Lemesos (Limassol) - Heart of the Vine Country
its roles at the second largest city, the island's main port, the centre of the
wine industry and a
bustling holiday resort, Lemesos emerges as a spirited and cismopolitan seaside
Lemesos is a lively town largely due to the character of Lemesolians, a
fun-loving lot. No wonder it holds the island's two top festivals, the
pre-lenten Carnival wih fancy dress balls, parades and festivities and the Wine
Festival in September, a wine extravaganza where wine flows freely for everyone
to enjoy, courtesy of the local wineries.
Lemesos emerged out of the two most important ancient city-kingdoms, Amathous,
to the east of the town, and Kourion to the west, both of which are being
extensively excavated. The magnificent setting of the ancient Kourion Theatre
is used for summer concerts and theatrical productions.
In the middle Ages, Lemesos hosted the marriage of Richard the Lionheart with
Berengaria of Navarre from whom he crowned Queen of England. Thereafter the
Crusaders made their headquarters at the Square keep west of the city, known as
Kolossi Mediaeval Castle, where they fostered the amking of wines, particularly
the sweet dessert wine "Commandaria" - the oldest named wine in the
Today Lemesos, is a resort with a ten mile coastline, a busy shopping centre,
countless tavernas and restaurants and a night life to suit tastes ranging from
modest to sophisticated.
Cyprus Mediaeval Museum, the District Archaelogical museum, the Folk Art
Museum, the Lemesos Municipal Art Gallery, and the Municipal Gardens.
Also in the vicinity are the placid Germasogeia dam, frequented by keen
anglers, and the Salt Lake of Akrotiri, home of thousands of migrating birds in
winter, and a stopover point for millions more as they wend their way to
different climes in spring and autumn. In nearby foothills, delightful villages
continue the gentle pace of rural life.