On the southern coast, southwest of Nicosia, below the Troodos mountains is Limassol (in Greek Lemesos, Tukish Limasol) sprawling on sandy beaches. It is the island’s second largest city and is also its chief tourist attraction. It’s a boisterous place and one of the busiest ferry ports in Cyprus, with regular sailings to destinations across the Middle East. It is a commercial hub with a population of 168,000.
Limassol is a modern resort, a heaven for tourists looking to unwind at the beaches, in the clubs and bars that crowd the port. There are all types of holiday accommodation close to the sea front ranging from luxury hotels, to apartments and villas. Cyprus Car Rental is available and ready to help you out to explore the city and the whole island on your own.
Limassol’s charms are almost exclusively serving those who are looking for culture, or peace and quite. The city has a clean image and prides to welcomes sophisticated clientele who nevertheless knows how to have a good time.
Limassol is well-placed to access some of the island’s best beaches, although those nearest to the city aren’t the most sought after. With Cyprus Car Hire nevertheless you can reach any place easily and any time you want. There are numerous beaches to choose from and a wide range of tavernas, pubs, discos and nightclubs.
History tells of Limassol’s rich past that it rose from a humble market town between the ancient settlements of Amathus and Curium at the end of the Byzntine Empire, when Richard the Lion-Heart put Limassol on the map in 1191.
The then ruler Isaac Komnenos made the mistake of refusing hospitality to King Richard’s shipwrecked fiancé. A snubbed Richard landed on the island, married at Limassol and then marched on to Amathus where he deposed Isaac. Selling the island to the Knights Templar he headed off to the Holy Land and left Limassol to flourish in his wake. A combination of earthquakes, Genoese raiders and the Ottomans forced the city into decline and it was only the arrival of the British in the late nineteenth century that revived the city’s fortunes.
Make use of Cyprus Car Rental to visit around Limassol. You can see its castle, the bazaar and a couple of museums. As a shopping centre, Limassol offers the full range from modern to traditional commodities.
And when you are tired of the bustle of the town with Cyprus Car Rental you can easily and swiftly escape into the Troodos Mountains where you can find welcome tranquility.