and its Port
Since the Turkish invasion in 1974, Limassol has
been greatly developed, becoming one of the most important
centres for service-providing, trade and tourism in
Cyprus as wells as the biggest port in the Mediterranean
Limassol (Lemesos) is a modern town
with entertainment venues to cater for all tastes,
taverns, countless restaurants, luxury hotel complexes,
shops, modern buildings and fine residences.
The Limassol Wine Festival (September)
The main wine producer
of the island is and has been Limassol.
Therefore, in the Municipal Garden of Lemesos (Limassol)
during the end of August and first part of September,
the great Wine Festival of Cyprus takes place for
12 days, every evening between 20.00 hrs - 23.00 hrs.
Visitors have the chance to taste some of the best
Cyprus wines during the festival, which are offered
free of charge.
History of Limassol
The town has a lot of ancient, Byzantine and Frankish influences
and is renowned for its long cultural tradition. The
old town of Limassol is the kernel with its old archontika
(mansions), gems of architecture which are now being
restored and narrow, busy shopping streets.
After the English King Richard the Lionheart destroyed Amathus in
1191, the town of Limassol (Lemesos) was built up
in its current position between the ancient towns
of Curium and Amathus.
However, since the very old times,
a small colonization, namely the village of Lemesos
(Limassol) has been inhabited at this site.
that were discovered there date back to 2.000 B.C.
with others dating back to the 4th and 8th century
Historically, the town has been an important trade centre since
the time of the crusades, not least due to the fact
that the famed Commandaria wine is produced in the