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Limassol beaches – wavebreakers and luxury hotels

Limassol (or Lemesos as is its official English name) is the second large city in Cyprus besides Nicosia, the capital.  It is found on the south coast, some 80 km south west of Nicosia, about 70 km east of Paphos, 70 km west of Larnaca, 40 kilometers south east of Platres, 100 kilometers south east of Polis and Latchi, and 110 kilometers south west of the resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras.  The typical central Limassol beach is very well organized, has the Blue Flag eco-label, dark sand, wavebreakers and luxury hotels.  If someone wants to visit a beach outside the bustling Limassol center, there are a few quite interesting options.  Lady’s mile beach is a long sandy beach near Akrotiri, just a few kilometers southwest of Limassol.  Episkopi and Avdimou are relatively unorganized further west and very suitable for those seeking a more relaxed beach time.  30 Km west of Limassol one can visit Pissouri beach, an organized beach in the now developed Pissouri bay area, characterized by the high hills/cliffs on both its sides.  About 20 kilometers east of Limassol one can visit the peculiar Governor’s beach with its combination of dark sand and white rock.

Limassol wetlands, ie the system at Akrotiri comprising of Akrotiri salt lake, Zakaki marshes, Fassouri Reed beds and Bishop’s Pool are very important for birds and offer excellent birdwatching possibilities (in summer most of these wetlands are dry) especially during the migration period of spring and autumn.

Other Limassol attractions include Kolossi castle (check also the huge ancient rose tree in its courtyard), Curium, a Greco Roman city near Episkopi village, with beautiful well preserved mosaics, and the many picturesque villages in rural Limassol district, such as Lania, Kalavasos, Lofou, Omodos, Vasa, Anogyra and many others.  Commandaria is a small region north of Limassol where the famous sweet wine is produced, well worth a visit.  Commandaria wine is regarded by many among the best dessert wines in the world, and is still sold at a bargain price.

There are numerous Limassol hotels and the many luxurious hotels are found right on the beach, on the coastline of central Limassol.  Pissouri bay also has a couple of luxury hotels. 

In rural Limassol there now good accommodation options, especially in old stone-built renovated buildings in many of the picturesque villages.

Limassol attractions in our database related to nature include 18 beaches, 2 walking trails, 4 wetlands, a Venetian bridge and 4 ancient trees.

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