The city of Limassol (Lemesos) is the second largest city of Cyprus with a population of around 200,000 people. It is geographically situated on the southern coast of the island of Cyprus. The skyline of Limassol (Lemesos) has left behind very little evidence of its historical past and given way instead to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting (don’t forget the camera!).
The port of the city is the largest in the Mediterranean transit trade and is considered to be an excellent base for those companies doing business with the Middle East, North Africa or Eastern Europe. Limassol’s infrastructure is constantly upgraded from all aspects (way of living, education, public construction projects, etc) with the most distinct project of this sort being the Limassol Marina, an exclusive waterfront development combining elegant residences and a full service marina, with its own shopping and dining area in the heart of Limassol.
The city of Limassol is conveniently located between both airports; 77km’s away from Larnaca International Airport and 67km’s away from Paphos International Airport. Limassol serves as a major tourist destination; it is a vibrant city, full of exciting things to see and do.
Limassol, is Cyprus’ main port and fastest growing metropolis; the result is a clash of the old and the new in a city which can please every taste. From its beautiful beaches which offer numerous water activities to a more sophisticated cultural and historical tour, Limassol’s attractions can cater to all, visitors and locals alike.
TRANSPORTATION IN LIMASSOL
Getting around in Limassol is relatively easy since it is a small city with four main roads running parallel to each other from west to east. Going around the city in a rented car is possible but tourists are advised to make use of Limassol’s array of public transportation options. EMEL Bus Company, Peal Troodos, Digenis Caves and Travel Express taxis will transport you no matter your destination. Below is some valuable, practical information for your stay.
GETTING AROUND LIMASSOL BY CAR
In the past, driving a car around Limassol was a frustrating experience, particularly in the tourist areas and old town. However, with the introduction of the highway bridges, traffic jams have been kept to the minimum, a definite respite for tourists. Driving in Limassol is akin to UK that follows left hand side of the road.
Depending on your budget and family requirements, take the time necessary to select the choicest car. Decide whether you want the comfort of an air-conditioned car or a breath of fresh air that only a convertible can give. Apart from the financial benefits, car rental in Limassol has its own advantages. You have the freedom to explore the area at your own convenience. The city offers numerous car rental agencies for travellers, however, while taking a car on rent, ensure that the rental group supports round the clock breakdown service, so here’s your chance to explore the nooks and corners of this coastal city.
NOTICE: Be sure to put on your seatbelt and keep the speed limit to 50 km/hour, while driving, remember not to use your mobile or you will incur a fine. There are regular checks to monitor drinking limits of drivers, in case the driver is caught with a limit over 22 micrograms, a fine is levied on the spot.
GETTING AROUND LIMASSOL BY BUS
Getting around Limassol is fairly easy as the city’s public transportation has been upgraded through an efficient, cost effective bus service promoted by the EMEL bus company. The ticket cost is €1.50 for a one way ticket, €2.50 for a nightly, €5.00 for a daily, whilst there is also the option of a weekly ticket for the price of €15.00. The buses travel between all popular resorts of the city as well as rural areas and their frequency is also quite good. There are a number of frequent routes and timetables on how to get to and from the conference venue by bus. To know more about these options, check here and here. For more information on routes and timetables check the bus service website.
GETTING AROUND LIMASSOL BY TAXI
Flagging a taxi in Limassol is fairly easy since they are widely used in tourist neighborhoods, hotels and airports. Taxi’s in Limassol are expensive compared to public transport or a shared taxi, however taxi’s allow freedom to travel at any given time and day, and there is a plentiful of taxi stops everywhere in the city centre and the seaside. If you wish to travel in style, limousine service is also available on hire.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheaper option, shared taxis, such as inter-city taxes which are 4-8 seated shared minibuses are a rather flexible choice to getting around in Limassol. Travel Express taxi is the Intercity taxi service in Limassol. Though the price of catching a shared taxi is much more of the cost of catching a bus, it is still cost effective. With a fare as low as €9.50 you may take a trip to the neighboring towns of Limassol with ease. Popular routes taken by shared taxis operate between Limassol and Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia, and Limassol and Troodos. Inter-city taxis run every half hour from Monday to Friday: 06:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday: 07:00 to 17:00.
GETTING AROUND LIMASSOL ON A BIKE
Limassol is naturally adapted to cycling with abundance of nature trails ideal for cycling expeditions to explore the city and its interior. Limassol promotes various non racing cycling events to help excursions along the mountains and forests. Using a sharing bike system run by Nextbike company, cycles are easily available at different points in the city.