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Limassol (Lemesos) and The Southwest Cyprus
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Limassol is the second-largest city in Cyprus and is the island’s main industrial centre and port. It is also the focus of Cyprus’ wine industry. During September, the town holds a wine festival, at which wine and food are served free of charge. During the pre-Lenten Carnival, Limassol bursts into celebration, with bands, gaily decorated floats and dancing.

Limassol is an important tourist destination, and has beaches like Dassoudi Beach and those at nearby Germasogeia, backed by cafes and tavernas. Limassol Castle stands guard over the old harbour and houses the interesting Cyprus Medieval Museum. There is also a Folk Art Museum, the Limassol District Archaeological Museum and, in the Municipal Gardens and zoo.

Excursions

There are several places of historical and archaeological interest around the city. Amathus, located just outside the city to the east, was once the capital of a city-kingdom, but is now in ruins and partly covered by the sea.

The Acropolis, Necropolis and the remains of an early Christian basilica can be seen, and excavation continues in the lower part of the ancient city.

To the east lies Agios Georgios Alamanos Convent and the black sands of Governor’s Beach.

West of Limassol, at Fassouri, are extensive citrus orchards and the Water Mania leisure park. Close by Kolossi Castle was the headquarters of the Crusader Knights of St John of Jerusalem.

The ancient city of Kourion, on a steep hillside near Episkopi, has a superbly sited Graeco-Roman theatre where concerts and Shakespearean plays are performed in summer. Kourion contains other interesting sites, including:

The House of Eustolios, which has beautiful mosaics
The Acropolis, the ruins of the Roman-era forum
The Christian Basilica and public buildings.

Beyond Kourion to the west are the city’s stadium and the Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis. All of these sites lie within the Akrotiri-Episkopi British Sovereign Base Area.

South of Limassol, on the Akrotiri Peninsula (and also inside the British military base), Lady’s Mile Beach is a long stretch of sand. Nearby Akrotiri Salt Lake (dry during the summer) is a winter home to thousands of flamingos; on its southern shore stands the Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton Convent.