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The island of Cyprus lies in the north-eastern Mediterranean Sea at 35N,35E, with an area of 9250sqm, making it the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. Cyprus lies 66km from the Turkish coast, 360km from Egypt and 96km from Syria. In 1998 Cyprus had an estimated population of 749,000. Cyprus has a coastline of 648km.

Limassol

In the east and southeast there lie long sandy beaches whilst in the west and southwest the beaches tend to be, more often than not, shingle. In the southwest lies the mountain range of Troodos, approximately 75km long and 24km wide. The range is of volcanic origin and is extensively covered with Pine, Cypress and Cedar trees. The highest point is Mount Olympus at 1950m, which also boasts four short ski runs. To the north lies the narrow 120km long Kyrenia mountain range, mostly of limestone but also some marble and dolomite..

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The climate of Cyprus makes the island one of the healthiest places in the world. The long, dry summer fills the bathing beaches and pine clad mountains alike, where the climate is equally dry, sunny and bracing. The winter is mild and invigorating in the planes and the coastal belt (340 days of bright sunshine annually; lowest sea temperature in January 62F) where you can swim in the crystal clear blue sea or sunbathe on the lovely sandy beaches. On the mountains, snow begins to fall late December and skiing is usually possible from January to March.

Monthly Temperature Averages for Limassol in Centigrade

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 14 15 18 23 28 33 36 36 33 27 22 17
Low 6 6 7 10 16 18 21 21 18 14 11 7

Limassol or Lemesos is the second largest city of Cyprus, with a population of 176,900 (2005), indeed the largest city in geographical size and the biggest municipality of the island. The city is located on Akrotiri Bay, on the island’s southern coast, and is the capital of the Limassol District. Limassol lies between two ancient city-kingdoms: Amathus to the east, and Kourion to the west. The city developed following the destruction of Amathus by Richard Lionheart in 1191. Many important antiquities, Byzantine and Frankish monuments are found in the city of Limassol, evidence of its long history. Today Limassol is the biggest port in the Mediterranean transit trade. It has also become one of the most important tourism, trade and service points in the area. Limassol is the island’s main port, the centre of Cyprus’ wine industry and a major tourist resort. The city is also known for its lively Carnival celebrations, the annual Wine Festival and the traditional spontaneous hospitality of its inhabitants.

Limassol Marina Photo

Limassol is also renowned for its long cultural tradition. A wide spectrum of activities and a great number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. Consequently, Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists, mostly during March to October, to be accommodated in its several luxurious hotels and hotel apartments.

In addition to the existing sights and attractions, the new built Limassol Marina offers a wide range of services and attractions unsurpassed anywhere else in Cyprus, consisting of 1,000 berths for small and larger yachts.

Limassol has a relaxed, cheerful holiday atmosphere and is renowned for its love of festivals. There is much of interest to see and do, both within the town and in the surrounding area. Visitors have a wide variety of restaurants and shops to choose from, while the nightlife is claimed to be the liveliest on the island. Limassol is the ideal city to mix business with pleasure!

Places of Interest 

Limassol carries with it many years of history. There are a large number of places to see and visit as the Limassol district is not only comprised of the town, but also of a large number of villages surrounding it. Some of the most popular places are:

Amathus ruins: Amathus is flagged one of the ancient kingdom cities of Cyprus and its ruins date back as far as the 9th century BC.

Limassol Medieval Castle: It was built in the 13th century. Today the castle houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum.

Limassol District Archaeological Museum: It houses a rich and notable collection of antiquities from the Neolithic age to the Roman Period.

Carob Mill: It was built in 1900, at a time when carobs were a major export of Cyprus. The machinery blends the authentic atmosphere of the past with the sophisticated high-tech look of the present.

Sculpture Park: Sixteen sculptures made by local and foreign artists are exhibited in the park; the products of sculpture symposiums held from 1999-2001.

The Cyprus Wine Museum: It offers a unique opportunity to learn about the history of wine production in Cyprus.

