Where to shop?
MYMALL Limassol is a modern shopping centre in the lively city of Limassol. It is easily accessible by public transportation and boasts a large variety of stores. Apart from shopping, visitors can also spend some leisure time or dine in one of the many places offering “food with an attitude”. MYMALL Limassol’s unique architectural design and spacious Greek-temple-like structure sculptured into a modern facility, makes it a great place for the whole family.
Anexartisias Street is the major shopping street of the city, with clothing, footwear and accessories stores. Among them, one can find international department stores, famous brands and local businesses, coffee shops and snack bars.
Right on Anexartisias Street, the famous “Grigori Afxentiou” square is also located in front of Limassol’s District Administration Office, a historical building. Anexartisias Street is also connected to Heroes Square, Saripolou Square and St. Andrew Street.
Agiou Andreou (St. Andrew Street)
If you’re looking for a souvenir from Cyprus, then visit Agiou Andreou Street. It is located at the old town, next to Limassol castle. Here you will find locally produced items, including art pieces, leather goods, woven goods, ceramics, copperware, handmade silverware and jewellery. . The street used to be the major commercial street of Limassol. Fabric and dressmaking shops were located here in the old days. Visitors from England, Greece and the Arab countries used to visit them in order to meet the famous “tailors”, who would create for them unique suits and outfits. Today, it is a paved street that attracts both locals and tourists.
Limassol Marina is a milestone project for Cyprus that has changed the face of the city and has already established itself as one of the most attractive and special marinas in Europe. Limassol Marina is able to accommodate up to 650 yachts. It offers a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores and designer boutiques. Here, shopping and living by the sea becomes a magical experience.
Old Municipal Market (Pantopoulion)
Limassol Municipal Market, known as “Pantopoulion”, was built in 1917, at a time when Limassol was rapidly developing, before coming to take its current form in 1947. The market and the surrounding traditional shops and restaurants were the centre of commercial and social activities until the end of the 1970s.
The indoors area of “Pantopoulio” houses grocery stores, butchers, fishmongers, restaurants, cafes and small bakeries. There is another area with small workshops of artists, who produce traditional and contemporary objects and crafts. Various artistic and cultural events are usually organized in the market area, attracting people’s interest and making the market even livelier. The market is open every day except Sunday.
Where to eat ?
Old town of Limassol
In the area around the Medieval Castle there are fish taverns, high-design restaurants, masterful fusion of traditional food with contemporary trends and coffee shops that satisfy all needs. Dining in this area, allows a generous view of the majestic Medieval Castle and the Carob mill Museum.
Visitors shouldn’t hesitate to explore the narrow streets of the old town, where they can discover all kinds of gastronomic experiences: from small traditional taverns to Chinese restaurants, from ice cream shops to traditional “souvlakia” stores plus many other choices in Saripolou square.
In Limassol Marina there are coffee shops, bars, restaurants and chain restaurants serving Greek & Cypriot Cuisine, fish Asian-inspired plates and a variety of other dishes. In the Marina, there is also a Yacht club.
The vantage point of the Limassol Marina is that it allows its visitor to lose himself in the ambiance of the Mediterranean Sea, encompassing panoramic views of the entire coastline of Limassol and of the docked yachts.
Sea Front Promenade
Along the Limassol seaside there are several places where one can diner or make a fast food choice. Starting from the area of Old Port and ending at the ancient town of Amathunta, the promenade is about 10km long, with many places to visit.
- coffe shops
- fast food restaurants,
- fish taverns,
- foreign cuisine,
- ice cream shops,
- hotel restaurants
- and of course Cypriot and Greek taverns, some of them with live music.
Food and sweets that you should definitely taste
- Tahini: Tahini is a roasted sesame seed dip that is also locally known as ‘Tashi’.
- Zaladina: Zaladina is a gelatine and pork dish. A Cypriot delicacy, scented with citrus juice and fresh Cypriot rosemary!
