Limassol Area Guide

By January 28, 2016Area Guides, Cyprus Taxi

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Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus and is located on Akrotiri Bay between the ancient towns of Amathus and Kourion. The city is well known for its large port in the Mediterranean transportation trade. This richly cultured city has become one of the most important tourist destinations in Cyprus.

Limassol has the largest coastal resort on the island and offers a large variety of attractions. Whether you desire a relaxing beach holiday or a more sophisticated cultural visit Limassol caters for all.

Limassol attracts a considerable amount of visitors each year, coming to discover its beautiful beaches which offer numerous water activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, para gliding etc. Moreover the city is famous for its sites of historical and archaeological importance, which are very popular attractions.

This historical point of Amathus Archaeological Point is 11 kilometres east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion. Though unlike Kourion it also acted as a port.

Among the remnants of the pre historic architectures, Amathus boasts its significance in the rich and diverse history of the island of Cyprus. Amathus is one of the few city kingdoms which have bravely survived through time. The ancient mythological tales tell that Amathus was the place where Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be looked after during his combat with the Minotaur.

The widely known cult of Aphrodite Astarte has prospered in this metropolis; the vestiges clearly bring to light the evidence of Archaic, Roman and Christian symbolism prevalent in Cyprus’ history. Many parts of the city, especially the upper and lower divisions have surfaced during the far reaching excavations, some sections of the Agora and Acropolis region have also been dug up, clearly showing that this metropolis is an ancient bearer of the great old architectures.

Various attractions at the Amathus site include the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.

One of the other most fascinating archaeological sites in Cyprus is Kourion, this spectacular ancient city dates back to the 12th century B.C. and was once one of the most marvellous cities throughout the Mediterranean. The grand Greco Roman Amphitheatre has now been completely restored and being in the audience for a theatrical or musical performance in this primeval arena is an unforgettable experience.

The Kourion is characterized by numerous ruined houses from the late Roman period; the House of Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the House of Eustolios are some of the remnants from early centuries. The floors in these houses are paved with mosaics, the early Christian Basilica dates back to the 5th century A.D.

One of the famous structures here is the Nymphaeum which was built in the 2nd century A.D. and is a sacred place devoted to water nymphs, the salient features of the stadium stand for its magnificence.

Also worth visiting is The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. This Sanctuary is a temple complex which was built in honour of Apollo Hylates, the God of the Woodland, thought to be the protector of Kourion. The finds from this archaeological inquiry established the fact that the Romans breathed life into their culture since the archaic times. This flourishing cult of Apollo was fêted for about 1200 years, from the 8th century B.C to 4th century A.D.

The established nature of the cult usually combined the primary characteristics of its eastern origin and also its western growth in Theology, the name Hylates given to Apollo is evident from the Hellenistic times. Archaeological diggings have found out that the sanctuary was a bath complex, wrestling ring, pilgrim hall and a holy precinct, with its intricate features this ancient ruin has a mystic feeling to it.

Surrounded by the bountiful pines, eucalyptuses and cypresses, the Public Garden and Zoo are on the coastal road, if you want to capture the ambience of the rapturous environment just take a leisurely walk around the place and enjoy. The two statues of lions welcome you in the south entrance of the garden as they keep a watchful eye over the garden and it’s visitors.

As you walk through the garden you will notice a magnificent sculpture of Christodoulos Sozos, who was once the Mayor of Lemesos and a Member of Parliament. He is hailed as a hero in Cyprus; his fight for freedom and democracy still remembered. If you are an animal lover a small zoo inside the garden awaits your visit. The zoo presents animals like deer, ostriches, tigers, lions, elephants, pheasants, vultures, pelicans, monkeys and many other animals as well as a wide variety of birds.

If you are in pursuit of historical places then Limassol Castle and Kolossi Castle will undoubtedly satisfy your quest. Limassol and Kolossi are two medieval citadels in Cyprus and Limassol Castle is located in the old town near the old harbour, while Kolossi is set in the village of Kolossi on the west side of the city. Built in the 14th century Limasssol fort is said to be the site of a royal wedding between the King of England, Richard Coeur de Lion and Berengaria of Navarre in 1191. Also found in this historic garrison is the Cyprus Medieval Museum.