Kolossi Medieval Castle: It is a fine example of military architecture, originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 15th century.

Kourion Archaeological Site: Kourion was an important city-kingdom in antiquity and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus.

Kourion Stadium: With a capacity of 6000 spectators, it is the only ancient stadium found in Cyprus. The magnificent Greco-roman theatre was built in the 2nd century BC and extended in the 2nd century AD. Today the theatre is used for musical and theatrical performances.

Sanctuary of Apollon Ylatis: Apollo Ylatis, god of the woodland, was the protector of Kourion and, according to the archaeological sources, he was worshipped at the sanctuary from the 8th century BC to the 4th Century AD.

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Eating Out

Limassol is known for its large number of good restaurants, taverns, cafes and other eating establishments with a diverse range of cuisines to choose from (Greek, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, Armenian, French, Chinese, Thai, etc,). The local restaurants (taverns) of Limassol serve a wide variety of dishes catering for most tastes. Fish features prominently on Cypriot menus with calamari, red mullet and sea bass being particularly popular. The Cypriot equivalent of the Spanish tapas is “mezze”, a good way to sample the variety of local food. A city that can keep your taste buds happy at all times is a city worth visiting!

Food and Wine

Once you have got to know the Cypriots a little better you’ll realise that they are people who enjoy good food, special preparations and that the get-togethers’ lunches or dinners are a special ceremony. The preparations start from the day before and the feast itself usually lasts for 3-4 hours, with all the family and friends gathered around the table. Cypriot cuisine is full of fresh ingredients, salads and vegetables as well as meat and fish. The fertile soil with the combination of the sea and the mountains offer a great variety of delicacies. Local food is a blend of the Mediterranean cuisine as well as Arabic, Turkish, Syrian, Lebanese but less heavy in oil.

Beaches

Limassol has the longest coastline of all the cities in Cyprus, offering a diverse style of public beaches. The biggest parts of the city’s coastline are public, controlled beaches. In front of every hotel you will find public beaches where you can relax, get a tan, or swim in the clear waters of Limassol. There are many beach bars as well, for those who like to swim under the sound of funky music. Whatever your tastes are, Limassol is sure to have a beach for you to fall in love with!

Entertainment

Limassol: The city of culture and festivals
Limassol is well known as the city of festivals. There are a number of festivals that take place throughout the year and they all give a good opportunity to visit them with friends and/or family and have a great time. As for cultural events, Limassol offers theatre, ballet, orchestral performances and many more. And most of them have a free entrance for the public!

Limassol: The city that never sleeps 
Nightlife in Limassol is said to be the best on the island by those who love to party through the night. Although there are a large number of bars, discos and clubs playing a wide range of loud music, there are ample opportunities for those who enjoy more mellow entertainment. The town’s inhabitants are renowned for their love of fun so not surprisingly the nightlife is varied, with all sorts of tavernas, pubs, clubs etc.

Flights to/from Cyprus

Larnaca International Airport
Following a major redesign, the new Larnaca International Airport has become the Island main airport, handling The new terminal can handle up to 9 million passengers per year. It has 16 jetways (boarding bridges), 67 check in counters, 8 self check-in kiosks, 48 departure gates, and 2,450 parking spots. The design of the 98,000 m2 (1,050,000 sq ft) terminal includes 16 boarding bridges and is intended to reflect the proportions of a medieval aqueduct located in the city.

Pafos International Airport
The major development scheme of Pafos International Airport commenced on the 1st of June, 2006 under a rapid Design and Build Contract for the construction of a new Terminal Building and associated infrastructure.  The new Pafos International Airport came into full operation on the 17th of November, 2008, welcoming its first passengers. The new single building has replaced the previous twin terminal operation. Its first day of operation was crowned with complete success, without experiencing any operational or technical difficulties. The passengers seemed very satisfied and excited by the new facilities and by the high level of services that are offered at the new Pafos International Airport.

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The official language of Cyprus is Greek.

English is widely spoken with 75% of the population showing proficiency to speak it as a second language.