Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia. Wherever you go on the island you can find evidence of British Colonialism, modern British life as well as fascinating ancient Greek culture and, of course, Cyprus is renowned for its hospitality.
Staying on the island can be an unforgettable experience, full of attractions and possibilities for new friendships. The clear blue sky, palm trees, sandy beaches, beautiful hotels, prominent mountains, delicious cuisine and mystic ancient monuments – what else can one expect from such a great holiday destination?
- LOCATION – in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and is easily accessible from Europe, Asia and Africa.
- CLIMATE – warm, sunny climate all year round and so it is the ideal place for students to study and have fun.
- ENGLISH – former British colony, English is spoken everywhere and it is the most important language on the island after the native Greek.
- TOURISM – has been Cyprus’ biggest industry since the 1980’s, all signs are in English and in all shops, cafés, restaurants and other establishments, it is the language of communication
- CULTURE AND HISTORY– Cyprus has a rich and varied history. Through the centuries, settlers have left their imprint on the island – castles, mosaics and Roman theatres are a few of the interesting sites to visit.
- SEA AND BEACHES – The beaches of Cyprus are nearly all sandy and the water is clear and warm throughout most of the year. Cyprus has the cleanest sea water in Europe.
- ACTIVITIES – There are a wide variety of activities to enjoy. Not only is Cyprus THE place for water and beach sports but it also has a wide range of fun experiences for the visitor – cultural and historical excursions, waterpark, mini cruises, festivals. There is something to suit all ages and tastes!
- SAFETY – In a recent global poll, Cyprus came first for safety in the category for small countries and fifth overall! It’s a safe place during the day and night.
- HOSPITALITY – Cypriot people are renowned for their “filoxenia” – their hospitality – and this is why visitors coming to Cyprus always feel welcome and have an unforgettable stay
Limassol is the second biggest town of Cyprus with a population of nearly 230,000. It has become one of the most important tourism, trade and service-providing centres on the island. A wide spectrum of activities and a number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. As a shopping centre, Limassol offers the full range from modern to traditional.
- Limassol is the fun-loving town of Cyprus. All year round there are events and festivals to suit all tastes and you can book your visit to coincide with your favourite!
- International Documentary Festival (August)
- Wine festival (end August-beginning September)
- Carnival (February/March)
- Flower festival (May)
- Shakespearean Nights (June)
- Film Festivals
People come to Limassol to enjoy its beaches and its relaxed lifestyle. The modern, recently-constructed marina, with its restaurants and bars, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The old town has a castle surrounded by a pedestrianised area and nearby a variety of local and international shops sell all kinds of products. The seafront promenade and the newly re-developed Molos area are popular places for an evening stroll in the cool of the evening. The nightlife has something for all ages and tastes – from discos and clubs, to local tavernas and coffee shops.
Distance from the airports
- Larnaca – Limassol 80 km
- Paphos – Limassol 80 km
- The climate of Cyprus makes the island one of the healthiest places in the world. A long dry summer and a mild winter creates an atmosphere approaching paradise, as you can enjoy the bright sunshine and swim in the sea the whole year round. Cyprus enjoys more sunshine than any other Mediterranean resort – typically 340 days of sunshine a year.
Culture and history
- Cyprus is an island with a long history and a culture rich in variety. It is situated at the crossroads between Europe and the East and has been invaded from all the surrounding regions throughout the centuries. These settlers all left their imprint on the island – leaving behind them, castles, temples, shrines and remains which the modern day visitor can still experience. Richard the Lionheart stopped over on the island and married Princess Berengaria at Limassol Castle. The area is one of the main places for locals and tourists alike to enjoy a cool drink or a delicious meal in the shadow of the great building.
- Prehistoric settlement: Visit Choirokitia, just of the Limassol-Nicosia motorway. Here you can see the ruins of circular houses on the sides of a steep hill.
- Roman villas: at Curium and around the Paphos district. See the remains of the beautiful mosaic floors of the Roman villas. Tombs of the Kings – carved out of the rock.
- Theatres – ancient sites at Curium and Paphos where performances are still held during the summer months
- Churches with Byzantine art – Kykkos monastery is a popular destination
- Museums – in all towns with ancient and modern artifacts
More information about Cyprus and places to see, you will find at the website of Visit Cyprus