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 town.
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 world.
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.