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  • Flights from Greece to Limassol

    Welcome to Cyprus’s second city! A well-hidden gem until now, Limassol becomes more and more popular in the international travel community. Would you like to know why? Search for cheap air tickets to Limassol and we will try to help you out. Often referred to as the city that never sleeps, Limassol is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, easily comparable to the resort of Ayia Napa or – no exaggeration here – one of the dreamy spots across the western coast of the USA! An endless strip of sandy beaches with white sand and crystal water, beach bars and clubs make up the one side of Limassol, the bright, glamorous, cosmopolitan one. Limassol’s other face is a more sophisticated one, filled with historic locations, archaeological sites and excellent museums and art galleries. Accommodation in Limassol is quite affordable but please hurry, before everyone finds out about this marvellous spot in the Mediterranean!


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    Information about Limassol

    Limassol is the second largest city in Cyprus, after Nicosia. A much-loved travel destination in the Mediterranean, Limassol is widely famous for three things; the wide coastline that seems to have no end, reaching almost 15 kilometres in length, the important wine-making tradition and the legendary nightlife.

    Limassol has played a crucial role in the development of Cyprus ever since the early years of the island and through most of its history.


    Limassol was the place where Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, married Princess Berengaria of Navarra. The marriage took place in the Chapel of St. George and gave her the title of the Queen of England.

    Limassol is divided in two main areas; the renovated historic part of the city, known as the Old Town of Limassol, lined with iconic cafes, little boutiques, restaurants and bars around the historic port and the tourist area, referred to as the Yermasoyia Dam. The two of them make up a fine destination for you to spend your spring or summer holidays.

    So why not travel to Limassol!

    Airport

    The nearest airport to Limassol is the airport of Larnaca (Larnaca International Airport - Διεθνής Aερολιμένας Λάρνακας), located 61 kilometres from Limassol city centre. The airport of Paphos (Paphos International Airport – Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Πάφου) is also near, 69 kilometres from Limassol. Both are accessible by bus.

    Getting around Limassol

    You can get around Limassol by bus. Fares start 1.00€ from and minimum taxi fare costs around 5.00€.

    Limassol Guide

    Your day in Limassol begins at the historic part of the city, starting at the old port and extending towards the eastern side of Limassol, across the coastline.

    The first thing you will probably notice is the medieval Castle of Limassol, the only surviving medieval structure in the city, a beautiful, imposing castle that dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy the marvellous panoramic view from the top and continue to the inner castle, where the Cyprus Medieval Museum boasts fine collections of well-preserved tombs, metal kitchenware and other utensils used during the Byzantine and medieval times.


    Don’t miss one of the museum’s highlights, the First Cyprus Treasure or "Lambousa Treasure", a stock of silver found in the village of Lapithos, near Kyrenia.

    The surroundings of the castle are paved and offer a great variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries; this is the ideal spot for you to discover the well-known nightlife of Limassol!

    Your next stop is yet another castle, in the village of Kolossi, west of Limassol’s city centre. One of the primary tourism spots, this 15th-century castle once served as the base of the Knights of St. John and headquarters for the management of their sugarcane fields and vineyards.

    The Kolossi Castle was called the “Commanderie”, naming the sweet dessert wine Commandaria that is still produced in local wineries.

    East of the city centre, you will come across the ruins of the ancient city of Amathus, one of the oldest royal cities of Cyprus. Archaeological research has traced the existence of a city around the 11th century BC at that location. Excavations discovered a large portion of the ancient city including the ancient market, the Temple of Aphrodite and the Acropolis, as well as the - now underwater – ancient port of Amathus.


    According to a Greek version of mythology, after Theseus stole Ariadne and fled Minoan Crete, their ship was wrecked off the coast of Amathus. Pregnant Ariadne made it to the coast, where she gave birth to her child, right before she died.

    Continue to the ancient city of Kourion, the second most important ancient city in the island of Cyprus, after ancient Salamis in the North. Kourion was most probably inhabited during the 13th century BC; its Roman name was Curium. Roman Curium was Christianised during the 4th century and kept growing, until the Arabs raided the region and the city was deserted.

    The semi-circular ancient theatre of Kourion dates back to the 2nd century BD and, sitting at the southern side of the hilltop, has a capacity of 3,500 spectators. The theatre still hosts plays, concerts and the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.

    Last but not least, don’t miss visiting the Cyprus Wine Museum, located in the Erimi village. This is a very interesting museum with fascinating collections of old equipment, pictures, documents and other items related to the long tradition of wine making in Limassol.

    Limassol’s official languages are Greek and Turkish, but English, French, German and Russian are widely spoken too.



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