Limassol

Limassol

Things to do - general

Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus and has evolved into a modern, cosmopolitan city. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city represent a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. In March the town of Limassol becomes the center for the festivities in connection with the Carnival. In addition you can enjoy the wine festival in September. The villages in the mountains around Limassol are set in the midst of vineyards and are definitely worth a visit while in the Limassol area.

Cyprus Holiday Villas and Apartments in the District of Limassol

In Go Villas Cyprus we currently do not feature any holiday villas or apartments in the District of Limassol. Why not check out the villas in the District of Paphos, which are all within an hours drive from Limassol. See all our villas here.

Culture and History

Limassol is made up of its main city with new marina which sits between the two important archaeological sites of Amathus and Kourion.

Places worth visiting in the District of Limassol


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Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton Monastery

Situated on Cape Gata southeast of Akrotiri Salt, Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton is said to be the first monastery in Cyprus. The church structure that you see today was built in the 14th century only to be abandoned in the 16th century.

It was then finally claimed by the Orthodox nuns in the 1980's. Legend says that the monastery was founded by Agia Eleni, mother of Constantine the Great.

Stories say that Agia Eleni found the place swarming with poisonous snakes and she sent a shipload of cats to get rid of the snakes. The cats were fed a bit of meat in the morning and in the night in order to limit the amount of venom they would intake. The snakes were vanquished, people returned and fishermen fished.

The catch on St. Nicholas Day was given to the monastery to assure a good year.

Ever since these stories the cape is called Cape Gata meaning the Cape of the Cats and the nuns at the monastery now care for hundreds of cats.

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum in Limassol is a particularly interesting sight for art and history lovers. The museum houses artifacts related to societal development of Cyprus, which include ceramics, pottery and antiquities from the Roman period. Also, on display are finds from the Neolithic until the Late Bronze Age.

Municipal Museum of Folk Art

The Municipal Museum of Folk Art is housed in a historic building donated by the Schiza family. Its main purpose is to promote Cypriot folk art and craft through collections from the 18th and 19th centuries. On display are fascinating objects relating to woodcarving, jewelry decoration, tools and utensils, traditional Cypriot costumes, embroidery and weaving and bronze artifacts.

Kolossi Castle

kolossi-castle

This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14 km west of Limassol.
The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name 'Commandaria' originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the 'Grand Commanderie'. It is thought to be the oldest continually-produced and named wine in the world.

Curium

curium

The ruins at Curium are located in breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea and is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Cyprus. Here you will find two site: the old city of Kolossi and the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, located a few kilometres apart. There is also a museum in the nearby village of Episkopi and as it is one of Cyprus' most popular tourist attractions, it is worth arriving early, especially during the high season.

Read more on Visit Cyprus

Unfortunately there are no accommodations at this location at the moment.

Beaches and Waterparks

Governors Beach - Blue Flag

Few kilometres outside Limassol towards Nicosia is this little isolated popular family beach with shallow waters and white rocks. It is a very popular rural sandy beach. You can reach the beach by car, motorbike and bus. Water sports and also many fish restaurants are available.

Akti Olympion beach - Blue Flag

Akti Olympion is a 2 kilometres long, 40 metres wide sandy beach with moderate waves. It has pedestrian footpaths, bicycle lanes and ample parking. The beach is accessible by car, motorcycle, bicycle, bus and by foot. Lifeguards are on duty with life saving equipment every day during the bathing season from 9am to 5pm.
A number of other facilities are available along the coast or within walking distance. These include children’s playground, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, convenience stores, cycling lanes, a pedestrian zone, a security patrol area, public transportation and many more.

Kourion Beach - Blue Flag

Kourion beach is located at Episkopi Bay. It is a 1 kilometre long sandy beach and is easily reached by car, motorbike, bicycle and bus. The beach has several services and facilities such as toilets, showers, changing rooms, sun beds and umbrellas. There are lifeguards on duty with lifesaving equipment from 10am to 5pm during the bathing season. A number of restaurants are available along the coast and within a short distance (about 1 km) are convenience stores, children’s playground etc.

Fasouri Waterpark

A member of the World Waterpark Association, this waterpark contains the biggest Wave Pool in Europe and is located in the picturesque area of Fassouri on the outskirts of Limassol, set amongst the beautiful citrus groves that spread across this area. Watermania offers entertainment for all tastes: those prefering a lazy day can relax in inflatable tubes on the Lazy River, whilst the Open Slide is big enough for the whole family to slide down at the same time. For the thrill-seekers, the Probowl is a completely enclosed tube that swirls around the people inside in a whirlpool effect, and the Black Hole and the Kamikaze provide similar adrenalin rushes. Naturally, safety is paramount and professional lifeguards ensure a safe environment for every Watermaniac at all times. Apart from waterslides, there are games, restaurants, a gift shop and a video arcade.

Shopping

MYMALL Shopping Centre

If you are looking for a quality shopping experience, incredible hours of entertainment or even just a short break to relax and tantalize the senses, MYMALL is the place to visit.

For more information please see: www.mymall.com.cy

Shopping Opening Hours

In summer (June to August) shops are open 8.00 – 14.00 and 17.00 – 20.30.
In winter opening hours are 8.00 – 13.00 and 14.30 – 18.00 (until 19.00 in spring and autumn).
However many larger department stores and supermarkets, and shops in tourist areas, do not close for lunch. Shops are closed Wednesday and Saturday after 13.00, as well as all day Sunday.

Please do note that separate opening hours may apply to the above shopping malls.