Gleaming along Cyprus’ southern coastline, Limassol has allured travelers for many centuries. The city is one of the island’s most enchanting destinations and it won’t take long to enchant you with its sparkling seaside location that gives way to golden beaches and palm-fringed promenades. While you can certainly expect to get your share of sun and sea in Cyprus’ favorite resort town, Limassol is also teeming with old-world charm and character. The historical center is wrapped around the imposing castle and extends like a cobweb of alleyways and lanes that are buzzing with bars, cafés and storefronts. Exquisitely blending old and new, Limassol is a cosmopolitan seaside destination and melting pot of upscale hotels, gourmet restaurants and fashionable shops.
Where to Stay
The ultra-luxe Amara Hotel is Limassol’s place to see and be seen. The property opens up like a fantasy with landscaped gardens, olive trees and palms that surround the infinity pools and overlooks the adjacent beach and Mediterranean Sea. The 207 guests rooms across 11 floors don’t skip a beat either. Created with tranquility and comfort in mind, the suites will put you at ease with marble floors, white wooden slatted screens, touches of blue and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead onto spacious balconies. Gorgeous views aren’t exactly hard to come by at Amara as each of the hotel’s suites face the sea for magnificent 180º views of the azure waters. For those who want to take the peace and quiet a step further, there are four standalone bungalows on the beachfront with private pools. Inspired by ancient Mediterranean rituals and Cypriot traditions, the on-site wellness spa is the island’s most extravagant place to unwind and relax, offering a laconium, caldarium and tetradarium thermal experience. Synonymous with leisure and the pursuit of pleasure, the Amara Hotel is coastal living done right. Check out our Luxury Hotel Guide to Limassol for the town’s top accommodation picks.
Where to Dine
There’s no better place to dine by the sea than Limanaki Fish Restaurant. Having first opened its doors in 1979, this alfresco establishment has become a mainstay of Limassol’s food scene. The restaurant is mere steps away from the water and welcomes its guests with contemporary décor and a vibrant ambiance that’s perfect for enjoying company over a great meal. The exceptional fresh fish delicacies are guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds, whereas the all-around excellent staff on hand will tell you all about the wide array of oysters, fish and other seafood catches on display. The unique beachfront location offers mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean, taken to new heights as the sun begins to set and moonlight begins to shine, making for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Be sure to take a look at our Restaurant Guide to Limassol for a detailed list of the memorable gastronomic experiences to be had.
What to Do
Limassol’s magnificent city center is compact and stretches about 1 km from the castle and old harbor to the municipal gardens in the west. Dating back to the 13th century, the imposing stone fortifications of the Limassol Castle are remnants from the presence of Crusaders on the island, built on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle and today has been converted into the Cyprus Medieval Museum. Spread around the castle you’ll find a range of boutiques for designer shopping that blends in with small cafés and family-run restaurants. When in Limassol, you’re bound to spend tons of time along its long seaside promenade and glamorous marina that’s packed with high-end hotels, thriving art galleries and elegant bars. These fabulous areas have been carefully designed to blend with the surrounding area of the old port, old town and castle, making for one of the Mediterranean’s most unique leisure destination. Limassol is also the island’s home of winemaking with many great vineyards and traditional villages within striking distance from the city center.
What to Pack
It’s no secret that Limassol is a fabulous beach holiday destination. However, the town is also home to ancient Greek temples, Roman mosaics, Crusader castles and Byzantine monasteries dating back many centuries. Beyond the various activities, the deluxe hotels, refined restaurants and flashy marina prove that Limassol doesn’t hold back when it comes to glamour, so it’s best to come prepared. Whether soaking up the Mediterranean or lounging poolside, this Karla Colletto Joana Swimsuit makes a simple fashion statement with an underwired plunge neckline and subtle ruching at the midsection. Keep it cool and classic with these Givenchy Metal Aviator Sunglasses, which are crafted from lightweight and durable stainless steel. Be sure to read our Mediterranean Fashion Guide for the complete style low-down ahead of your trip.