Limassol (Cyprus)

A stash of medieval gems, a glamorous marina and a sophisticated feel, Limassol serves up authentic Cyprus on a well-polished plate.

Expect more than sun, sea and sand in Limassol.

Your first glimpse of Limassol from the cruise ship is its shiny, modern marina, filled with row upon row of yachts and fishing boats. You’ll be greeted by busy bars and restaurants that make optimum sunset-watching settings, but walk further along the never-ending seafront promenade, Molos, and Limassol’s past will soon reveal itself.

The jewel in the crown of Old Town Limassol is the medieval castle from where everything begins and ends. The castle houses the Medieval Museum, and legend has it that it was the site of the royal wedding between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre. The cobbled streets also lead you to the old fishing harbor and market where locals congregate.

Travel out of the city limits, and you’re spoilt for choice. The forested Troodos Mountains are just on its doorstep as well as hidden natural gems such as the Chantara Waterfalls. Polemidia National Park features nature trails and picturesque picnic points to take it all in. And then the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates perfectly combines ancient monuments and a seafront setting worthy of any postcard from your Cyprus cruise.

Limassol is renowned for its annual festivals, including a lively Carnival and Wine Festival, but the Old Town can keep you entertained at any time of the year with its network of backstreets. You’ll soon find yourself on the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Agiou Andreou, tempted by the many tavernas and cafes that line the street. Alternatively, the marina offers classy seafront eateries with ever-expanding views over the bay.

Pafos is famed for the UNESCO-listed Pafos Archaeological Site and picture-perfect location where goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea – Aphrodite’s Rock. You can hang out with the locals in Ktima, where you’ll also come across the bustling municipal market and cafes with views over the harbor below. There’s no shortage of ancient monuments either, with the Tombs of the Kings and Chrysopolitissa Basilica amongst many others.

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