By Janice Ruffle
This summer promises to be a “sizzling” one!
With an impressive seafront, a sandy beach, unique beachfront bars, cafés and restaurants serving excellent Mediterranean food and fresh fish, Limassol is very popular for locals and tourists alike during the summer season.
After all, not experiencing Limassol by the sea is not experiencing it at all.
A cornucopia of restaurants, tavernas and cafés, many with outdoor seating in beautiful settings, put on a culinary extravaganza with tastes of local and international cuisines.
If you prefer quieter family moments, or you like loud music and crazy parties, or simply looking for unique taste experiences, or maybe love sipping refreshing cocktails, at least one of the beachside venues will catch your eye.
Take an evening stroll around the marina. The views of the moonlit coastline, sunsets over the harbour, and the stunning yachts are a treat, whilst enjoying a cooling beverage in one of the many cafés and bars.
Great for seafood
Trata Fish Tavern is arguably one of Limassol’s best fish restaurants and rated top choice by the people of Limassol. Particularly famed for its seafood meze.
Despite the plain decor and unassuming atmosphere, the place attracts shoals of locals, particularly at weekends.
It’s located close to Debenhams department store; around 400 metres east of the Municipal Gardens and you can expect to pay €22 per person for a fresh seafood meze. They are open every evening except Sundays, when they open for lunch only.
Another favourite of the Limassolians is Lighthouse Surf & Turf, located at Sandy Beach – one of the most idyllic and privileged beaches of Limassol. The three-storey building and the unobstructed sea view are reminiscent of a Greek island.
Either for lunch or dinner, certainly this restaurant will amaze you with its speciality dishes.
You can also take advantage of the special beach packages available throughout the summer, since the area is ideal, not only for pure relaxation and delicious food with your friends, but also for a fun day out with your family.
Long-stretches of sandy beaches
Limassol is a sun lover’s haven, blessed with 16 kilometres of beachfront.
The long stretch of sandy beaches includes areas with excellent facilities and clear waters that have been awarded with the Blue Flag label (14 beaches).
In 2014, the International Blue Flag jury awarded the Blue Flag (a symbol of environmental quality) to 57 beaches in Cyprus.
The region boasts cosmopolitan beaches known to be full of madness and fun. Some are more remote and some more suitable for families, offering facilities such as sun beds, showers and toilets.
A line of luxurious hotels back much of the seafront that offer modern comforts, and an abundance of water sports are available. It’s interesting to note that there are no private beaches in Limassol. The hotels’ beaches are all open to the public.
In particular, Dassoudi Beach is loved for its shady stretch of eucalyptus forest and its proximity to many of the holiday apartments.
Lady’s Mile Beach at Akrotiri Bay has always been a favourite. The shallow water is ideal for children and the far end is peaceful; no loud music, calm sea and sandy flat beach.
The centre’s municipality Akti Olympion Beach is popular for its central location. It has a wheelchair access ramp with cafeterias, bars and restaurants all along the area.
Further to the east of the city, Governor’s Beach beckons with its sandy beaches, green stretches and secluded areas among white cliffs.
“I love Governor’s Beach for weekend visits. It’s a favourite of mine for swimming and also to take my family when they are here,” said local businessman Mark Eddison.
Also a family favourite is Kourion Beach with its great waves and for enjoying some playtime and a meal. For the enthusiastic photographer, the area also offers stunning views of nature.
It might be wise to check out the facilities of the beach you are planning to visit, to know if they are for child-friendly, also if they are dog-friendly when you may not be.
So, have a great summer, be safe and remember to use sun-block!
A list of all beaches with the facilities they offer can be found at www.visitcyprus.com