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A medieval castle, Greco-Roman ruins, narrow lanes packed with artisan boutiques, and a seafront promenade, all in Limassol.

Perched on a sweep of golden-sand beach, Limassol lies on the southern coast of Cyprus, facing a large natural bay. This strategic position has been exploited for millennia and there’s wealth of history for you to explore, including Greco-Roman ruins, a thriving old town and the castle where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre.

The latter event happened at the city’s castle, which still makes up the core of the old town. Surrounding that, you’ll find the Old Port’s narrow streets lined with traditional artisans’ workshops as well as modern cafés and boutiques. You’ll also come across ornately decorated churches and quaint alleyways hiding tavernas.

A wide, palm-lined promenade follows the coastline away from the Old Port, dotted with playgrounds and more cafés, as well as sea-facing benches so you can admire the view. The coastline east of the city leads to the nearby town of Agios Tychonas which, due to its long Blue Flag beach, collection of luxurious hotels and seafood restaurants, is a popular base from which to explore.

Things to see and do in Limassol

Limassol Castle

A 14th-century fortress, built on the remains of an early Christian basilica and a Byzantine stronghold, Limassol Castle has a long and turbulent history. It’s been occupied by everyone from the Venetians and the Ottomans to medieval English and Victorian British, who used it as a colonial prison.

The castle is easy to visit on your own, or we can arrange a guided tour. Either way, you’ll find a wealth of weaponry and armour, Byzantine mosaics and medieval coins, and an olive oil press that dates from the 7th century.

The old town

The city’s old quarter is remarkably compact, comprising narrow, stone-paved lanes that spread out from the castle like a spiderweb. Despite its size, you can easily spend a day meandering among the artisans’ shops, modern boutiques, old houses, ornate churches and charming tavernas. In the Old Port itself, you’ll find traditional fishing boats bobbing in the blue waters.

A bit further inland, you can explore the Turkish Quarter, an area that reflects the larger city’s vibrant multicultural complexion.

Kourion Archaeological Park

Dating back to the Neolithic, Kourion is one of the most compelling archaeological sites on the island. In the 13th century BC, it hosted a thriving Mycenaean colony and later, a lively Greco-Roman city with a temple dedicated to Apollo. Today, you can explore the well-preserved villas that date back to the 2nd century BC, as well as a Roman-era amphitheatre and an early Christian basilica.

If you’d like to visit the site, which is located just a short drive from downtown Limassol, we can arrange for a privately guided tour that also includes a visit to the wine village of Omodos in the nearby mountains.

Best time to visit Limassol

Limassol benefits from a mild climate most of the year, but it can get very hot during summer months. To experience the best of the weather and avoid the summer crowds, we recommend visiting between April and June or September and October. July and August are very busy with visitors, and the island’s roads and villages can get crowded.

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    • Limassol, Ancient Kourion and the wine village of Omodos
      Kolossi castle, Limassol

      Limassol, Ancient Kourion and the wine village of Omodos

      Limassol, Ancient Kourion and the wine village of Omodos

      Spend the day exploring Cyprus’s second city and the highlights of the surrounding area on this privately guided tour. You’ll walk through Limassol’s old town, visit Roman villas and an amphitheatre in Kourion Archaeological Site and sample Cypriot vintages at a family-owned winery.

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    • Hiking in the Troodos Mountains
      Kalopanayiotis, Troodos Mountains

      Hiking in the Troodos Mountains

      Hiking in the Troodos Mountains

      For a change of scene from Cyprus’s lively coast, head inland with a private guide to hike among the Troodos Mountains, spotting endemic wildlife as you go. You’ll also pause for lunch in a small village and visit a centuries-old monastery.

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    • Paphos Archaeological Park
      Paphos Archaeological Park, Cyprus

      Paphos Archaeological Park

      Paphos Archaeological Park

      Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day on this privately guided tour. You’ll see Roman villas, mosaics and amphitheatres at Paphos Archaeological Park, as well as underground tombs carved from rock at a 4th-century necropolis.

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    • Artisan tour with brunch
      Artisan at work

      Artisan tour with brunch

      Artisan tour with brunch

      Explore away from Cyprus’s popular coast on this privately guided tour. You’ll head inland to a rural village, meeting local artisans to learn about their craft. Try your hand at weaving your own basket and enjoy a traditional brunch of local cheeses.

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