Fancy spending the whole day in Limassol? Undeniably one of the island’s coolest urban hubs characterised by a buzzing seafront strip, My Cyprus Insider brings you the ultimate guide to all the things you simply have to do in the lively seaside town from morning to night!
8am- Start off bright and early with a long seaside stroll
Head straight to Molos for a gorgeous walk by the seafront and take a lovely early morning dip! The town’s seafront has always traditionally been a meeting point for local people and part of it has now been turned into an open-air Sculpture Park exhibiting works by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. With this prominent area having played such a key role in the history of the city, there really is no better place to begin your day.
9am- Take in the view with a coffee at Thalassaki
Thalassaki is a great place to watch the waves hit the shore and is a meeting point for many who congregate along the Molos seafront. Whether you’re after a morning caffeine fix, or need a small bite to eat, head here for a quick sit down before you continue your Limassol adventure.
Molos seafront, opposite the Catholic Church.
10am- Walk the walk towards the Limassol Marina
Enjoy a stroll right until the end of Molos until you reach the Limassol Marina. Once there, you’ll find plenty of entertainment on hand, so we simply suggest exploring the area and enjoying whatever tickles your fancy, whether you want to kick back at one of the cafes and take in the views, or wish to enjoy a spot of shopping. There’s even a spa on the grounds if you’re after a quick pampering session!
12 noon- Step back in time at the Medieval Castle
What better place to journey back in time than the site where it is reputed Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre in 1191, crowning her Queen of England! While the current castle is a structure rebuilt under Turkish rule in the 19th century, the grounds today house the Cyprus Medieval Museum with exhibits which reflect the historical evolution of modern Cyprus, from its economic, social and cultural development, to the many customs and traditions of the island from the 3rd to the 18th century AD.
Near the Old Port. Tel: (+357) 25-305419
1pm- Indulge in a lunchtime foodie treat at Karatello
Fancy feasting on traditional Cypriot cuisine with a contemporary touch? Then make a beeline for Karatello, just a stone’s throw from the castle, and bang in the heart of the old town in the ‘Carob Mill’ complex. Go hungry because you won’t be able to decide what to order from the fabulously long menu, with droolworthy dishes like vegetable saganaki with feta, spicy beef sausage and lamb kleftiko in the mix. The décor is rather funky too, as all things modern brilliant befriend tradition. Keep in mind that the adjacent Evagoras Lanitis Centre often hosts some great exhibition, so just pop in and have a look!
Lanitis ‘Carob Mill’ Complex, Vasilissis Street. Tel: +357 25-820 464
3pm- Wash down lunch with a stiff coffee at Sto Dromo
This lovely little coffee shop is perfectly positioned in an alley behind Theatro Ena. Sto Dromo (directly translated as ‘on the street’) is the perfect place to down a Cypriot coffee in traditional style as you sit back on wicker chairs and watch the world go by as the hip and the young gather to catch up on the gossip of the day.
Genethliou Mitella St. Tel: (+357) 25-357777
4pm- Take in the splendours of the old town
Once you’ve recharged your batteries, it’s off to the fascinating backstreets and side streets that wind their way around the old town, with hip cafes sandwiched between colourful shops and newly renovated bars crying out for attention. For a taste of tradition, head to Ayiou Andreou Street, a traditional shopping hub that has now been pedestrianized, where you can get hold of any kind of souvenir that you fancy, as well as nuts and dried fruits.
5pm- A spot of retail therapy on Anexartisias Street
If you love nothing more than looking at the latest fashions, head on down to Anexartisias Street packed with well-known high street shops that will certainly give you good reason to enjoy a spending spree.
6pm- Say cheers at Madame
Time to head to one of the coolest bars in town: Madame. A relatively new kid on the block, situated on the well-known Heroes Square, many often proclaim that this place serves up some of the best cocktails on the island, with a unique twist that goes down a treat. While the drinks are the stuff that dreams are made of, you can also soak up the ambiance as funky music plays in the background, from funk to disco and all things alternative in the mix.
24 Andrea Drousioti Street, Heroes Square.
7pm- A souvlaki bite to tantalise the taste buds
Limassol really is every food lover’s paradise, with restaurants calling out to greet you round every corner, and sumptuous fare dished up day in and day out. Whether you fancy Italian or sushi, fish meze or tender steak, there’s something for every taste. But if you want to do like many locals do on Rialto Square, head to ‘Souvlakia tou Ari’ (Somatio Aris Lemesou) for a souvlaki (kebab) indulgence and other meze treats that you certainly won’t forget.
Heroes Square. Tel: (+357) 99-344237
8pm- Catch a show at the Rialto Theatre
A great theatre that constantly stages a whole range of shows luring in the cultured crowds, the agenda at this place boasts plenty of concerts, theatrical performances, dance shows, film screenings and more! Just check out the website before you head to the venue.
Heroes Square. Tel: 77777745
10pm- Bar hopping
If you’re looking for a fun night out, then you are certainly in the right town. Head into the buzzing hub of the old town that comes to life with trendy crowds of all ages roaming its streets – especially in the Saripolou area – and join in the fun for a bar hopping experience at its best. From Library to In Theory, Chaplins to Tube-The Molecular and Lab café + bar , the options are endless. For something a little more quirky, Sousami is a great choice with music to please more alternative tastes.
Photos, from top, left to right: Lab, Library, In Theory
12 midnight- End it all with some retro fun
If there’s one place to dance your socks off in Limassol, it simply has to be Retro. Packed weekend in and weekend out, this club is one where you can totally let loose and groove the night away to tunes taking you back in time to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! And what partygoer can possibly say no to that?
Handy Insider Tip!
If you’re in Limassol at the weekend, there are also some great places to go for brunch. Read more here: http://mycyprusinsider.com/city-life/3-cool-brunch-spots-in-limassol/