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Limassol lies on the south coast of the island, halfway between Larnaca and Paphos. Already in 2.000 BC people lived here, but it was only during the time of the crusaders that it became a flourishing city. Limassol is the second largest city of Cyprus, and certainly the most lively one.
Cypriotes sometimes call it "the Paris of Cyprus". There is always some festival or celebration going on in town. Very renowned is the Wine Festival that takes place in September. On the eastern side of the city are sandy beaches that stretch out for miles.
Lovers of night-life fun will certainly not be disappointed in the many bars and discotheques in the old city. The most important monuments are : the Limassol fortress, the museum, the zoo and the wine producing companies.
Outside of the city is the former royal town of Amathus (now a ruin, partially submerged by water). The Kolossi Castle is a remainder of the old city state of Kourion (of which also a theater, a basilica and a stadium are preserved).
This area caters for mid- to upmarket couples, young singles and families seeking sun, sea and sand. The accommodation in the area has some 4- and 5-stars but mainly 3-star hotels and B-category apartments. There are medium- to high-rise blocks, majority situated along the busy seafront road.
Limassol is at the centre of the south coast (50 mls S of Nicosia. 26 mls SW of Larnaca international airport, 36 mls E of Paphos international airport). It is found on dry open coastal land sloping gently towards the sea.