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A hotel in Limassol is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Limassol hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Limassol are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Limassol hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Limassol hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Limassol have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Limassol
An upscale full service hotel facility in Limassol that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Limassol hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Historic inns and boutique hotels in Limassol
Boutique hotels of Limassol are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Limassol boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Limassol may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Limassol travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Limassol focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Limassol hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Limassol traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Limassol hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Limassol
A bed and breakfast in Limassol is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Limassol bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Limassol B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Limassol
Limassol hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Limassol hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Limassol
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Limassol hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Limassol lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Limassol
Limassol timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Limassol often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Limassol on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Limassol
A Limassol motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Limassol for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Limassol motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Limassol
Λεμεσός / Limasol
Skyline of Limassol
Official seal of Limassol
Seal
Limassol is located in Cyprus
Limassol
Limassol
Coordinates:  / 34.667; 33.033
Country Cyprus
District Limassol District
Government
• Mayor Nicos Nicolaides
Area
• City 39.87 km (15.39 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• City 101,000
• Urban 165,000-176,700
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 3010–3150
Website www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy

Limassol (/ˈlɪməsɒl/; Greek: Λεμεσός [lemeˈsos]; Turkish: Limasol or Leymosun) is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and capital of the eponymous district. Limassol is the second largest urban area in Cyprus, with an urban population of 160,000–176,700. Limassol has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the 3rd up-and-coming destination in the world, in its Top 10 Traveler’s Choice Destinations on the Rise. The city is also ranked 87th worldwide in Mercer's Quality of Living Survey (2015).

Limassol: History

Limassol was built between two ancient cities, Amathus and Kourion, and during Byzantine rule it was known as Neapolis (new town). Limassol's historical centre is located around its medieval Limassol Castle and the Old Port. Today the city spreads along the Mediterranean coast and has extended much farther than the castle and port, with its suburbs stretching along the coast to Amathus. To the west of the city is the Akrotiri Area of the British Overseas Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

Limassol: Ancient

Ancient Amathus
Kourion Greco-Roman theatre.

The city of Limassol is situated between the ancient cities of Amathus and Kourion (Curium). Limassol was probably built after Amathus had been ruined. However, the town of Limassol has been inhabited since very ancient times. Graves found there date back to 2000 BC and others date back to the 8th and 4th centuries BC. These few remains show that a small colonisation must have existed which did not manage to develop and flourish. Ancient writers mention nothing about the foundation of the town. In 85 BC, Armenian emperor Tigranes the Great (Armenian: Տիգրան Մեծ Tigran Mets; Greek: Τιγράνης ὁ Μέγας Tigránes ho Mégas) had reached Limassol in order to establish security and protection of local Greek allies against Rome in a result followed by his conquest of Syria, Lebanon and Anatolia.

Tigranes the Great and the Four kings

According to the Council of Chalcedon which took place in 451, the local bishop as well as the bishops of Amathus and Arsinoe were involved in the foundation of the city, which would be known by the names of Theodosiana and Neapolis. Bishop Leontios of Neapolis was an important church writer in the 7th century. The records of the 7th Synod (787) refer to it as the bishop’s see. The town was known as Lemesos in the 10th century.

Limassol: Medieval

View of Kolossi Castle built in 1210 by the Frankish military.

The history of Limassol is largely known by the events associated with the Third Crusade. The king of England, Richard the Lionheart, was travelling to the Holy Land in 1191. His fiancée Berengaria and his sister Joan, Queen of Sicily, were also travelling on a different ship. Because of a storm, the ship with the queens arrived in Limassol. Isaac Komnenos, the renegade Byzantine Greek governor of Cyprus invited the queens ashore, with the intention of holding them to ransom, but they refused. So he refused them fresh water and they had to put out to sea again or yield to capture. When Richard arrived in Limassol and met Isaac Komnenos, he asked him to contribute to the crusade for the liberation of the Holy Land. While at the beginning Isaac had accepted, he later on refused to give any help. Richard then chased him and finally arrested him; the entire island was therefore taken over by the Anglo-Normans, bringing the long Byzantine dominion of Cyprus to an end. Richard celebrated his marriage with Berengaria who had received the crown as queen of England in Cyprus. Richard destroyed Amathus and the inhabitants were transferred to Limassol.

