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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.
 
 
==Understand==
Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus after Nicosia, with population of approximately 200 000. 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. Larnaca mainly serves traditional airlines, while most of RyanAir flights land in Paphos. There is a regular shuttle bus service from Larnaca and Paphos International Airportairports [http:Larnaca International Airport//www.airportshuttlebus.eu/]. 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.
Each Airport is about 70 km from Limassol Town Center===By boat===[[Image:LemesosHarbour.Is there is no airport in jpg|right|thumb|The New Port of Limassol]]
===By boat===Limassol has the biggest commercial shipment port and a reasonable passenger port, with several regular cruise routes: *'''Louis Cruise Lines''' [http://www.louiscruises.com Louis Cruise Lines] from [[Agios Nikolaos ]] (Kriti), [[Beirut]], [[Haifa]], [[Port Said ]] and [[Rodos]].
*'''St. Raphael Marina''' [http://www.marina-limassolraphael.com www.marina-limassolcy] St.com] has some interesting information about Raphael Marina on the Marinas in outskirts of Limassol where you can get berthing for your boat.
*'''magic 1''' [http://www.raphaelmagicone.comco.cy St. Raphael Marinail] from [[Ashdod]], [[Israel]] St. Raphael Marina on the outskirts of Limassol
==Get around=By bus===[[Image:LemesosHarbour.jpg|right|thumb|The New Port of 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.
*There are special '''Green Buses''' which operate intercity. Buses are available for Troodos, LarnakaLarnaca, Pafos and Nicosia mainly. It is best to confirm timings from the closest '''CTO Tourist Information Center near Dasoudi Tourist Beach'''.
*Of late, share taxis too are popular, and works out to a reasonable fare.==Get around==
*A simple thumb rule when driving in Limassol: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 The three parallel main roadsare:
#The Beach Road
#Makarios Avenue
#Griva Digeni (which transforms into Kolonakou / Spyros Kyprianou later to the east) ===By bus===The Motorwaybus 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), which runs approximately every 15 minutes. You can find detailed information and maps on the EMEL bus company [http://www.limassolbuses.com/en/] website. Cost per trip is 1 Euro. ===By taxi===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. ===By bycicle===The beach road has a dedicated bicycle lane stretching from the Old Port to Dasoudi area. Keep in mind that in summer it gets very hot. ===Transport Rental===Cars, scooters and bicycles can be hired easily, however keep in mind that locals have a relaxed approach to Highway Code.
==See==
* '''Limassol Old Town''': recently renovated, especially around the Limassol Castle area.* '''Limassol Castle'''* The ancient city of [[Kourion (Curium)|Kourion]]'''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 (Curium)|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 mostly-pebbly, partly sandy beach with several beach-side fish restaurants. Try watching birds at the salt lake nearby. Note that there is a military air base in the area.
==Do==
[[Image:LimassolCarnival.JPG|right|thumb|The Colorful Limassol Carnival]]
* Visit the '''Limassol Wine Festival''', every September.* Party during the '''Limassol Carnival''', every February/March. Truly Colorful!* Watch the WRC '''Cyprus Rally ''' every Autumn.* Get drunk at the '''Time ElevatorPotamos Yermasoyias''' (behind the Limassol Medieval Castleaka "Galatex") Vasilissis Street, Limassol 3602, Email: [email protected] [http://www.time-elevator.com/main/where_can/cyprus/cyprus.htm] Audiovisual experience giving a half hour ride through the history of Cyprus.*To '''Galatex''' in the tourist area there is which has plenty of entertainment in the pubs, night clubs and cafes on the street and in the surrounding area.*To old town to see Visit one of the traditional '''buzukia''' (tavern with live music).* Explore the Limassol Castle and nearby Old Town area.* Visit '''Anexartisias street''' in the medieval castleOld Town, a popular shopping area during the day on Anexertisias streetfor both tourists and locals. *Take a stroll on the seafront walk '''Akti Olympion''' in the evening.*A Take a walk on the wooden promenade along the sea opposite the kingdom archeological site of Kingdom of Amathus offers a great place for an evening walk.*A drive 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. ===Sport=== 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. However football hooliganism is a problem as of late, so take care. An annual marathon event takes place every February, the Limassol Marathon GSO [http://limassolmarathon.com]. 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.
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.
==Buy==
*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 supermarkets ( Carrefour, Debenhams, CarrefourLIDL, Orphanidies etc )are spread across the city and warehouse-style shopping centres have mushroomed on the outskirts of the city.  *A visit to My Mall is the biggest shopping center in the several '''Saturday Markets''' (one near Carrefour close area, located to the tourist area) offers interesting buys at a good bargainwest 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.
*''Souvenir'' shopping Opening hours for most shops are M-F 9AM-1PM / 3PM-7PM (siesta time in Limassol is goodbetween, but for real shopaholics, a trip to outside of the centre of [[Nicosia]] 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 Ledra Street is well advised, more so for the great ambiance thereall days.
*==Eat== Kebab can be optimum for a relatively cheap, fresh and filling meal. Be careful with colourful "tourist" cafes since those are often over-priced and offer low quality conventional sandwiches or ''English Breakfasts''Opening hours for most shops . Mousaka or Kleftiko are popular, however your best bet (especially if you are M-F 9AM-1PM / 3PM-7PM hungry), is a '''traditional Cyprus Meze''' (siesta time in betweeneither of the meat or fish variety) , which usually includes a myriad of small hot and Saturdays 9AM-1PMcold 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. Only some convenience stores (Periptero in Greek) would be open 24 hours on all days g.McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Friday's, Bennigan's, Goodies, Nandos et al! ===Budget===
* '''Kyrenia Nautical Club''', beach-side tavern in Yermasoyia tourist area (opposite Mirage traffic lights). Traditional Cypriot fish meze.
* '''Syrian Arab Friendship Club''', Lebanese-style tavern/restaurant with excellent meze. Located in Yermasoyia tourist area.
* '''Ocean Basket''', fish restaurant at My Mall.
==Eat=Mid-range===
Kebab can be optimum for a relatively cheap and filling meal* '''Draught Microbrewery''' [http://www. Do avoid colourful "tourist" cafes since those are oftenly overcarobmill-priced restaurants.com/article.php?id=35], restaurant and offer low quality conventional sandwiches or bar located in the Carob Mill next to the Limassol Castle. Specializes in grills.* ''English Breakfasts'Tapas Bar''', tapas with a local twist, located opposite St. Mousaka or Kleftiko are popularRaphel hotel (next to Chesters). Also known for expensive, however your best bet but good shisha (especially if you are hungryhookah).* '''Pralina Blu''', is a beach-side restaurant and cafe located opposite to McDonalds / Luna Park in the Yermasoyia tourist area. Mediterranean cuisine.* '''traditional Cyprus MezePiazza Cafe - Bar''' (either of , located opposite the meat or fish Limassol Medieval Castle. Wide variety), which usually includes a myriad of small hot and cold dishes for a reasonable price. Try targeting restaurants , specialized in Pizza's that cater for the locals. You should not encounter are prepared with fresh ingredients, in a client/waiter language barrier as virtually everyone speaks Englishwoodfired oven.
For the rest, there is always McDonalds, Kentuky, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Fridays, Goodies et al!===Splurge===
A nice website with downloadable menus * '''Columbia Steakhouse''' [www.columbiaplaza. com/columbia-steak-house/], located in Old Town. * '''Roku''' [http://www.cypruseatoutrokurestaurant.com/index], Japanese Restaurant.php?region=Limassol]
==Drink==
Drinking Waterwater: 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 waterthat 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 strip'' area is littered with countless bars and pubs to cater for everyone's tastes and budget. The old medival medieval 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.
 
