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'''Limassol''' ''(Greek: Λεμεσός)'' [http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/] 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.  
 
'''Limassol''' ''(Greek: Λεμεσός)'' [http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/] 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.  
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==Understand==
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Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus after Nicosia, with population of approximately 200000. Apart from being a major tourist destination, it is also a principal hub for international business in Cyprus. This gives Limassol a more cosmopolitan feel compared to other district centers. Recent renovation projects in the old town and old port area are seeking to rejuvenate the historic center, making it more accessible and interesting for sightseeing.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
:Paphos International Airport
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Limassol is about 40 minutes drive away from Larnaca and Paphos international airports. There is a regular shuttle bus service from Larnaca airport, but be careful to arrange pick-up from the shuttle bus stops, as they are located away from the central areas. Bus driver might provide assistance to arrange a taxi.
:Larnaca International Airport
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Each Airport is about 70 km from Limassol Town Center, as there is no airport in Limassol
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===By boat===
 
===By boat===
*[http://www.louiscruises.com Louis Cruise Lines] from Agios Nikolaos (Kriti), Beirut, Haifa, Port Said and Rodos
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[[Image:LemesosHarbour.jpg|right|thumb|The New Port of Limassol]]
  
*[http://www.marina-limassol.com www.marina-limassol.com] has some interesting information about the Marinas in Limassol where you can get berthing for your boat.
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Limassol has the biggest commercial shipment port and a reasonable passenger port, with several regular cruise routes:
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*[http://www.louiscruises.com Louis Cruise Lines] from Agios Nikolaos (Kriti), Beirut, Haifa, Port Said and Rodos
  
 
*[http://www.raphael.com.cy St. Raphael Marina] St. Raphael Marina on the outskirts of Limassol
 
*[http://www.raphael.com.cy St. Raphael Marina] St. Raphael Marina on the outskirts of Limassol
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===By Bus===
 
===By Bus===
[http://www.cyprusbybus.com/routes.aspx?sid=1 Limassol Bus Routes]
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*There are special '''Green Buses''' which operate intercity. Buses are available for Troodos, Larnaca, Pafos and Nicosia. It is best to confirm timings from the closest CTO Tourist Information Center.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
[[Image:LemesosHarbour.jpg|right|thumb|The New Port of Limassol]]
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Taxi is the most popular means of transportation for tourists, but are expensive and it is common to ignore meters. Of late, share taxis too are popular, and may work out to a more reasonable fare.
Taxi is the most popular means of transportation for tourists, but are expensive.
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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.
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*There are special '''Green Buses''' which operate intercity. Buses are available for Troodos, Larnaka, Pafos and Nicosia mainly. It is best to confirm timings from the Tourist Information Center near Dasoudi Tourist Beach.
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The bus service has recently been upgraded, with more routes and better schedules, however waiting times may still be long. The principal tourist route is #30, serving the beach road from Le Meridien hotel up to New Port (Old Port after 6pm). You can find detailed information and maps on [http://www.limassolbuses.com/en/ EMEL bus company] website.
  
*Of late, share taxis too are popular, and works out to a reasonable fare.
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Cars, scooters and bicycles can be hired easily, however (especially if on a bike) do take in mind the long hot summer.
  
*A simple thumb rule when driving in Limassol:
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The three main roads are:
When you are lost for directions, always ask for the Beach. Its one of the simplest ways to "get your senses back"
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There are mainly three parallel roads
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#The Beach Road
 
#The Beach Road
 
#Makarios Avenue
 
#Makarios Avenue
#The Motorway
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#Griva Digeni (which transforms into Kolonakou / Spyros Kyprianou later to the east)
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
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* Limassol Old Town: recently renovated, especially around the Limassol Castle area.
 
* Limassol Castle
 
* Limassol Castle
* The ancient city of [[Kourion (Curium)|Kourion]]
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* Akti Olympion, a 7-km beach-side walking park area stretching from Municipal Gardens to the Old Port
 
* The ancient city of [[Amathus]]
 
* The ancient city of [[Amathus]]
* [[Kolossi Castle]]
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* The ancient city of [[Kourion (Curium)|Kourion]] (outside Limassol)
* Limassol Beach (Lady's Mile)
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* [[Kolossi Castle]] (outside Limassol)
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* Governor's Beach (outside Limassol), long sandy beach with many beach-side fish restaurants, and a beautiful white stone coast to the west.
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* Lady's Mile Beach (outside Limassol), long pebbly beach with several beach-side fish retaurants. Try watching birds at the salt lake nearby. Note that there is an air base in the area.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* Visit the Limassol Wine Festival, every September.
 