A year later, in AD 1192, Cyprus was sold for the sum of 100,000 bezants to the Templars, rich monks and soldiers whose aim was the protection of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The knights enforced high taxes, in order to get back the money that had been given for the purchase of Cyprus. This led to the revolt of the Cypriots, who wished to get rid of the bond of the promise. Richard accepted their request and a new purchaser was found: Guy de Lusignan, a Roman Catholic from Poitou. Cyprus was therefore handed over to the French dynasty of the house of Lusignan, thus establishing the medieval Kingdom of Cyprus.

For a period of about three centuries 1192–1489, Limassol enjoyed remarkable prosperity. Cyprus was characterised by its great number of Latin bishops. This lasted until the occupation of Cyprus by the Ottomans in AD 1570. Latin battalions which established monasteries were settled down there. The settlement of merchants in Cyprus and particularly in Limassol in the 13th century led to the financial welfare of its inhabitants. Its harbour as a centre of transportation and commerce, contributed greatly to the financial and cultural development.

Limassol: Venetian rule

Cyprus was sold in 1489 to Venice by the Cypriot Queen Catherine Cornaro. The Venetians did not have Cyprus' best interest at heart, they were only interested in receiving the taxes and in exploiting the country’s resources. The Venetians strengthened the Castle of Limassol.

Limassol: Under the Ottoman Empire

The Limassol Medieval Castle was rebuilt in 1590 by the Ottomans.

The Ottoman Empire invaded Cyprus in 1570–1571 and occupied it. Limassol was conquered in July 1570 without any resistance. Descriptions from various visitors describe the town of Limassol like a village with a significant population. [source?] The Christians used to live in small houses with such low doorways, that one had to bend in order to enter.

Some neighbourhoods, mostly to the east of the city were predominantly Greek, to the west predominantly Turkish with an evenly mixed area around the castle. The church played an important role in the education of Greeks during the years 1754–1821. During those years new schools were set up in all the towns. Greek intellectuals used to teach Greek history, Turkish and French. The following schools operated in the town of Limassol:

  • The Greek School which was established in 1819.
  • The first public school which was established in 1841.
  • The Girls’ School which was established in 1861.

Limassol: British Colonial administration

Limassol old town with British colonial architecture
Barrels of wine in Limassol port in 1930s

The British took over in Cyprus in 1878. The first British governor of Limassol was Colonel Warren. He showed a particular interest in Limassol and even from the very first days the condition of the town showed an improvement. The roads were cleaned, the animals were removed from the centre, roads were fixed, trees were planted and docks were constructed for the loading and unloading of those ships that were anchored off-shore. Lanterns for the lighting of the central areas were also installed in the 1880. In 1912, electricity replaced the old lanterns.

From the very first years of the British occupation, a post office, a telegraph office and a hospital began to operate. In 1880 the first printing press started working. It was in this printing press that the newspapers Alithia and Anagennisis were published in 1897. The newspaper Salpinx was published at the same time.

At the end of the 19th century the very first hotels began to operate. Among these were Europe and Amathus.

These changes that the British brought about contributed to the development of an intellectual and artistic life. Schools, theatres, clubs, art galleries, music halls, sport societies, football clubs etc. were all set up and meant a great deal to the cultural life of Limassol.

Limassol: Politics and government

European People's Party summit in Limassol in 2013
Angela Merkel attending the EPP summit in Limassol in 2013

The first Marxist groups in Cyprus formed in Limassol in the early 1920s; in 1926, the Communist party of Cyprus was formed in the city. Its successor, AKEL, has dominated municipal elections since the first free elections in 1943, won by Ploutis Servas.

