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About Limassol

Limassol is the second-largest city in Cyprus and is surely one of the most attractive. With its wide stretches of sandy coastline, pure azure waters, picturesque Old Town and abundance of historic buildings, there is something for everyone in this radiant city. Ideal for a family holiday or a romantic getaway, Limassol boasts an enormous variety of things-to-do: whether you're immersing yourself in its history at one of the many museums, taking a pleasant sunlit stroll down the wide seaside promenade, walking in the castle where Richard the Lionheart got married or lounging with a cocktail at the beach. Our collection of the best places to stay in Limassol range from quaint spots in the heart of the historic centre to luxury beach stays.

Limassol's Old Town is a labyrinthine maze of narrow cobbled streets that bustle with life and colour. They are centred around Limassol Castle - where the crusader king Richard the Lionheart got married - which also houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus, one of the best museums on the island, regularly the host of national exhibitions. The castle itself has an exterior of Turkish design, owing to the fact the Ottomans rebuilt it in 1590. If you're a history lover, you will revel in visiting Kourion - an archaeological site dating back to the Romano-Greek period. There is an amphitheatre, baths and a whole host of ancient villas with some gorgeous mosaics.

This area teems with stylish bars and gourmet restaurants, as well as some fine upmarket shops. On St. Andrew's Street, for instance, you can find chic boutiques and tailors selling made-to-measure clothes and handmade shoes, while on Makarios Avenue, you can find designer stores. Also in the historic centre is Limassol's Old Port, a wonderful place for a bite-to-eat of hearty seafood, and where you can watch the colourful little fishing boats bob serenely in the waters.

As you head east you reach the Cathedral, Agia Napa - a spectacular example of 19th-century architecture - and some of the best beaches in Cyprus. Dasoudi Beach, for example, was awarded the Blue Flag and is a lovely pebbled sandy beach ideal for sunbathing. If you want to join the locals, head to Lady's Mile Beach but for something more secluded, the Governor's Beach is your best bet - a lovely limestone cove - perfectly secluded. Take some time to stroll over towards the municipal gardens, a public park baring a small zoo and an amphitheatre - and the site of the annual Wine Festival that takes place every September.

What not to miss

  • Sip a cocktail and lounge with a good book on the pristine sands of Dasoudi Beach!
  • Immerse yourself in Limassol's ancient past by exploring the ruined villas and theatres of Kourion.
  • Take in the sea-air and stroll along the promenade at sunset.
  • Walk along St. Andrew's Street and check out the boutiques selling handmade shoes and tailored clothes!
  • Bathe in the cultural heritage of Cyprus by going to one of Limassol's many museums, from the Archaeological Museum to the Medieval Museum of Cyprus - held in Limassol Castle.

With so much to offer it is no wonder that this is a popular destination so to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Limassol we recommend booking well in advance.

The best places to stay in Limassol

Local exploring

  • Alasia Hotel: ideal for exploring the historic centre, Alasia offers 61 chic and bright rooms complete with parquet flooring and marble-tiled bathrooms. The private balconies offer commanding views of the sea, and the spa facilities are as indulgent as they come.

Seaside chic

  • Amathus Beach Limassol: an enormous luxury chain with its own private beach, it offers contemporary rooms with private balconies. Ideal for families, there is a fully-staffed kids club and both indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Londa: on the coast just outside the city, an effortlessly cool hotel with 68 white and modern rooms with private balconies. There is a spoiling spa and stunning sundeck overlooking the sea. Ideal for couples.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to go is during the autumn when you miss the summer tourist crowds and the unbearable heat and the temperature ranges between 17 and 29 degrees.
  • Fly to either Larnaca or Paphos and get public transport to Limassol.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Limassol

  • Alasia Hotel Limassol 61 rooms from £121

    Spa breaks  -  Indulge in a massage at the spa or unwind in the sauna and steam room.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the region's historical sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby sites of the Amathus Ruins, the Curium Amphitheatre or the Kolossi Castle.
    Restaurant  -  Polo Restaurant for fine dining and the Terrace for something more relaxed.
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    A chic luxury hotel offering commanding views of Limssol Bay. All rooms feature parquet flooring, marble-tiled bathrooms, earthen furniture and private balconies. Boasting extensive spa facilities and located within walking distance of the coast. See More

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  • Sir Paul Hotel Limassol 22 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of historic Limassol offering easy access both to the beach and the town's main attractions
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Kourion, a fascinating archaeological UNESCO site, dating back 6000 years
    Full of character
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Air conditioningGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A very chic boutique property located in the heart Limassol and just steps from the beach. The old building has been artfully converted with fresh interiors which highlight, rather than hide, the building's original features. All set around a leafy courtyard (perfect for sipping cocktails). Superb! See More

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  • Amathus Beach Limassol Limassol 239 rooms from £149

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Outstanding location
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Luxury hotel chain flagship with large grounds, top-notch facilities and service, close to archeological sites. Huge rooms, great views, lovely pools, private beach and excellent restaurants. See More

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  • Four Seasons Cyprus Limassol 304 rooms from £158

    Garden  -  Fantastic sprawling gardens.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    Five Star services and facilities typical of the Four Seasons group. A luxury resort on the beach front just outside Limassol. Wonderful botanic gardens and pool area lead to a private beach. Gourmet restaurants, extensive spa, and contemporary rooms and suites. Romantic and family friendly. See More

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  • Londa Limassol 68 rooms from £143

    Beach Life
    City Style
    Spa  -  The spa offers Elemis treatments, plus relaxation area with hot tub, steam room, plunge pool and jet shower.
    Sights nearby  -  Crusader castle at Kolossi.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    A cool contemporary chic hotel on the coast just outside Limassol. All-white rooms and suites are modern in style with huge bathtubs and private balconies. Stunning pool deck over the sea, excellent food, and a luxurious spa. Ideal for a lazy summer holiday. See More

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  • Parklane Resort & Spa Limassol 274 rooms from £172

    Spa breaks  -  The stylish stylish Kalloni Spa has a full range of treatments and therapy pools
    Local exploring  -  Located just minutes from the ancient city-kingdom of Amathous
    Beach Life  -  A luxury resort situated right on a gorgeous stretch of beach
    Sights nearby  -  Head to Limassol to visit the medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart married
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    A luxury hotel sandwiched between a picturesque stretch of beach and the ancient city-kingdom of Amathous. Sleek rooms offer contemporary design and spectacular sea views from the expansive windows. Boasting three pools (one reserved only for adults) and an indulgent spa. A spoiling stay. See More

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