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Limassol

Due to a large number of international companies in Limassol, bringing with them foreign employees and a vast amount of people visiting each year the city has a more cosmopolitan feel than most places you will find on the island, effecting the nightlife and gastronomy. Depending on what you are looking for, Limassol can provide you with many different forms of entertainment, from the bars, nightclubs and discos of the tourist area to the more sophisticated wine bars and coffee shops of the old town. The old town is a very interesting area steeped in history and culture, it is worth taking a long stroll around this area and we recommend you begin at the old medieval castle. Built in the Crusader period legend tells us that Richard the Lionheart and Queen Berengaria of Navarra were married in a chapel there. The castle houses a remarkable medieval museum, and a wonderful view of Limassol, the old town and the former Turkish Cypriot quarter can be enjoyed from the tower.



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Behind the castle to the west, there is an old restored carob mill, now the Evagoras Lanitis Cultural Centre. It contains many café bars and restaurants and an exhibition of the original equipment used there to grind carob into meal. In this area around the medieval castle you will discover numerous cafes, mostly frequented by tourists in the daytime but attracting a more Cypriot clientele in the evening. We recommend you continue your walk towards Irinis street and turn right opposite the Café ‘Il Castello,' after a few metres you will reach the most important religious Ottoman building in the town, the Jami Kebir (meaning ‘great mosque'.) The mosque was built over the remains of a medieval Basilica, which itself was built over an Early Byzantine church, today the mosque retains a small Muslim community, mainly Syrians, however in earlier times the Turkish Cypriot Muslims used to gather here to pray. Next to the mosque you will notice a garden of palm trees, which is actually the oldest Ottoman graveyard in Limassol. The inscriptions on the marble tombstones act as a remainder of the Turkish and Arabic officials from the past century. Directly opposite the mosque is the old Turkish Cypriot market hall, which, after recently being renovated by the municipality, is now home to the theatre ensemble entitled «theatre ΕΝΑ». If you continue your journey eastwards, a few metres further on you will find a narrow street leading to the old Hammam public baths on your right.

After taking a look at the old Hammam, return to Genethliou Street, which after a few more meters will open up to a wider street leading you straight to the Greek-orthodox church Ayia Napa. This church dates back to the end of the 19th century and contains many interesting wall paintings which although following a modern style, still adhere to the orthodox traditions. You will now find yourself on Limassol's old shopping street called St. Andrew Street, cross the street here and continue walking for around 200 metres towards the Pantopoleion (the Greek name for the market place). The market sells everything from vegetables, fruit, fresh fish, smoked ham, meats and cheeses and we recommend you walk around the former commercial centre of Limassol, whether you are planning to buy the goods or just wish to browse the local produce. At the back of the market to the east there is a Cypriot restaurant where you can sample many traditional Cypriot dishes or just take a seat in one of the ‘Kafeneion' on the outside of the market hall and enjoy a traditional Cypriot coffee or a freshly squeezed orange juice. If you already speak a little Greek, practice your skills and listen to the men's conversation in the' kafeneion', you might learn a lot of news about the latest politics. Not far from the market hall (on Archbishop Kyprianou Street) you will find the old post office, built in the British colonial style it now houses the rector ship of the Technical University of Cyprus, founded in 2007.

Across the street is the town hall, which was built by the German Jewish architect Ginsburg in 1911.

More information of places to visit in and around Limassol

Old Port

Archaeological Museum, on the corner of Vyronos/Siokri Street, opening hours are Mon-Fri. 0900-1700, and Sat 1000-1300, closed on Sundays, entrance fee is 1 CYP

thePublic Library building on St.Andrew Street

Anexartisias Street, the modern shopping street 

Weblinks:

www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy
www.anexartisias.com.cy


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Short list of cafes, restaurants and bars in the old city

Cafes


Stretto, Café at the castle, tel.: 25 820465
Dino Art Café Irinis Street 62-66, tel.: 25 762030
Π (Pe) -Café , Kitiou Kyprianou 27, tel.: 25 341044
127-Café, Elenis Palaiogonas 5, 25 343990

Restaurants

Mikri Maria, Agkyras Street, 25 357679
The Old Neighborhood Restaurant & Fish Tavern, Agkyras Street , 25 376082
Mageireion - Tavernaki, Eleftherias Street 121, 25 368241

Bars

Half Note, Sokratous street, tel.: 25 377030
Pepe Nero, Genethliou Mitella 40-42, tel.: 99 438478
Draught, at the castle, tel.: 25 820470
JazzyB, corner Anexartisias/Athinon street, tel.: 99 605502

Places to visit near Limassol

Amathus
Kourion
Lady's Mile Beach
Kourion Beach
Kolossi castle

Limassol (Greek: Lemesos) was founded between the ancient city kingdoms of Kourion and Amathus. The Greek name of the town of Limassol most probably derives from the word ‘anamesos' meaning ‘in between'. 

Amathus is situated to the east of Limassol's modern ‘tourist area', and can easily be reached on the public bus no 30.

Preserved areas of the ancient city are the Agora (the market place with public baths, stoa, cisterns) and the excavations on the Akropolis hill (temple of Aphrodite-Ariadne, a cistern, part of a big jar (pithos) at the entrance of the temple, an early Christian Basilica). 

Kourion

Kourion or the roman Curium is situated around 10 km west of Limassol. The city held great importance in ancient times and was the center of one of the Cypriot city kingdoms. It was first mentioned in an Egyptian inscription from the 12th century B.C. and was inhabited until the Early Byzantine period (6th century A.D.). The ruins date back mainly to the latest period of settlement, that means the late roman - early Byzantine period (3rd to 7th century A.D.). It is an extensive excavation area, where you can see the preserved roman theatre, the Villa of Eustolios, the Agora with the public baths, the early Christian basilica and some roman villas with floor mosaics.

There is a roman stadium situated close to the ancient city of kourion and a little further to the west you will discover the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, a complex of buildings dating back to the roman times and serving as a place of worship to the Greek god Apollo.

Beneath the excavated area you will find one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Kourion beach.



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Kolossi

Kolossi Castle is located on the way to Kourion from Limassol and dates back to the crusader period. The Chevalier of the order of St.John built this castle in 1210, and it served the pacification of the local people of Cyprus. Extensive land properties and around sixty villages all belong to the Kolossi castle. Among others things, this is where the famous Cypriot Commandaria wine was cultivated. Commandaria is a sweet dessert wine and its name derives from the Latin ‘Commende' or ‘Commandaria', the name for the Order's estate. Until 1310 it was one of the richest properties of the Order, well known not only for its wine production but also for the processing of sugar cane. A large hall, which belonged to the factory, is still preserved opposite the donjon (the tower, where the knights used to live).

Close to the new harbour of Limassol you will find Lady's Mile Beach, an extensive sandy beach with a stretch of small coffee shops, this area is particularly charming in late afternoons enjoying a drink while the sunsets.