There are so many great things to do in Limassol, the bustling beach town in the heart of Cyprus.

This historic city combines its tourist-friendly coastline with a cosmopolitan café culture, and the’ siga siga’, (meaning slow slow), mentality of the locals.

Limassol is ideally located on the south coast of the island, and its central location makes it the perfect base for exploring all that Cyprus has to offer.

One day you can lounge on the beach, and the next day in the mountainous plonk region, taste the best local plonks. With beautiful national parks and ancient monuments on your doorstep; there really is something for everyone in Limassol, it is one of the best places to visit in Cyprus.

I spent three months settled in this coastal city and completely fell in love with the metropolitan Beachside hustle and bustle, the friendly locals, and the relaxed cafe culture. I liked it so much that I already planned another visit this year!

Here are the 9 best things to do in Limassol, Cyprus.

1. Take a walk through Limassol

One of the best things to do in Limassol is to take a walk around the city. Limassol is a big city, with many different areas to explore. It can be easy to get lost or miss things if you are unsure of your way around.

The easiest way to explore the city, learn about the best attractions in Limassol, and get to know the different areas is with a local tour, as this is where you are likely to get the best information and experience.

Click here to find out more about this recommended tour that will teach you a little bit about the story of Limassol through history, architecture, food, and most importantly, plonk! With so many things to see in Limassol, this is a great way to cover the main highlights.

2. Lounge on the beach

Lounging on the beach is one of the best things to do in Limassol. The “city beaches” stretch along the length of Limassol, so there are plenty of possible places where you can lounge all day.

The city beaches are very well maintained, clean and accessible. Expect dark sandy beaches and warm, clear water. Beaches are often referred to by reference to local landmarks, rather than their official names. For example, Debenhams beach.

If you want a quiet place where you can swim, rent a lounge and relax, go to Armonia Beach. Named after the cafe located on the beach, it is a great place to grab a ‘frappe’, a Cypriot cold coffee, under the shade of an old tree.

For a livelier and more central spot, head to Colombia beach. Named after the beautiful beach bar, which serves delicious food and drinks next to its own private pool. This location also has lounges on the beach with all day service.

Away from the city’s beaches, head to Lady’s Mile to the East, and Governor’s Beach to the West.

Lady’s Mile, named after a former Governor’s horse, is a 5 km long beach with a mix of pebbles and sand. The long beach is divided into zones, each distinguished by a different restaurant. The water is generally cooler, but calm and shallow; a great choice for families.

East of Limassol is Governor’s Beach. This is a Pebble Bay, hidden in the limestone cliffs. The bright white rocks dazzle in the clear water, and there are many small caves where you can swim.

You will explore these bays If you go sea kayaking, as recommended below. If you are wondering where to go in Limassol in the summer, the beach is a top choice!

3. Go for a coffee at Molos

Cypriots love their coffee. One of the most relaxing things to do in Limassol is to take a Walk along Molos; a picturesque palm-lined promenade that leads to the Old Port and Marina.

Stop at one of the three main cafes along the way and enjoy the views over the Mediterranean Sea. Have a cup of coffee in the red, yellow or Blue Cafe, which are named after their decor, and while you are away in the morning, local style.

4. Swimming by Petra tou Romiou

Also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, this sea stack in Paphos District is just 45 minutes from Limassol. It is a beautiful area, with a secret mythological status that makes it one of the top places to visit in Limassol.

According to legend, Petra tou Romiou is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. The local ‘myth’ is that anyone who swims around the Rock will be blessed with eternal beauty.

The sea in this area, however, is notoriously rough, and so swimming around the rocks themselves is not recommended. I would recommend watching the sunset here. The site offers the most perfect views, where you can take some truly spectacular photos.

Combine a trip to the rock with two other Limassol attractions listed in this blog; The archaeological site of Kourion, and the traditional town of Omodos, with this excellent day tour.

5. Go for a Brunch

Brunch began to take off well in Limassol. There are a good variety of places to enjoy your eggs Benedict around town. Sampling brunch menus was one of my favorite things to do in Limassol.

For spectacular views of the sea, you need to go to Pier One, located in the Old Port. To admire the new marina, Epsilon offers cosmopolitan vibes. Finally, for a New York, industrial-style setting, head to Cookhouse located downtown.

6. Dining in traditional taverns

Another great thing to do in Limassol is to enjoy Cypriot cuisine! Cyprus is famous for its meze and traditional taverns, which abound around the city.

Limassol is home to many signature dishes that you must try. Some of the most famous dishes of the island are::

Sheftalia, a mixture of minced meat with aromatic herbs and spices, wrapped in omentum, and best served with salad, lemon and tzatziki.

Kleftiko is a melt-in-the-mouth lamb dish marinated in lemon, garlic, onion and olive oil. You can see it served in most Cypriot restaurants.

Finally, Tirokafteri is a spread made from feta, garlic, yogurt, Chili and olive oil, and is best served with bread and a beer to wash it down.

My advice is to visit a traditional tavern and order a mixed meal to taste a few different dishes. Some of the best taverns in Limassol are those just outside the city; just a short taxi ride away.

I highly recommend Forsos Taverna Yialousa and Taverna in Mouttagiaka. Popular with locals, both traditional taverns are almost side by side, and serve excellent Cypriot meze in relaxing, outdoor settings.

In the Old Town, Restaurant Meze Taverna is a favorite choice. It serves a delicious seafood meze and is always crowded. Advance booking is recommended.

7. Visit Fasouri Water Park

One of the most exciting things to do in Limassol is to visit Fasouri Water Park. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you don’t want to miss this one.

The park also has plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars on site. So you can ride the tubes all day, relax on the lazy river, or chill out in a lounge watching the fun around you if you prefer.

Whether you are traveling with family or just want to cool off during the afternoon heat, this is one of the best places to visit in Limassol.

Located just 15 minutes outside the center of Limassol, the park is easily accessible by taxi. I recommend booking tickets in advance in the summer season to avoid disappointment-Fasouri Water Park is one of the most popular attractions in Limassol. Get a ticket with a discount here.

8. Day trip to Nicosia

A day trip to the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia should be on the list of every tourist, especially since it is only an hour’s drive from Limassol.

Nicosia is a city of two halves and is the world’s last divided capital. You can still feel the tension when you walk down the street; some 50 years after the conflict with Turkey.

Walk the” green line ” that runs right through the center of the city, which has separated the North and south of the island, and both Turkish and Greek Cypriot citizens, for almost five decades.

Enter the buffer zone and see the walls of the Ledra Palace Hotel. Once Cyprus ‘ most elite accommodation, it served as a headquarters until 2019 when decay resulted in a move.

Cross into Lefkosia, (Turkish Nicosia), and experience the change in culture, just a few steps beyond the ‘border’. This is an unforgettable day trip and one of the best under the guidance of a guide. Do not miss this highly appreciated, informative and interesting walking tour.

9. Go plonk Tasting

Limassol is the base for many of the island’s plonk companies, as it is located at the foot of the Troodos Mountains.these slopes are home to remarkable plonk-growing areas.

Limassol is therefore a great base to go plonk tasting and is one of the best places I visited in Limassol.

The oldest plonk in the world, Commanderia, comes from Limassol. It’s a sweet plonk and one you should try on a plonk tasting trip.

Most plonk tastings will include a trip to the traditional Cypriot villages in the mountains, including Omodos and Platres. These incredible villages are highlights in their own right and a plonk tasting tour is a great way to experience both at the same time.

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