* Visit the Limassol Wine Festival, every September.
 
* Party during the Limassol Carnival, every February/March. Truly Colorful!
 
* Party during the Limassol Carnival, every February/March. Truly Colorful!
*To old town to see the medieval castle, popular shopping area during the day on Anexartisias street.  
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* Watch the Cyprus Rally every Autumn.
*Take a stroll on the seafront walk in the evening.
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* Get drunk at the Potamos Yermasoyias (aka "Galatex") which has plenty of entertainment in the pubs, night clubs and cafes on the street and in the surrounding area.
*A wooden promenade along the sea opposite the kingdom of Amathus offers a great place for an evening walk.
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* Visit one of the traditional buzukia (tavern with live music) in the Old Town area.
*A drive down to the Kourion (15 km) area offers sites of historic importance, namely '''The House of Achilles''', and '''The Altar of Appollo''' and spectacular views of the Curium Beach.
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* Visit Anexartisias street in the Old Town, a popular shopping area for both tourists and locals.  
*The Municipal Garden along the beach road is a good place to spend some time and catch some interesting flora.  However the zoo is not that great.
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* Take a stroll on the seafront Akti Olympion in the evening.
*No trip to Limassol would be complete without a visit to the area's most impressive beach, located outside of town, to the south, past the port.  The beach is a long stretch on the southern peninsula, with various beach restaurants to eat at, and sand dunes to discover.  Also try watching birds at the salt lake nearby.  Note that there is an air base in the area.
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* A wooden promenade along the sea opposite the kingdom of Amathus offers a great place for an evening walk.
 
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* A drive down to the Kourion (15 km) area offers sites of historic importance, namely '''The House of Achilles''', and '''The Altar of Appollo''' and spectacular views of the Curium Beach.
Limassol is 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.
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* The Municipal Garden along the beach road is a good place to spend some time and catch some interesting flora.  However the zoo is not that great.
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* Spend time at one of the many beaches of Limassol.  
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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*The traditional shopping streets are '''Ayios Andreas''' and '''Anexartisias street'''. These streets provide an ambiance of the old cobbled path lanes, away from the modern city.  
 
*The traditional shopping streets are '''Ayios Andreas''' and '''Anexartisias street'''. These streets provide an ambiance of the old cobbled path lanes, away from the modern city.  
  
*Several western style malls ( Debenhams, Carrefour, Orphanidies etc )are spread across the city and warehouse-style   shopping centres have mushroomed on the outskirts of the city.  
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* Several western style supermarkets ( Carrefour, Debenhams, LIDL, Orphanidies etc ) are spread across the city and warehouse-style shopping centres have mushroomed on the outskirts of the city. My Mall is the biggest shopping center in the area, located to the west of New Port.
 
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*A visit to the several '''Saturday Markets''' (one near Carrefour close to the tourist area) offers interesting buys  at a good bargain.
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*'''Sea Sponges''' is popular product of Cyprus, used as a bath/face scrub. '''Loofa''' is used as a bath scrub. Available at most tourist/souvenir shops. Also there is a '''Sea Sponges Exhibition''' at the roundabout at the '''Old Port'''. However, sea sponges may be pricey!
 
*'''Sea Sponges''' is popular product of Cyprus, used as a bath/face scrub. '''Loofa''' is used as a bath scrub. Available at most tourist/souvenir shops. Also there is a '''Sea Sponges Exhibition''' at the roundabout at the '''Old Port'''. However, sea sponges may be pricey!
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*'''The Lefkara Lace''' and other lace products may be brought from Limassol or any other city than Lefkara itself, as they may be often over priced in Lefkara, due to a large number of tourists flocking there, especially during the tourist season.
 
*'''The Lefkara Lace''' and other lace products may be brought from Limassol or any other city than Lefkara itself, as they may be often over priced in Lefkara, due to a large number of tourists flocking there, especially during the tourist season.
  
*''Souvenir'' shopping in Limassol is good, but for real shopaholics, a trip to the centre of [[Nicosia]] on Ledra Street is well advised, more so for the great ambiance there.
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*'''Opening hours for most shops are M-F 9AM-1PM / 3PM-7PM (siesta time in between, outside of the tourist area most smaller shops are not open on Wednesday afternoons) and Saturdays 9AM-2PM. Only some convenience stores (Periptero in Greek) would be open 24 hours on all days .'''
 
