Limassol Marina and Cyprus has quietly become the perfect year-round destination.…
Since its inception, Limassol Marina on the island of Cyprus has established itself as the most comprehensive full-service superyacht marina in the Eastern Mediterranean. Together with the local authorities and in cooperation with other developments on the island, Cyprus offers year-round capacity for the fleet.
Tom Lord, Limassol Marina Manager, highlights the marina’s continued growth and the region’s evolution into the ideal destination for superyachts.
“Part of our goal is to continue to develop Cyprus as a hub for superyachts,” says Lord. “Cyprus is now showing what it can offer the industry. Being the most easterly European country in the Mediterranean, combined with the infrastructure, regulations, beautiful weather all year round and cruising, makes it a perfect destination.
Limassol Marina offers berths up to 110 m and more than 650 berths in total. Basically, it’s a port of entry into Europe, making it an ideal port of call for ships transiting through Suez and beyond. It has award-winning service, state-of-the-art facilities and support for all technical requirements to perfectly cater for the full range of visiting superyachts, all in a truly unique location. The cruising, maintenance and conducive regulatory framework takes the paperwork and stress out of captains, owners and managers as much as possible.
Limassol is a multicultural city with a long history which is reflected in its cultural diversity, and Limassol Marina’s location in the heart of the city itself is unique. Unlike many other European city destinations for superyachts, it is not entirely dependent on tourism and as such the winter experience closely matches the summer season. Guests and crew can expect the same authentic Cypriot experience all year round. Roughly equidistant from both international airports — just 45 minutes by private car or 12 minutes by helicopter — transfers and access are relatively seamless.
One of the most popular experiences Lord and his team have arranged for guests and crew is to travel to the world famous Troodos Mountains. The trip includes some of the ancient villages, with traditional cuisine, as well as historic archaeological sites dating back millennia.
Alongside the history, and representative of Cyprus’s development as a modern cosmopolitan city, Europe’s largest casino is also set to open in the second half of 2022, just one mile from the marina.
For cruising, the coastline has both pristine beaches and wild stretches of secluded coves. Dotted with easily accessible five-star hotels and restaurants in tenders, guests and crew have plenty to discover along the 650 km of coastline. Typical cruise itineraries can spend up to two weeks exploring the Cypriot coast before enjoying relatively short sailings to the Turkish Riviera, the Greek Islands and the Middle East coast.
Cyprus’ long maritime history now supports the superyacht industry. Yachts that decide to spend the winter and carry out refit and repair work there can call on a multitude of local craftsmen. International contractors can work easily, which is reflected in the scale of the work and the size of the yachts now visiting.
Accommodating a 100t travel lift and 40t trailer, with a large hardstanding service area, the superyachts are capable of lifting tenders with ease and chasing boats around the marina. For larger refits, Limassol Marina works closely with the floating dry docks located in the adjacent commercial port.
Cruising and refit infrastructure relies on extensive cooperation across the island and, in particular, on the understanding of local authorities.
Lord explains: “We continue to work closely with the Cypriot authorities to establish a yachting friendly environment for access to superyachts, an example being the development of a clear and simple procedure for commercial yachts to import and export. from the EU via Cyprus. This provides a great option for those who switch between the EU and more easterly waters for their charter operations each season.
As more and more yachts head to the Indian Ocean and beyond, vessels going each way have the perfect place to fill out their EU documents, refuel, explore and relax. In the same way that Gibraltar has become a central element of traffic on the western shore of the Mediterranean, thanks to the hard work of the Limassol Marina team and others, Cyprus can fulfill this role for the east, but with better beaches.
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