13 October 2006|
Lemesos, (Limassol) is the second largest city in Cyprus, after Nicosia. It is located on Akrotiri Bay between the ancient towns of Amathus and Kourion. It is the largest city in geographical size, as well as the biggest municipality of Cyprus.
Limassol is situated in the south of the island and it is Cyprus´ main industrial and maritime area and also the second biggest town of the country. Its population is about 179.000 and rises during holiday times because of the tourism.
Many tourists only pass by on their way to the more historic sites like Akrotiri or the Troodos mountains, but there is actually a lot to see in Limassol besides a busy industrial centre. Places of interest include the Berengaria Castle, the place where Richard the Leonhard married Berengaria, Colossi Castle, the ancient city of Curium and its still functioning theatre, amathunta and many other archeological spots scattered around the city.
Apart from the awesome sea sights and attractions, Limassol provides luxurious accommodation facilities for tourists, offering some of the most impressive hotels in Cyprus.
The old city center is also a landmark for the city not to be missed. A walk will lead the visitor to a vibrant community full of shop owners crafts people, artists of all disciplines and businessmen. Because the city is relatively untouched by the streams of tourism, it has been able to maintain the traditions of Cypriote life: meze restaurants, wine and beer cellars, places to sit outside and relax gazing at people passing by.
The traditional old boutiques and hotels, where the Cypriots used to drink the famous ‘Brandy sour’ cocktail have changed into modern shopping centres and restaurants.
The city is well known for its biggest port in the Mediterranean transportation trade. This richly cultured city has become one of the most important tourism destinations in Cyprus. It is also a hub for trade and services in the area.
In addition to this, the city of Limassol houses the Technological University of Cyprus. This was established in 2004, and in 2007/8 opened its doors to students for the first academic year.
This university was opened in Limassol in order to offer undergraduate and postgraduate schemes that are not already offered at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia.,
Limassol has a wonderful Mediterranean climate. The city experiences long, dry, warm summers and short mild winters. The summer temperature varies between 22°C and 39°C, whilst the winter temperature varies between -1°C and 23°C. The temperature of the sea allows swimming almost all year round.
Limassol’s population comprises of mostly Greek Cypriots as it is located in the south of Cyprus, whereas, the majority of Turkish Cypriots are located in the northern part. However, within the past 20 years Cyprus in general has been inhabited by many other nationalities such as the British and Russians, as well as more Eastern Europeans.
The locals of Limassol are a closely knit society with a friendly nature. Furthermore, traditions are still up-kept by many, offering plenty of cultural events throughout the year. Some events are performed in the open air Greco-Roman theatre of Kourion by local and visiting theatre companies. The city hosts two major festivals; the spring Carnival with its traditional Parade and the late summer Wine Festival, which are both very popular amongst the tourists.