Cyprus with Cobalt Air: Limassol and Londa Hotel
A business city dressed as a holiday resort, Limassol (Lemesos in Greek) provides an urban infrastructure of convenience coupled with a holiday location on the water with several worthwhile attractions in the immediate vicinity. Right in the centre of town is Limassol Castle, home to an interesting museum of medieval exhibits; the historic building itself is evocative of a time when knights ruled the island. Limassol’s seafront promenade, lined with palm trees on both sides, is a favourite place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy walking, running, and cycling. Right next to the Castle is the Carob Mill Complex, a former carob processing factory now turned into a dining and events venue. A small display open to the public presents the history of carob cultivation on the island and its importance to the Cypriot economy. The Carob Museum in the town of Anogyra is also interesting to visitors with a keen appreciation of the significance of agricultural activity.
The central coast of southern Cyprus has some of the country’s most famous ancient ruins, notably Amathous and Kourion, where superb mosaics are on view with the Mediterranean Sea as the background; most famous of the mosaics are the ones found in the House Of The Gladiators. Kourion’s amphitheatre is one of the best preserved in the world and is still used today for concerts and theatrical productions. Nearby is Kolossi Castle and the Cyprus Wine Museum, an excellent place to learn more about the country’s unheralded wine industry. Tastings, of course, are part of the visit.
Tastings at Londa Hotel‘s outstanding Caprice restaurant are also memorable experiences. Londa is Limassol’s premier hotel; as such, it delivers a high standard in the food and service of Caprice, where Italian and other Mediterranean influences predominate on a menu full of irresistible options. Under the direction of general manager Jochen Niemann, Londa quickly became the in place for locals to see and be seen upon its opening and remains a social scene second to none in the city. The welcoming lobby flows directly into the bar area, which in turn continues seamlessly to the outdoor terrace and the sea ahead and also the restaurant off to the left. Upstairs, the chicly appointed rooms and suites are both comfortable and stylish. The Londa’s spa is a great place for a massage or Thalgo treatment using marine-based creams to bring the benefit of the sea’s natural minerals into the treatment room.
Thanks to its central location, Limassol is a favourite base for exploring the entire country. Nowhere is more than a two-hour drive away, which means daytrips can be taken to explore all parts of Cyprus before returning back to the comforts of Londa, whose name comes from the Italian for ‘wave’ (l’onda). To explore beyond the major cities, a car is a necessity. The Cypriot-owned Astra Car Rental is both friendly and efficient. In a country where support for the local economy plays a crucial role in the tourism sector, Astra‘s multiple locations across Cyprus means an Astra office is never far away. And now with Cobalt Air‘s route network expanding across Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region, Cyprus is not far away, either.