Cyprus is a treasure trove of rich traditions and culture waiting to be explored. With a history dating back millennia, this island is renowned for its superb nature, delicious wines, and rich heritage. In fact, Cyprus is one of the oldest civilizations in the Mediterranean: 11,000 years of history.
While visiting, be sure to explore ancient archaeological sites such as the Kourion Theatre and the Tombs of the Kings, which offer glimpses into Cyprus's storied past. Don't miss the opportunity to savor local dishes like moussaka and halloumi cheese at traditional tavernas. Engaging with locals is a great way to immerse yourself in the warm Cypriot hospitality and learn more about their customs and festivals, such as the lively Limassol Carnival.
Whether you're strolling through charming villages or marveling at historic monuments, Cyprus's culture and traditions are woven into the fabric of everyday life, promising an enriching and authentic yachting experience.
Rich in ancient history, Limassol is a treasure- trove of historic monuments that have been incorporated into the fabric of modern life. Amathous is one of the significant ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus with various, rich archaeological finds at the site. Located in the old Turkish quarter, Kebir Mosque was built in the 16th century and is still operational today. The monastery of Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton (St. Nicholas of the Cats) is possibly the oldest monastery in Cyprus dating back to the 14th century. Kourion was an important city- kingdom in antiquity and stands as one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Serving as a fine example of military architecture, Kolossi Castle was originally built in the 13th century, and rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century.
Limassol town centre has many distinctive squares where al-fresco drinking and dining is available year-round, and the crowds meet to mingle. The Medieval Castle is the focal point of a charming, cobbled square with a mixture of trendy and traditional cafés, restaurants and artisan workshops that embrace the grand fort (constructed in the Middle Ages). Created in 1901, Heroes Square was given its monument in honour of fallen soldiers in 1946. Today, it is a meeting point and a hive of activity with food establishments, galleries and trendy bars and clubs. Framed by shops, Saripolou Square & Old Market and its eclectic drinking and dining is the place to be on the weekend, filling up with the trend-setters.
Culture & Arts
Limassol is home to diverse culture with a packed cultural calendar of world-class performances all year round, a thriving arts scene, and museums that showcase its rich and ancient history. Limassol Pattichio Municipal Theatre is the city’s official theatre and was renovated in recent years to become the home of quality cultural events. Limassol Municipal Art Gallery presents one of the largest and richest collections of Cypriot modern art with over 600 paintings, sculptures, pottery and mixed media pieces exhibited. The Cyprus Medieval Museum is housed in the Medieval Castle with exhibits that include Medieval pottery, tombstones, weapons, crosses and coins. The Cyprus Historic and Classic Motor Museum is a more contemporary museum that exhibits a collection of different and interesting cars.