Successor to two city-kingdoms and host to a Royal Wedding in the Middle Ages, contemporary Limassol (Lemesos) stretches along the south coast. Proud of the spontaneous hospitality of its people, its archaeological sites, its mediaeval castles and its merry Carnival and Wine festivals, Lemesos is the island’s most important tourist and wine industry centre. Hotels, restaurants and night spots abound along the beach whilst close by lie the pine-clad southern slopes of Troodos with the picturesque wine producing villages, the idyllic mountain resorts and the picturesque Pitsylia area.
Places of Interest
LIMASSOL MEDIAEVAL FORT-CYPRUS MEDIAEVAL MUSEUM
Built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle it houses the Cyprus Mediaeval Museum. It was here that, according to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191.
LIMASSOL DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Interesting collection of antiquities found in the Lemesos area from the Neolithic Age to the Roman Period.
MUNICIPAL FOLK ART MUSEUM
A beautiful collection of Cyprus Folk Art of the 19th and early 20th century is exhibited in a restored old house.
LIMASSOL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
28 Oklovriou 103, Tel: (25) 34 32 12, 343383
The art gallery houses a representative collection of paintings of well known
contemporary Cypriot artists.
14 km west of Limassol on the road In Paphos.
A fine example of military architecture, originally constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century. After the fall of Acre in 1291, it served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In the 14th century it came for a few years under the domain of the Knights Templar. Nearby are the ruins of a sugar mill dating to the 14th century
14 km west of Limassol, 4 km before Kourion site, at Episkopi village.
Tel: (25) 23 24 53.
Collection of Finds from nearby archaeological sites, exhibited in a beautiful old house.