The European People's Party held an extraordinary party summit in Limassol in 2013. The list of participants in the summit included European Council members, government representatives, European Commission representatives, opposition members and leaders, and European Parliament representatives. The summit's agenda included topics such as the EU's multi-annual financial framework for the period 2014–2020 and the preparation for the 2014 European elections. Notably, Andreas Christou, a Progressive Party of Working People member, was re-elected mayor of Limassol in December 2011 to serve his second five-year term.

Limassol: Education

Limassol Armenian school

There are over a hundred educational institutions in the city. Limassol hosts Saint Mary's school, a Catholic private school open to all religions and races, as well as other private schools, such as The Grammar School Limassol, American Academy, The Heritage Private School and Foley's Grammar School.

In addition to the various Greek-speaking Elementary schools, Limassol is home to the Limassol Nareg Armenian school.

Furthermore, Limassol is the base of Cyprus University of Technology, which was established in 2004.

Limassol: Transport

Public transport in Limassol is currently served only by buses. Limassol is connected to other cities in Cyprus via intercity buses.

The city has two international airports: Larnaca International Airport (situated ~50 km (31 mi) north-east from city) and Paphos International Airport (situated ~50 km (31 mi) north-west from city).

Limassol: Climate

Troodos Mountains provide cooler climate for the city

Limassol has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa) with warm to hot and dry summers and very mild winters, which are separated by short springs and autumns which are generally warm and pleasant. From December to March the weather is unsettled and can be rainy and windy but you can also often expect great amounts of sunshine averaging around 6 hours a day. During this season there are a few days when the daytime highs might not exceed 12 °C (54 °F) and the night time lows might be as low as 2 °C (36 °F) but usually the temperature ranges from 16 °C (61 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F) in the day and from 7 °C (45 °F) to 12 °C (54 °F) in the night.

Rain tends to be heavy this time of the year and thunderstorms occur often though they usually do not last for a long time. Snow in Limassol is a very rare occurrence and usually falls mixed with rain every 7–13 years. In recent years, snow mixed with rain fell in February 2004, in January 2008 and in February 2012. In spring – March the weather is mild to warm and pleasant. It is sunny almost every day and the temperatures are around 19–20 °C (66–68 °F) in the day and 9 °C (48 °F) in the night. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common especially in late March and April. Sometimes during the spring dust comes from the Sahara desert which affects badly the visibility of the city. Summer for Limassol is the longest season of the year, lasts about eight months, that begins in April and finishes in November. At this time of the year the weather is sunny every day and rain is rare. The temperatures range between 19 °C (66 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) in June and September and 22 °C (72 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) in July and August. In June sea mist can sometimes occur usually resolves early in the mornings. Autumn is warm and usually sunny. It begins in the end of November and in December. During this period of the year expect temperatures from as low as 12 °C (54 °F) and as high as 20 °C (68 °F).

This season the weather differs from year to year and it can be very wet with violent thunderstorms sometimes (October 2009; rainfall of around 90 mm (3.5 in)) or very dry (October 2007; rainfall of 2-5mm). Finally Limassol receives around 410 mm (16.1 in) of rain each year but this varies from year to year and sometimes droughts do occur (every 3–5 years). The rainy season 2009–2010 was a wet one with precipitation being as high as 515 mm (20.3 in) in some areas whilst the rainy season of 2007–2008 was dry with only 300 mm (11.8 in) of rain. Hail is rare and usually falls between October–April.

Average sea temperature
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
17.8 °C
(64.0 °F)
17.0 °C
(62.6 °F)
17.3 °C
(63.1 °F)
18.1 °C
(64.6 °F)
20.8 °C
(69.4 °F)
24.4 °C
(75.9 °F)
27.2 °C
(81.0 °F)
28.0 °C
(82.4 °F)
27.2 °C
(81.0 °F)
25.2 °C
(77.4 °F)
22.1 °C
(71.8 °F)
19.6 °C
(67.3 °F)
22.0 °C
(71.6 °F)

Limassol: Economy

Limassol Marina
Cranes in Limassol Harbour.
Columbia Plaza in the city centre, offering a new choice for dining out

The development of tourism in Limassol began after 1974 when the Famagusta and Kyrenia, the principal tourist resorts of Cyprus, were occupied in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, after which they became a part of the illegally occupied part of Cyprus. Limassol has many beaches, suitable for sunbathing and swimming. A bathing beach with all the necessary facilities, provided by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), is operating in the town of Limassol, in Dasoudi area.

