Things to do in Limassol
Get your sport kit on: Limassol is home to two major sports clubs that have football, basketball and volleyball teams, while the city is home to the 16,000-seater Tsirion Stadium. It also hosts an annual marathon, rally events, rowing and canoeing. There are a wide range of sports available to visitors including football, volleyball, tennis and horse riding, while Limassol Golf Club is a favourite among golfers. It’s worth taking advantage of the water sports on offer, which include jet skiing, snorkelling and paddle boating.
Tour Kolossi Castle: Probably the best-known landmark in Limassol, Kolossi Castle is nine miles outside of the city. Said to have been built in the 13th century by the Frankish military, it contains facilities for the making of sugar, which was one of Cyprus’s main exports in the Middle Ages. Visitors can tour the ruins of the castle tower or keep and the rectangular enclosure or bailey.
Visit the Virgin who wept: The grand Kykkos Monastery is another ancient attraction, just less than 20 miles from Limassol. Although the original monastery was founded by a Byzantine emperor at the end of the 11th century, very little of the original building remains. Kykkos is the richest monastery in Cyprus and it boasts the presence of an icon of the Virgin Mary that has had miracles attributed to its presence. Concealed behind a protective covering, it is thought that anyone looking directly at the icon will be blinded.
Have a beach cocktail: Despite the historical sites and monasteries, Limassol has plenty of attractions for party lovers. With a wide selection of bars, cafes, pubs and clubs, it’s possible to enjoy a delicious meal, sundown drinks or dance the night away in style. Breeze Bar is on the shores of Akrotiri Bay and serves up delicious cocktails to toast the sunset, while Malibu is a popular family pub and Replay is a club where you can experience something local as it plays only non-stop Greek tracks.