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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Limassol

When to go

Limassol is a city steeped in culture and history, and because of that, visitors fly here all year round - although you're going to find the most tourists flocking to the city in summer, when All Inclusive Cyprus holidays are particularly popular. That said, Limassol is a cultural hub, and between July and September some of the most famous Cypriot festivals take place here, from the traditional Amathusia Festival to the decadence of the Wine Festival.

Health and safety

Cyprus is a modern country with advanced healthcare systems in place, although once you're out exploring beyond Limassol, the countryside and coastline can get rugged, so watch your step.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card - EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Cypriot nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you are visiting Limassol specifically to take part in sports or water sports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Cypriot nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus/health.

Passports and visas

Visas aren't necessary for holidaymakers heading to Cyprus, and as long as your passport is up to date, you'll have a simple enough time getting into and out of Limassol.

Getting around

Limassol is a well-planned city that's perfect for those who like a scenic stroll through Mediterranean streets. For adventures further afield, Cyprus has a bus network that connects much of the island together, with reasonable fares for those enjoying Paphos holidays. If you really want to get from A to B in style, you can rent off-road vehicles and make the back country your own.

Advice for travellers with children

Limassol is a friendly city from which to enjoy family holiday packages to Cyprus. Cypriot culture understands the importance of family – so while somewhere like the party hub of Ayia Napa might be a little too outlandish for the little ones, Limassol has a good mix of antique mysteries and modern fun for young minds to engage with. Make sure you check out the nearby zoo, waterpark or beach activities to give them an active, fun holiday.

Electricity

Cyprus uses identical voltage and plug types to those in the UK, which means you can take electrical items with you without any hassle. You won't need to buy any transformers or adapters, and the island's grid coverage is excellent.

Emergency information

As with any European country, you can dial 112 in an emergency – but to report it faster to Cypriot officials, the country's own emergency dial number is 199.

British consulate

While you're in Limassol, it's possible that you might want to reach the British Consulate of Cyprus. The fastest way is by phone, and the number you'll need is +357 22 861100. If you prefer email, you can reach the Consulate via UKinCyprus@fco.gov.uk.

The British Consulate of Cyprus is based in the island's capital. The office address is Alexander Pallis Street, PO Box 21978, Nicosia, 1587. It's best to make sure you've an appointment if you plan to visit the Consulate in person though, because services at the public counter are only available to those who've booked them in advance.

Hospitals

Limassol General Hospital is in the northwest of the city, and the facilities and medical professionals there are said to be among the best in the country. If you need to reach the facility by telephone, you can using +357 25 801100.