Limassol Tours, Sightseeing and Activities

 

Limassol is located on the southern coast of Cyprus and is the second largest city on the island. It’s noted for two things. First is its port. Among the busiest in the Mediterranean, it has become an important tourism and trade provider in the area. The second is its rich history. Limassol was constructed between the ancient cities of Amathus and Kourion. Its current historical centre revolves around the Limassol Kalesi (The Medieval Castle of Limassol) and the Old Port.

Here are some must try attractions during your Limassol holiday:

Paphos Zoo – Limassol

Paphos Zoo Bird Park Ostriches

Experience a visit to Pafos Zoo, one of the most popular attractions in Cyprus, see the meerkats, the Siberian tiger, the white lions and the large collection of exotic birds and parrots.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Tues, Thurs & Sat
Length: Approx. 8 hours

Day Trip to Kykkos Monastery from Limassol

Kykkos Monastery Main Entrance

Day tour from Limassol, journey through the breathtaking landscapes and local villages of the Troodos Mountains to visit the famous 11th century Kykkos monastery.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Mon & Wed
Length: Approx. 9 hours

Cyprus in a Nutshell Tour from Limassol

Cyprus Harbour on the Cyprus in a Nutshell Tour

A comprehensive sightseeing tour of Cyprus, explore the 2000-year old amphitheatre at Kourion, see the making of traditional olive pie in the delightful village of Monagri and taste the delicious local wines at the Wine Museum.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Thurs & Sat
             01 Nov – 30 Apr: Saturday
Length: Approx. 9 hours

Shopping and Sightseeing Tour of Nicosia from Limassol

Shopping in the Market Square in Nicosia

Combining a sightseeing tour of Nicosia seeing the 17th century, St Johns Gothic Cathedral and St Sophia Cathedral, built in 1872 with shopping for handicrafts, designer goods, fine silks and attractive Turkish pottery.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Tues & Fri
             01 Nov – 30 Apr: Friday
Length: Approx. 9 hours

Donkey Riding in Cyprus from Limassol

Donkey Riding in Cyprus

Centred round the Argonaftis Donkey farm a shelter and breeding program for friendly donkeys. The ride is a popular way to see the orange groves of the Cyprus countryside and to visit to the restored 14th century Panayia tou Sindi,monastery.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Fridays
Length: 8 hours

Day trip to Famagusta Ghost Town from Limassol

St Nicholas Cathedral at Famagusta Ghost Town

Famagusta in Northern Cyprus was once the richest city in the world but is now a ghost town since being abandoned during the Turkish Invasion of 1974. Also visit the ancient city of Salamis previously buried under sand and the medieval fortress or citadel Othello’s Tower.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   01 May – 31 Oct: Thurs & Sat
             01 Nov – 30 Apr: Tuesday
Length: 12 hours

Day Trip to Kyrenia from Limassol

Kyrenia Harbour Cyprus

Take in the spectacular views over the Pentadaktylos Mountains on your way to the Gothic Abbey of Bellapais. Cross the border to visit the medieval Kerynia castle and take time out to enjoy Kerynia port and harbour.

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Where:  Limassol, Cyprus
When:   Until 20 Nov: Friday
             From 21 Nov: Thursday
Length: Approx. 9 hours

 

Full list of tours and activities on Cyprus

 

Visit historical sites

Many historical sites are within easy distance of Limassol. One of which is the Kolossi Castle. This place served as a crusader stronghold. The Knights Templar and the Knights of St. John were said to have fought over who gets to use it as a sanctuary. The castle also held great strategic importance because it had equipment used for sugar production.

Amathus lies six miles east of Limassol. Its cult of Aphrodite is considered the second most important in Cyprus after Paphos, the Greek goddess’s birthplace. The ancient royal city flourished in the Iron Age until the Byzantine period.

Buy local souvenirs

Time your visit right and you’ll get the chance to visit an art craft market. Organised by a group of local artists, it features pottery, jewellery, collages and other great souvenirs that you can take home. If you’re looking for branded buys, head to Makarios Avenue where you can find stores that sell designer clothing.

Experience modern attractions

Limassol has two water parks where tourists can cool off. Fasouri Watermania is the largest aquatic attraction on the island. In addition to the exhilarating water slides, the facility also has the biggest wave pool in Europe. There’s also a Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park in the area. On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find the Public Garden, which contains a zoo. Inhabitants include deer, lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants.

Be entertained

The city has cultural activities scheduled all year round. You can catch live productions at The Rialto, and Pattichio Municipal Theatre. Those looking to dance the night away can take their pick from a number of bars, discos and nightclubs. The Basement Club stays open until the small hours of the morning.

Go to the beach

There are some beautiful beaches in Limassol. Dassoudi Beach is popular with bathers it has changing rooms, sun loungers, showers and restrooms. There are also a host of shops and tavernas to choose from. Governor’s Beach, located 18 miles away from the city centre is very popular with families. The soft, powdery sand and shallow water makes it safe for young children. Nearby nature trails are added attractions, so are the cliffs that are ideal for snorkelling. Finally, there’s Lady’s Mile Beach. Quiet and undeveloped, the area is home to thousands of flamingos during the winter months.

Be inspired by these exciting ideas and start planning your holiday in Cyprus’s principal tourist resort today!

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