Limassol in November – Greek icons on stage, at beauty forums, Jazz showcases and on the mountains!

Variety is definitely the traditional Cyprus spice that infuses Limassol with the authentic taste of vibrant cultural life – not just during the hottest summer months but the whole year round! We should know – Londa Hotel is perfectly situated at the island’s southerly midpoint, immediately overlooking the timeless Mediterranean shoreline.

The high summer season may be long over and autumn giving way to winter, but in Limassol the mercury tends to never dip below 12°C (54°F). Throughout the year Londa Hotel rooms are sure to be filled by guests attending any number of cultural or business events held in Limassol every month. With just weeks to go until the Christmas season starts in earnest – traditionally a cultural and religious highpoint in Cyprus, of course – there is a great hamper of island goodies right now to be sampled in November…

A real female icon is celebrated in “Melina -The Last Greek Goddess”

Cyprus is known throughout the world as the birthplace of Aphrodite, possibly the most iconic of the mythic Greek gods and goddesses. On Friday November 17th, a real female icon is celebrated in “Melina – The Last Greek Goddess”, a one-woman play performed by renowned Cypriot actress, Paola Hadjilambri, which tells the remarkable story of Melina Mercouri, the international award-winning actress of stage and screen who went on to become a political activist and a Greek minister.

Born Maria Amalia Mercouri on 31 October 1920, as an actress, Melina gained worldwide success with her performance in ‘Never on Sunday’ in 1960, winning the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year. A political activist from 1967–1974, Mercouri became the first female Minister for Culture of Greece in 1981. An outspoken woman of principle, Melina sought to “symbolise the soul of Greek national identity”, and was a strong advocate for the British Museum to hand the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece. Her dynamic larger than life commitment to Greek art and politics helped to define Melina Mercouri as Greece’s most celebrated national heroine. The production is at the Technohoros Ethal Theatre – nearby to the Limassol Marina.

3rd Annual Vestnik Kipra Health & Beauty Forum

Goddesses – real or imagined – are always the eternal symbols of feminine beauty, life-giving health and creativity. In a land forever associated with Aphrodite – and the Roman Venus – Cyprus frequently hosts health and beauty events. On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th at the Grand Resort Hotel, more than 3,000 visitors are once again expected to attend the 3rd annual Vestnik Kipra Health & Beauty Forum – the biggest event of its kind on the island. 100 exhibitors from Cyprus and abroad will be presenting – in Greek, English and Russian – numerous product demonstrations, seminars, workshops and lectures focused on key topics such as, health, fashion, lifestyle, family, fitness, nutrition and psychology.

Holistic health and wellbeing are intrinsic to the Londa Hotel experience for many of our guests too. A stay is never complete with a visit to our own health and beauty spa where our expert team are always on hand to help guests revitalise and rediscover their inner god or goddess! More cultural variety and immersive experiences for late November visitors with the 4th Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase, and the Forest Park Rally…

A tour-de-force in Cypriot Jazz or the Troodos Mountains ‘Forest Rally’

The Ministry of Education and Culture presents the two-day music event featuring a tour-de-force of Cypriot contemporary jazz and world music – including Macumba, The Amalgamation Project, Free Over Four and Mighty Sugarcane – at the Rialto Theatre, around 5 kilometres from Londa Hotel on the way to Limassol Marina. The Showcase runs Fri 24th to Sat 25th November.

Guests and visitors preferring a ‘tour de force’ filled with exciting twists and turns – measured not in musical beats but in mountain passes – need look no further than the Forest Rally being held Sat 25th – Sun 26 November.

Around 40 vintage cars will be racing against each other over a course of 60 kms, starting from Limassol Castle near the Old port, then heading into the Troodos Mountains before finishing in the village of Platres. The Troodos Mountains – referring either to ‘tria odos’, the three roads that lead to the mountain, or ‘To-oro-ados’, the mountains of Adonis – is the biggest mountain range in Cyprus, and its highest peak is the famous Mount Olympus! Despite an imposed maximum speed limit of 50 km/h, as they make their way into heart of the Troodos itself, expect some heart-stopping moments as these veteran roadsters navigate along the narrow, winding and often treacherous mountain passes. A must-see for vintage car or photography enthusiasts!

Suddenly we arrive at the starting line of December and the start of the Festive season, filled with events and celebrations, day and night. Remember – check back here to find out what special events are being planned at Londa Hotel, and in Limassol itself at this special time of the year for the whole community.