Welcome to Limassol, our port of the month and one of Cyprus’s most underrated cities. Cyprus itself has an uncanny ability to lure travelers in with it’s Greek charm and rustic character, so a cruise visiting this idyllic island is always real head turner.
Limassol is situated on Cyprus’s southern coast, and is known largely for its centuries-old castle as well as its collection of pottery and tombstones. Being a small island, a stop-off in Limassol doesn’t have to end there – the modern city of Paphos is only a short drive away, where you can indulge in the suave metropolis surrounding the stunning harbour or bask in the history that lies in Old Paphos’s ancient ruins.
Get ready to be fascinated by the enchanting Greek mythology that the island encapsulates – Aphrodite was said to to have been born in Paphos – as well as welcomed in by the warmth of the sociable Cypriot people. If you’re looking for paradise, this could be it!
The core of Limassol is full of character. Wrapped around a castle, the historic centre radiates out in a web of lanes where old, shuttered houses and modern boutiques lie side by side. It’s an area buzzing with cafes, bars and restaurants – that are as popular with locals as they are with the visitors.
Its flashy marina has introduced an atmosphere of glamour and opulence, with the nearby Governor’s beach being the perfect spot to catch some rays or snorkel beside the spectacular white rocks. With surrounding nature trails, it’s perfect for whether you simply want to relax – or head off on an adventure.
For travellers looking for a holiday that takes in more than sun and sea, Limassol lies at the very heart of one of the island’s richest areas for exploration. Take a stroll down the promenade, take a tour of the renowned wine villages, revel in Old Town architecture or discover ancient theatres in Kourion. There’ll never be a dull moment!
Limassol is the home to many magnificent medieval structures which still stand today, and Lemesos Castle is certainly one of them. This castle was utilised by conquerors throughout Cyprus’s turbulent history – the Venetians vandalised it, the Ottomans gave it a facelift for military use, and the British used it as a colonial prison.
It’s said that Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria in the chapel of the original castle in 1191, where he also grandly crowned himself King of Cyprus and his wife Queen of England. Containing a series of chambers that are home to the must-see medieval museum, you won’t want to miss this off your day’s itinerary.
A marvelous marina
A cheeky stop off in this glorious marina is one that’ll reward you tenfold. With stylish boutique shops, world-class art galleries, gourmet restaurants, elegant bars and of course, a chance to admire the super yachts parked up! Limassol marina provides a visual feast of luxury, and is well worthy of a wander around.
A blend of cuisine
Cyprus is home to one of the finest pallets of cuisine in the Mediterranean. As an island full of different cultures – through migration and historical periods of rulings – you’ll find an amazing assortment of different gastronomies. Varying from Middle-Eastern, Greek and Mediterranean, not forgetting the divine fresh seafood and of course, traditional Cypriot classics – you’re sure to find more than one dish on the menu that takes your fancy!
And when in Cyprus – you must try the halloumi! Fried or grilled, this cheese is unbelievably moreish! Check out the outstanding Karatello resteraunt and the Trata Fish Tavern – you’ll not be disappointed.
Cyprus’s location close to southwest Asia means that it’s one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean. Just off the south coast of Turkey and north of Egypt, you’ll get high temperatures and very little rain if you head here in October.
There’s an average high temperature of 27ºC in October in Limassol, so don’t pack your summer wardrobe away just yet! Things stay quite comfortable in the evenings, but you may want to bring a few cardigans just in case, with temperatures cooling to 16ºC at night on average. The sea’s inviting with a temperature of around 24ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from around 50% to 80%. Rainfall’s just 18mm across three rainy days.
During October you can expect 11 hours of daylight with eight hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be moderate, so you’ll still need to bring plenty of sun cream and be careful in the midday sun. Sunrise is around 7am in October, while sunset’s at 6.30pm at the start of the month, and gradually gets earlier.
Did you know?
- Limassol was sold in 1489 to Venice by the Cypriot Queen Catherine Cornaro.
- Limassol is the host of Cyprus’s annual Marathon
- The British overtook Limassol in 1878 for it’s port
- The city is twinned with both Marseille, France and Alexandria, Egypt
Time for a Cyprus sailing?
Cyprus is popular hot-spot on most eastern Mediterranean cruises heading around Greece. You’l likely find Limassol on your itinerary along with Santorini and Mykonos! Give one of our cruise experts a call on 0800 107 2323 – they’ll help you find your dream sailing to Cyprus in no time. Alternatively, take a look at the deals section of our website by clicking here.
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