the end of the sidewalk, you can visit the ruins of the ancient city of Amathus, as well as the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite. In the outskirts of the city, 15 km to the west, you should definitely visit the beautiful ancient Kourion Amphitheatre, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, where a lot of concerts and ancient drama performances still take place. Nearby, you can also visit the Temple of Apollo. A few miles away, there is the Medieval Castle of Kolossi, an amazing castle built in 1210. If you are a wine lover, you should definitely check out the Wine Museum in Erimi Village, where among others, there is an excellent collection of commandaria brands, the famous local sweet wine.
Things to do in Limassol
It is also worth visiting the famous Wine Villages, about an hour’s drive from the city centre. Cyprus is an important wine producing country, and many of its very good wineries are located in those Wine Villages. Most of the wineries are open to the public (call in advance, Sundays closed). Do note that the Commandaria region, where this great sweet wine is produced, is also in the Limassol district and it consists of 14 villages. You can also visit some of Limassol’s mountain picturesque villages such as the beautiful Lofou, Anogyra, Vassa (there is a Zivania Museum, a local white spirit), Omodos and of course, lovely Platres, famous for its trout dishes.
Best Beaches in
If you want to get away from the city centre, there are quite a few beaches that we recommend. Lady’s Mile, is a stretch of long beach with shallow waters, where the kids can build castles in the sand and with plenty of restaurants for lunch. Kourion beach, located 20km to the west, below the Kourion ancient amphitheatre, is ideal for watersport activities such as paragliding, kite-surfing, wakeboarding and more. A bit further to the west, you will find the Pissouri Bay beach, set between hills in a lovely scenery, with deep crystal clear blue waters. On the other side of Limassol, to the east, you can visit Governor’s beach, ideal for for fishing and snorkelling and with many famous fish restaurants.
Accommodation in Limassol
There are also plenty of private villas and apartments to choose from, in more relaxing and quiet areas, often overlooking the Mediterranean. Most villas offer accommodation for a minimum of four guests and can be surprisingly good value for money, especially during the peak season.
If you are looking for holidays during the summer months and you are looking for a great accommodation near the beach, you should book well ahead. Great choices include the Four Seasons Hotel, the Amathus Beach Hotel, the Amara Hotel, the Royal Apollonia Beach Hotel and the Mediterranean Beach Hotel, all of which stand alongside Limassol’s beachfront.
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Places to eat in Limassol
On the other hand, there are also many, on the more budget side, options. A few gastropubs, the restaurants both around the Medieval Castle and in the old city, some known chain restaurants in the Limassol Marina, as well as lovely bistros and cute restaurants, delicatessens, lunch and brunch spots.
Furthermore many of the bars, wine bars and beach bars serve very good food. Along the coastal line and inside the city, fish restaurants are a must visit. Finally, you should also taste the food in the local restaurants and kebab houses, both in and a bit outside the city. Limassolians are proud of their restaurants and they have every right to!