Limassol is situated on the southern part of Cyprus between the two international airports, Larnaca to the East and Paphos on the West. Based in the centre of Cyprus , it takes only 55 minutes drive to visit any town or 40 minutes to the top of the top of Troodos Mountains . Combining its roles as the second largest city, the island's main port, the centre of the wine industry and a bustling holiday resort, Limassol emerges as a spirited and cosmopolitan seaside town.
Limassol is a lively town largely due to the character of Lemesolians, a fun loving lot. No wonder it holds the island's two top festivals, the pre-lenten Carnival with fancy dress balls, parades and festivities and the Wine Festival in September, a wine extravaganza where wine flows freely for everyone to enjoy, courtesy of the local wineries.
The town enjoys a very pleasant climate and is known as a tourist resort as well as a commercial and shipping centre. Famous sea cruises throughout the Mediterranean have their starting point from Limassol. Limassol combines perfectly the beauty of nature with the character of a busy modern city.
Though the largest of seaside towns Limassol is small enough to offer peace and tranquility and big enough to offer all those important necessities which makes life easy and comfortable. Big shopping centers, modern medical and clinic facilities, easy access to anywhere. This cosmopolitan city offers a wide range of modern and traditional tavernas, restaurants, night clubs, discos theatres e.t.c . On the East coast of Limassol is the Marina which accepts all kind of private boats and offers substantial services. Just on the outskirts of Limassol there is an 18 hole Golf Course.
Places to see in Limassol
LIMASSOL CASTLE - CYPRUS MEDIAEVAL, MUSEUM
Near the Old Port. Tel: (05)330419 Built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle. According to tradition Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England, here in 1191. The castle houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum .
LIMASSOL DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Kaningos-Vyronos Corner, near the Public Gardens Tel: (05)330132 Interesting collection of antiquities found in the Limassol area from the Neolithic Age to the Roman Period.
FOLK ART MUSEUM
253, Agiou Andreou - Tel: (05)362303 This very beautiful collection of Cypriot Folk Art of the 19th and early 20th century is housed in a restored old house. The collection includes national costumes, tapestry, embroidery e.t.c., displayed in a very interesting way,
LEMESOS MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
28 Oktovriou 103, Tel: (05) 343212, 343383
The art gallery houses a representative collection of paintings of well known contemporary Cypriot artists.
14 km west of Lemesos on the road to Pafos.
A fine example of military architecture, originally constructed in the l3th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the l5th century. After the fall of Acre in 1291, it served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem . In the l4th century it came for a few years under the domain of the Knights Templar.
Nearby are the ruins of a sugar mill dating to the l4th century.
14 km west of Limassol, 4 km before Kourion site, at Episkopi village.
Collection of finds from nearby archaeological sites, exhibited in a beautiful old house.
19 km west of Limassol on the road to Pafos.
An important ancient city-kingdom, and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island where excavations still bring new treasures to light.
The magnificent Graeco- Roman Theatre was originally built in the 2nd century BC and is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances.
The House of Eustolios, originally a private Roman villa, became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. The Early Christian basilica dated to the 5th century, was probably the Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistery attached to the north face.
The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. The Nymphaeum, dedicated to water nymphs. is an elegant Roman structure.
The Stadium lies 1 km to the west on the right side of the road to Pafos and is dated to the 2nd century AD.
SANCTUARY OF APOLLO HYLATES
3 km west of Kourion, on the road to Pafos.
Apollo Hylates, God of the Woodland , was the protector of the city of Kourion .
The cult of Apollo was celebrated here from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The southwest side of the temple has been restored and excavations have also revealed other structures of this important sanctuary such as the bath complex, the pilgrim halls, the palaistra and a holy precinct.
11 km east of Limassol town centre, close to Amathus Hotel.
One of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of after his battle with the Minotaur. A very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarte flourished here.
Excavations have revealed parts of the Acropolis and Agora areas, as well as part of the upper and lower city. The remains date from the Archaic, Roman and Christian periods.
AYIOS GEORGIOS ALAMANOU CONVENT
Off the Lefkosia - Limassol road 19 km from Limassol.
Originally founded in the 12th century. The nuns, besides performing their religious rites, spend their time in icon-painting, the cultivation of flowers and herbs and the production of honey.
PANAGIA TIS AMASGOU CONVENT
Off the Limassol - Platres road, 1,5 km southwest of Monagri village.
The small church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built at the end of the 11th century. It has some rare mural paintings of the 12th, 14th and 18th centuries, equivalent in beauty and significance to those of Asinou and Panagia tou Araka. Part of the monastic buildings have been renovated according to the original plan .