Why choose a cruise to Limassol?
The busy port town of Limassol offers so much more than your average fly-and-flop destination, which is why it features on many Mediterranean cruise itineraries. The contemporary marina is the place to see and be seen, with fantastic shopping opportunities, exclusive beaches and fine dining at every turn.
A guide to Limassol’s hotspots
The narrow streets of the old town that branch out enticingly from the harbour are lined with restaurants, shops and historic attractions. The most popular shopping street, Anexartisias, is a good place to browse for souvenirs and things to look out for include leather goods, olive oil and local honey. If you’re after high-end boutiques and designer clothes, Makarios Avenue is the place to be.
For history and sightseeing, this cruise favourite also comes up trumps with Kolossi Castle, an important and well-visited attraction. It’s situated just 9 miles west of the city and is a fine example of 15th-century architecture, though its original incarnation was erected 200 years earlier. Or, step back in time with a visit to the ruins of ancient Amathus, now one of the area’s most popular archaeological sites.
There’s also a huge water park, Fasouri Watermania, which offers hours of water-based fun in the form of water slides, flumes and a lazy river. There are, of course, snack bars and restaurants, too, when you’re in need of refreshment.
And if you’re looking for beaches, you won’t be disappointed either, with several to choose from in the region. Just a few miles from the centre of town is Ladies Mile Beach, which offers a stunning stretch of sands with restaurants and low-key watersports. Miami Beach, in the heart of Limassol, is another option with soft sand and calm waters.
In term of food, Limassol offers up the usual Cypriot specialities, including stuffed vine leaves, grilled or fried halloumi, and souvlaki, charcoal-grilled skewers of meat and vegetables, cooked to mouthwatering perfection.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Limassol
The best time to visit Limassol
Hot summers and mild winters mean that you’ll enjoy Limassol whenever you go. However, hit those beaches in July or August and you’re pretty much guaranteed a tan, with temperatures soaring to 26°C and beyond. September also offers sunny days with the coldest month, January, still fine for sightseeing, with temperatures a pleasant 12°C.
Did you know?
- Richard the Lionheart married his wife Berengaria in Limassol Castle
- Limassol is also known as Lemesos
- Limassol Zoo is the only one in Cyprus
- From the battlements of Limassol Castle, you can see views of the Troodos Mountains.