- Sheftalies: Delicious seasoned minced meat sausages, wrapped in thin caul fat (mainly of lamb or pork) and charcoal-grilled.
- Koupepia: A delicious dish of vine leaves stuffed with a mixture of minced meat and rice.
- Makaronia tou fournou: Oven-baked layered dish made of pasta, seasoned pork mince and Béchamel, Mornay or cheese sauce. It is a hearty and tasty family favourite, although it takes some effort to prepare.
- Carob syrup: Delicious, sticky syrup, which may seem to belong to the dessert section, but is actually an extremely nutritious product made of locally grown carob pods that can be enjoyed instead of honey and other sweeteners.
- Glyka tou Koutaliou (Spoon Sweets – Preserves): Candied preserves that are typically served on a tea spoon and offered to guests as a symbol of hospitality, always with a glass of cold water.
- Loukoumi (Cyprus Delight): The well-known soft, chewy sweets, made without the use of preservatives, simply with sugar, cornstarch and flavouring or nuts, then dusted with icing sugar to prevent them from sticking together. Cyprus is famous for these sweets for centuries.
- Soutzoukos: A traditional, chewy sweet made from grape juice. It has a unique appearance (similar to a candle!) and is popular at traditional festivals.
A getaway to the ‘Wine villages’ of Limassol
The Limassol wine-making villages are renowned for their deep-rooted history of viticulture, as well as their excellent local wines and the stunning nature of the area that produces them. An excursion to ‘Krasochoria’, as they are locally called (‘Wine villages’ is the English translation), is one of the many options for agrotourism in Limassol.
The route to ‘Krasochoria’ passes through the villages of Kolossi, Erimi, Kantou, Souni-Zanakia, Pano Kivides, Agios Amvrosios, Lofou, Vouni, Koilani, Pera Pedi, Mandria, Kato Platres, Omodos, Vasa, Malia, Arsos, Pachna, Anogyra ending up to Avdimou. It is a journey rich in wineries.
Some of the most famous wineries along this route are “Zambartas winery” in Agios Amvrosios, “Vlassides” and “Ayia Mavri” wineries in Koiliani, “Argyrides winery” in Vasa, “Lambouris” in Kato Platres and “Linos” in Omodos. In each of them, the visitor has the opportunity to enjoy a tour in the place where wine is processed and produced and learn by the wine maker himself about the available varieties of wine and the ingredients and the stages each wine passes until it reaches the right colour and flavour. It is a unique experience for wine lovers. The best part, of course, is wine tasting.
Excursions are always connected with good food, especially when it comes to genuine Cypriot cuisine. Each village has its traditional taverns, serving homemade dishes. A stroll around the village will lead the visitor to “hidden treasures”, special places that need to be discovered. The village people will be pleased to show him around and talk to him about their traditions.
For those interested in staying overnight, these villages have the right places: inns, renovated country houses and mansions, equipped with modern comforts, but retaining their traditional character promise to offer an unforgettable experience.
Zambartas Wineries (Grigores Afxentiou 39)
Tel.: 25 942424, 99 300166
- Vlassides Winery
Tel.: 25 471482, 99 441574
- Ayia Mavri Winery (between the monastery of Ayia Mavri and Koilani village)
Τel.: 25 470225, 99 491649
- Lambouris Winery
Τel.: 25 422525, 96 622349
- Linos Winery
Τel.: 25 422700, 99 672104
- Argyrides Winery
Τel.: 25 945999, 99 588848
Where to eat:
Tel.: 25 470719
- To Korineon – Oi mezedes tis Marias
Τel.: 99 608196, 99 825253
- Stou Kir Yianni (15, Linou street)
Τel.: 25 422100, 99 308555
- Katoi (25, Linou street)
Τel.: 25 423033
Τel.: 25 942185
- Ο Pyrkos
Τel.: 25 942655
- Agora (Apostolou Philippou Square)
Τel.: 99 662726, 99 096343
Where to stay:
- Apokryfo boutique hotel
Τel.: 25 813777
- Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses (in the center of the village)
Τel.: 99 373371
Τel.: 25 470202
- Stou Kir Yianni (15, Linou street)
Τel.: 25 422100
- Katoi (25, Linou street)
Τel.: 99587842, 99425192
Τel.: 25 817000, 97 889999
- Moustos Traditional House (23, Apostolou Philippou street)
Tel.: 99 604955
- Nicolas & Marias Cottage
Tel.: 25331963, 99525462
What to buy
Traditional handicrafts that you should buy to keep Cyprus in your heart
Handicrafts are produced in villages where the traditional methods have been handed down from generation to generation of craftsmen, as well as in the island’s Handicraft Centres. Many workshops welcome visitors to have a look at the handicrafts, as they are skilfully created in the old way, and also to learn about their origins and history , making them all the more special. Tourists can also find a wide array of folk art at souvenir shops.
