This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Limassol. To help you make friends with Limassol before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Limassol, the second biggest city of Cyprus is located on the southern, Greek-speaking part of the island. Although it is definitely neither the most beautiful city of Cyprus nor the most traditional, it is still an extremely popular place that attracts numerous tourists every year. Its popularity is partly due to the fact that it is located not only right next to one of the busiest ports of the Mediterranean, but also between the two international airports (Paphos, sixty kilometres away, and Larnaca, seventy kilometres away) and that fact that it offers some fairly acceptable beaches, a wide range of entertainment facilities, as well as some popular tourist attractions.
Although the city has a modern and cosmopolitan appearance with some skyscrapers dotting the skyline, visitors will be surprised by the abundance of the historic heritage throughout the region. Occupying a dominant position in the heart of the city is the small, but atmospheric Limassol Castle that used to serve as a prison, but now hosts Limassol's Medieval Museum. For the lovers of history, the Archaeological Museum of Limassol is also a must, where various artifacts from the different phases of the history of Limassol are on display. Last, but not least, visitors can take a glimpse into what life on the island was like three thousand years ago when visiting the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Amathus, the beloved city of Aphrodite, which is one of the oldest imperial cities of Cyprus.
However, Limassol has more to offer than just historical monuments. The coastal promenade that runs along the southern seashore has a relaxed atmosphere and boasts a variety of gardens and green areas, as well as the Lemesos Zoo Garden and Dinosaur Park with an open air theatre that hosts various events throughout the year. Moreover, there are some interesting mosques open to the visitors to admire, including the beautiful Grand Mosque of Limassol and the tiny hidden streets of the historic centre offer some unique shops with local artifacts that will be hard to refuse. Your Limassol hostel is a great place to base yourself so you can be right in the middle of everything the area has on offer.
Written by local enthusiast for Limassol hostelsJudyM