Cruise Port Atlas | Limassol, Cyprus Day Trips | Attractions

Limassol, Cyprus Day Trips | Attractions

Includes: Larnaca and Paphos cruise ports

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Limassol: Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America, Costa

Cruise lines that visit Paphos: Azamara Club Cruises

Cruise lines that visit Larnaca: Holland America

Key Attractions: Kourion, Limassol Castle, Kolossi Castle, Paphos Castle, Paphos Archaeological Park, Tombs of the Kings, House of Dionysus, Larnaca Fortress, Ayios Lazaros Church, Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus Archaeological Museum, Leventis Museum, Byzantine Museum, Hamam Omerye, Selimiye Mosque-St. Sophia Cathedral, Buyuk Han, Khirokitia Archaeological Site, Lefkara, Church of the Holy Cross, Omodos, Kykkos Monastery, Lara Bay, Fig Tree Beach, Ladies Mile Beach, Pissouri Beach, Sayious Adventure Park, Fasouri Watermania, Avakas Gorge, Aphrodites Rock, Troodos Forest, Salamis, St. Hilarion Castle

Limassol Attractions

Larnaca to Limassol - 77 KM, 65 minutes
Paphos to Limassol - 77 KM, 65 minutes
Limassol Cruise Terminal to City Center - 3 KM, 5 minutes
Limassol Cruise Terminal to Kourion - 14 KM, 20 minutes
Limassol Cruise Terminal to Kolossi Castle - 9 KM, 13 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The largest port on the island Limassol is built between the ancient cities of Kourion and Amathus. The ship docks in the commercial port which is a bit of a hike from the commercial center of town (walking is not recommended). There are two fortresses in the area - Limassol Castle and Kolossi Castle. Kolossi was built by the Knights Hospitallers in the 15th century. Outside Limassol are the ruins at Kourion which offer some impressive structures, especially the theater which has been fully reconstructed and is still used. There are baths, some very nice Roman mosaics and a necropolis in the park area.

     

   

Photo of Limassol beach promenade by Ann Biddle

Paphos Attractions

Limassol Cruise Port to Paphos Archaeological Area - 74 KM KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Paphos Archaeological Area - 1 KM, 2 minutes, 12 minute walk
Larnaca Tender Dock to Paphos Archaeological Area - 137 KM, 1 hour, 45 minutes
Paphos Archaeological Area to Tombs of the Kings - 2 KM, 5 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Paphos Castle - walking distance
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Paphos is the location of the Kato Paphos archaeoligical site which is a huge area with many ruins, primarily from the Roman era. Among these ruins are the House of Dionysus which has stunning mosaics. There is a lovely theater of the Roman era and several other houses of the wealthy Romans who lived in the area. About 2 kilometers north is the Tombs of the Kings site, which was constructed for the wealthy of the city during the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. On the harbor is the Paphos Castle which once protected whatever invaders were trying to take or retake the island. The modern city has a lovely promenade with cafes on the water.

        

   

Photo of Paphos' Roman Mosaic by Mgiganteus

Larnaca Attractions

Limassol Cruise Port to Larnaca - 77 KM, 65 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Larnaca - 136 KM, 1 hour 40 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Larnaca is the port closest to the capital Nicosia and has its own Larnaca Fortress right on the coast. Also, there is the Ayios Lazaros Church which is said to be where Lazarus served as bishop before his second death. Adjacent to the airport (Cyprus' largest) is a large salt lake where flamingos gather over the winter months. Along the shore is Hala Sultan Tekke, an Islamic Mosque believed by many to be the site of Mohammed's stepmothers death. It is considered the fourth holiest site in Islam.

     

   

Photo of Larnaca Castle by Dickelbers

Nicosia Attractions

Limassol Cruise Port to Nicosia - 91 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Nicosia - 151 KM, 1 hour 50 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Nicosia - 54 KM, 45 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The ancient and walled city of Nicosia was split in half after the Turkish invasion of 1974 and until the last decade passage between the two halves was not something a tourist could do. But recent changes now allow fairly easy passage. Most of the important attractions are on the Greek side including three excellent museums - the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, the Leventis Historical Museum and the Byzantine Museum with its impressive collection of icons. Being on one side does not mean you cannot experience the culture of the other. The well-known Hamam Omerye is on the Greek side. On the Turkish side is the impressive Selimiye Mosque, which was built in the 12th century as St. Sophia Cathedral in a Gothic style with buttresses. It now has minarets. Also on the Turkish side is Buyuk Han, a 16th century Ottoman building that houses craft shops and cafes and is considered the finest building from its era.

