Cyprus is not known for being a frontrunner in LGBT rights, but steps forward are being made. Recognition of same-sex relationships in the form of civil partnerships is currently being discussed in the political life of the island and it has really good chances to be implemented. Limassol is considered as the most openminded city of the country, hence the suggestion for the first Cypriot Gay Pride Parade to be held, at some point, here.
Most cafes, clubs and restaurants of the city are not exclusively gay but are gay friendly. Saripolou square with its numerous bars offers enjoyable night outs to a mixed crowd, while alternative cafes and bars all over the old part of the city are known to be open to diversity!
*A big Thank You to Pericles from Limassol for the texts and images.
- By airplane (in Larnaca)
- By Ship/Cruise Ship
- By car/bus
- Party & Nightlife
- Sunbathing & swimming
Limassol â€“ City of fun
The city of Limassol is located on the south coast of the island. Itâ€™s the second largest city and the biggest port of Cyprus. It is well known to Cypriots and foreigners as the islandâ€™s capital of fun. The city gained that reputation because of Limassoliansâ€™ cosmopolitan and fun loving nature. The city is engulfed in two weeks of extravagant parties during the Carnival season in late winter/early spring with the carnival parade being the largest in the island.
During early autumn the city celebrates its wine history with a wine festival. Additional to that, there are numerous festivals that allow the visitor to experience the cultural aspect of the cityâ€™s psyche. Namely, art street festivals, theatre and music festivals as well as documentary and film festivals.
Limassol is experiencing a renaissance during the past few years. Its old urban core is being transformed into a vibrant, youthful quarter full of cafes, bars, galleries, theatres and restaurants among pedestrianised streets, picturesque squares and ancient monuments including churches and mosques. The medieval castle of the city is located here and legend has it that King of England Richard the Lionheart married his fiancĂ© Berengaria here, giving even more credibility to Cyprus as an island of love.
Being a coastal city, Limassol has the longest urban coastline in Cyprus. Beach bars and cafes cater to every need. You can go from a relaxed coffee sipping while watching the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean Sea to a wild club party under the musical rhythms of famous djâ€™s. But for those not in need of wild parties or not wanting to just sit idle and having the need for more active holidays, the 10 km long coastline can fulfill their athletic aspirations. A top of the class bicycle lane with strategically located bicycle rent stands and water sports facilities can be found all along the coast.
The city may be famous for its sea and coast but it can also be used as a base for trips in the hinterland and the mountains. The forested hills of Troodos mountains, dotted with picturesque wine villages, ancient frescoed chapels and numerous hiking nature trails offer a complete different experience.