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Limassol (Greek: Λεμεσός)  is the second largest city (after the capital, Nicosia) of Cyprus. Following the Turkish invasion in 1974, it has become the principal sea port and has also developed into a significant tourist destination.
Each Airport is about 70 km from Limassol Town Center. Is there is no airport in Limassol
Taxi is the most popular means of transportation for tourists, but are expensive. There is an effort to improve the bus system, however, waiting times may still be long and routes are few. Cars, scooters and bicycles can be hired easily, however (especially if on a bike) do take in mind the long hot summer.
When you are lost for directions, always ask for the Beach. Its one of the simplest ways to "get your senses back" There are mainly three parallel roads
Limassol is a the capital and administrative centre of the Limassol district, which includes many wine producing villages dotted along the southern foothills of the Troodos mountains. If wine is your thing, you're at the right place.
Kebab can be optimum for a relatively cheap and filling meal. Do avoid colourful "tourist" cafes since those are oftenly over-priced and offer low quality conventional sandwiches or English Breakfasts. Mousaka or Kleftiko are popular, however your best bet (especially if you are hungry), is a traditional Cyprus Meze (either of the meat or fish variety), which usually includes a myriad of small hot and cold dishes for a reasonable price. Try targeting restaurants that cater for the locals. You should not encounter a client/waiter language barrier as virtually everyone speaks English.
For the rest, there is always McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut et al!
Drinking Water: It is generally safe to drink water directly from the tap. Most apartments/hotels would have a separate tap provided along with the sink, for drinking water.
Limassol has the reputation amongst locals of being the party capital of Cyprus. When Ayia Napa hibernates in the winter, Limassol powers on drawing much of the local clientele especially during the carnival season.
The Yermasoyia tourist strip is littered with countless bars and pubs to cater for everyone's tastes and budget. The old medival town centre is more popular with the locals and offers classier but pricier establishments. Most hotels will also have a variety of in house bars (either with a local or international twist), which are open to non residents too.
Sport is religion here and sports bars abound. Football is in your face everywhere, especially the British and Greek leagues. Being here during a European or World cup competition finals stage is only next best to attending the real thing.
Try visiting a beach cafebar at least once, however don't be surprised if you are refused entrance at the door especially if arriving late.
Zivania is the equivalent local version of Grappa or Eau de Vie. Drink frozen zivania shots at your peril.
Commandaria is a sweet dessert wine and a speciality of Limassol is worth tasting especially after a meze.
Apart from local luxury and boutique hotels Limassol boasts many branches of international hotels. However one can easily find low budget accommodation. An increasingly popular option is private apartment and villa rental.
As far as renting a Studio Apartment (with cooking facilities) goes, there are plenty of them around, and one may find accommodation easily, both long term and short term.
For a taste of local sport, visit the home games of the local clubs. AEL, Apollonas and Aris. All three compete in the first division of the Cyprus Soccer and Basketball leagues. Recently Apollonas' football and AEL's basketball teams have enjoyed considerable success in European competitions. So you never know, you might be lucky and catch a Manchester United visit. Expect double a figure score in such a case. Tickets are relatively cheap when compared to European leagues where on average a full price ticket costs less than €20.