Holiday Destinations – Limassol, Cyprus
If you’re looking for the ultimate in Mediterranean luxury, Limassol is the place for you. The city is located on Akrotiri Bay, on the south coast of Cyprus, and was built between two ancient cities, Amathus and Kourion. Its stunning backdrop is courtesy of the Troodos Mountains. There are lots of things to see and do during your stay in this beautiful city, from museums and archaeological sites, to relaxing spas and picturesque beaches.
There are a number of luxurious beach hotels in the Limassol area, with spectacular views of Limassol’s clear blue waters. The Four Seasons Hotel, situated on its own sandy beach, includes a spa, indoor and outdoor fitness facilities, Jacuzzis, and restaurants and bars. If you happen to be travelling with children, the hotel has kids and teenage clubs, and also provides babysitting services. The Amathus Beach Hotel, located just east of the Four Seasons, is fully equipped with a spa, boutiques, a kids club, a sports centre, and its own restaurants and bars. In addition the Londa Hotel also comes highly recommended, having been refurbished and reopened in 2005. Nightly rates for these hotels start at roughly £160 per person/night.
Limassol not only has great accommodation, but its local restaurants are also praised. In particular, the Terra e Mare Restaurant on Amathountos Avenue comes very highly recommended. It prides itself on a classic modern menu and a delicious wine list. Its signature dishes include Beef Fillet mignons in a creamy mushroom sauce, and Grilled Pork fillets garnished with Halloumi cheese, at a price of only 30 Euros per dish.
If you’re in Limassol around Easter time, you’ll be just in time for the Limassol Carnival. The festival takes place during the 10 days proceeding Lent (according to the Greek Orthodox calendar), and consists of three main parades. The final parade is the largest, and involves hundreds of people walking in costume alone the town’s longest avenue.
However, if you spend time in Limassol during the autumn season, you can sample thirst-quenching wines at the Limassol Wine Festival. It takes place towards the end of August/beginning of September.
There is a multitude of things to visit and enjoy in Limassol. It is well-known for its beautiful beaches, and in particular Dhassoudi Beach. It’s a public beach just east of the city centre, and there are many sports facilities in the complex, including a swimming pool and tennis courts. Furthermore, there are also a number of excellent historical sites to visit. These sites include; the Curium Amphitheatre (Kourion) theatre that houses some spectacular ancient mosaics, the international Limassol Sculpture, and a number of popular museums, which offer a wide spectrum of beautiful local and ancient artwork.
The city of Limassol has many historical and modern aspects to it, which altogether makes for an enjoyable and memorable experience.