The largest resort on the Mediterranean sunshine island of Cyprus, holidays in Limassol feature plenty to keep visitors returning again and again to this seaside hotspot. From miles of soft, sandy beaches to a varied nightlife scene, holidaymakers can laze in the sun by day and dine and drink during balmy evening hours.
Limassol holidays are popular thanks to seven miles of sandy beaches that spread away from the centre of the resort, plus a range of accommodation to suit every kind of visitor, from budget apartments to high-end hotels, some specialising in luxurious spas or lush golf courses.
Sitting pretty on the south coast of Cyprus, Limassol is easily reached from either Larnaca Airport (LCA) near Larnaca in the east, or Paphos Airport (PFO) near the resort of Paphos in the west, following a flight time of around four hours from the UK.
Upon arrival in lovely Limassol, you'll find a cosmopolitan resort on Akrotiri Bay with a huge variety of restaurants and bars catering for all kinds of tastes. Shoppers will be kept happy with everything from craft stalls to designer boutiques, while night owls will enjoy the party scene in Limassol, particularly around the area of Potamos Yermasoyia.
Unpack your holiday wardrobe and venture out to discover some of the area's best beaches, including the main beach of Dassoudi, plus Curium Beach, Lady's Mile Beach and Governor's Beach.
The stunning seashore also plays host to plenty of watersports, with windsurfing a popular option on the blue seas of the Mediterranean. Opportunities to explore beneath the waves are also available, with a number of dive schools offering their services to visitors.
For all its modern splendour, the history of Limassol and the surrounding areas is there for you to uncover. Nestled between the ancient royal cities of Amathus and Kourion, Limassol sings songs of its past and visitors can listen at Kourion's theatre, the medieval Kolossi Castle, or Limassol Castle.
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Cyprus is a year-round destination that enjoys hot summers, pleasant spring and autumn tourist seasons, and a mild winter. The mercury creeps up above 20C in April and May, peaking in the high twenties in July and August - at times pushing past 30C - and steadying to around 13C during winter. Rain falls mostly between December and February.
Carnival; February/March: For 10 days Limassol enjoys the sounds and sights of the annual Carnival, held at the start of the Lent period before the Greek orthodox Easter. Colourful parades take to the streets and there is plenty of fun to be had for keen visitors.
Shakespeare Festival; June: While the Bard shares no known links with Limassol, this annual event is sure to please fans of William Shakespeare, with performances in the grand surroundings of the theatre of Kourion.
Wine Festival; September: Limassol has a thriving winemaking industry and this is celebrated at the end of the summer in the Municipal Garden of Limassol. You'll get a bottle of Cypriot wine and can watch grape crushing and dancing while savouring giant platters of local cuisine.
Best of Limassol holidays for...
- Kids & teens: Get lost in the hidden passageways of Crusader castles like Kolossi Castle built by Maltese knights and the 14th-century Limassol Fort.
- Grown-up families: Don't know how to amuse all ages? Don't worry! Morning skiing in the Troodos Mountains leaves time for an afternoon at the beach in Limassol.
- Shopping: Take a wander around Limassol's pretty old town to get your hands on traditional Cypriot ceramics and locally-crafted linens.