Friday, 05 August 2016 20:06

Summer lights of Limassol

Limassol has much to offer, located between the two ancient cities Amathus and Kourion. It is not only brimming with rich historical and cultural sites, but it’s also buzzing with lively bars, clubs and restaurants and, of course, boasts a long stretch of beaches with the two ports, marina and the new promenade.

Limassol boasts 12 of Cyprus’s 49 blue flag beaches (an international eco label) and they all have something different to offer.

The centre’s municipality Akti Olympion Beach is, of course, popular for its central location. It also has a wheelchair access ramp and cafeterias, bars and restaurants all along the area.

There are no private beaches and even the hotels’ beaches are all open to the public. Dassoudi Beach is loved for its shady stretch of eucalyptus forest and its proximity to many of the holiday apartments.
Residents of the area appreciate the short walk across the street to get there.

Further to the east of the city, Governor’s Beach beckons with its sandy beaches, green stretches and secluded areas among white cliffs.

Many do become quite crowded on the weekends when Cypriot families flock there for a Sunday meal.
Lady’s Mile Beach at Akrotiri Bay has always been a favourite; with its long sandy beach and shallow waters it is ideal for children. “The far end of Lady’s Mile is paradise,” says one sea lover, “peaceful, no loud music, calm sea, sandy flat beaches.”

Lesser-known beaches like Pissouri have pebble beaches, but offer much quieter, less- frequented areas.
Eateries and beach bars are thriving all along the coast. Malindi’s Beach Bar near St. Rafael Resort, with its luxurious sun beds and much-praised service, is a longstanding favourite among them. The nearby parking area close to the water is popular for impromptu family barbeques.

Kourion Beach with its great waves is a popular spot for families to enjoy some play time and a meal. The area also offers stunning views of nature.

“I love Kourion Beach when it’s quiet. You can swim and see only cliffs and the sea and it feels like you are alone with nature,” enthuses one visitor.

One Russian citizen residing in Limassol says: “My family and I love all the beaches in Cyprus and enjoy how different they all are. I personally like Kourion the best. To me, there the rough sea really looks like the sea”.
A list of all beaches with the facilities they offer can be found at

Much of Limassol’s nightlife actually also moves to the beach during the summer and, while there are always trendy new additions, several return each year to please party and live-music fans.

Guaba Beach Bar has been around for 10 years and has recently been voted world’s number 13 of clubs.
With its capacity of 2,500, it features world class DJs, but has gone beyond music and also offers events like cocktail-mixing competitions, zumba and yoga classes and early afternoon parties during the week.

Another popular spot among the summer bars is Breeze, which presents famous Greek singers such as  Konstantinos Argyros and Giorgos Sambanis who will perform in August. It also runs ‘Bedroom, Day & Night Cafe’ featuring themed oriental and under the moonlight nights by the sea.

For those wanting to stay in town, Saripolou Square continues to perform its daily transformation from daytime eateries to bustling night bars.

One of the longstanding favourites which boasts continuous good reviews is Salut Bar and Grill.
They offer We Love Fridays DJ Nights, Lazy Weekend Brunches from 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sunday after beach parties. “In our kitchen, there is no substitute for flavour, freshness or quality,” they promise their guests. They specialise in Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, offer a wide selection of cocktails, an assortment of beers, and carefully-selected wine list.

The castle area remains popular for those hungry for a meal outdoors on the spacious and cosmopolitan square of Limassol’s medieval castle.

Several bars nearby regularly offer live music. Library Bar being a top choice among jazz music lovers has moved across the street from its usual location for the summer to Library Gin Garden, taking a musical break, but offering a selection of 35 brands of Gin and gin cocktails also serving food.

An insider tip in Limassol’s old town has been Sousami Bar and Nightclub. It attracts more of an ‘alternative’ crowd regularly filling its artsy back garden with multi-cultural crowds enjoying live bands and local and international DJs playing an eclectic mix of funk, house, soul, ethnic music… This summer Cosmic Sundays feature live bands on Sundays at 7pm “with a slice of juicy watermelon and a tendency to enjoy life” as their event page promises.

With the summer having just taken off, Limassolians appearing all set to enjoy it to the fullest and social media venue pages brimming with events, it promises to be a hot summer indeed.

Articles as published in the Cyprus Weekly of July 22nd 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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