The Castle of Kolossi was possibly constructed in the early 13th century. It is an example of extraordinary military architecture from the Middle Ages and once you step inside the castles you are transported to an altogether different world.

The Island of Cyprus has long been a dream destination for travellers around the world, besides the pleasant climate, it’s majestic sunny beaches and above all the warm hospitality of the inhabitants help to make it a vacationer’s paradise. Although the summers are warm and dry, the balmy winters are wonderful, despite the variation of temperatures, the warmth of the sea allows for pleasant swimming for most of the year.

Dotted with several sandy beaches Limassol’s waterfront is always buzzing with activity, here you can soak up the sun, take a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea, or simply take a stroll along the sea shore. To experience the best beaches of the island head towards Lady’s Mile, Pissouri Beach, Curium Beach, Episkopi Beach or Akrotiri Beach, many of them also offer a number of water sports.

If you want to make the most of your visit to Limassol then a visit to its many museums is highly recommended. The Folk Art Museum, Lemesos Medieval Museum and the Archaeological Museum are some of the most popular.

The wine festival has been one of the featured events in Limassol, Cyprus’s wine capital, since 1961. It takes place at the Municipal Gardens, just across the Olympion promenade, in the beginning of September and lasts for 12 days.

The festival was inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of wine Dionysus and honours the long island’s tradition of winemaking. The giant statue of a Cypriot wine-maker welcomes visitors at the entrance. At the festival, guests, both locals and foreigners, get the chance to try different local wines and traditional Cypriot food.

Although there is a small entrance fee, the wines produced by the island’s wineries are offered free of charge in unlimited quantities. Another popular feature of the Wine Festival is a traditional wine press. Folkloric dances, songs, theatrical performances from local and international artistic groups are also included in the programme of the festival.

As a shopping centre, Limassol offers everything from ultra contemporary to traditional and handmade. In the city centre, near the seafront promenade the busy streets of Ayios Andreas and Anexartisias with over 300 shops, make a charming trip with areas of quaint buildings, cobblestone and overhanging terraces, under which a profusion of small shops line the walkway. Designer shops and many of the more prestigious boutiques and showrooms are located throughout Makarios Avenue along with small shops of every type. The largest shopping mall in Cyprus is located in the Zakaki area at the northwest entrance to Limassol, only a short distance from the city centre and with a close proximity to the port.

As the biggest shopping mall in Cyprus, MYMALL is especially designed to satisfy people of all ages.

You can find over 120 shops ranging from sportswear and lingerie to formal and casual wear for women, men and children, as well as shoes, accessories, jewellery, health & beauty, maternity, electronics, food & beverage, entertainment, toys and day to day services such as banks and convenience stores. You are sure to find what you need, what you want and what you thought you could never have, all under one roof.

For the guests interested in outdoor activities a few of the many available at Limassol are cycling routes, bird watching, nature trails, salt water fishing, fresh water fishing, diving and many others.

The Limassol Akrotiri salt lake, Zakaki Marshes, Fassouri Reed beds and Bishop’s Pool are excellent bird watching posts, especially during the migration period in the spring and autumn. The area is known for the flamingos and various species of ducks.

Limassol’s multifaceted scenery and climate is a perfect spot for walking. Many nature trails offer beautiful views of lush vineyards, plantations, olive groves, the beautiful coast, traditional villages, churches, monasteries and colourful paths boasting the rich and varied flora that Cyprus is recognized for.

Germasogia Dam is located approximately 10 minutes from Limassol. The moment you leave the hustle-bustle of the city behind and enter the narrow streets of Germasogia village the scenery becomes completely different. Do not miss out on a walk around the small peninsula inside the dam which has been enriched with various species of fish. Fishing is allowed only with permission from the Fisheries Department.

Germasogia is one of the most popular dams in Cyprus for bass fishing, also offering silver bream, carp, grey mullet and other species. It is also suitable for kayak games, water ski and other water activities.

Sport fishing in Cyprus reservoirs and dams is regulated by the government. It is necessary to have a license to fish.

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