Located on the southern coast, Limassol is the second-largest city in Cyprus (population of 175,000). It is a modern city that has based its activities on industry and trade and has therefore nothing particularly spectacular to offer. The residential districts (near to the castle and the main mosque, both in the western part of the city) are the only parts that still have some old houses and charming little streets. The city's beach is extremely noisy as it is located next to the industrial harbour, which is the reason why the seaside resort extends in the direction of the road that runs along the bay, in the eastern part of the city. Hotels, bars, and restaurants form a more or less dense barrier that faces the Mediterranean, thus creating a towering, concrete wall. Fortunately, these establishments are limited to both sides of the road and the wide variety of seaside hotels generally offer a very high level of service; there are also some peaceful beaches. To the east, however, the landscape is typically Mediterranean.
Drinks are not included in fixed price menus. Themed buffets that you can enjoy in the evening often imply an added charge as these are not included in your package deal.
All beaches are public.
Water sports are often offered (for a fee) by private companies that have set up shop on the beach, close to the hotels.
Shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and you will find that the cities are a bit boring at the weekend.
After your visit of Kourion, a town to the west of Limassol, you can go to the small village of Pissouri, which is ideal for a peaceful break by the sea, surrounded by the wilderness. You can visit the mountainous regions of the island, such as the Troodos mountain range (the highest peak of the island at nearly 6,000 ft), with its numerous villages, monasteries and forests, some 30 miles to the north of Limassol.
In Limassol, the residential quarters (around the castle and the main mosque) are the only parts that still have some old houses and charming little streets. In the Western part of the city, you will discover some marvellous places; from Kolossi, a castle built by the crusaders and owned by the Templars, to the ancient site of Kourion, built on a cliff overlooking the beach (the perfect place for a leisurely stroll).
Those who studied ancient Greek will be happy to be able to read the signs: it is the same alphabet! The others do not have to worry, road signs are in English as well. Driving is on the left hand side of the road in Cyprus.
You should avoid Limassol if you're looking for splendid beaches. They're small and dark grey in colour due to their volcanic origin. Your hotel's swimming pool will probably be much nicer!
Taste the kleftiko dish, this is one of the most traditional dishes of the island, but unfortunately the majority of British tourists usually prefer pizzas and hamburgers. So, in order to enjoy this lamb that has simmered for hours in the oven, do not hesitate to call in at a local inn to try your luck. For lack of it, try the Cypriote moussaka: served in a pottery fondue dish, it has a pleasant rustic taste. If you're after beautiful settings though, head for the villages.
Wine. The island of Cyprus produces interesting wines to taste at home, a fine way to recreate the ambience of the island. The most renowned wines include the white wines of Omodos and Kilani on the slopes of the Troodos, and the red wines from Ahera or Semeli. Also bring back crystallised fruits and vegetables (aubergines, quinces), honey and jams of unusual flavours (green fig or bergamot). As for souvenirs, Cyprus is renowned for its Lefkara lace, its basketry and pottery.
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