Lace: The famous ‘Lefkaritika’ embroidered linens are handmade lace pieces produced in the mountainous Larnaka (Larnaca) village of Lefkara since Venetian times. The linens are made in a very specific way, with a process that is both intricate and time-consuming, a fact that makes them highly-prized. You can purchase the decorative tablecloths, curtains, placemats and other kinds of mats at local shops, or they can be made to order for you, if you want something truly unique. Only lace made in the traditional way is considered authentic and is included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Legend has it that the famous painter Leonardo da Vinci visited the village in 1481 and bought a lace altar cloth, which he donated to Milan cathedral.
Another form of lace embroidery, that of narrow-knit lace, is also practised in many traditional villages and makes a lovely souvenir to take back home or as a gift.
Woven goods: The practise of weaving was highly developed during Byzantine times and is still traditionally practised in the Pafos village of Fyti. It gives colourful geometric-textured designs on undyed cotton cloth – particularly rectangular napkins, tablecloths and bed covers. Woven goods can be found in Fyti, in the Handicraft Centres and in some souvenir shops.
Pottery: Pottery is an ancient craft on the island, with the red clay vessels constituting an integral part of daily life in olden times, when they were used to store and transport liquids such as wine and water, as well as for the storage of agricultural products. The tradition of pottery-making prevails in the villages of Kornos (Larnaka region) and Foini (Lemesos region); otherwise, you can find authentic pieces at the Cyprus Handicraft Centre.
Copperware: Cyprus is traditionally the island of copper, and this base metal was an important export item in antiquity. Coppersmiths still produce copper pots and kettles today, as well as long-handled pots ‘mbriki’ for making Cypriot coffee, which are available at workshops and souvenir shops. If you are taking back a packet of Cypriot coffee, it is advisable to take a mbriki along too!
Silverware: The art of filigree, known as ‘trifouri’, is a delicate craft that twists fine silver wire into beautiful hand-made jewellery such as earrings, pendants and brooches, and into decorative cutlery and tableware, with a resulting ‘cobweb’ effect. This traditional craft is still practised mainly in Lefkara, although you can find filigree pieces in jewellery shops and souvenir shops too.
Basketry: Basket-making dates back to ancient times, when baskets were made to serve a range of specific practical purposes, from carrying agricultural produce to dressing bottles in order to avoid liquids leaking. Baskets are still traditionally made in the Pafos village of Ineia, the Lemesos village of Akrotiri, and the Famagusta villages of Xylotympou and Avgorou, as well as at the Handicraft Centre and other workshops. They come in all shapes and sizes, with the colourful, flat ‘Talari’, most commonly used as a wall decoration in modern times.
Decorated Gourds: The gourd is a vegetable of the marrow family that hangs from a climbing vine and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The dried vegetable is decorated and used for practical purposes on the island many years now, with the bottle-shaped gourd being the most useful: it is traditionally used as a wine carafe, candlestick and container for salt or olives. The custom of decorating gourds with geometric patterns or animal and flower motifs is done by a knife or with a hot poker, and is still practiced in villages today. Decorated gourds can also be found in souvenir shops.