LIMASSOL – WHY GO?
Legend has it that Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, was born in Cyprus and she would surely have approved of the beautiful pine-clad mountains, acres of vineyards and silvery olive groves, sandy beaches and virtually untouched interior of rolling hills and forests.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Limassol's car-free centre is buzzing with life on balmy summer nights and the backstreets reveal treasures like the oldest Turkish bath on the island, or romantic outdoor dining around the floodlit medieval castle. Check out the chic, up-and-coming beach clubs, boutique shops and designer restaurants in Limassol.
Richard the Lion Heart not only planned the Crusades, but also held his wedding at Limassol’s 14th century medieval castle. Antiquity buffs should head for the Archaeological museum, while the Folk Art Museum has some pleasing Cypriot folk art. Within easy reach of the town are Byzantine churches and the ancient Greek theatre of Kourion.
Pack a picnic, leave your inhibitions behind and hike the Akamas Peninsula on the island's western tip, where turtles breed in summer and you can skinny-dip if there's nobody around.
Calling all waterbabies. There’s every kind of watersport on offer here – you can go scuba diving, kite surfing, water skiing or windsurfing in Limassol’s waters.
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Expect a riot of music, dancing, parades and good food at the Limassol Festival.
Cyprus celebrates the grape harvest with a week of wine-fuelled revelry. Expect feasting, music, and dancing.
Visit the Rock of Aphrodite as the sun sinks in the west for breathtaking views of towering white cliffs and turquoise sea, from which the goddess emerged in the roam.