10 Best Sights in Limassol, Cyprus

Cyprus Wine Museum

Fodor's choice

Located about ten minutes west of Limassol in the village of Erimi, this comprehensive museum succeeds in explaining the history of the grape in Cyprus, one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. You will get to view ancient wine jugs and vessels on a short, guided tour of the museum and watch a film before heading downstairs for a sampling of Cyprus wines, including the island's famous sweet Commandaria, accompanied by tasty halloumi cheese.

Kourion Archaeological Site

Fodor's choice

The Kourion (Curium) archaeological site, west of Limassol, has Greek and Roman ruins. Classical and Shakespearean plays are sometimes staged in the impressive amphitheater. Next to the theater is the Villa of Eustolios, a summer house built by a wealthy Christian with interesting mosaic floors from the 5th century AD; nearby is the partially rebuilt Roman stadium.

main Paphos road, Limassol, Cyprus
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Kourion Beach

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Once you gaze down on Kourion beach from the heights of the Kourion amphitheater, you will certainly want to head down the hills to spend time on its beautiful sands—one of the longest stretches on Cyprus. Though it's easiest to reach Kourion beach by car, you can also take a bus from Limassol, 17 km (10 miles) to the east. If you're making a day of it, rent a sun bed and umbrella from a nearby taverna; the well-regarded Chris Blue Beach is 5 meters from the sea and makes a pleasant stop for a seafood break. Amenities: food and drink; parking (free). Best for: walking; windsurfing.

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Apollo Hylates

The Sanctuary of Apollo of the Woodlands, an impressive archaeological site, stands about 2.5 km (1½ miles) west of the Temple of Apollo at Kourion. This large sacred complex, one of the most important religious centers on the island, was established in the 8th century BC and was used continuously until the 4th century AD. It includes a partially restored main sanctuary with enormous Roman columns.

Main Paphos road, Limassol, Cyprus
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Kolossi Castle

Kolossi Castle, a Crusader fortress of the Knights of the Order of St. John, was constructed in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 15th. Though there is not much left of the castle to see, it's worth a visit for the views from the rooftop of the surrounding vineyards, many of which produce Commandaria, the famous sweet wine of Cyprus.

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Lady's Mile Beach

The closest beach to Limassol's cruise ship port, Lady's Mile is a 7-km (4-mile) hard sand–and-pebble beach about a 15-minute drive from the center of town. Its shallow waters are popular with locals, especially on weekends. There are several bars and tavernas that offer umbrellas and sun beds. Amenities: parking (free), food and drink; lifeguards; water sports. Best for: swimming.

Limassol Castle

The Limassol Castle was built on the site of a Byzantine fortification in 1193. Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England here in 1191. The Cyprus Medieval Museum in the castle displays medieval armor and relics.

Richardou and Berengaria, 3042, Cyprus
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Limassol District Archaeological Museum

Browse interesting archaeological finds from the Limassol area, including pottery, coins, jewelry, tools, and sculptures, from the Prehistoric period (10,000 BC) up to the Late Roman period (AD 327). The collection also contains many items related to Aphrodite, including ancient terracotta figures.

Limassol Zoo

The zoo has modern enclosures that use only stone, glass, wood, and rope. Both kids and adults will enjoy the Asian otters, Cyprus oxen, Egyptian geese, and Cuban boa constrictors, among a good variety of other mammals, birds, and reptiles (though no lions, tigers, or elephants here). To see the animals in action, check the zoo's website for specific feeding times.

Municipal Museum of Folk Art

For a glimpse of Cypriot folklore, visit the Municipal Folk Art Museum. The collection includes national costumes and fine examples of weaving and other crafts, from the 19th and 20th centuries. Porcelain, agricultural tools, furniture, and decorative artifacts help to explain how people lived in previous centuries.