Where to in Limassol?
Well known landmark in Limassol. Located at the Kolossi village, this excellent example of military architecture was constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 13th century and then rebuilt in the 15th. Its an impressive and imposing building, with narrow spiral staircases leading to the top. The rich and fertile land surrounding the castle allowed vineyards planted by the Knights to flourish, from which they produced the sweet dessert wine known as Commandaria, which is still produced to this day.
The Sanctuary of Apollo
On the Limassol-Episkopi road. This sanctuary was one of the most important centres of worship of the God Apollo Hylates, the God of the woodlands, from about the 7th century to the 4th AD.
The District Archaeological Museum
Located at the corner of Kanningos & Vyronos street.
Has a collection of archaeological discoveries found in the Limassol district including pots, ceramics, stoneware and household items dating back several centuries.
The Mediaeval Museum
Built during the 14th century and situated inside the Limassol Castle which is located near the Limassol Old Port. Has a collection of assortment of Lusignan armour as well as treasures, discovered in Kyrenia, dating back to 620 AD.
The Folk Art Museum
At Agiou Andreou street, one of the oldest in Limassol. This museum was awarded the Europa Nostra prize in 1989. Several original folkloric items are on display here including a collection of traditional costumes.
Ancient Kourion Archaeological Site
Just west of Limassol and about 7 minutes drive from our Limassol villas, Villa Mosaica, Villa Aretousa and Villa Amorosa.
The main attraction of the site is the spectacular Greco-Roman theatre, originally built in the 2nd century BC and enlarged in the 2nd century AD. Major renovations are now complete and once again the theatre is hosting plays and concerts throughout the summer. The location is truly breathtaking and on a clear night with a full moon, you wouldn’t wish to be under the stars anywhere else. The House of Eustolios, next to the Amphitheatre, was once a private villa in the early Christian period. It had several baths and rooms with beautiful mosaic floors.
The Natural Sea Sponge Exhibition Centre
Located at the Limassol Old Port roundabout, it offers an intriguing insight into the harvest and production of sea sponges and an interesting demonstration of how the sponges are treated prior to being sold and how loofahs are made from a locally grown vegetable.
At Anogyra village, displays, via an informative guided tours, the growth, preparation and milling of olive
The Reptile House
Located at the Old Port, is home to many types of reptiles such as iguanas, rattlesnakes, and huge boas from Cyprus, Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
This is a lovely sandy and clean beach located to the west of Limassol, overlooked by the Ancient Kourion amphitheatre. Perfect for boogie boards during August. There are three restaurants along the beach offering a wide variety of meals & drinks all day all week.
Located at 25km outside Limassol to the east. Governor’s Beach
has many white rocks that form secluded “caves” which are inviting to romantic couples.
Ayios Tychonas Beach
A clean sandy beach with an excellent water’s ports facility and a seafront path running behind it.
Lady’s Mile Beach
The longest stretch of beach in the area, features grey sand and clean water.
The Greater Limassol Area
Visitors to the Limassol district may not realize that its area actually stretches beyond the coast to encompass the Troodos mountain region as well with its beautiful and traditional villages.
There is a daily bus service departing from the Central Bus station in Limassol to Troodos square via the local areas of Saittas, Mandria, Pera Pedi, and Platters terminating at the Troodos square.
Another option to visit the area is to hire a car and then head into the direction of the Troodos mountains.
On the way, the following are some of the localities to stop at:
Lania: This pretty village, known as the “artists village”, is home to several studios & galleries open to the public.
Omodos: The site of the oldest wine press in Cyprus, this area takes you back in time, with its winding, narrow, cobbled streets, small cafes and restaurants tucked into the walls of the streets, and dainty little shops displaying their wares.
Vouni: This small, hilly local, home to scattered, obscure-shaped vineyards, is also home to the Friends of the Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary, open from 10:00 am¬ to 16:00 pm Mon-Sat and is a wonderful place to spend some of your day where you can also visit the Kalorama Tea Room which has recently opened for business.
Arsos: One of the oldest villages in Cyprus (used to be known as Alsos in the past) with very few new buildings which helps to preserve its ancient character. At the centre of the village is the beautiful church of Apostolos Philipou (dating back from 1800) which was recently renovated in its original style.
There are two small, but well know wineries in Arsos: Nikoletino winery and Laona winery. The later was recently purchased by KEO the top wine & beer producer in Cyprus.
Foini: One of the most picturesque areas in Cyprus, it is well-known for its pottery, traditional furniture and sweets, though citrus fruits, apples, pears, peaches, plum, vegetables, and walnuts are cultivated here. Nearby is the attractive Trooditissa Monastery.
Agros: Known for its Byzantine church, its production of smoked meats
(Lounza, Hiromeri), rosewater, Cyprus sweets, and carob syrup. There is also a local mineral spring, the water of which is commercially bottled. Beautiful views and narrow roads make this a wonderful pit stop.
Platters: The largest mountain resort in Cyprus, strewn with fabulous nature trails, Is where the inhabitants of Limassol flock to escape the summer heat. It’s known for the Caledonia Falls, situated next to the Psilo Dentro Trout Farm & restaurant.