The Port of Limassol became the major sea port of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. Before 1974, that role had been filled by Famagusta, which is now located in the Northern Cyprus, which is not recognised as a legal port by any country except Turkey.

Limassol is the base for many of the island's wine companies, serving the wine-growing regions on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains including Commandaria. Companies include KEO, LOEL, SODAP and ETKO. Wines and cognacs (brandies) that are produced by the grapes here have won several awards in international exhibitions. There is a considerable consumption of wine products in Cyprus by the locals and the foreign visitors. Big quantities are exported to Europe.

The town of Limassol is the biggest industrial centre of the province. There are about 350 industrial units with 90 industry wares. These industries concern dressmaking, furniture, shoes, drinks, food, prints, metal industry, electric devices, plastic wares as well as many other different industries.

Limassol is an important trade centre of Cyprus. This is due to the presence of the UK sovereign base at Episkopi and Akrotiri, and to the displacement of the population in Limassol after the Turkish invasion in 1974. The trade markets are gathered in the centre of the town and in the tourist area along the coast that begins from the old harbour and ends in Amathus area. Most of the hotels, restaurants, confectioneries, discos and places of entertainment in general, are to be found in this area.

Limassol has two ports, commonly referred to as the "old port" and the "new port". The new port has the greatest commercial and passenger flow of traffic and it is the biggest port in the Republic of Cyprus. The old harbour has a breakwater 250 metres (820 feet) long and it is only able to receive three small ships at a time. It is thus normally used by fishing boats. The new harbour is 11 metres (36 feet) deep and has break-waters that are 1,300 metres (4,300 feet) long. It is able to receive about ten ships depending on their size. Exports of grapes, wines, carobs, citrus fruits and imports of cereals, vehicles, machines, textiles, agricultural medicines, fertilizers, iron etc. are exported and imported through these ports.

Limassol is today the largest ship management service centre in Europe with more than 60 ship management companies located in the city, as due to the Cyprus Shipping tax system (a choice between corporation tax or a tonnage tax system) it makes it very attractive for crew management companies and ship management companies to have their main offices in Limassol. These ship management companies employ more than 40,000 seafarers. In fact, the Cyprus registry today is ranked as the tenth among international fleets.

A marina located to the west of Limassol Castle, between the old and new ports, has been built. This new development allows berthing of ocean-going yachts and was opened to public in 2014, having hosted its first yachts in 2013. The marina has a capacity of 1,000 vessels.

During the last years, Limassol has experienced a construction boom fuelled by the tourist sector as well as from increasing foreign investments in the city. Public projects like the redesigning of the city's one-kilometre (0.62-mile) promenade, are improving the quality of life of the people and the image of the city as a cosmopolitan destination. Infrastructure improvements partly funded by European programmes have helped solve traffic problems that the city faced with the construction of new highway flyovers and roundabouts.

The Port of Limassol is one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean transit trade and the largest port in Cyprus. It has also become one of the most important tourism, trade, and service-providing centres in the area. Limassol is home to the Cyprus University of Technology. A number of museums and archaeological sites are available to visitors. Limassol attracts a wide range of tourists mostly during an extended summer season to be accommodated in a wide range of hotels and apartments. A large marina lies near the old town, 500 metres (1,600 feet) from the Limassol medieval castle.

Limassol: Demographics

See also: Armenians in Cyprus and Russians in Cyprus
Ayia Napa Church

Internal migration since the 1960s and influx of displaced persons after 1974 significantly increased the population of Limassol and its suburbs. Greater Limassol today includes the municipality of Limassol (includes the suburb of Agia Fyla) and the municipalities of Polemidia, Mesa Geitonia, Agios Athanasios, Germasogeia and Ypsonas.

