Limassol (Lemesos) is the largest coastal resort in Cyprus and as such has plenty of attractions on offer for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re after a relaxing beach vacation, or a more sophisticated cultural and historical tour, Limassol can cater to all.
The city attracts a considerable number of visitors each year, who come to discover its beautiful beaches which offer numerous water activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing and para-gliding etc. Moreover, the city is significantly famous for its historical and archaeological sites that are to this day some of its most popular attractions.
Amathus Archaeological Site
This historical point is 11km east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion, however unlike Kourion it also acted as a port.
Various attractions at the Amathus site include the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician
The Castle of Limassol ( Visit Site )
The history of this castle dates back to 1228, when Frederick II of Germany and his supporters imprisoned the hostages seized by Ibeline, the King Regent of Cyprus. It is also said that it is an ancient Byzantine castle. This castle also witnessed the marriage between King Richard and his Queen Berengaria.
Today’s structure is mostly rebuilt under the Turkish domination (19th century) and is home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum.
The city of Limassol has the longest coastline of all the cities and beach resorts in Cyprus. The city offers a diverse style of public and controlled beaches.
Featured below are some of the most popular tourist beaches in Limassol
Ladies’ Mile (Lady’s Mile) ( Visit Page )
This is a superb beach with grainy white sand and shallow clear water. It is located near the New Limassol port and can be reached in 15 minutes from Limassol’s town centre. It is one of the safest beaches for children and the facilities for windsurfing are assured. It is a perfect place to enjoy a swim, sunbathe or a peaceful walk along the sandy beach.
Kourion (Chris Blue) Beach
This is a large beach and is one of the most spectacular beaches in Limassol. The ruins of the Ancient Roman Kourion Amphitheatre are just next to the beach on a high mountain, which is also a popular spot for hand-gliders to emerge from. Sailing and wind-surfing opportunities are assured here but sometimes the beach can get very overcrowded with swimmers.