        

   

Photo of Selimiye Mosque / St. Sophia Cathedral by Martin Belam

Khirokitia

Limassol Cruise Port to Khirokitia - 45 KM, 35 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Khirokitia - 103 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Khirokitia - 32 KM, 30 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Khirokitia is a prehistoric site that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of the agricultural culture that inhabited the island from the 7th to 4th millenia BCE. The site has a number of foundations and stone ruins that show the basic layout of the settlement, which held several hundred farmers. A reconstruction of several small buildings shows the nature of the completed structures. Though much has been discovered from the site, research continues and it is expected that further significant discoveries may occur. The site is a living example of the evolving nature of archaeology.

        

   

Photo of Khirokitia Theater by Ophelia2

Mountain Villages

Limassol Cruise Port to Lefkara - 54 KM, 46 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Lefkara - 40 KM, 35 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Lefkara - 116 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Omodos - 40 KM, 42 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Peletri (Church of the Holy Cross) - 41 KM, 45 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Peletri (Church of the Holy Cross) - 83 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Kykkos Monastery - 76 KM, 1 hour 20 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Kykkos Monastery - 73 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The central mountains and plains of the island offer their own attractions, more subtle than the coast at times, but appealing to many who enjoy the simplicity of traditional cultures. The small village of Lefkara is famous for its lace (which inspired the workmen of Venice) and filigree silver. These items and other local crafts are still available. Omodos village is the center of one of the islands finest wine-producing areas. Within the Paphos Forest is one of the islands most opulent monasteries at Kykkos. Within the central Troodos Mountain region are 10 Byzantine churches which were designated a UNESCO site in 1995 for their painted interiors. The most popular of these is the Church of the Holy Cross in Peletri.

              

   

Photo of Church of the Holy Cross by Wknight94

Cyprus Beaches and Family Fun

Limassol Cruise Port to Sayious Adventure Park - 33 KM, 32 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Sayious Adventure Park - 92 KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Sayious Adventure Park - 58 KM, 47 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Fasouri Watermania - 6 KM, 13 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Lara Bay - 26 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Lara Bay - 95 KM, 33 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Fig Tree Beach - 54 KM, 44 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Fig Tree Beach - 128 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Pissouri Beach - 36 KM, 31 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Pissouri Beach- 41 KM, 39 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Ladies Mile Beach area is not far from the Limassol Cruise Berth. However, by traveling farther you will find beaches with more character. The finest beaches are perhaps in the Famagusta Bay area in the Turkish area of the island including Fig Tree Beach. For an isolated and rustic beach, the western Lara Bay area offers lovely and quiet locations. There is a nice beach between Limassol and Paphos at Pissouri that offers cafes and other amenities. The island has a large number of family oriented amusements. The Sayious Adventure Park in the central part of the island offers paintball, Go-carting, archery, ATV rides and other activities. Right near the beach in Limassol is the Fasouri Watermania Waterpark.

        

   

Photo of Pissouri Beach by Valentina Powers

Cyprus' Natural Attractions

Limassol Cruise Port to Avakas Gorge - 88 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Avakas Gorge - 23 KM, 31 minutes
Limassol Cruise Port to Aphrodite Rock - 47 KM, 42 minutes
Paphos Tender Dock to Aphrodite Rock - 28 KM, 27 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Cyprus offers a wide variety of outdoor and natural opportunities beyond the beach. The most famous is the view of Aphrodite Rock where the goddess is said to have been born in the ocean spray. The scenic coastal area is a great trekking area. The Avakas Gorge, not far from Lara Bay, offers a short hike through a deep and narrow gorge with great plant and animal life on display. The Troodos Mountain Park area north of Limassol also offers excellent hiking.

              

   

Photo of Avakas Gorge by China Crisis

Northern Cyprus Attractions

Nicosia to St. Hilarion Castle - 23 KM, 26 minutes
Nicosia to Salamis Archaeological Park - 56 KM, 54 minutes
Larnaca Tender Dock to Salamis Archaeological Park - 49 KM, 56 minutes
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The Roman ruins at Salamis at the coast of Famagusta offers some significant ruins, but they are not as developed as those in Paphos and Kourion. St. Hillarion Castle is a stunning and difficult to reach high castle that offers great views of the surrounding area.

        

   

Photo of St. Hilarion Castle View by Ira Goldstein

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

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