Limassol traditionally had a mixed population of Greek, Turkish Cypriots and Armenian Cypriots. The majority of Turkish Cypriots moved to the north in 1974. Accordingly, many Greek Cypriots from the north of Cyprus, who became refugees following the Turkish invasion, settled down in Limassol. During the 1990s several Cypriot Romani people (considered Turkish Cypriots according to the constitution) returned from the North of the island to the Turkish quarter of Limassol. Armenians remained in Limassol and continued residence in surroundings of Sourp Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church and maintain an elementary school named Nareg (Նարեկ Հայկական Վարժարան). There is also an Armenian village in Limassol District named Armenochori (Greek: Αρμενοχώρι).

The rise of the population birth rate during the late 19th and 20th centuries (1878–1960) was 70%. The number of inhabitants was 6,131 in 1881, while in 1960 the number had risen to 43,593. The number of the Greek population was estimated at 37,478, while the Turkish population at 6,115.

Limassol is home to a large community of Pontic Greeks, who settled in Cyprus after the collapse of Soviet Union.

In recent years, the city has also become increasingly popular with Russian or other post-Soviet nationals and expatriates. Today, some 17% of the population of Limassol are Russian-speaking, and 8% of the population are Russian citizens.

Limassol: Landmarks

Limassol castle
View from the coastal front.
The medieval (Crusader) castle.
  • The medieval castle is one of the ten castles of Cyprus. It was built by the Byzantines around 1000 AD. Around the same period, a chapel was also built there. Richard the Lionheart is supposed to have married his fiancée Princess Berengaria of Navarre on this site after her ship was grounded nearby in 1191 as she accompanied him to the Third Crusade, on his way to Holy Land. The Castle was used as a prison between 1790 and 1940 and it now serves as a medieval museum. The collection that the museum provides covers the era of 400 – 1870 AD. A visitor can see numerous exhibits: cannons, wood carvings of the 17th and 18th century, paintings and tombstones, statues, suits of armour, coins, terracotta, metalware and pottery, glass and marble articrafts.
  • The Archaeological Museum provides a very interesting collection of antiquities found in the district of Limassol, dating from the Neolithic Age to the Roman period. Some of the archaeological discoveries are: Stone axes of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic period, potteries and objects of the ancient cities of Curium and Amathus, as well as Roman terracottas, gold jewellery, coins, sculptures, columns, vases, earrings, rings, necklaces, marble statues etc.
  • The Folk Art Museum is beautifully preserved old house which provides a very interesting collection of Cypriot Folk Art of the last two centuries. Objects in the collection include: national costumes, tapestry, embroidery, wooden chests, waistcoats, men’s jackets, necklaces, a variety of light clothes, town costumes, country tools etc. The museum was established in 1985. More than 500 exhibits are housed in its six rooms. The museum was awarded the Europa Nostra prize in 1989. Here, the visitor can study Cypriot culture through the hand-made exhibits.
  • Public Garden is situated on the coastal road. It provides a great variety of vegetation: eucalyptus trees, pine trees and cypresses. In this beautiful environment the citizens of Limassol and many visitors can walk around and enjoy themselves. Inside the garden, there is a small zoo. There, the visitor can see deer, moufflons, ostriches, pheasants, tigers, lions, monkeys, vultures, pelicans and other animals and different kinds of birds. Not far from the zoo there is the small natural history museum and the garden theatre that is reconstructed to host famous international groups.
  • A series of public sculptures commissioned by the Limassol Municipality, can be found on the reclamation (now Twin Cities park), spanning one mile (1.6 kilometres) of seafront reclaimed land. The sculptures were created by Costas Dikefalos, Thodoros Papayiannis, Vassilis Vassili and Kyriakos Rokos from Greece, and Helene Black from Cyprus.
  • Towers of Limassol BBC Relay, a powerful mediumwave transmitter.
Limassol panorama by night.
Tourist area of Limassol with Hotels and Resorts

Limassol: Festivals

Sirtaki dance in Wine Festival of Cyprus
Tour during Limassol Wine Festival
The Cypriot Carnival Festival in Limassol
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 logo

Limassol is famous in Cyprus for its festivals, like the Carnival and Wine Festival. The Limassol Carnival festival lasts for ten (10) days, with jolly and amusing masquerading. This custom is very old, going back to pagan rituals. With the passage of time it has acquired a different, purely entertaining character, with a large, popular following. The festival starts with the entrance parade of the King Carnival, followed by a fancy-dress competition for children. During the Carnival parade in the main streets, large crowds from all over the island gather to watch the floats with the serenade and other masqueraded groups. Many fancy-dress balls and parties take place at many hotels every night.

