Limassol Tourist Attractions


Limassol, Cyprus's second largest town, a center of industry and an important exporting port, lies on the south coast of the island between the two ancient cities of Curium to the west and Amathus to the east.

From 1291 Limassol was a base of the Templars and the Knights of St John, and here King Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre. Among features of interest is the Castle, now housing the District Museum, and the municipal park (minizoo).

Modern Limassol is a tourist center, with numerous hotels and apartment blocks in the town. It also has a large marina that takes in cruise ships from around the world.

Limassol District Archeological Museum

Near the Limassol Public Gardens is the Limassol District Archeological Museum. It houses an interesting collection of antiquities found in the Limassol area from the Neolithic Age to the Roman period.
It has a pleasant garden containing a sundial, which was once owned by Lord Kitchener.
Room One contains Neolithic tools and pottery covering a huge time span from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1300 from Amathus, Kourion and Limassol itself. There are six amphorae in one corner from 2,300 B.C.
Room Two has figurines and jewelry from 1700 B.C., Roman coins and even early razor blades. Also of interest is a bronze bull.
Room Three contains some of the most important finds, including statues of the Egyptian god Bes and Artemis found at Amathus and some other fragments of statues representing other deities.
Address: Vyronos 5, Cyprus

Independence Street

Parallel to the main promenade in Limassol is Odos Anexartissias or Independence Street. The street starts beyond the Cyprus handicraft service and is the best shopping area in the city. There are some good specialist's shops selling silver, pottery and leather goods, and at the far end of the road there is a new shopping precinct.

Limassol Carnival

The Limassol Carnival takes place in early spring, before Lent. The 10-day festival reaches its climax on the weekend when there are singing competitions, called Cantades, in which rival groups of singers compete with each other. On the last Sunday there is a grand parade of lavishly decorated floats through the town.

Limassol Fort

The current Limassol Fort was rebuilt in the 14th century, the previous fort was destroyed in an earthquake. A noted event at the earlier fort was the marriage of Richard Lionheart to Berengaria of Navarre in 1191.
It now houses the Medieval Museum of Cyprus.

Limassol Promenade

The promenade in Limassol runs parallel to the beach. It is lined with cafes, restaurants, English-style pubs, souvenir shops and boutiques and is quite popular with tourists and locals for strolls after dinner.
The public gardens are also on the promenade.

Limassol Municipal Gardens

The lush Limassol Municipal Gardens contain well-watered flowers and palm trees that provide a haven of green in the city. In the spring it is the site of the flower show and in September it is the venue for the Limassol Festival. The gardens also hold the only zoo in Cyprus, where you can see many exotic animals, as well as the Cyprus moufflon. The gardens span over a large area.

Limassol Festival

The Limassol Festival is world-famous. The week-long event takes place in early fall at the Limassol Municipal Gardens.
There are examples of local dances and songs and many stalls selling local delicacies and crafts.

Dhassoudi Beach

Dhassoudi beach, just east of the city center, is a public beach run by the Cyprus Tourist Organization. There are many sports facilities in the complex, including a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Limassol Folk Art Museum

On Saint Andrew Street (Ayiou Andreou) is the Folk Art Museum, which has a collection of national costumes, tapestry and embroidery in a restored house.
Next door is the municipal library.
Address: Odos Agiou Andreou 253, Cyprus

Limassol Mosques - Djami Djedd and Djami Kebir

There are two mosques in Limassol: Djami Djedd, a little west of the Limassol castle, and Djami Kebir. These are reminders that this was once the Turkish part of the town.

My Mall Limassol

The largest shopping mall in Cyprus is My Mall Limassol with 150 stores as well as cafes and restaurants. There is an indoor ice rink that is located on the lowerl level.
Address: 285 Franklin Roosevelt Road, 3150 Zakaki, Cyprus

Limassol Festival

The Limassol Festival is held annually in June. The program includes music, dance and plays. More details are available from the tourist office.

Limassol Municipal Art Gallery

The Limassol Municipal Art Gallery contains a permanent collection highlighting local artists.
Address: Odos 28 Octovriou, Cyprus

Limassol Castle

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The Limassol Castle is one of the most well-known sites in Limassol.
It lies a little inland from the western end of the promenade. The current buildings were completed in the early 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine construction. Some of the earlier fortifications can be seen just inside the walls. This is where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria, but the chapel in which the ceremony took place is now longer standing and the central hall collapsed in 1523. The Turks took over the castle in 1570 and increased the fortifications, using it as a jail.
Under British control it was the headquarters of the British forces on the island. Since then, it has been restored and it is open to visitors. The entrance is up some steps and to the right is the great hall from where it is possible to go up to the castle walls, which offer good views out over the city.
The castle now houses the District Museum.

Cyprus Medieval Museum (Limassol Castle)

The Cyprus Medieval Museum is located near the old port of Limassol. It was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle.
In the basement of the museum are photographs of Byzantine churches in Cyprus, as well as some replicas of sculptures from the Santa Sophia cathedral in occupied Nicosia.
The exhibits on the upper floors are arranged in small rooms off a central hallway. On the ground floor are coats of arms, wall paintings and tombstones, particularly from Nicosia and the church of Pyrga.
On the second floor are some impressive displays of weaponry and a full suit of armor. There are also exhibits of jewelry and pottery and some fine stone gargoyles.
The stairs up to the next floor lead to the battlements from where there are good views of the city. Even better views can be found from the next floor, which is a small raised square right at the top of the castle.
Address: Lemesos (Limassol) Castle, Cyprus


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