Cosmopolitan Limassol Region
The Limassol region is also known as Lemesos so we refer to both names throughout our web site. NO Cypriot would say Limassol, only Lemesos. Why? Because the British changed the name to Limassol and it was changed back in 2000, the same as Mumbai and Bombay, in India. Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus with a population of around 170,000 and is located on the southern part of the island, nestling between the two very important ancient kingdoms of Amathus in the east and (Currium) Kourion in the west. The seaport is one of the largest commercial harbours in the Mediterranean, accommodating cargo and passenger ships visiting from all over the world.
Wine Making in Limassol Region
Limassol is at the heart of the winemaking industry and where the local beer Keo is brewed. Keo brewery has daily trips with wine tasting too starting at 11am each weekday.
The Best Beaches
There are good beaches near the town centre but the better beaches are at (Currium) Kourion and Lady's Mile, situated west of the new harbour, but you will need a car to get there. We prefer Currium, just the most amazing location in Limassol.
Nightlife and the Famous Limassol Wine Festival
The nightlife is famous with its many bars, restaurants and clubs rocking to 6am when the revellers very often have breakfast and then go home or back to their hotels. Limassol also boasts water parks, a long tourist strip with a 15 kilometer footpath walk along water's edge which is enchanting. Please take a walk along this footpath it is so relaxing. Some of the best festivals on the island are held in Limassol: the 10-day wine festival in September with wineries all offering free samples of their wines; the pre-Lenten Carnival with spectacular balls and parties; the Limassol Festival in the summer and the ancient Drama Festival at Kourion.
Shopping in Limassol
Shopping in Lemesos offers a choice of modern boutiques, showrooms and traditional shops selling unique handmade crafts. Visit (she who must be obeyed) www.panas-creations.com . You will also find shops that will make clothes and shoes to measure in just a couple of days. Some of the streets offer amazing views of historical buildings that are just a pleasure to wander around. Visit old Limassol, the market place and surrounding areas to really understand the origins of this beautiful stone built town and have lunch around the old market place. What a great way to relax and really enjoy Limassol.
Limassol is the most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus and offers a vast array of property for sale. Before traveling to Cyprus, if you are thinking of purchasing property, please read and study all relevant information on our web site, especially our advice on contacting a lawyer in Cyprus first.
Historical Places in the Limassol Region
LIMASSOL CASTLE - CYPRUS MEDIAEVAL MUSEUM
The castle, situated in the heart of the old town near the harbour, was built in the 14th century. It is here where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191 and a great atmosphere to relax and enjoy so much of historical Lemesos.
Constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century. Spectacular historical buildings and well worth viewing. Plus, try to drive to Limassol through Asomatos, an amazing tree-lined road through the Phassouri (Fassouri) Lanitis citrus plantation.
Collection of antiquities from nearby archaeological sites.
The ancient city of Kourion is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Cyprus. The Greco-Roman theatre was originally built in the 2nd century BC. When in Cyprus, try to attend one of the many concerts held at Currium Amphitheatre. The atmosphere is spellbinding and the memory will stay forever. Take a cushion with you too because sitting on a stone step for two hours can be a bit numbing.
SANCTUARY OF APOLLO HYLATES
Apollo Hylates, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. Not a favourite of ours but the whole area of Currium is so beautiful and should not be overlooked for it archaeological treasures. A dip in Currium Bay and a bite to eat at the beachfront restaurants will cool and refresh you immediately.