During the first quarter of September, the great Wine Festival of Cyprus takes place in the Limassol Municipal Garden, every evening between 8.00 hrs – 23.00 hrs. During the festival the visitor has the chance to taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge. On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk dancing and there are also choirs and others.

Other festivals are Yermasogeia Flower Festival (May), Festival of the Flood (June), Shakespearean nights and Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.

Furthermore, the city of Limassol introduced the first Beer festival in July 2003. This is a three-day dance festival by the sea in the heart of the city centre. Visitors can enjoy a variety of Cypriot beers and imported beers, such as KEO, Heineken, Amstel and Becks. The entrance to the festival is free of charge and beers are sold at low prices, complemented by a mix of international music.

The sixth Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Limassol, in the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre.

Limassol: Sports

Limassol Marathon Annual Race
Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center
Skatepark in Molos area

Apollon Limassol and AEL FC are the two major sport clubs in Limassol, which have football, basketball and volleyball teams. In basketball, Apollon and AEL are very powerful teams). In football, both teams Apollon and AEL play in First Division. Aris Limassol is another football team which plays in First Division and like AEL is one of the founding teams of the Cyprus Football Association (KOP). AEL women volleyball teams is the permanent champion of Cyprus. There are also teams in athletics, bowling, cycling and other sports.

The football stadium of Limassol is Tsirion, with capacity of 13 331, which hosts the three football teams of Limassol and in the past it hosted Cyprus national football team. It was used also for athletics. There are various other stadiums for other sports in Limassol.

The Apollon Limassol basketball stadium, hosted the 2003 FIBA Europe South Regional Challenge Cup Final Four. The two basketball teams of Limassol participated and AEL became the first Cypriot sport team to win a European Trophy. In 2006, Limassol hosted the FIBA Europe All Star Game in Spyros Kiprianou Sports Centre, as it had the year before. Also, in the Limassol district the Cyprus Rally was hosted for World Rally Championship and currently is organising the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The Limassol Marathon is part of an annual race series which takes place in Limassol, Cyprus. It was first run in 2006 and the ninth marathon will be held on 29 March 2015. 2016 was a key year for Opap Limassol Marathon since the participation has broken any previous record with 13.000 runners from more than 50 countries around the world.

There are various races including a marathon, a half marathon, a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) health Race, a 5-kilometre (3.1-mile) corporate race and a 1-kilometre (0.62-mile) children’s fun run.

Limassol also has an independent civilian Rugby Union team, the Limassol Crusaders, who play at the AEK Achileas Stadium and participate in the Joint Services Rugby League. There is a professional handball team, APEN Agiou Athanasiou. An annual marathon event takes place each year in Limassol the Limassol International Marathon GSO.

Rowing and canoeing are rapidly becoming very popular in Limassol, due to the 3 Nautical clubs in the city of Limassol. The Germasoyia dam is the place for both practising and competitions.

