It takes around four hours to fly from most UK airports to Paphos, or Nicosia and Limassol is a short trip from there by coach, or taxi. The town has a good beach and lots to see including designer shops and an old bazaar-like district where you can find just about anything for sale.
Limassol is the main port for southern Cyprus and ships dock here from all over the world. One character to watch out for is a resident pelican that frequents cafes and shops down by the harbour, looking for tasty treats. It has been known to help itself from shops and is not averse to taking a crafty look in a shopping bag either.
If cruising is your passion, this is the place to start an Egyptian cruise, or to embark on a trip to Holy Island, Haifa and Israel. Longer excursions can even include cruise trips past the pyramids.
Kourion Archaeological Museum and Kolossi Castle, which was built in 1210 by the Knights of St John, are unique sites not to be missed.
Limassol is packed with clubs, pubs and bars and can get very rowdy, especially at the weekend when residents of the nearby military base join the tourist throng in town. For young families Paphos is possibly a quieter place to stay.
Nearby attractions include the village of Germasogia which was fortified by the Knights Templar during Medieval times. A large dam was constructed here in 1968 and it is a very popular picnic spot to get away from the heat of the beach.