About Limassol


Lemesos (Limassol) is the second largest city in Cyprus after the capital Nicosia. It is located on Akrotiri Bay between the ancient towns of Amathus and Kourion. It is the largest city in geographical size, as well as being the biggest municipality of Cyprus. Limassol is a home to around 179,900 people.

The Medieval Castle in the old part of town was, according to tradition, the site of the royal wedding in the Middle Ages between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre, and now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. The surrounding countryside into the foothills of the Troodos mountains consists of vineyards and wine producing villages. The city sits on the seafront making it very popular with tourists as it combines a cosmopolitan city with sandy beaches and clear waters. International standard golf courses are a short drove away.

Limassol has progressed into one of the largest commercial ports in the Mediterranean, as well as one of the most important maritime, tourist, commercial and service centres in the wider region. It is the business and financial centre of Cyprus with a large number of local and international companies surrounded by a further network of hotels, restaurants and other venues for entertainment and leisure. Hundreds of shipping, as well as financial companies have their headquarters in the city, which is also the largest ship-management centre in the European Union.

Sightseeings


The Castle of Limassol


Location: Limassol town

Open hours

Daily:
09.00-17.00 November-March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-19.30 June- August

The history of this castle dates back to 1228, when Frederick II of Germany and his supporters imprisoned the hostages seized by Ibeline, the King Regent of Cyprus. It is also said that it is an ancient Byzantine castle. This castle also witnessed the marriage between King Richard and his Queen Berengaria.


Amathus Archaeological Site


Location: Amathus area

Open hours

Daily:
09.00-17.00 November-March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-19.30 June- August

This historical point is 11km east of Limassol. Amathus played a significant role in ancient Cyprus being one of the principle ancient royal cities, similar to the prominent status of Kourion, however unlike Kourion it also acted as a port. Various attractions at the Amathus site include the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.


Sculpture Park


Location: Main Coastal Boulevard

The Park, located by the sea-front, features a series of public sculptures created during three international events from 1999 to 2001. The sculptures vary from medium to large and many of their artists come from an international background. These include Victor Bonato from Germany, Sadia Bahat from Israel, and Ahmet El-Stoahy from Egypt. Cypriot artists such as Maria Kyprianou, Kyriakos Kallis and Helene Black from Limassol have also made their impact at the park.


Limassol Marina

The Limassol Marina is an exclusive waterfront development designed by a world-renowned team of architects and engineers. It combines elegant residences and a full service marina with exclusive restaurants and shops, to create a lifestyle uniquely shaped by 'living on the sea'.


Limassol Zoo


Location: Limassol city centre

Open hours

Daily:
Summer: 09:00 – 19:00
Winter: 09:00 – 16:00

The zoo is located on the coastal road of Limassol, and is the only one in Cyprus. It accommodates a diverse selection of animals, an average of 300, including birds. The residents of the zoo include lions, tigers, bears, panthers, zebras, monkeys, ostriches, peacocks, vultures, emu, falcons and macaws etc. Limassol zoo also features a natural history museum and an educational centre, which frequently screens films on wildlife and nature. The zoo includes a special designated area for children.


Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates


Location: 2,5km west of the ancient city of Kourion

Open hours

Daily:
09.00-17.00 November-March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-09.30 June-August

Apollo Hylates, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. Archaeological evidence shows that the cult of Apollo was celebrated here from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Part of the temple has been restored, with the cellar, the colonnade and the pediment.


Kourion Ancient Theatre


Location: Kouklia village

Open hours

Daily:
08.00-17.00 November-March
08.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
08.00-19.30 June- August

Kourion is located 18km, west of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi and is one of the most famous ancient attractions. It is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus. Furthermore, Kourion hosts a considerable amount of impressive musical and theatrical events in its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre that was originally built in the second century B.C.

The site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean Sea complimenting surrounding monuments which mostly date from the Roman period. These include the Forum, the Nymphaeum, the Fountain House, and the House of the Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the Public Baths.


Kolossi Castle


Location: Kolossi village

Open hours

Daily:
Winter (16/09 – 15/04)
Monday – Sunday : 08:30 – 17:00
Summer (16/04 – 15/09)
Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30

This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14km west of Limassol in the south of Cyprus. There have been indications that the castle we see today has been built on the site of an earlier castle from the 13th century.

The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name 'Commandaria' originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the 'Grand Commanderie'.

Limassol is the main city in Cyprus for exporting and this dates back also to the Middle Ages when the city acted as the centre for exports of olives, cotton and sugar with the help of the fertile area around Kolossi castle.



Museums



Municipal Museum of Folk Art


Address: Agiou Andreou 253, Limassol, 3035

Phone: +357 25 362 303

Open hours
07.45 – 14.45 (closed on weekends)

A fascinating collection tracing the folk history of Cyprus as a whole: it's art, culture, traditions, society, trade and much more. The museum boasts to be housing more than 500 exhibits in six rooms: garments, embroidery, wood carved creations, agricultural and tools and utensils, tapestry, jewellery, pottery, porcelain, decoration artifacts, local handmade crafts and furniture. The museum, housed in a listed building, was presented with the prestigious Europa Nostra prize in 1989.


Limassol Medieval Museum


Address: Richard & Berengaria, Limassol, 3042

Phone: +357 25 305 419

Open hours
09.00 – 17.00

Housed in the 14th century Limassol Castle, close to the old port, this astonishing Medieval Museum has a rich collection of antiquities from the period of 400 – 1870 A.D. The thematic display includes vaults, cannons, wood carvings of the 17th and 18th century, paintings, statues, tombstones, suits of armour, terracotta, metal wares, Ottoman pottery etc. On entering the Grand Hall, there is a fine display of black and white images of Byzantine sites all over Cyprus, climbing up to the rooftop will unveil a breath-taking view of the city, so this ancient structure is definitely worth a visit!


The Archaeological Museum


Address: Anastasi Sioukri & Vironos Str., Limassol 3105

Phone: +357 25 305 157

Open hours
Monday- Friday 8.00-16.00

One of the key attractions in Limassol, located near the Limassol public Gardens, the Archaeological Museum presents an insight to the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus, being a home to different civilizations it holds a great historical significance with fascinating findings in the Limassol district and dating from the Neolithic Age to the Roman Period and offers an intriguing collection of antiquities.


Pattichion Municipal Museum


Address: Lordos Byron Street, Limassol 3105 (in the Municipal Gardens)

Phone: +357 25 763755

Open hours
Monday- Friday 07.00 – 19.00

A museum created by the cooperation between the Cyprus Press & Information Office, the Limassol Municipality and the Pattichion Municipal Museum Foundation, to give an answer to the question "How old is Limassol's present?". The answer is "As much as narrative there is in written and oral testimonies, information, documents and relics found in front of us at every moment''. A museum where the history and culture of Limassol is explored through written and oral documents, photographs, videos, newspaper and magazine clippings, furniture, ornaments, artifacts, clothing and many more.