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*'''Opening hours for most shops are M-F 9AM-1PM / 3PM-7PM (siesta time in between, outside of the tourist area most smaller shops are not open on Wednesday afternoons.) and Saturdays 9AM-1PM. Only some convenience stores (Periptero in Greek) would be open 24 hours on all days .'''
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
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.
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Kebab can be optimum for a relatively cheap, fresh and filling meal. Be careful with 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. Limassol has hi quality Restaurant's for virtually every taste.. like: Chinese, Italian, Fish, Japanese, Taverns, French, Steak, Lebanese, Mexican, International, Indian, Pizzas, Bar & Grill, Mediterranean, Russian, Bulgarian etc..  
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For the rest, there is always McDonalds, Kentuky, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Fridays, Bennigan's, Goodies, Nandos, Pizza Hut et al!
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Try targeting restaurants that cater for the locals. You should not encounter a client/waiter language barrier as virtually everyone speaks English.
  
Here is a nice website with food types and downloadable menus .. [http://www.cypruseatout.com/index.php?region=Limassol Cyprus Eat Out]
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All major western chains are present, e.g. McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Friday's, Bennigan's, Goodies, Nandos et al!
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
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.
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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 water that bypasses the storage tank on the roof.
  
 
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.
 
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.  
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The Potamos Yermasoyia tourist area 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.  
 
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.
 
''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.
 
''Commandaria'' is a sweet dessert wine and a speciality of Limassol is worth tasting especially after a meze.
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===Splurge===
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* [http://www.sevenseaslive.com 7Seas], located in Old Town. Probably the classiest live music nightclub in the town.
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* Dolce, located next to Amathus excavation. Nightclub which often has live music and international DJs.
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===Mid-range===
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* Chesters, Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite St. Raphel hotel. Good selection of beers and food.
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* Molly Malones, Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite Elias Beach hotel. Good selection of beers and food.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==

Revision as of 01:23, 5 March 2012

Limassol (Greek: Λεμεσός) [1] 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.


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Understand

Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus after Nicosia, with population of approximately 200000. Apart from being a major tourist destination, it is also a principal hub for international business in Cyprus. This gives Limassol a more cosmopolitan feel compared to other district centers. Recent renovation projects in the old town and old port area are seeking to rejuvenate the historic center, making it more accessible and interesting for sightseeing.

Get in

By plane

Limassol is about 40 minutes drive away from Larnaca and Paphos international airports. There is a regular shuttle bus service from Larnaca airport, but be careful to arrange pick-up from the shuttle bus stops, as they are located away from the central areas. Bus driver might provide assistance to arrange a taxi.

By boat

The New Port of Limassol

Limassol has the biggest commercial shipment port and a reasonable passenger port, with several regular cruise routes:

By Bus

  • There are special Green Buses which operate intercity. Buses are available for Troodos, Larnaca, Pafos and Nicosia. It is best to confirm timings from the closest CTO Tourist Information Center.

Get around

Taxi is the most popular means of transportation for tourists, but are expensive and it is common to ignore meters. Of late, share taxis too are popular, and may work out to a more reasonable fare.

The bus service has recently been upgraded, with more routes and better schedules, however waiting times may still be long. The principal tourist route is #30, serving the beach road from Le Meridien hotel up to New Port (Old Port after 6pm). You can find detailed information and maps on EMEL bus company website.

Cars, scooters and bicycles can be hired easily, however (especially if on a bike) do take in mind the long hot summer.

The three main roads are:

  1. The Beach Road
  2. Makarios Avenue
  3. Griva Digeni (which transforms into Kolonakou / Spyros Kyprianou later to the east)

See

  • Limassol Old Town: recently renovated, especially around the Limassol Castle area.
  • Limassol Castle
  • Akti Olympion, a 7-km beach-side walking park area stretching from Municipal Gardens to the Old Port
  • The ancient city of Amathus
  • The ancient city of Kourion (outside Limassol)
  • Kolossi Castle (outside Limassol)
  • Governor's Beach (outside Limassol), long sandy beach with many beach-side fish restaurants, and a beautiful white stone coast to the west.
  • Lady's Mile Beach (outside Limassol), long pebbly beach with several beach-side fish retaurants. Try watching birds at the salt lake nearby. Note that there is an air base in the area.

