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About Limassol

Limassol on Cyprus’s southern coast is built between the ancient cities of Amathous and Kourion, at the foodhills of Troodos and is found half way between Larnaca and Paphos. It is the biggest port in the Mediterranean transit, a base for companies doing business with the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe and a popular tourist destination. Each year Limassol draws thousand of visitors who explore Cyprus’s history, culture and traditions at the city’s magnificent archeological sites, castles and folk museums and enjoy Limassol’s sunny beaches, the permanent festive atmoshere and the lively nighlife of the modern, cosmopolitan city. The large tourism movement and the large number of foreign nationals who spend time in Cyprus for business resulted in a thriving property market and accommodation options in Limasol include villas, self-catering apartments and luxurious hotels. The new Limassol marina will be completed in 2011, and it will introduce a new feature for Cyprus’s tourism. The new marina, which will have a capacity of 1,000 vessels and will include restaurants, apartments and conference facilities is located between the old and the new port. The city has a multiethnic population of 228,000 comprised by Greek and Trukish Cypriots, Russians and other Eastern European nationals. 

 
Places of interest
 
Medieval Castle: The medieval castle is located near the old port and houses a collection of artifacts covering the period from 400 to 1870 A.D. Visitor can see exhibits of cannons, wood carvings of the 17th and 18th centuries, paintings, tombstones, statues, armor, coins, metal and ceramic objects and objects made of glass and marble. The castle was built by the Byzantines around 1000 AD and Richard the Lionheart had married here Princess Berengaria of Navarre. Archaeological Museum: the Archaeological Museum houses an interesting collection of antiquities dating from the Neolithic to the Roman periods, including gold jewellery, coins, sculptures and other objects found at the ancient cities of Kourion and Amathous and the greater distric of Limassol.  Folk Art Museum: The museum was established in 1985, and it was awarded the Europa Nostra prize in 1989. The museum’s six rooms house a collection of more than 500 exhibits of Cypriot Folk Art of the last two centuries, including national costumes, tapestry, embroidery, wooden chests and a variety of country tools. It is located on Agios Andreas Street. Public Garden: the Limassol Public Garden is a green oasis situated on the coastal road. The garden houses also a small zoo, a small natural history museum and an open theatre which serves as a venue for summer music events. Twin Cities Park: The one mile long park is found on the waterfront, near the Public Garden. It is decorated with a series of sculptures that were created by Cypriot, Greek, German, Israeli and Egyptian sculptors. Ancient Kourion is one of the most magnificent archaeological sites on the island and among the structures are included the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, God of woodland and protector of Kourion, the 2nd century B.C. magnificent Greco-Roman Theatre of Kourion which overlooks the bay of Episkopi and is used today for musical and theatrical performances and a complex of baths and rooms with 5th century mosaic floors. Another site of interest is the Castle of Kolossi, which served as headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John and where according to tradition Richard the Lion-heart and Queen Berengaria spent their honeymoon.
 
Entertainment
 
Limassol Carnival: Limassol is famous for its Carnival which has its origins in ancient pagan celebrations. The festival is 10 days long and takes place between the end of February and the begining of March. During the carnival parade in the main city streets, large crowds which come from all over the island gather to watch the floats and masqueraded groups. Wine Festival: The Wine Festival is a revival of the ancient celebrations in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine. The festival takes place in the Limmasol Municipal Garden during the first week in September, and its theme is 'Drink wine, it gives you life'. It attracts Cypriots and visitors from across the island, who have the opportunity to taste some of the best wines of Cyprus and to enjoy folk dancing and music performed by various local and international groups.  Οther popular annual festivals include the Beer Festival, an annual three days long dance event by the sea, the Yermasogeia Flower Festival which is held in May, the  Festival of the Flood which is held in June near the old port, the Shakespearean Nights and the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama which are held in the summer. Limassol holds also the Cypus Rally in which participate local and international drivers.
The people of Limassol love strolling along the promenade and spending time on the patio of the coffee shops and restaurants that are found along the waterfront. Along the tourist strip there are also numerous bars, pubs and clubs, where one can watch sporting events on large TV screens, listen to local, or international music, dance, or just relax.
 
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