Limassol is perhaps one of the most underrated cities in the Eastern Med. It’s the second most populated area in Cyprus but unlike Paphos, Aiya Napa or the Akamas Peninsula, it rarely takes first place on a bucket list. In fact, this stunning coastal city is one of the Med’s best kept secrets; if you’re travelling in Cyprus, be sure to spend at least 2 days exploring this wonderful city. Here is a typical 48 hour itinerary to ensure that you make the most of your time.
Day 1 in Limassol
The city of Limassol is Cyprus’ largest coastal resort; it may not have the popularity of famous Aiya Napa but the beaches are a must and should probably be first on your Limassol hit list. Head to the East side of Episkopi Bay to discover the city’s most beautiful beach spots and spend the day sunbathing on Button Beach or Kourion Beach.
Limassol is amazing for seafood so for a spot of lunch, make your way to the other side of the city where you’ll find the most well-known tourist strip by Dasoudi Beach and the beautiful marina. Some of the most stylish places to grab a midday bite include Pyxida Fish Tavern which is right on the promenade, Sailor’s Rest Lounge Bar & Restaurant which is superb for lobster or Crystal Marina Lounge which is a great choice for oyster lovers.
After the sun goes down, take a slow and leisurely stroll (just over 30 minutes) or a short taxi ride to Boulevard Georgíou tou Prótou where you will find Limassol’s best bars.
Day 2 in Limassol
Other than its glorious beaches, this coastal city offers great sightseeing opportunities for those who take an interest in history, art or culture. Start your day at Ancient Kourion; it’s one of Cyprus’ most spectacular archaeological gems and you could dedicate a whole day here. But there is much to see and just next door is another must-see attraction, the House of Eustolios (perfect for mosaic fans).
After the archaeological tour, be sure to check out Limassol Old Town – a great little place to wind down in a cosy café or grab a spot of lunch. You will also find Limassol Castle in the main square of the Old Town and various other attractions such as the Grand Mosque and Limassol Cathedral. If you still have some time before dinner, why not visit the Limassol Medieval Museum to learn more about the country’s rich history or the Lanitis Art Foundation to soak in some of the city’s modern art installations.
For dinner, opt for an award winning restaurant such as Restaurant Vivaldi (located within the Four Seasons Resort) for the finest Italian cuisine. Or if you’re looking for local food cooked by local people, head over to TripAdvisor favourite Meze Taverna, located on Agiou Andreou; here you will get a friendly service (typical Cypriot hospitality!) and a simple yet delicious menu filled with Cypriot dishes, as eaten by the locals. Meze Taverna is also a family-friendly establishment so kids are welcome too. Finish off your night at one of the bars nearby overlooking the seafront.
Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.
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