===Mid-range===
 
* '''Chesters''' [http://http://www.uptown-sq.com/], Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite St. Raphel hotel. Good selection of beers and food.
* '''Draught Microbrewery''' [http://www.carobmill-restaurants.com/article.php?id=35], restaurant and bar located in the Carob Mill next to the Limassol Castle. Has its own small beer brewery.
* '''Molly Malones''' [http://mollymalones.com.cy/], Irish-style bar locaged in tourist area opposite Elias Beach hotel. Good selection of beers and food.
* '''Pralina Blu''', beach-side restaurant and cafe located opposite to McDonalds / Luna Park in the tourist area.
 
===Splurge===
 
* '''7Seas''' [http://www.sevenseaslive.com/], located in Old Town. Probably the classiest live music nightclub in the town.
* '''Dolce''' [http://www.dolceclub.com.cy/], located next to Amathus excavation. Nightclub which often has live music and international DJs.
==Sleep==
===Splurge===
*'''L'Onda'''. Tel. +357-25865555, Fax. +357-25320040, Email: [email protected] [http://www.londahotel.com]. 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. [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1853] 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: [email protected], [http://www.amathushotel.com/main/2,0,0,0-Home.aspx], 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: [email protected], [http://www.fourseasons.com.cy]. 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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEL_FC], Apollonas[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollon_Limassol] 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.
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