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A cosmopolitan coastal city, Limassol is a major port and an important tourist resort and wine industry centre. It is renowned for its extensive hotel accommodation, proudly boasts of a horde of nightspots, taverns and restaurants, and annually hosts Carnival celebrations and a Wine Festival. The Archaeological and Folk Art Museums are situated downtown.

Limassol is the successor to two ancient city-kingdoms, Amathus to the east and Curium to the west, the later being one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Cyprus. The impressive mosaics in the Villa of Eustolios and the only part of the story, for high on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, is the reconstructed Greco-Roman theatre used for theatrical and musical performances. Nearby stands the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the protector of the city of Curium.

Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria in Limassol Castle, which now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. In Kolossi Castle, west of the city, the Crusaders made their headquarters and it stands as fine example of military architecture and in testament to their wine making.


See Shakespeare performed in the moonlight at Curium
Try some sweet Commandaria -the world's oldest named wine
Go fishing at the Yermasoyia Dam
Spot the migrating birds at the Akrotiri salt lake
Bounce off the walls on Zigzag Street
Visit the wineries for some serious wine tasting
Windsurf along Ladies Mile Beach
Curl up in the shade of a carob tree for a snooze



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