Limassol: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Greece

Limassol: Twin towns - sister cities

Limassol is twinned with:

  • China Nanjing in China
  • Egypt Alexandria in Egypt
  • France Marseille in France
  • Germany Niederkassel in Germany
  • Greece Heraklion in Crete, Greece
  • Greece Patras in Greece
  • Greece Rhodes in Greece
  • Greece Thessaloniki in Greece
  • Greece Ioannina in Greece
  • Greece Zakynthos in Greece
  • Israel Haifa in Israel (since 2000)

Limassol: Notable residents

  • Costas Philippou, former UFC middleweight contender
  • Adamos Adamou, member of European Parliament
  • Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Mustafa Akıncı, President of Northern Cyprus
  • Marcos Baghdatis, tennis player
  • Helene Black, artist and curator
  • Michael Cacoyannis, film director
  • Stelios Haji-Ioannou, entrepreneur
  • Spyros Kyprianou, former president
  • Markos Kyprianou, politician
  • Ahmet Mithat Berberoğlu, politician
  • Solon Michaelides, composer and musicologist
  • Sotiris Moustakas, actor
  • Leontios of Neapolis, early medieval bishop and author
  • Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist
  • Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur
  • Ioannis Phrangoudis, Olympic medalist
  • Stelarc, artist
  • Marios Tokas, composer
  • Pavlos Kontides, Olympic medalist
  • George Achilleos, Olympic Winner, Champion skeet shooter

Limassol: See also

  • Limassol District
  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • Amathus
  • Kourion
  • Knights Templar
  • Limassol is also the title of a song by Maxïmo Park from the album A Certain Trigger.
  • Limassol is the title of a 2010 novel by Israeli writer Yishai Sarid, published in English by Europa Editions.

Limassol: References

Limassol: Bibliography

  • Dubin, Mark (2009). Rough Guide to Cyprus (Sixth ed.). London: Rough Guides Ltd.
  • ISBN 978-0-141-02755-5.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (2003). The Ottoman Empire 1326–1699 (Essential Histories Series #62). ISBN 978-0-415-96913-0.
  • Wolff, R L and Hazard, H W (Editor), 1969, A History of the Crusades, Volume II: The later Crusades, 1189–1311, University of Wisconsin Press, Buy book ISBN 978-0299048440

Limassol: Notes

  1. Population Census – Key Figures – Statistical Service of Cyprus
  2. World Urban Areas – Demographia, 2013
  3. "Intercultural city: Limassol, Cyprus". Council of Europe.
  4. KPMG: Cyprus Tourism Market Report
  5. CNN, Katia Hetter. "TripAdvisor names 10 Destinations on the Rise". cnn.com.
  6. "2015 Quality of Living City Rankings". Mercer. March 4, 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  7. The acts of the Council of Chalcedon by Council of Chalcedon, Richard Price, Michael Gaddis 2006 Buy book ISBN 0-85323-039-0 [1]
  8. Cypnet.co.uk (2011). "Cyprus History: Cyprus under Richard I – cypnet.co.uk". cypnet.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  9. Wolff and Hazard, pp. 63–64
  10. Churchill, Lady Randolph Spencer; Davenport, Cyril James Humphries (1900). The Anglo-Saxon Review. John Lane. pp. 215–22. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  11. Turnbull (2003), p. 57
  12. Abulafia (2012), p. 447
  13. Daedalus Informatics (2006). "The History of Cyprus – The British occupation". daedalus.gr. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  14. http://m3web.bg, M3 Web -. "Bulgaria PM to Participate in European People's Party Summit in Limassol – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency". novinite.com.
  15. "World Map of Köppen−Geiger Climate Classification".
  16. Limassol average sea temperature – seatemperature.org
  17. "Meteorological Service – Climatological and Meteorological Reports".
  18. Climate: Limassol – Climate-Data.org
  19. "Limassol Marina open to the public". Cyprus Mail. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  20. Στατιστική Υπηρεσία – Πληθυσμός και Κοινωνικές Συνθήκες – Απογραφή Πληθυσμού – Κυριότερα Στοιχεία (in Greek). Mof.gov.cy. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  21. CyprusEvents.net (2011). "Limassol events". cyprusevents.net. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  22. "Limassol Festivals – Limassol Annual Events.". limassol.com.
  23. "Limassol Twinned Cities". Limassol (Lemesos) Municipality. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  24. e-Patras.gr (2011). "e-patras.gr – Διεθνείς Σχέσεις". e-patras.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  25. "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  26. "Twinning Cities". City of Thessaloniki. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  27. "Twin City activities". Haifa Municipality. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  • Limassol Municipality

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