“We love coming to Limassol as there’s so much going on here all the time!” Sygnómi (“apologies”) – this is not tourist board speak! It’s something we actually do hear from Londa Hotel guests and visitors. Probably as many times as there are grains of sand stretching out across the entire length of Lady’s Mile. In other words, we hear this a lot!
We know this because the Londa Hotel’s Caprice Restaurant directly overlooks the seafront, a part of the historic Mediterranean coastline leading to Limassol Castle, near the Old Port. Rebuilt around 1590, the medieval castle was where, according to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married his Spanish bride, Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191.
Another established tradition also takes place on the seafront of Limassol promenade – the start of the Limassol Marathon GSO. Now into its 11th year – the annual running event to be held on the 18th and 19th March – also comprises a half marathon, 10km, 5km and a 1km Kids Race.
Biggest sports event in Cyprus
As part of the annual European race series, the Limassol Marathon GSO has became the biggest sports event in Cyprus, which every year attracts an increasing number of athletes, some from different parts of the world. In 2016, more than 13,000 runners took part, compared to 10,000 the year before, with runners from mostly Europe but also from Japan, US, Brazil, Australia, China and Turkey. Will we see more than 16,000 runners swelling the streets of Molos at the start of the race this year?
As with most events that take place in Limassol, the guests at Londa Hotel will have a great opportunity to be close to all the action. The hotel is actually on the route that the runners will be following across Limassol. The race passes through Agios Athanasios, Agios Tychonas and onto the ruins of the ancient Royal City of Amathus. The athletes will circle back to the city and the finishing line on 28th October Avenue.
The excitement doesn’t stop there! There are a number of other cultural highlights taking place in Limassol on the evenings of both marathon days. They also involve a thrilling display of precise footwork, performed with controlled energy and passion, namely the power of dance.
Masterpieces of classic ballet
A Ballet Grand Gala is to be held at the Latsia Municipal Theatre, March 18th and 19th, where soloists of the Russian Ballet Theatre will perform masterpieces of classic ballet, such as Don Quixote, Carmen, The Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus and Zorba the Greek.
If you cannot get enough of Sleeping Beauty then you have another opportunity to enter the world of the fairytale classic, which was set to Russia composer, Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score in January 1890. The Royal Ballet will be celebrating 70 years of performing the timeless story, at the Rialto, Limassol on March 19th. Iconic stage designs, which have been restored and updated, invite the audience into the “spectacular baroque opulence of the royal court”.
It’s firmly believed that the luxury comfort and elegant splendour of the Londa Beach Hotel bedrooms also provide guests with the opportunity to transform at any time into a Sleeping Beauty. After all, with “so much to see and do” around Limassol, it’s handy to have your handsome prince of a hotel always nearby to come to your rescue.