Do

The Colorful Limassol Carnival
  • Visit the Limassol Wine Festival, every September.
  • Party during the Limassol Carnival, every February/March. Truly Colorful!
  • Watch the Cyprus Rally every Autumn.
  • Get drunk at the Potamos Yermasoyias (aka "Galatex") which has plenty of entertainment in the pubs, night clubs and cafes on the street and in the surrounding area.
  • Visit one of the traditional buzukia (tavern with live music) in the Old Town area.
  • Visit Anexartisias street in the Old Town, a popular shopping area for both tourists and locals.
  • Take a stroll on the seafront Akti Olympion in the evening.
  • A wooden promenade along the sea opposite the kingdom of Amathus offers a great place for an evening walk.
  • A drive down to the Kourion (15 km) area offers sites of historic importance, namely The House of Achilles, and The Altar of Appollo and spectacular views of the Curium Beach.
  • The Municipal Garden along the beach road is a good place to spend some time and catch some interesting flora. However the zoo is not that great.
  • Spend time at one of the many beaches of Limassol.

Buy

The Beach Road of Limassol
  • The traditional shopping streets are Ayios Andreas and Anexartisias street. These streets provide an ambiance of the old cobbled path lanes, away from the modern city.
  • Several western style supermarkets ( Carrefour, Debenhams, LIDL, Orphanidies etc ) are spread across the city and warehouse-style shopping centres have mushroomed on the outskirts of the city. My Mall is the biggest shopping center in the area, located to the west of New Port.
  • Sea Sponges is popular product of Cyprus, used as a bath/face scrub. Loofa is used as a bath scrub. Available at most tourist/souvenir shops. Also there is a Sea Sponges Exhibition at the roundabout at the Old Port. However, sea sponges may be pricey!
  • The Lefkara Lace and other lace products may be brought from Limassol or any other city than Lefkara itself, as they may be often over priced in Lefkara, due to a large number of tourists flocking there, especially during the tourist season.
  • Opening hours for most shops are M-F 9AM-1PM / 3PM-7PM (siesta time in between, outside of the tourist area most smaller shops are not open on Wednesday afternoons) and Saturdays 9AM-2PM. Only some convenience stores (Periptero in Greek) would be open 24 hours on all days .

Eat

Kebab can be optimum for a relatively cheap, fresh and filling meal. Be careful with 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.

All major western chains are present, e.g. McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Friday's, Bennigan's, Goodies, Nandos et al!

Drink

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 water that bypasses the storage tank on the roof.

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 Potamos Yermasoyia tourist area 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.

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.

Splurge

  • 7Seas, located in Old Town. Probably the classiest live music nightclub in the town.
  • Dolce, located next to Amathus excavation. Nightclub which often has live music and international DJs.

Mid-range

  • Chesters, Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite St. Raphel hotel. Good selection of beers and food.
  • Molly Malones, Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite Elias Beach hotel. Good selection of beers and food.

Sleep

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.

Budget

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.

Splurge

  • L'Onda. Tel. +357-25865555, Fax. +357-25320040, Email: info@londahotel.com [2]. The forerunner of a new wave of boutique hotels. Pricy but classy. Highly rated and expensive restaurant, with a good selection of local wines. Popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort. Old Limassol - Nicosia Road, Limassol, CY-3308. Tel.+357-25862000, Fax. +357-25634222. [3] Considered as one of the best hotels on the island but you pay for what you get.
  • Amathus Beach Hotel Tel. +357-25832000, Fax. +357-25832540 email: amathusl@amathushotel.com, [4], member of The Leading Hotels of the World. A five star hotel that does not belong to a globalized conglomerate but non the less, a worthy rival.
  • Four Seasons Tel: +357 25 858 000, Fax: +357 25 310 887 email: reservations@fourseasons.com.cy, [5]. A 5 star hotel, but Truly Classy !! But beware, getting a room facing the road can mean noisy nights, as this becomes a race track for locals after 10PM.

Sport

For a taste of local sport, visit the home games of the local clubs. AEL[6], Apollonas[7] 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.

An annual marathon event takes place every February, the Limassol Marathon GSO[8]. Limassol Marathon GSO is expanding into a big athletic celebration where Marathon runners from all over the world will meet to compete and at the same time enjoy a memorable experience race.




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